Teens Events

Games

CLASS IS FULL Power Up: Build Your Own Game – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 30

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Gaming certainly takes a lot of brainpower but what about creating a game 100% your own! In this workshop we will use high and low tech components to create a series of different types of games. Participants are welcome to work solo or together to create video games through Spolder.com or Code.org. For those that want to take the traditional game route we will provide a series of materials – odds and ends where you can come up with your own board, card and/or movement based game. The last half hour of the workshop we will share each others games and get a chance to play!

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

Library Closed for Independence Day

Monday, July 4

All Day

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Electricity and Magnetism: Presented by The Children’s Museum – 4th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Friday, July 8

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Head to the library for an electrifying presentation provided by the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, CT. During this program participants will learn all about energy and how strong magnets create tight holds! This presentation will include live demonstrations of energy and magnets in action as well as series of stations so that participants can get hands-on experience with both of these concepts. It is time to get active by learning all about strength and energy!

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 Guilford Savings Bank.

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CLASS IS FULL Sewing with Zen: Drawstring Bag Project – 5th Grade and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, July 9

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Staying active not only takes a lot of work but also sometimes equipment! If you are looking for a way to hold your water bottle, cell phone, iPod and more then this sewing class is for you! That’s right, one of our favorite sewing experts Zenaida Barrios is back to create a brand new project that will make traveling VIA bike, scooter or even running easier.

Previous sewing skills are not required, but helpful.

This program was made possible by The Guilford Savings Bank

Please note that this is 2 part class and that registration is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

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PROGRAM IS FULL Cooking Wars for Teens: Presented by ShopRite – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, July 12

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

ShopRite presents a “Top Chef” like competition where teens will be asked to create a dish on the “fly” with a series of mystery ingredients! Participants will have to work together to not only identify their ingredients but also to come up with a creative dish that will be judged by ShopRite’s chef and dietitian. They will not only be looking for taste and presentation but also whether or not the dish is healthy.

This will be an excellent way to test your culinary skills and please know that previous cooking experience is not required.

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

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CLASS IS FULL Sewing with Zen: Drawstring Bag Project – 5th Grade and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, July 16

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Staying active not only takes a lot of work but also sometimes equipment! If you are looking for a way to hold your water bottle, cell phone, iPod and more then this sewing class is for you! That’s right, one of our favorite sewing experts Zenaida Barrios is back to create a brand new project that will make traveling VIA bike, scooter or even running easier.

Previous sewing skills are not required, but helpful.

This program was made possible by The Guilford Savings Bank

Please note that this is 2 part class and that registration is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here.

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

Saturday, July 16

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Cool Runnings!?! 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.

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Fitness Fun: An Exercise Competition with Erin Zeidenberg – 5th Grade and Up (Outside)

Saturday, July 23

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning to make fitness your friend can be fun and fulfilling. By integrating physical fitness in a community setting, participants will come away with an understanding how important exercise is to their well being and how much fun it can be, as well.

Guilford CrossFit owner and Professional Storyteller, Erin Zeidenberg, will introduce and guide us through warm-ups, high-intensity interval training and cool-down stretches.  In addition, there will be games and other activities demonstrating how getting fit is interesting and fun and how functional movements keep with a child’s natural way of moving.

Participants should dress comfortably and wear sneakers – a water bottle would also be a plus!

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

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1st Annual T(w)een Poetry Slam – Auditorium

Sunday, July 24

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join the James Blackstone Memorial Library AND a two VERY ambitious Girl Scouts for our first ever Poetry Slam! The event is open to rising 5th through 9th graders. Students will review poetry genres and presentation skills and will then write poems that will be scored by their peers. The winner and runner up will receive a prize. Snacks will be provided.

The event is the brainchild of Girl Scouts Cordelia Keberle and Allison Rozear from Troop 060096 who prepared this event to qualify for their Silver Award, the second highest award a Girl Scout can achieve! So, please come and support their way of giving back to the community through creativity.

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

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Get Active with Photography – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, August 10

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Let’s bring activity and creativity together as we make our very own motion inspired bookmarks and/or magnets. During this workshop teens will work together to take action shots of one another against our green screen. Teens will then pick their favorite poses and edit their photos to their liking so that they can be printed and laminated into bookmarks and/or magnets. What an excellent way to put creativity into action.

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

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Cooking Wars for Teens: Presented by ShopRite – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Tuesday, August 16

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

ShopRite presents a “Top Chef” like competition where teens will be asked to create a dish on the “fly” with a series of mystery ingredients! Participants will have to work together to not only identify their ingredients but also to come up with a creative dish that will be judged by ShopRite’s chef and dietitian. They will not only be looking for taste and presentation but also whether or not the dish is healthy.

This will be an excellent way to test your culinary skills and please know that previous cooking experience is not required.

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

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

Saturday, August 20

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

This movie is rated G.

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

Summer Reading

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Monday, August 22

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Today is the last day to check-in for summer reading! If you have met your reading goal make sure to pop into the library to create your 3D print. We would love to see you and cannot wait to wish you fun on the rest of your summer break.

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Jon Cap Magic and Balloon Animal Show – All Ages (Auditorium)

Monday, August 22

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s time to close out our summer reading program with our favorite magician Jon Cap! During this performance Jon will be sharing some brand new material filled with comedy and hands-on opportunities. Your kids will have a blast coming up on stage and being part of the show. To exercise our brains Jon will include a mini balloon animal workshop where kids and parents can work together to make their own creations.

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

Library Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 5

All Day

Library Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 10

All Day

Library Closes @ 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 23

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24

All Day

Library Closed for Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24

All Day

Library Closed for Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25

All Day

Library Closed for New Years Day

Sunday, January 1

All Day

Library Closed for Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 16

All Day

Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 20

All Day

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 29

All Day