Teens Events

Drop-in DIY: Earbud bag or T-Shirt Tote

Thursday, June 14

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Drop in anytime during this DIY event, and make your choice of an earbud drawstring bag or a simple tote. We will have fabric, ribbons, and t-shirts available to use, or you can bring in your own!

If bringing in your own, you’ll need:

Earbud bag: cotton fabric, at least 4″ x 11″ and two 15″ (or longer) ribbons.

T-shirt tote:  t-shirt, any size

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Begins

Friday, June 15

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Reading at the James Blackstone Memorial Library has officially begun with – Libraries Rock!

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 exciting programs and realize that some events do require registration and have cut-offs, so the sooner you sign up the better.

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

Saturday, June 16

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.

Sheet Music Art: A Unique Project – 5th Grade and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, June 19

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

During this station based activity teens will transform pieces of sheet music into illustrated masterpieces by using a combination of paints, stencils and colored pencils. Participants will be challenged to use the notations on the page to create a scene or better yet tell a story – merging two pieces of artistry into one!

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

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, June 21

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Branford Fire Headquaters)

Saturday, June 23

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.
Rated PG some rude humor and mild peril.

Lunch Bunch: Intermediate Nutmeg Nominee Book Club – 4th thru 6th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, June 26

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interested in reading in a group setting, dying to discuss one of your favorite books or just tired of reading the same old thing? Then it is about time that you joined our monthly book club! Every month the Youth Services Department provides a different book from the intermediate Nutmeg Nominee list where participants can come together to discuss as a group and participate in various activities. This is a great way for book lovers to socialize, reinforce comprehension, make personal connections  and gives readers a chance to come in contact with different genres.

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. 

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, June 28

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Robot Drum: Provided by the Eli Whitney Museum – 5th Grade and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, June 29

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Work together to replicate Leonardo’s’ first robot, a music machine that can be programmed to produce rhythms and adjust tempos automatically. Once complete, try your hand at playing well known melodies or create your own cadences from scratch. Maybe we will even create our own song? Either way, the library will provide all the necessary materials and instructions to create your own drum.

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

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 5

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Fun with Rhythms: A Family Drum Circle with Edward Leonard – All Ages (Outside)

Saturday, July 7

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

“Fun with Rhythms” is an educational drum and music circle designed to teach children (and adults) the fundamentals of music while playing interactive rhythm games with drums and hand-held percussion instruments from around the world. Parents and caregivers are invited to join in the fun, making this a quality event for the entire family!

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. 

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 12

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

StoryWalk Group Walk – All Ages (Meet at the Library)

Saturday, July 14

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Want to experience StoryWalk® as a group? Meet us at the library as we progressively read Ada’s Violin, the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay along Main Street. We’ll enjoy the great outdoors, complete some of the challenges and discuss our favorite parts of the book.

Registration for this program is not required. Just meet us in front of the Blackstone to enjoy the walk.

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 19

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Lunch Bunch: Intermediate Nutmeg Nominee Book Club – 4th thru 6th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, July 24

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interested in reading in a group setting, dying to discuss one of your favorite books or just tired of reading the same old thing? Then it is about time that you joined our monthly book club! Every month the Youth Services Department provides a different book from the intermediate Nutmeg Nominee list where participants can come together to discuss as a group and participate in various activities. This is a great way for book lovers to socialize, reinforce comprehension, make personal connections  and gives readers a chance to come in contact with different genres.

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. 

DIY: Duct Tape Ear Bud Holder – 5th Grade and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, July 25

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Need a way to keep those pesky ear buds from getting tangled? Well, we have a way, and all it takes is a little duct tape! During this workshop participants will use an array of colored tape to create their own ear bud holders. Teens will then personalize their holders with foam letters and printouts.

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

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, July 26

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Branford Fire Headquaters)

Saturday, July 28

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

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

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, August 2

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

MaKey MaKey: Let’s Build/Program an Instrument – 5th Grade and Up (Lucy Hammer Room)

Monday, August 6

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of creation as we use recycled materials to great your own instrument! Instruments can look like your common playable pieces OR you can get funky and make something unexpected like – a singing bird, or musical flower? Once your instruments are set and ready to play we will connect them to our MaKey MaKeys and use the program SCRATCH to program different musical sounds. Participants can create a fully functioning keyboard or add animal sounds or unexpected sound bites.

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

Digital Design: A Computer Science Club – 3rd thru 5th Graders (Lucy Hammer Room) Session Focuses on MUSIC

Thursday, August 9

1:30 pm - 2:30 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 week participants will work together to take on a different digital component that will introduce them to ways in which they can be makers! This summer we will be focusing on music, so participants will be making their own music videos, sound effects and more! SCRATCH is 100% free and accessible online so children can continue learning/making from home.

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

Kids and Teens Summer Reading Ends

Friday, August 17

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.

Lunch Bunch: Intermediate Nutmeg Nominee Book Club – 4th thru 6th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, August 21

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interested in reading in a group setting, dying to discuss one of your favorite books or just tired of reading the same old thing? Then it is about time that you joined our monthly book club! Every month the Youth Services Department provides a different book from the intermediate Nutmeg Nominee list where participants can come together to discuss as a group and participate in various activities. This is a great way for book lovers to socialize, reinforce comprehension, make personal connections  and gives readers a chance to come in contact with different genres.

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. 

Munchies and a Matinee – All Ages (Branford Fire Headquaters)

Saturday, August 25

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.
Rated PG for some scary images.