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

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

Saturday, December 7

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.

Mermaid’s Winter: Fireside Reading/Activities with author Madelyn Kavanaugh – Reading Room (Preschool – 2 Grade)

Sunday, December 8

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Madelyn Kavanaugh, local author of Mermaid Tears is back to share what happens to mermaids once summer is through. The local author was asked, “where will the mermaid go during the winter?” after one of her book readings and that question inspired her to continue her mermaid journey with Mermaid Winter.

During this fireside chat the author will share her book, answer any questions you might have about writing and publishing and then close out with some mermaid inspired treats and crafts. Sure to be a sweet winter treat!

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

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, December 10

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!

Half Day with Cookie Decorating – K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer)

Wednesday, December 11

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Library is your destination on early release days since we will be featuring a different hands-on project that anyone can jump into. This month we will be getting into the holiday spirit by decorating sugar cookies with an array of icings, toppings and candy. We will provide all the cookies, confections and more – you just need to come with an empty stomach ready to decorate.

Click here to sign up or call us at 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 to register today. 

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

Thursday, December 12

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.

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

Friday, December 13

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!

First Up! Blackbeard vs. Sacagawea

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

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, December 16

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, December 17

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, December 19

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.

Movie Showing: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – Families (Reading Room)

Monday, December 23

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Head to the Library for some holiday sweetness as we watch Dr. Seuss’ beloved Christmas classic come to life. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump that needs a reminder of what it means to love, share and care during the holiday season. Sure to be funny, heartwarming and visually pleasing for the entire family PLUS we will be offering hot coco to sweeten the pot.

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

Library Closed for Christmas Eve Holiday

Tuesday, December 24

All Day

Library Closed for Christmas Holiday

Wednesday, December 25

All Day

Gingerbread Construction: K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, December 26

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This month we are taking candy canes, gum drops and frosting to the next level by constructing our very own graham cracker gingerbread houses. During this program everyone will start with the same basic design but will work on their own to create doors, windows, home decor and more! The Library will provide all the necessary crackers and candy embellishments. All you need to bring is a brain ready to design. We will be sure to take a photo of everyone’s creation at the end.

Registration is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 321 or click here.

Santa Breakout: A Physical Escape Experience – 4 thru 6th Grade (YS Department)

Friday, December 27

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Oh no! It’s Christmas Eve and the naughty and nice book is missing from Santa’s office. Without the book, Santa won’t be able to deliver presents so he needs YOUR help to locate the book! Participants will have to work as a team to follow clues and locate the physical book before he leaves the North Pole. This physical breakout will only happen once, so space is limited.

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

Fandom Trivia – Middle and High School (Teen Room)

Monday, December 30

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Do you consider yourself a super fan? Students in grades 5-12 are invited to test their skills at our first ever trivia event. Participants will be split into to teams and be asked “Jeopardy” like questions about popular movies, tv series, books and characters! BUT, if you answer wrong your team will have to face the ultimate consequence – picking a bean from our “Bertie Botts” jar, which could be super tasty or simply awful.

Registration for this program is required. To do so please click here

Happy NOON Year – Babies thru Age 5 (Reading Room)

Tuesday, December 31

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Can’t stay up till midnight? Well don’t worry! The James Blackstone Memorial Library knows exactly how to make a New Year’s Eve splash with our NOON Year’s Eve Party! This event is for babies thru age 5 and their families and will include traditional storytime elements like: singing, dancing and reading but will also include special activities like: decorating your own party hats and a countdown to NOON, 12PM with all the bells and whistles. This is definitely something you do not want to miss.

Registration for this program is not required. Cannot wait to see you here. 

Library Closed for New Year’s Holiday

Wednesday, January 1

All Day

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

Thursday, January 2

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 2

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 3

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, January 4

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, January 6

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, January 7

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 7

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!

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

Thursday, January 9

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, January 9

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 9

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 10

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, January 10

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!

Next Up! Steve Irwin vs Jacques Cousteau

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

Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, January 13

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 13

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 14

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 14

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!