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 Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 17

All Day

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, February 20

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 (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.

Saturday Cinema Teen Book Club

Saturday, February 22

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Like books? Enjoy movies? This club is for you!

Once each month, we’re meeting at the library to 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…and watch the movie! The Teen Book Club will meet in the Youth Services Department.

Ready to sign up? Email Miss Sarah today: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

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.

(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!

Cosplay Club

Wednesday, February 26

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, February 27

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 (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.

Teen Writing Workshop

Monday, March 2

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Teens: Are you ready to unleash your creativity as a writer? Join us for an evening of sharing with young adult author Shari Arnold & MFA candidate Amy Bowers! Shari & Amy will provide a safe, supportive space for creative teens to think & explore their imagination in new ways. Details on this session are to be announced! Grades 6+. If you have questions, email teens@blackstonelibrary.org.

Ready to sign up? Click here to RSVP.