125 Books We Love + Coloring Pages

To help celebrate the Blackstone’s 125th anniversary, we’ve created a list of 125 books we love!

Blackstone staff members contributed titles to the list, which features books in a variety of genres. And to make things even more special, we turned it into a fun paper craft you can do to create your own mini-booklet and holder!

If you’re feeling artsy, check out our Blackstone Library coloring pages. Simply download and print to have some coloring fun! Read more…

Blackstone Library 125th Anniversary

Today’s 125th anniversary fact is all about history in the making! 2021 marks the 125th year the Blackstone Library has been serving the Branford community and to mark that momentous occasion we have some brand-new commemorative library cards available. The two designs feature different historic aspects of the building so you can carry a little piece of history in your pocket! One design features the murals on the library dome, but since we’ll be featuring the dome in future posts, today we’re letting the other design shine through! This card features a photo of the library while it was still under construction, specifically in October of 1894. You can see that most of the exterior has been completed, but the interior still has a long way to go! These photos were taken at the request of Probst Construction Company, the firm that built the library. They were taken by the Stoddard Studio right in New Haven, and for many of them we know the name of the actual photographer–Harry O. Andrews. You can see this picture, and many other library construction photos, on our online archive available on our website!

Celebrate 125 Years of the Blackstone Library with a Commemorative Card

In June of 1896, the Blackstone Library first opened its doors to the public. Since then, the library has provided essential access to resources, information, and unique shared experiences. This year, the James Blackstone Memorial Library is celebrating 125 years of engaging, informing, and empowering the Branford community.To mark this important milestone, the library has created two new library card designs, showcasing the history and beauty of the library building. These new limited-edition cards are now available to new and existing library card holders. Read more…

Service Update July 7

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 when visiting the Children’s Department and for those individuals who are unvaccinated.

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…