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

Saturday Stories LIVE – A Virtual Storytime

Saturday, May 30

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly from the comfort of your couch for a series of stories, songs and movement activities. All you need is your computer, tablet or phone and an internet connection to participate.

Once registered you will receive a link to join us through ZOOM the morning of so that you can shake your sillies out.

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

Monday, June 15

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, June 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!

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

Friday, June 19

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!

ScienceTellers: A Virtual Space where Science and Stories Join Forces – For Families

Friday, June 19

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kick off summer reading with a fun fantasy filled adventure and you’ll discover just how ‘cool’ matter can be! It’s time to see what happens when dragons and an ice sorceress meet. Throughout the showing the ScienceTellers will answer questions, conduct polls/quizzes and even teach a science experiment you can do at home! This is truly an interactive experience.

Once you register you will receive an email the day of the program with a link to join everyone in ZOOM, won’t you sign up for some fun?

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

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime

Monday, June 22

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.

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, June 23

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.

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

Wednesday, June 24

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!

Animal Senses: A Virtual Meet and Greet – For Families

Thursday, June 25

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Every animal has a story so the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is going to share how animals tell theirs by using their senses! During this program families will investigate the keen senses of various animals and how they use them in order to survive. The center will use a combination of books and live animals to showcase how  snakes, turtles, frogs and even owls use certain senses to connect with the world.

Sign up here and receive an email the day of the program with our ZOOM meeting number and password to join in the animal fun!

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

Friday, June 26

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!

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

Monday, June 29

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, July 1

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!

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

Friday, July 3

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!

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

Monday, July 6

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, July 8

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!

Music with Mr. Drew for ages 5 and under

Thursday, July 9

10:00 am - 10:45 am

It’s time to get all of our littles moving and grooving with a fully interactive performance with Mr. Drew! During this music filled event families will sing some of their favorites, use items around the house to make music and get up and move! We promise, this is one you do not want to miss.

So, click here to register and you will receive an email the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to Mr. Drew’s music class.

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, July 10

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!

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

Monday, July 13

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!

LIVE Streaming of Frozen a Sing Along – For Families

Tuesday, July 14

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a fully interactive sing along experience with your friends and family. We are going to “Let it Go” with a LIVE streaming of Frozen™ (the sing along edition) and then ask YOU to participate by singing your hearts out. All ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged, PLUS we may have a few special guests up our sleeve, so this is something you do not want to miss. Running time 1h 50m.

Sign up to reserve your spot and recieve an email the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our LIVE stream.

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

Wednesday, July 15

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!

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

Friday, July 17

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!

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

Monday, July 20

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, July 22

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!

Three Billy Goats Gruff: A Virtual Drama Workshop for Grades K thru 4

Wednesday, July 22

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Join Ingrid Schaeffer for an exciting journey into the world of trolls and Billy goats. This workshop will begin with some fun theatre games and exercises and will work its way into the interactive telling of the famous tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. And believe me, that mean old Troll will certainly get what he deserves! Participants will enact the story playing the Billy Goats and the Troll. This promises to be fun filled program with lots of opportunity to act up a storm. 

Please note that space is limited and sign up is simple, once registered you will receive an email the day of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to this virtual workshop.

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

Music with Mr. Drew for ages 5 and under

Thursday, July 23

10:00 am - 10:45 am

It’s time to get all of our littles moving and grooving with a fully interactive performance with Mr. Drew! During this music filled event families will sing some of their favorites, use items around the house to make music and get up and move! We promise, this is one you do not want to miss.

So, click here to register and you will receive an email around 9:30AM the morning of with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to Mr. Drew’s music class.

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

Friday, July 24

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!

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

Monday, July 27

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!

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

Tuesday, July 28

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.

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

Wednesday, July 29

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, July 31

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sign up to receive a challenge video and link to different digital breakout games each week! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. You have 1 week to complete each challenge solo or with friends and family. Send in your challenge answers before the next video and link is released to be entered in for a prize drawing.

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

Friday, July 31

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!

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

Monday, August 3

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 5

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!