Welcome to Teen Services @ Blackstone Library!

Need help with a project? Something to read? We’ve got you covered! Blackstone is more than great books! Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to study, a community to get involved in, or just somewhere to hang out, we’re here for you!

What do you need to know to hang out @ Blackstone Library? There are only 2 rules: 1 ) everyone gets along in the library (this should be a fun, safe place where no one feels bullied or picked on); and 2 ) be kind. That’s it! Treat others with respect, and this building (and all our cool stuff) is available to use, borrow & enjoy!

Looking for information on a specific topic? Check out the links @ the top of this page & the events below. Still have questions? Looking for the meaning of life, the universe & everything? We have answers (librarians: the original Google). Drop us a line any time at: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

News

Upcoming Events

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.

Team Otaku: Teen Anime Club

Monday, December 9

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

It’s so kawaii!

Are you a true otaku (an anime fan)? Whether you’ve already got a favorite series to binge or you’re just starting out, join us for a monthly chance to explore the world of anime and manga with other fans! Discuss your favorite series, what you look for in a genre (fantasy? comedy? giant robots?) and watch something together! Open to teens in grades 9-12.

Registration is required for teen programs. RSVP at: www.blackstoneteenservices.eventbrite.com

(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!

Wednesday Night D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Wednesday, December 11

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wednesday Night D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club @ Blackstone Library

Gather treasure, battle monsters, be home by dinner!

This fall, The Teen Services Department is excited to announce two monthly clubs where middle, high school, & college-aged teens can explore their creativity in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Teens can sign up for either the Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday group to join this monthly club, where players will build their experience in an ongoing game. Each month will build on what we did the session before, so except for special circumstances (like you’re out sick or on vacation) Monday players will be expected to join us for each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 13th, 4:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 11th, 4:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 8th, 4:30-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, February 12th, 4:30-7:30pm

To start the adventure, click on your preferred night above, then add your name, email, and phone number to the waiting list so Miss Sarah can contact you with more information!

Conference Room.

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, December 12

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Blackstone Teen Advisory Group, or BTAG, is an exclusive weekly club for high school & college students, where members work with the Teen Librarian (Miss Sarah) to select books, plan programs & work on special projects. Every meeting includes free snacks, games, & a chance to improve the library for you & your friends! After all, a renovated Teen Space is coming soon & we need YOUR input to make it awesome.  Plus, for each meeting you’ll earn 2 hours of community service. Join us Thursdays from 4-6 pm. Email Miss Sarah to RSVP or visit: https://jbmltag.eventbrite.com

Snacks have been generously donated by Feed Branford Kids (FBK). We thank you for filling bellies and your support!

 

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.

Team Saturday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Saturday, December 14

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Team Saturday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club @ Blackstone Library

Gather treasure, battle monsters, be home by dinner!

Our Dungeons & Dragons Club has been so popular that we are excited to announce we’re continuing with THREE monthly teams, where middle, high school, & college-aged teens can explore their creativity in the world of Dungeons & Dragons. Sign up for either the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday team for a once-a-month opportunity to build your experience in an ongoing campaign. Each month will build on what we did the session before, so except for special circumstances (like you’re out sick or on vacation), Team Saturday players will be expected to join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month, as follows:

  • Saturday, November 9th, 1:30 – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, December 14th, 1:30 – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, January 11th, 1:30 – 4:30pm
  • Saturday, February 8th, 1:30 – 4:30pm

To join the waiting list, email Miss Sarah with your preferred team/day of the week. When room opens in one of the groups, we will add you to the adventure!

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!

Cosplay Club

Wednesday, December 18

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Interested in cosplay? Not sure where to start?

Mature teens and adults are invited to join veteran cosplayer, Denny McDermott, for a monthly opportunity to show off your latest creations, get tips and tricks from fellow cosplayers, use the library’s sewing machines and 3D printer (free!) and work together on building costumes for cons, ren fairs, LARP, and everyday life!

Cosplay, or costume play, is a unique art that combines costuming, sewing, arts and crafts, and acting. Because cosplayers don’t just get into costume–many get into character! Learning to become your favorite historical figure, cartoon, superhero, or other famous figure takes time, dedication, and talent. But there are a lot of inside tips and tricks that can make it a less expensive (and more fun!) hobby!

Denny has been cosplaying for a number of years, and primarily focuses on female costumes. Her most popular are Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled, but she has played other roles, as well. She is also a photographer and creative writer, which she incorporates into her character play.

Ready to sign up? RSVP @ https://blackstonecosplayclub.eventbrite.com. Have questions? Want to request a special topic? Email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org