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

Library Closed for Martin Luther King JR Day

Monday, January 20

All Day

(TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, January 21

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!

CDR Family Meal Night with the Blackstone (Offsite)

Tuesday, January 21

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Every Tuesday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 PM enjoy a free meal and activity for any family with school aged children at the Community Dining Room. The 3rd Tuesday of every month the Library will be there to share stories, an activity, items to checkout as well as library card forms.

Food Schedule
1st Pizza Night
2nd BBQ
3rd Vegetarian
4th All American
5th Italian

This program takes place at the Community Dining Room, 30 Harrison Avenue.
Questions 203. 488. 9750.

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, January 23

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, January 23

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.

Teen Book Club (OFFSITE)

Saturday, January 25

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Like books? Enjoy movies? We’re discussing both at our Teen Book Club!

Every month we’ll meet to catch-up over coffee & discuss a YA title that’s either available now or coming soon to the silver screen. We’ll talk about similarities and differences, the cast or, better yet, who WE would cast in the lead roll. All are welcome, even if you don’t complete the book–you can still participate in the discussion! The Teen Book Club will meet at Common Grounds, a coffee shop where we can sink in some comfy chairs and grab a drink! (Don’t forget to bring cash for some coffee, tea, or their killer chocolate cake!)

Want to join us? Here’s our Upcoming Schedule:

  • Saturday, January 25th: Book to be announced! Share your ideas for our next title & help us pick!

Ready to sign up for some of the dates above?

Visit our Teen Events List at http://blackstoneteenservices.eventbrite.com

Or email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

Maker Mondays: Middle School (LUCY HAMMER ROOM)

Monday, January 27

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, January 28

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, January 29

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

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, January 30

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!