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Summer is HERE…

We are inviting you to join our first all ages summer reading quest. Get ready for 10 weeks of activities that will lead you straight to the “treasure” of your choice.

Are you up for the challenge?

Imagine Your Story This Summer @ Blackstone Teen Services

Our Summer Theme this year @ Blackstone Library is “Imagine Your Story,” and we’re challenging you to find a story that fits your own unique reading vibe or, better yet, tell your own! Whether you’re interested in selecting a book or creating one, we have plenty of options this summer @ Blackstone Library!

Summer Reading: Are you a middle or high school student, looking for a great summer read? Not sure what to pick? Check out our TEEN BOOKS PAGE for a list of our top suggestions for summer 2020. Don’t want to wait? Many of these titles are available now, FREE, through Overdrive or Hoopla! All you need is a library card!

Reading Quest: This summer @ the library, join us for our first ever all-ages game that asks YOU to stay connected by completing weekly challenges! The best part is that each challenge will lead you closer to the “treasure” of your choice: multiple summer reading prize drawings at the game’s end! CLICK HERE to learn more!

Summer Programs: Looking for a way to connect with other human beings while you social distance? We’ve got you covered! The library is providing a number of digital programs & events, all summer long! Check out the teen programs listed below, or  CLICK HERE to discover & sign up for all children, teen, & adult events, while space lasts!

Other Resources: Looking for additional online classes, events, and other resources? The Blackstone Reference Librarians have been hard at work, gathering goodies from all over the internet, so we can view them in our spare time! Take a look at what they’ve found HERE.

Upcoming Events

Imagine Your Story: Creative Writing for Teens

Monday, August 17

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Once upon a time, not so long ago, the seed of a story took root, deep in the recesses of your imagination. But what kind of tale settled into the cracks and crannies of your mind? The knotting vines of a dark fantasy? The poisonous thorns of a twisted fairy tale? And if you nurtured it… what would it grow into? Join Shari Arnold & Amy Bowers this summer for 5 virtual sessions in which you’ll explore character, setting, plot, and revisions in order to create a story you’ll be willing (and proud) to share with your classmates & friends.

Open to all middle, high school, and college-aged teens, but register soon! Space is limited & registration is required to receive a zoom meeting code. https://imagineyourstory.eventbrite.com. If class is full and you’re waiting for space, please email Miss Sarah as soon as possible: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

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

BreakOut of This: A Four Week Virtual Challenge for Families

Friday, August 21

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Click Here to jump on the BreakoutEdu game train! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. Challenges will be released every Friday and you have 1 week to complete them solo or with friends and family. Prize winners will be drawn once the 4 week challenge period is complete.

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

LIVE Streaming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Friday, August 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Let’s 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 by email.

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

Tuesday, August 25

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.

Next up, Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, which is available for download on hoopla and we will pick the next title before each meetings close.

So, You’re Thinking about Homeschooling

Friday, September 4

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Curious about homeschooling but not sure where to begin then this ZOOM workshop is ready and waiting for you. Join Linda Hincks, a Connecticut resident with over 20 years of homeschooling experience and owner of Wren Homeschool Consulting to talk about the laws and requirements, how to successfully transition to this new educational model and what it could mean for you and your family.

Please click here to register, so that you can gain access to the ZOOM link and answer some preliminary questions.

This program has been made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Library Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 7

All Day

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

Tuesday, September 22

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.

Library Closed for Columbus Day

Monday, October 12

All Day

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

Tuesday, October 27

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.

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

Tuesday, November 24

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.