Teens Events

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Half Day: MakerLab Program – 5th Grade and Up (Auditorium)

Wednesday, May 11

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Are you looking for something to do on your half day? How about coming to the Blackstone Library to learn how to use Photoshop? During this two hour session participants will use the camera function on our iPads to take photos of spring findings around the library building. We will then upload those photos to our computers and edit them in Photoshop to create different moods and backgrounds. Photos will then be printed and put on display throughout the children’s department. This will be a fun and hands-on introduction to photo editing.

We have limited number of iPads so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here

 

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Intro to 3D Printing (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, May 24

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn to create 3D files that you can print using our machines. Create a bookmark or key chain using Tinkercad: a free online 3D design program. In this class, you’ll learn by using Tinkercad’s online lessons, with guidance from our staff. Go at your own pace, and create something that’s truly yours. Space is limited, register today. To register, please click here.

*Children are welcome to attend as long as a caregiver is present.

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Intro to 3D Printing (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, May 31

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn to create 3D files that you can print using our machines. Create a bookmark or key chain using Tinkercad: a free online 3D design program. In this class, you’ll learn by using Tinkercad’s online lessons, with guidance from our staff. Go at your own pace, and create something that’s truly yours. Space is limited, register today. To register, please click here.

*Children are welcome to attend as long as a caregiver is present.

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

Saturday, June 4

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the library to watch Kicking and Screaming!?! 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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Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Friday, June 10

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

It’s the last day of school so summer reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun. As always, we have two summer reading programs. On Your Mark, Get Set, READ for our K thru 4th graders and Get in the Game – READ for our middle schoolers and up!

Children can follow either link to sign up, learn about our prizes and track their reading. As always, we will be at the Branford Festival, so if you are interesting in signing up face-to-face look 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.

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

Saturday, June 18

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.

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Board/Computer Game Night – For Families (Auditorium)

Monday, June 20

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Get your brain AND body active at the James Blackstone Memorial Library by taking on your friends and family with an assortment of board and Wii movement based games. During the hour long “gaming” session friends and family will be able to battle it out with a series of traditional a NEW board games like: Clue, Balderdash, Apples to Apples, Candyland and more! We will also have our Wii gaming system setup so that everyone can try their hand at boxing and bowling, which are an excellent way to get moving.

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

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Get Active with Jump Rope – 5th Grade and Up (Outside)

Tuesday, June 21

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It’s time to get active at the James Blackstone Memorial Library by creating your own jump rope out of recycled materials! That is right, teens are invited to come to the library and create their very own ropes which are 100% workable and are a great way to get up and moving. Once we have made our ropes we will practice various jumps, play a couple of games and even put together a mini jump rope competition outside. The winner will be recognized on our facebook page, so let’s sign up and start moving.

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

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Ecosystems Everywhere: Presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center – 3rd thu 5th Grade (Auditorium)

Monday, June 27

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In order for the planet to stay fit we have to do our part to keep the environment healthy so that each ecosystem can thrive – so let’s see what we can do! Explore the biotic and abiotic factors that help plants and animals survive in their specific ecosystem. After a brief introduction to different types of ecosystems and their components, participants will partake in a multi-station, inquiry based lab to observe live plant and animal specimens and to infer how their adaptations help them play a role in their ecosystem. Participants will also investigate how the non-living factors, such as climate and soil, affect an ecosystem’s success.

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 Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

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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.

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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.

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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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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.  Through this program teens will learn to develop active, positive lifestyles.  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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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.