Teens Events

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (AUDITORIUM)

Thursday, December 13

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

Pom Pom Friends: 3rd thru 6th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, December 26

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

In this hands-on craft participants will work with a combination of different colored yarn to create Pom Pom Animals. The process is simple but patience is necessary as we spool yarn, cut tiny ears, eyes and mouths in hope of making a combination of animal friends. Everyone is guaranteed to leave with a completed Pom Pom Pal, which can be transformed into a miniature puppet, key chain or ornament.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Cookie Cutter Design: Middle School and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, December 28

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cookie decorating is not just for our littles as we revamp our annual event to include technology! In this program participants in middle school and up will learn about our 3D printers as well as the process and then be introduced to FREE 3D design software known as TinkerCad. Once they create an account and get the lay of the land they will be asked to design their own cookie cutters.

Please note that everyone will complete their designs before the class ends but may have to pick up their printed cookie cutters at a later date.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, January 7

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, video production and circuit creation!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323.

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, January 10

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, January 24

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

Take Your Child to the Library Day – All Ages (Throughout the Building)

Saturday, February 2

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This year the James Blackstone Memorial Library is challenging you and your family to visit every accessible nook and cranny of the Library to complete a series of hands-on challenges. Families can come anytime throughout the day to complete a series of brainteasers, puzzles, games and STEM related challenges. There could 5, 10 or even 15, but either way you have to find them and complete them all! Once you have completed them find Miss Mary and Miss Carly to receive a small prize.

Registration for this program is not required. Families can stop in at anytime to complete the challenges throughout the day!

Maker Mondays: Middle School and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, February 4

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Blackstone Library offers a variety of high and low tech opportunities to express yourself through 3D design, digital art, web production, conductive sewing, video production and circuit creation!

Each session, we will introduce a different maker component and will then work on solo projects or together to create something tangible that you can then continue from home.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so please call 203.488.1441 ext. 323.

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, February 7

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

Teen Café: 7th Grade and Up (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Thursday, February 21

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Hang out at the Blackstone after school on Thursdays!

Activities will vary each week, from tabletop games to maker activities or simply a place to hang with your friends, listen to music and complete homework. Plus, we’ll get your take on teen events, the upcoming renovation, and the library itself.

Grade 7 and up.

No registration required – just drop in!

THANK YOU TO BEACH DONUT SHOP and Feed Branford Kids for donating snacks for each week’s Teen Café!

The Pocket Musician: An Introduction to the Harmonica

Saturday, February 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join Bob Hennessy, musician and harmonica specialist,* for a presentation and music lesson on the harmonica! You’ll learn about the rich history of the harmonica spanning from its beginnings a few thousand years ago in China, all the way the U.S. where this tiny but highly sophisticated instrument greatly influenced the postwar Chicago blues scene, American folk music, classical, jazz, country, and rock. Bob will demonstrate these styles through storytelling and playing examples of great harmonica use in these genres.

The second portion of the class will be a harmonica lesson where Bob teaches you the basics of harmonica, including how to hold the harmonica, breathe, and find your finger style. Each attendee will receive their own brand new harmonica to take home!

Harmonicas will be provided and given to you thanks to a generous partnership between the Blackstone Library and the Connecticut State Library.

SPACE IS LIMITED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, please click here.