Teens Events

CANCELLED Teen Writing Workshop

Monday, April 6

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.

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, April 7

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!

CANCELLED Team Tuesday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Tuesday, April 7

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Team Tuesday 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 Tuesday players will be expected to join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

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!

CANCELLED Wednesday Night D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Wednesday, April 8

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.

CANCELLED BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, April 9

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!

 

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, April 9

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.

CANCELLED Team Saturday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Saturday, April 11

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.

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!

CANCELLED 3D File Creation and Printing for Kids and Caregivers – 3rd thru 6th Grade (YS Programming)

Monday, April 13

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Interested in learning more about 3D printing and the overall design process? Want to be able to use opensource software to create something all your own? Then sign up for our 3D File Creation and Printing class for families. Participants will learn all about the printer’s components, be introduced to one of the many FREE 3D design programs and then create something to be printed on the Blackstone’s 3D printer. This will be the perfect way to jump into 3D design and creation.

We have limited number of computers so registration is required. To do some please call 203. 488. 1441. ext 323 or click here and caregivers are expected to stay. 

CANCELLED PEEP Art – Middle School Students (YS Programming)

Tuesday, April 14

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Peeps, that’s right Peeps – those sugar encrusted chicks and bunnies are invading the library and we need YOUR help in order to display, house and feature them in the most creative way. During this hour teens will work together to showcase their Peeps the best way they know how with the craft supplies we have provided. Once complete we will put together a mini art show so that everyone’s Peeps can get some attention.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, please call 203. 488. 1441 ext 321 or click here.

CANCELLED BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, April 16

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!

 

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, April 16

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.

CANCELLED Blackstone Teen Coffee House & Open Mic Night

Friday, April 17

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Introducing… The Blackstone Teen Coffee House & Open Mic Night!

On Friday, April 17th, the library will close to adults @ 5pm, then reopen from 6 to 9pm–to teens only–for free refreshments, a safe space to hang out with friends, and an evening of live entertainment provided by teens…like you! Step on stage & share your music, spoken word, or other performance art, or join us as a supportive member of the audience.

The only rules for teens to attend this event are: 1) everyone gets along in the library; & 2) every performance deserves your attention & support. There is no cost, and the event is open to all students in grades 8 – college. But seats are limited for this event! Sign up is required to attend or perform. Signups for this event will open on March 20, 2020. Email Miss Sarah for details. Check back for updates.

Event sponsored by New Haven Chapter, Order of DeMolay and by Common Grounds Coffee Roaster and Fine Teas. Thank you, Community Partners, for your generous support!

 

CANCELLED Maker Mondays: Middle School (YS Programming)

Monday, April 20

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.

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, April 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!

CANCELLED BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, April 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!

 

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, April 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 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.

CANCELLED Saturday Cinema Teen Book Club

Saturday, April 25

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

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, April 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!

CANCELLED Cosplay Club

Wednesday, April 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

CANCELLED BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, April 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!

 

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, April 30

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.

CANCELLED Munchies and a Matinee – For Families (YS Programming)

Saturday, May 2

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dying to take a break from your normal Saturday activities? How about stopping by the Library to watch something new. The movie will include…snacks, projection viewing, free admission and a place for you and your friends to hang.

* Feel free to bring your own snacks or bag lunch.
Rated PG.

 

CANCELLED Maker Mondays: Middle School (YS Programming)

Monday, May 4

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.

Essay Writing for Middles

Monday, May 4

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Practice Your Writing Skills @ Blackstone!

How do you write an effective essay? Join tutor Christine Benguiat to practice key writing skills for school while exploring topics that YOU are interested in–sports, adventure, movies & more! You select the topic! Grades 5-8.

Space is limited for this session. Please email Miss Sarah to sign up!

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, May 5

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!

Team Tuesday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Tuesday, May 5

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Team Tuesday 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 Tuesday players will be expected to join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

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!

BTAG: Teen Advisory Group – High School & College Students

Thursday, May 7

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!

 

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, May 7

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.

Team Saturday D&D: A Teen Roleplaying Club

Saturday, May 9

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.

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!

CANCELLED (TAC) Tween Advisory Council – Middle School Students

Tuesday, May 12

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, May 13

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, May 14

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!

 

CANCELLED Build with Us – A Roblox/Gaming Group for Middle School Students (Teen Space)

Thursday, May 14

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.