Teens Events

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, October 24

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 24

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our computer lab. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

Before heading to the computer lab we will meet in Youth Services Department so that we can we head upstairs together and begin playing at once.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Science Outside the Box: Hands-on Chemistry – (Reading Room)

Sunday, October 27

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

National Chemistry Week is being celebrating across the country October 20th – 27th with the goal of showing how chemistry intersects in our day to day lives. Science Outside the Box knows that cooking is chemistry, sewing is geometry and music explains acoustics – all scientific concepts put into action!

Science Outside the Box will be here to celebrate this science filled week on Sunday October 27th from 1:30 to 3 PM with three different hands-on experiments that dive into the periodic table of elements. Perfect for students and families just passing through, each experiment takes 5 to 10 minutes and will include take home activities and a chance to chat with a real scientist. WIN WIN!

Registration for this program is not required. Please drop on by to enjoy.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, October 29

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Cosplay Club

Wednesday, October 30

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Interested in cosplay? Not sure where to start?

Mature teens and adults are invited to join veteran cosplayer, Denny McDermott, for a monthly opportunity to show off your latest creations, get tips and tricks from fellow cosplayers, use the library’s sewing machines and 3D printer (free!) and work together on building costumes for cons, ren fairs, LARP, and everyday life!

Cosplay, or costume play, is a unique art that combines costuming, sewing, arts and crafts, and acting. Because cosplayers don’t just get into costume–many get into character! Learning to become your favorite historical figure, cartoon, superhero, or other famous figure takes time, dedication, and talent. But there are a lot of inside tips and tricks that can make it a less expensive (and more fun!) hobby!

Denny has been cosplaying for a number of years, and primarily focuses on female costumes. Her most popular are Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled, but she has played other roles, as well. She is also a photographer and creative writer, which she incorporates into her character play.

Ready to sign up? RSVP @ https://blackstonecosplayclub.eventbrite.com. Have questions? Want to request a special topic? Email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

Teen Halloween: Movie Showing

Thursday, October 31

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Teens: Looking for something fun to do while you wait to trick-or-treat on the Branford Green? Join us in the reading room for a free movie showing @ Blackstone Library! Costumes welcome!

Ready to sign up for free movie tickets? RSVP HERE. Movie details TBA. Have an idea of what we should watch? Email it to the Teen Services Librarian today at teens@blackstonelibrary.org

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Computer Lab)

Thursday, October 31

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our computer lab. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

Before heading to the computer lab we will meet in Youth Services Department so that we can we head upstairs together and begin playing at once.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, November 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, circuit creation and more!

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. 321 or click here.

Boxed out for the Holidays: Puzzle Solving Games – Families (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, November 5

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Calling all puzzle solvers! Do you think you can work together to complete a series of digital word scrambles, picture finds and various clues? You just have 45 mins to put together the perfect holiday meal BUT we need your help to get it up and running. Participants can come as a team or find a partner once you get here. Either way, you will have to put your heads together to make sense of this holiday debacle.

Both sessions are the same, so only sign up for one.
To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. 321 or click here.

Boxed out of the Holidays: Puzzle Solving Games – Families (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, November 5

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Calling all puzzle solvers! Do you think you can work together to complete a series of digital word scrambles, picture finds and various clues? You just have 45 mins to put together the perfect holiday meal BUT we need your help to get it up and running. Participants can come as a team or find a partner once you get here. Either way, you will have to put your heads together to make sense of this holiday debacle.

Both sessions are the same, so only sign up for one.
To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 5

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Team Tuesday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Tuesday, November 5

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Team Tuesday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club @ Blackstone Library

Gather treasure, battle monsters, be home by dinner!

Our Dungeons & Dragons Club has been so popular that we are excited to announce we’re continuing with THREE monthly teams, where middle, high school, & college-aged teens can explore their creativity in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Sign up for either the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday team for a once-a-month opportunity to build your experience in an ongoing campaign. Each month will build on what we did the session before, so except for special circumstances (like you’re out sick or on vacation), Team Tuesday players will be expected to join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month, as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 5th, 4:30 – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 3rd, 4:30 – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 7th, 4:30 – 7:30pm

To join the waiting list, email Miss Sarah with your preferred team/day of the week. When room opens in one of the groups, we will add you to the adventure!

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, November 7

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Computer Lab)

Thursday, November 7

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our computer lab. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

Before heading to the computer lab we will meet in Youth Services Department so that we can we head upstairs together and begin playing at once.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Team Saturday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Saturday, November 9

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Team Saturday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club @ Blackstone Library

Gather treasure, battle monsters, be home by dinner!

Our Dungeons & Dragons Club has been so popular that we are excited to announce we’re continuing with THREE monthly teams, where middle, high school, & college-aged teens can explore their creativity in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Sign up for either the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday team for a once-a-month opportunity to build your experience in an ongoing campaign. Each month will build on what we did the session before, so except for special circumstances (like you’re out sick or on vacation), Team Saturday players will be expected to join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month, as follows:

  • Saturday, November 9th, 1:30 – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, December 14th, 1:30 – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, January 11th, 1:30 – 4:30pm

To join the waiting list, email Miss Sarah with your preferred team/day of the week. When room opens in one of the groups, we will add you to the adventure!

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 12

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Wednesday Night D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Wednesday, November 13

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday Night D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club @ Blackstone Library

Gather treasure, battle monsters, be home by dinner!

This fall, The Teen Services Department is excited to announce two monthly clubs where middle, high school, & college-aged teens can explore their creativity in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Teens can sign up for either Monday or Wednesday nights to join this monthly club, where players will build their experience in an ongoing game. Each month will build on what we did the session before, so except for special circumstances (like you’re out sick or on vacation) Monday players will be expected to join us for each of the following dates:

  • Monday, September 9th, 4:30-7:30pm
  • Monday, October 28th, 4:30-7:30pm
  • Monday, November 11th, 4:30-7:30pm

To start the adventure, click on your preferred night above, then add your name, email, and phone number to the waiting list so Miss Sarah can contact you with more information!

Conference Room.

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, November 14

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Computer Lab)

Thursday, November 14

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our computer lab. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

Before heading to the computer lab we will meet in Youth Services Department so that we can we head upstairs together and begin playing at once.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Cooking with You: a Meal Sharing Book Club for Families – 4th thru 6th Grade and Caregiver (Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, November 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We have started a cookbook club for families and we want to include you! Here’s how it works, stop by the Youth Services Department for this month’s cookbook. Review the recipes with your kids, test a few out and then the night of the meeting bring in something delicious to share. During the meeting we will eat, talk about the book and whether or not you would recommend it to your family and friends. We promise this will be a great way to meet people and share in the joy of cooking as a family!

Sound fun? Space is limited, so click here to sign up or call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 today.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, November 18

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, circuit creation and more!

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. 321 or click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 19

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

CDR Family Meal Night with the Blackstone (Offsite)

Tuesday, November 19

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 PM enjoy a free meal and activity for any family with school aged children at the Community Dining Room. The 3rd Tuesday of every month the Library will be there to share stories, an activity, items to checkout as well as library card forms.

Food Schedule
1st Pizza Night
2nd BBQ
3rd Vegetarian
4th All American
5th Italian

This program takes place at the Community Dining Room, 30 Harrison Avenue.
Questions 203. 488. 9750.

Cosplay Club

Wednesday, November 20

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Interested in cosplay? Not sure where to start?

Mature teens and adults are invited to join veteran cosplayer, Denny McDermott, for a monthly opportunity to show off your latest creations, get tips and tricks from fellow cosplayers, use the library’s sewing machines and 3D printer (free!) and work together on building costumes for cons, ren fairs, LARP, and everyday life!

Cosplay, or costume play, is a unique art that combines costuming, sewing, arts and crafts, and acting. Because cosplayers don’t just get into costume–many get into character! Learning to become your favorite historical figure, cartoon, superhero, or other famous figure takes time, dedication, and talent. But there are a lot of inside tips and tricks that can make it a less expensive (and more fun!) hobby!

Denny has been cosplaying for a number of years, and primarily focuses on female costumes. Her most popular are Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled, but she has played other roles, as well. She is also a photographer and creative writer, which she incorporates into her character play.

Ready to sign up? RSVP @ https://blackstonecosplayclub.eventbrite.com. Have questions? Want to request a special topic? Email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, November 21

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Computer Lab)

Thursday, November 21

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our computer lab. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

Before heading to the computer lab we will meet in Youth Services Department so that we can we head upstairs together and begin playing at once.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Teen Book Club (OFFSITE)

Saturday, November 23

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Like books? Enjoy movies? We’re discussing both at our Teen Book Club!

Every month we’ll meet to catch-up over coffee & discuss a YA title that’s either available now or coming soon to the silver screen. We’ll talk about similarities and differences, the cast or, better yet, who WE would cast in the lead roll. All are welcome, even if you don’t complete the book–you can still participate in the discussion! The Teen Book Club will meet at Common Grounds, a coffee shop where we can sink in some comfy chairs and grab a drink! (Don’t forget to bring cash for some coffee, tea, or their killer chocolate cake!)

Want to join us? Here’s our Upcoming Schedule (Click each date below to sign up!):

Think we should watch the film? Have ideas for our next book? Grab a friend, pick up a book & bring your ideas, we can’t wait to hear them! Have questions? Comments? Suggestions? Want to reserve a copy of an upcoming title? Email the Teen Services Librarian, Miss Sarah, today @ smallory@blackstonelibrary.org.

Teen Movie Matinee

Saturday, November 23

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

All middle, high school, and college-aged teens are invited to join us in our new Teen Space for a monthly movie matinee. This month we’re watching: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Arthur Dent is having a pretty bad day. First, bulldozers tried to knock down his house. Then aliens tried to blow up his planet. Luckily, Arthur’s best friend–Ford Prefect–is also an alien, so at least together they can survive Earth’s total annihilation. Join these two hitchhikers–along with President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox, and sexy refugee Trillian–as they make their way across the stars, seeking the meaning of life, the universe, and a decent cup of tea.

Space is limited for this event, so make sure you sign up for free tickets HERE.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, November 26

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Computer Lab)

Thursday, November 28

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy gaming and playing Roblox BUT want to pop into the Library when you know folks are going to be around? Join our Roblox/gaming club that meets for an hour every Thursday in our computer lab. We will provide an hour long session on our computers along with stereo headphones so that you can connect, socialize and build upon your avatar with friends along the way.

Before heading to the computer lab we will meet in Youth Services Department so that we can we head upstairs together and begin playing at once.

Registration for this program is required so that we can plan accordingly. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, December 2

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, circuit creation and more!

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. 321.

Creative Writing 101: A Teen-Only Writing Workshop

Monday, December 2

5:30 pm

Teens: Are you ready to unleash your creativity as a writer? Join young adult author Shari Arnold & MFA candidate Amy Bowers for three sessions that will explore tricks of the trade to help you discover & develop your own unique voice in this Creative Writing Series @ Blackstone Library!

Bring your works for critique. Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, manga, or graphic novels, join us to learn to love writing (more than you already do!). The series will meet twice in September, then reconvene in October for a chance to showcase your work in a fun, supportive space!

Open to all mature middle, high school, and college-aged teens. Please note: writers will be asked to leave their more graphic work at home, but some teens may explore more mature themes in their writing. For younger writers, parental discretion is advised. If you have questions, email teens@blackstonelibrary.org.

Ready to sign up? Click here to RSVP.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, December 3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Living through a renovation means we are going to have a whole new area with a lot more space and we want YOUR help to make it inviting with materials, activities, furniture and programs that speak to YOU! If you are in middle school and interested in sharing your thoughts, racking up community service hours and making new friends than this club is for you.

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK)–we thank you for filling bellies and for your support!

Interested in joining, please email teens@blackstonelibrary.org to add your name to the list!