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

Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 17

All Day

Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, February 18

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.

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, February 19

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 19

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 (Teen Space)

Thursday, February 20

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 teen space. 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.

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 20

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 21

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.

Branford Preschool and Daycare Expo (OFFSITE)

Saturday, February 22

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Looking for schools and/or childcare for your little one? Head to the Branford Early Childhood Collaborative’s annual Preschool and Daycare Expo. The room will be filled with area schools, information about their teaching styles and pricing. Here, you can learn about multiple schools in one day. Families are welcome to bring their little ones since hands-on activities will be provided.

The expo is located at:
Branford Community House
46 Church Street

Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, February 24

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 (YS Progrmaming)

Monday, February 24

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 25

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 25

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 26

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 26

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.

Half Day with the Sugar Cube Challenge K thru 4th Grade (Lucy Hammer)

Wednesday, February 26

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 time we are putting the pedal to the metal and creating teams of two for a sugar cube challenge! In this challenge participants will have to build the biggest structure possible with sugar cubes BUT here is the catch, since there always is a catch. One person will be the worker and the other the coach. The coach has to guide the worker in his/her structure building since they are blindfolded and can only use their less dominate arm. There are sure to be some fumbles in this team building event.

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

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

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, February 27

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 teen space. 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.

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 27

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 28

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.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss – Babies thru Age 5 (YS Programming)

Monday, March 2

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Come and celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style with Miss Mary. During this storytime she will share some music and movement activities as well as her favorite Dr. Seuss titles. We will close the hour with a Seuss like craft and share the TV viewing of Green Eggs and Ham. Everyone will also receive a copy of Gerald McBoing Boing while supplies last. So, come on by and join in the fun!

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

This program is made possible by the CT State Library with funds from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Stories for 2’s

Tuesday, March 3

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, March 3

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, March 4

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, March 4

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.

Read to a Dog: Building Literacy Skills with Pet Partners – K thru 4th Grade (YS Programming)

Wednesday, March 4

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Pet Partners is working with the library to provide therapy dog read-aloud sessions for children in K thru 4th Grade. The program will run for an hour and a half once a month where participants can read aloud to a dog of their choice with a book provided by the library or from home. All participating dogs have been vetted through the Pet Partners program; which means they have passed all of their therapy dog training, are up to date on their vaccines, and have experience working with a range of people and ages.

Research shows that children reading aloud to dogs rather than humans reduces stress and creates a slight gain in reading ability and attitude toward reading in general. Most children are calmed by a dog’s presence and are more apt to read aloud since they know the dog will not be judgmental.

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 today.

Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, March 5

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 teen space. 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.

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, March 5

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, March 6

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.

Munchies and a Matinee – For Families (YS Programming)

Saturday, March 7

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the Library to watch the live action Lion King!?! 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.

 

Play/Stories – Ages 3 to 5

Monday, March 9

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 (YS Programming)

Monday, March 9

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, March 10

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, March 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!

Stories/Music – Babies up to 24 months

Wednesday, March 11

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.