Teens Events

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

All Day

Digital Design – A Computer Science Club for 3rd thru 5th Graders (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which children can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every other week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

This program is currently full.

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, June 10

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Moana!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated PG.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Monday, June 12

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs, but this year they have the same named Build a Better World!

K thru 4th grade Program and Middle School and Up Program!

Children can follow either link to learn more about program specifics, this years prizes, and how we are shaking things up from your “traditional” reading log. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face just look for us in the sea full of tents!

Make sure to check our calendar for a boat load of exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs, so the sooner you sign up the better.

Start of Summer Popsicle Social – All Ages

Monday, June 12

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

School has FINALLY ended and summer has begun! Let’s celebrate at the library with a little popsicle social. Music, games and crafts will be included and all ages are welcome. PLUS, we cannot wait to show you our new summer reading game! Participants in K thru 4th grade can sign up, check-out our game board and make their game piece, while kids in middle school and up can grab their take home board and jump head first into the challenge. Information about how each program works as well as our summer programming calendar will also be present during this meet and greet.

* Registration for this program is not required, just come by anytime between two and four to enjoy.

I Spy With My Little Eye Miss Mary and Miss Carly at the Branford Fest

Saturday, June 17

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

See if you can find Miss Mary and Miss Carly at the Branford Fest! We will be setup with giveaways, information about the summer reading program as well as library cards. We cannot wait to see you there.

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, June 20

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Build a Better Process with the Whitney Relay: Presented by the Eli Whitney Museum – Middle School and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 22

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Whitney Relay is a set of inter-connectable parts that lets participants master the art and science of energy transfer in the tradition of the Rube Goldberg Machine or its contemporary Japanese masterpiece: the Pythagoras Switch. Each participant receives 5 ramps, 8 marbles, 6 blocks, and assorted parts to construct a chain reaction that we hopefully connect to create one big chain reaction! It’s time to put energy in motion.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

Build a Reading Roadmap (Grades 9-12) (Auditorium)

Monday, June 26

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Think you don’t like reading? Maybe you haven’t found the right books! Love to read, but unsure of what to pick up next? Come to the library and let’s figure it out together.

Drop in any time between 3 and 5 PM, and browse a big selection of books we’ll pull just for you to create your summer reading roadmap. Snacks will be available.

We’ll also show you how to find just the right book for you by checking reviews, lists, and links. Find books you just might actually love and get the power to take your reading future into your own hands.

Come back on July 10 and August 7 for Roadmap Checkpoints: snacks, games, and chats about whatever you’re reading and where to go next.

For grades 9-12.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, June 27

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Closed for Independence Day

Tuesday, July 4

All Day

Build a Better Future with a Teen Apocalypse Movie Showing – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 6

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for pizza, movie and conversation as we watch The Giver, a dystopian tale that tells the story of Jonas, who lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver, an old man who is the sole keeper of the community’s memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community’s secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441 ext. 323 or click here.

Build a Reading Roadmap (Grades 9-12) (Auditorium)

Monday, July 10

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Think you don’t like reading? Maybe you haven’t found the right books! Love to read, but unsure of what to pick up next? Come to the library and let’s figure it out together.

Drop in any time between 3 and 5 PM, and browse a big selection of books we’ll pull just for you to create your summer reading roadmap. Snacks will be available.

We’ll also show you how to find just the right book for you by checking reviews, lists, and links. Find books you just might actually love and get the power to take your reading future into your own hands.

Come back on August 7 for a Roadmap Checkpoint: snacks, games, and chats about whatever you’re reading and where to go next.

For grades 9-12.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 11

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Coastal Enviroscapes Provided by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 3rd thru 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 12

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Using the Enviroscape Coastal Model, participants will learn about point and non-point sources of pollution and the effects on the ocean and coastal communities. Participants experience the effects of pollution including above ground pollution through simulated rain experiments, as well as groundwater contamination through observing leaking underground storage tanks. Everyone will also take part in an oil spill simulation and attempt to clean up the spill near the simulated shore.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, July 15

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Sing!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated PG.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 18

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Build a Better Character: An Intro to 3D Printing – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, July 19

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for an introduction to 3D Printing as we review the concept, see it in action and learn how to download and manipulate CAD software so that you can leave with something 100% created by you! Participants will learn the basics of TinkerCad, which can be accessed from any computer and will then be challenged to make their very own character. Best part, once you learn the basics you will be able to create and print whenever you want.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 25

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Build a Better Invention: A Brown Paper Bag Challenge – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, July 27

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

It’s time for us to put you to the test with our brown paper bag invention challenge! In this program participants will work in groups of two to create a series of fully operational objects. The test is that you won’t know what you are creating or materials you will be using until you dump your brown paper bag! Participants will have to design and test their inventions and then compare their results with one another. Get ready to get creative.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

 

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 1

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe Presented by Shakesperience Productions Inc. – For Families (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 3

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The magical and imaginative journey into the world of Narnia, packed with exciting action and wonderful dialogue, entertains as it educates. The performance of this C.S. Lewis classic (adapted by le Clanché du Rand) encourages reading, imagination, critical thinking, and character development. Interactive pre-show and talk back sessions with the audience emphasize the importance of honesty, integrity, and treating others as you, yourself, would like to be treated.

Shakesperience educates and inspires students, families and theater professionals through the arts in order to explore social constructs and foster mutual respect for people. All of their performances are innovative, interactive and thought-provoking and deep rooted in classical literature.

This performance is sponsored by Shoreline Arts Alliance.

Force & Motion with Roller Coasters Presented by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 4th thru 6th Grade (Auditorium)

Friday, August 4

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

After exploring different roller coasters around the world and a “jumping on” a virtual ride, participants will break into teams and create a roller coaster of their own. Children will work with Newton’s three laws of motion and the forces involved in the operation of roller coasters as they design, build, and test their own creations.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441 ext 323 or click here.

Build a Reading Roadmap (Grades 9-12) (Auditorium)

Monday, August 7

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Round out your summer reading at the final Roadmap Checkpoint.

Drop in any time between 3 and 5 PM, and browse a big selection of books we’ll pull just for you to create your summer reading roadmap. Snacks will be available.

We’ll also show you how to find just the right book for you by checking reviews, lists, and links. Find books you just might actually love and get the power to take your reading future into your own hands.

For grades 9-12.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 8

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Build a Better Meal: Presented by ShopRite – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, August 10

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

It’s time to step up our meal game by learning about healthy food choices through a series of games and hands-on activities. Participants will learn what components go into creating a healthy meal and will then be given different ingredients to compose a healthy snack. Let’s see who can come up with the most inventive snack option!

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441 ext. 323 or click here.

Munchies and a Matinee – Movie for All Ages (Auditorium)

Saturday, August 12

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Beauty and the Beast!?! The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

This movie is rated PG.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.

Pressure Power Presented by Mad Science – K and Up (Outside)

Monday, August 14

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the excitement of energy and pressure with Mad Science! Discover how skaters put power into their spins and how you can sleep safely on a bed of nails. Take cover as we create a soda can fountain. If you thought Alka-Seltzer was only for upset stomachs, you’d better put your safety goggles on! Keep them on because we are going to be tossing raw eggs.

Registration for this program is not required.

Build a Better Video Game with Google CS First – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 15

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is ready to build confidence, encourage exploration and demonstrate ways in which teens can be “makers” in this digital based world by creating music, telling stories, making games as well as art projects through the online program SCRATCH.

Every week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home. By the end we will be creating all kinds of games and sharing them with one another.

Please note that this is an 8 week course, so if you sign up you are committing to each session.

To register please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 today.

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Friday, August 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! It is your LAST chance to roll the dice and get to the end of our interactive game OR to bring in your take home game board. Either way, you don’t want to miss getting entered into our final grab bag prize.

Outdoor Movie at Foote Park: Rogue One

Friday, August 18

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the end of summer reading with an outdoor movie shown in the amphitheater at Foote Park. For all ages. We’ll be showing Rogue One (rated PG-13 for extended sequences of sci-fi violence and action). Refreshments provided.

Registration is required for this event. To register, please click here.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party – All Ages (Auditorium)

Monday, August 21

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 4

All Day