Events and News

We Cannot Wait to Meet You!

Every month the Youth Services Department provides special theme-based events and guest speakers in addition to our regularly scheduled programs. These events are perfect for a mixture of ages and are made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library and grants provided by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation and Guilford Savings Bank.

Most of these programs take place during holidays, school minimum days, vacation weeks and throughout the summer months, so please continually check back to see what is up and coming!

Please note that all programming is subject to change and that visiting our home page and reading through our news and notices box will give you the most up to date information about date changes and cancellations.

Also, please realize that some events are age-specific and require registration. This allows us to plan accordingly and ensure we have enough supplies. To learn more about what we have to offer and how to register, head to our calendar.

For more information about any of programs and/or special events to do not be afraid to call or email.                 203. 488. 1441. ext.321                 youthservices@blackstonelibrary.org

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

Thursday, January 23

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.

You DO NOT need to sign up more than once to be part of the group.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.

PJ Storytime – Babies thru Age 5

Thursday, January 23

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This sleepy story hour will be led by Miss Carly and include gentle music, rhymes and stories. We will close with a simple activity or craft. Oh, and PJs are a plus!

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Picture Books LIVE – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, January 24

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Wind down before lunch with a series of picture books brought to life on the big screen. You may know some of the titles ahead of time – and trust me, it is fun seeing your favorite characters walking and talking! After watching a book or two we will close out with a picture book reading by the same author or theme we viewed.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, January 27

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will experience a half hour of play with Miss Mary that will lead into singing, dancing, and rhyming. Stories and a paper craft will close out the hour.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, January 27

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.

Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, January 28

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, January 28

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!

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, January 29

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, January 29

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle storytime with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

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

Thursday, January 30

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.

You DO NOT need to sign up more than once to be part of the group.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.

PJ Storytime – Babies thru Age 5

Thursday, January 30

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This sleepy story hour will be led by Miss Carly and include gentle music, rhymes and stories. We will close with a simple activity or craft. Oh, and PJs are a plus!

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Picture Books LIVE – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, January 31

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Wind down before lunch with a series of picture books brought to life on the big screen. You may know some of the titles ahead of time – and trust me, it is fun seeing your favorite characters walking and talking! After watching a book or two we will close out with a picture book reading by the same author or theme we viewed.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

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

Saturday, February 1

1:00 pm - 2:00 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.

Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, February 3

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will experience a half hour of play with Miss Mary that will lead into singing, dancing, and rhyming. Stories and a paper craft will close out the hour.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, February 4

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, February 4

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!

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, February 5

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, February 5

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle storytime with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

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

Thursday, February 6

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.

You DO NOT need to sign up more than once to be part of the group.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.

PJ Storytime – Babies thru Age 5

Thursday, February 6

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This sleepy story hour will be led by Miss Carly and include gentle music, rhymes and stories. We will close with a simple activity or craft. Oh, and PJs are a plus!

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Picture Books LIVE – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, February 7

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Wind down before lunch with a series of picture books brought to life on the big screen. You may know some of the titles ahead of time – and trust me, it is fun seeing your favorite characters walking and talking! After watching a book or two we will close out with a picture book reading by the same author or theme we viewed.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, February 10

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Children and caregivers will experience a half hour of play with Miss Mary that will lead into singing, dancing, and rhyming. Stories and a paper craft will close out the hour.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, February 10

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.

Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, February 11

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Children and caregivers will take part in an hour long storytime with Miss Mary that will include: singing, dancing, musical instruments and reading. A simple paper craft will follow.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, February 11

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!

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, February 12

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle story time with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, February 12

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Babies and caregivers will come together for a gentle storytime with Miss Mary that will encourage participation through rhyming, movement, and singing. Short and simple stories will also be included.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

STEAMing Up Storytime with Amanda Evans from FRC – Ages 2 to 5

Thursday, February 13

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Amanda Evans from the Family Resource Center once a month for a hands-on storytime that will include books, sensory activities, crafts and more! Each month Amanda will work around a different theme and bring ALL the fixings so that children can fully understand it through trial and error, investigation and hands-on experiences. These storytimes will be unlike anything you have ever seen at the JBML.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

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

Thursday, February 13

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.

You DO NOT need to sign up more than once to be part of the group.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.

PJ Storytime – Babies thru Age 5

Thursday, February 13

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This sleepy story hour will be led by Miss Carly and include gentle music, rhymes and stories. We will close with a simple activity or craft. Oh, and PJs are a plus!

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Picture Books LIVE – Ages 2 to 5

Friday, February 14

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Wind down before lunch with a series of picture books brought to life on the big screen. You may know some of the titles ahead of time – and trust me, it is fun seeing your favorite characters walking and talking! After watching a book or two we will close out with a picture book reading by the same author or theme we viewed.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.

Big Head Book Group: A Who Was/Is Book Club – 2 thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Friday, February 14

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Enjoy reading the Who Was, Who Is or even What Is book series? Well, we are going to kick our reading up a notch but setting up a monthly head to head battle between famous people, places and events. Stop by the Youth Services Department to pick up 1 of 2 book choices. Read it solo or with the family and then head back to the Library the second Friday of the month to perform hands-on activities, a trivia game and lively discussion of who, what or where is better than, well – who, what or where!

Here we go! Harry Houdini vs. Marie Curie

Registration for this program is required. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 321 or click here

Saturday Stories – Babies to Age 5

Saturday, February 15

11:00 am - 11:30 am

A family friendly storytime for all ages that includes music, fingerplays and our favorite books.

Registration for this program is required since we are testing out our new space. To do so please click here.