Blackstone Library 125th Anniversary

This week’s 125th Anniversary Fact is about an artifact found during one of our previous renovations. This cup was uncovered behind the rotunda along with a page from an 1895 newspaper. Originally used as a drinking cup, it was coated with zinc and finally used as a container for mixing paint. We wonder if that break in the lip just visible on the right was what demoted it from drinking cup to paint mixer!  It has been carefully restored by Nancy and Bill Hendricks who have identified the design as one available between 1890 – 1900. You can visit it, and many other interesting Blackstone artifacts, in the display case on the top floor outside the computer lab!

Community Conversations

Blackstone Library Planning Survey & Conversations

We’re planning for the future and we need your help! We want to offer more meaningful programs and services — and need your insights to get there.  Read more…

Service Update June 1

The adult collections can be browsed without an appointment.

Computers are available in the computer lab for one hour sessions during library hours, no appointment necessary.

Face coverings are still required in the library.

The Blackstone Library is currently open regular hours, Monday – Thursday 9 am – 8 pm and Friday & Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.

Teen and Children’s shelves  –  We are asking that you make an appointment to browse the Teen and Children’s Collections. Please limit your visit to 15 minutes. Call 203-488-1441 x 321 to book a time slot. Read more…

Awakening to Change: Antiracism Resources

Awakening to Change is a lecture series designed to help unify our community by developing a shared understanding of the history, policy, and experiences shaping contemporary discussions of race. It was inspired by a conversation between Branford resident Roberta Gill-Brooks and former State Representative Lonnie Reed about growing up Black in Branford in July 2020.  Read more…

New Addition to Library of Things

Now available to borrow: Kill A Watt® home energy use monitor Read more…

Friends of the Library Virtual Book Cart

The Friends of the Blackstone Library present:
Friends Virtual Book Cart

Looking for some new-to-you books to read? Did you miss stocking up at our book sale? Friends of the Blackstone Library has a way for you to obtain ‘newer’ books at great prices! Read more…