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

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Monday, August 17

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, August 19

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

BreakOut of This: A Four Week Virtual Challenge for Families

Friday, August 21

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Click Here to jump on the BreakoutEdu game train! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. Challenges will be released every Friday and you have 1 week to complete them solo or with friends and family. Prize winners will be drawn once the 4 week challenge period is complete.

This program has been made possible by support from the Guilford Savings Bank.

Fridays Are For Sharing: A Virtual Circle Time with Miss Mary and Miss Carly for ages 3 to 5

Friday, August 21

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual circle time.

Please know that we are looking forward to bringing everyone together to interact and cannot wait to share a couple of our favorite stories too!

LIVE Streaming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Friday, August 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Let’s close out our 10 week summer reading quest with a LIVE streaming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them™. This is the perfect way for everyone to come together and enjoy each others company virtually by watching, conversing and snacking at the same time. All ages are welcome. Running time 2h 13m.

Sign up here to receive a ZOOM link, meeting number and password to join in the fun by email.

Rick Riordan Presents: A Virtual Book Club for Grades 3 thru 6

Tuesday, August 25

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us once a month for a virtual book club that features different books from Rick Riordan Presents – a small publishing sect that’s goal is to share unprecedented cultures and backgrounds through stories inspired by their mythology, folklore and heritage.

Sign up here to meet the fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the summer and you will be sent an email with our ZOOM meeting number and password the morning of our club so that you can join in the discussion.

Next up, Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, which is available for download on hoopla and we will pick the next title before each meetings close.

So, You’re Thinking about Homeschooling

Friday, September 4

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Curious about homeschooling but not sure where to begin then this ZOOM workshop is ready and waiting for you. Join Linda Hincks, a Connecticut resident with over 20 years of homeschooling experience and owner of Wren Homeschool Consulting to talk about the laws and requirements, how to successfully transition to this new educational model and what it could mean for you and your family.

Please click here to register, so that you can gain access to the ZOOM link and answer some preliminary questions.

This program has been made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Library Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 7

All Day

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, September 9

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event for ages 5 and under

Friday, September 11

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Monday, September 14

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, September 16

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event for ages 5 and under

Friday, September 18

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Monday, September 21

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Rick Riordan Presents: A Virtual Book Club for Grades 3 thru 6

Tuesday, September 22

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us once a month for a virtual book club that features different books from Rick Riordan Presents – a small publishing sect that’s goal is to share unprecedented cultures and backgrounds through stories inspired by their mythology, folklore and heritage.

Sign up here to meet the fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the summer and you will be sent an email with our ZOOM meeting number and password the morning of our club so that you can join in the discussion.

First up, Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, which is available for download on hoopla and we will pick the next title before each meetings close.

Take and Make: A Hands-on Activity to Pick Up Curbside on Half Days (K thru 4)

Wednesday, September 23

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration for this activity is not required but pick up will be on a first come first serve basis. Please know that the kits will be marked for pick up in the library’s vestibule and that you will be required to wear a mask when you enter the building.

Our hope is that you can take these kits and use them as a family when you are drumming your fingers wondering what to do.

These kits were made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, September 23

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event for ages 5 and under

Friday, September 25

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Monday, September 28

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, September 30

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event for ages 5 and under

Friday, October 2

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Monday, October 5

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, October 7

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event for ages 5 and under

Friday, October 9

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Library Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 12

All Day

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, October 14

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event for ages 5 and under

Friday, October 16

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Monday, October 19

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, October 21

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event for ages 5 and under

Friday, October 23

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Monday, October 26

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign Up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Rick Riordan Presents: A Virtual Book Club for Grades 3 thru 6

Tuesday, October 27

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us once a month for a virtual book club that features different books from Rick Riordan Presents – a small publishing sect that’s goal is to share unprecedented cultures and backgrounds through stories inspired by their mythology, folklore and heritage.

Sign up here to meet the fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the summer and you will be sent an email with our ZOOM meeting number and password the morning of our club so that you can join in the discussion.

First up, Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, which is available for download on hoopla and we will pick the next title before each meetings close.

Take and Make: A Hands-on Activity to Pick Up Curbside Every Half Day (K thru 4)

Wednesday, October 28

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration for this activity is not required but pick up will be on a first come first serve basis. Please know that the kits will be marked for pick up in the library’s vestibule and that you will be required to wear a mask when you enter the building.

Our hope is that you can take these kits and use them as a family when you are drumming your fingers wondering what to do.

These kits were made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library