Summer Events & Classes: Kids • Teens • Adults

Our summer calendar is online. Check out all of the great events we have coming up for you! You’ll need Zoom (app or software) installed to participate. Click here for more information on installing Zoom. Click here for a printable calendar. Some programs are recorded and available for viewing after the event. Click here to see all videos.

All programs have been made possible by The Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library, Guilford Savings Bank, and The Allan Louis Loeb Foundation. Thank you for your support!

Kids Programs

Teen Programs

Adult Programs

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Our Summer Reading Quest is for ALL AGES! Sign up today.

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Kids Programs


Monday Stories LIVE (ages 5 and under)

Mondays @ 10:30–11 am
Starting June 15
Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly every Monday as we recreate storytime with songs, hand rhymes, stories and more. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Registration required to receive meeting link and kit pick up specifics. Click here to register.

Wednesday Stories LIVE (ages 5 and under)

Wednesdays @ 10:30–11 am
Starting June 17
Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly every Wednesday as we recreate storytime with songs, hand rhymes, stories and more. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Registration required to receive meeting link and kit pick up specifics. Click here to register.

Fridays are for Sharing (ages 3 to 5)

Fridays @ 11–11:30 am
Starting June 19
Miss Mary and Miss Carly are saving Fridays for “show and tell.” Drop in and share your favorite story, stuffed animal, artwork or toy. We will be sharing our favorites as well. Registration is required to receive meeting link. Click here to register.

Rick Riordan Presents: Virtual Book Club (grades 3 thru 6)

Fourth Tuesday of the Month @ 3:30–4:30 pm
July 28 & August 25
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. Registration is required to receive meeting link. Click here to register and gain access to our next title.

Music With Mr. Drew (ages 5 and under)

Thursday, July 9 & 23 @ 10–11 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 hous

e to make music and get up and move! We promise, this is one you do not want to miss. Registration is required for one or both sessions. Click here to register.

Live-Streaming ‘Frozen’ Sing Along (for families)

Tuesday, July 14 @ 4–6 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. 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. Registration is required to join the party. Click here to register.

Three Billy Goats Gruff: A Virtual Drama Workshop (grades K thru 4)

Wednesday, July 22 @ 1–2 pm
Join Ingrid Schaeffer for an exciting journey into the world of trolls and billy goats. This workshop will begin with some fun theater games and exercises and will work its way into the interactive telling of the famous tale The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Space is limited and registration is required for meeting link. Click here to register.

BreakOut of This: Four Week Virtual Challenge (for families)

Starting Friday @ July 31
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.

Wizarding Workshop

Tuesday, August 11 @ 1–2 pm for grades K thru 2
Tuesday, August 11 @ 2–3 pm for grades 3 thru 5
Interested in concocting potions, making your own wand and learning how to care for magical creatures? All of the above are available in this hands-on workshop, but you need to pick up all the necessary materials at the library the week before. Sign up for grades K thru 2 to receive an email about specifics and a link to the workshop. Sign up for grades 3 thru 5 to receive the same.

Live-Streaming Movie Watch Party: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Friday, August 21 @ 6 pm
We’ll 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.

 

 

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Teen Programs

TAG: Teen Advisory Group
3rd Thursday of the Month @ 3–4 pm
July 16 & August 20

Looking for an opportunity to have your voice heard? We’ve got you covered! Bring your own snacks & join us for a digital opportunity to discuss books, library programs & more! You’ll earn an hour of community service for your time. Open to high school teens. Space is limited and registration is required to receive a meeting link. To see if there’s room, email Miss Sarah @ teens@blackstonelibrary.org 

Imagine Your Story: Creative Writing for Teens

Five Monday Sessions @ 3:30 – 5pm
June 29, July 13 & 27, August 3 & 17

Is there a story hidden in you? Sign up for this series of five summer sessions & find out! Join veteran writing workshop hosts Shari Arnold & Amy Bowers for five virtual sessions in which you’ll explore character, setting, plot, and revisions in order to create your own retold myth, twisted fairy tale, or dark fantasy—a story you’ll be willing (and proud) to share with your classmates & friends. Open to middle, high school, and college-aged teens. Space is limited and registration is required to receive a meeting link. Sign up here. 

Summer Teen Coffee & Book Chat

Two Thursday Sessions @ 3–4 pm: July 2 & August 6

Love to read? Us, too! Each month, we’re inviting you to a digital discussion where we’ll talk about the books YOU choose, all over a cup of coffee*. Just pick any book from our Reading List & come ready to tell us why we should (or shouldn’t!) read it, too. Not only will you get a chance to discuss a book you loved (or didn’t), but you’ll also get book suggestions from other readers in the know! Open to middle, high school, and college-aged teens. *Books are available for free through Hoopla Digital. Coffee is optional, some assembly required. Space is limited and registration is required to receive a meeting link. Sign up here.

Take the Stage: Improv & Acting for Tweens & Teens

Wednesday, July 22 @ 2:30–3:30 pm
Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to try their hands at theater games, improvisations, and acting exercises with Ingrid Schaeffer. Everyone will participate in this exciting exploration but will never feel on the spot. Previous acting experience is not necessary, this is simply a chance for everyone to think, create and play. Open to middle & high school teens. Space is limited and registration is required to receive a meeting link. Sign up here.

Live-Streaming Movie Watch Party: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Friday, August 21 @ 6 pm
We’ll 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.

 

 

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Adult Programs

Hatha Yoga

Tuesdays @ 4 pm, Beginning June 2
Join Kripalu-certified yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required; yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended. Click here to register.

Social Distance Knitting Group

Wednesdays @ 6-7:30 pm
Join us for a weekly outdoor knitting group! Group meets every Wednesday on the library grounds, weather permitting. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318. Click here to register.

How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group

Saturdays @ 1-2 pm
Learn to better understand and appreciate the wide world of poetry! Each week we’ll discuss a new chapter from the 8th edition of the book Sound and Sense: an Introduction to Poetry by Laurence Perrine. A best-selling introduction to poetry for more than 50 years, Perrine’s book succinctly covers the basics with detailed chapters on the elements of poetry, unique materials on evaluating poetry, exemplary selections, and exercises and study questions that guide understanding. With an emphasis on teaching students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry, this group will be your guide to discovering how and what a poem means, and hopefully gain a new appreciation for the art form.

Registration required to receive meeting link. Click here to register. Digital copies of Sound and Sense are available through Open Library. Click here to create an account and download a copy of the book.

Second Tuesday Book Group

Tuesdays @ 6:15 pm, June 9, July 14, August 11
New members welcomed. June’s title is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (available on Hoopla to download with your Blackstone Library card); future titles are TBD. Meetings will be held via Zoom. Interested in joining the Zoom chat? Email ckondziela@blackstonelibrary.org.

Books & Brews Book Club

Last Wednesday of the month @ 6-8 pm, June 24, July 29, August 26

Titles TBD. Find us on Meetup.com and register there to receive meeting link.

Spy Island: Author Talk with Greg Gilmartin

Saturday, July 25 @ 2:30 pm
Greg Gilmartin will discuss his latest novel: an unexpected story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. From the thrill rides of Coney Island to the sandy cliffs of Block Island, connected by the world of digital espionage, this spy thriller takes you on the journey of an unassuming geek and the young woman who has changed his life. Click here to register.

Black in Branford: A Perspective in a Time of Awakening

Wednesday, July 29 @ 7 pm
Join Bobi Gill-Brooks, life long Branford resident and first Black woman elected official, in conversation with Lonnie Reed. Ms. Gill-Brooks will talk about her experiences as a black person in a largely white community. Presented by the James Blackstone Memorial Library and BCTV, this online event will take place on Wednesday July 29, 2020 at 7 pm. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

Re-Imagining Your Story: Keys to a Life of Resilience

Thursday, August 6 @ 6 pm
Local author Lorri Danzig shares the tools she used to help her re-imagine her own story in a way that was honest, truthful, and more resilient. Participants will take away a clear understanding of how to put resilience skills into action. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.

Virtual Book Discussion – The Bear by Andrew Krivak

Friday, August 7 @ 12 pm

Don’t let social distancing prevent you from discussing a great book with your neighbors! Download The Bear by Andrew Krivak on Hoopla (free with your Blackstone Library card), then meet up with us via zoom for a live book discussion on August 7th.

From National Book Award in Fiction finalist Andrew Krivak comes a gorgeous fable of Earth’s last two human inhabitants, and a girl’s journey home.

In an Edenic future, a girl and her father live close to the land in the shadow of a lone mountain. They possess a few remnants of civilization: some books, a pane of glass, a set of flint and steel, a comb. The father teaches the girl how to fish and hunt, the secrets of the seasons and the stars. He is preparing her for an adulthood in harmony with nature, for they are the last of humankind. But when the girl finds herself alone in an unknown landscape, it is a bear that will lead her back home through a vast wilderness that offers the greatest lessons of all, if she can only learn to listen.

A cautionary tale of human fragility, of love and loss, The Bear is a stunning tribute to the beauty of nature’s dominion.

Click here to register.

Preserving Family History Treasures

Tuesday August 11 @ 2 pm
Lizette Pelletier, State Archivist at the Connecticut State Library, discusses issues related to paper and electronic documents and offers some basic preservation steps to ensure that family records are available for future generations. Click here to register.

How to Use Your iPad

Thursday, August 13 @ 2 pm
This class is geared towards beginners, covering the basic functions and features of the iPad and apps. iPads must already be registered with an Apple ID and running the most current operating system. Click here to register.

DIY Workshop: Ginger Ale & Vanilla Extract

Saturday, August 15 @ 1 pm
Join the mother/daughter duo, Grounded Goodwife, for these hands-on workshops using ingredients from your kitchen! Check our website for a list of necessary ingredients. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.

Live-Streaming Movie Watch Party: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Friday, August 21 @ 6 pm
We’ll 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.

 

 

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