New Books at Blackstone

Strategic Framework

The Blackstone Library has completed a new Strategic Framework that will help guide us into the future. This framework is a result of community conversations and a community-wide survey that took place last year, and will help us better serve the Branford community. We’ll use the Framework to plan programs, services, and investments to infrastructure that address our community’s needs so that we can continue our legacy of engaging community, expanding minds, and enriching lives.

Read the Framework here.

New Digital Access to CT Newspapers

Blackstone cardholders now have access to the New Haven Register from home. It’s updated daily and includes a new image edition that allows you to flip through the paper page by page (click the link with the format “image”). We also offer access to dozens of CT newspapers including the Shoreline Times! Click here to view the full list!

New App for eBooks and Audiobooks

Try out the new Palace App for an enhanced collection of eBook and Audiobook titles. The Palace Project groups together collections from OverDrive, the CT State Library collection and thousands of titles curated by the Digital Public Library of America. Titles are available in a number of languages and sign-up is quick and easy. Just download the app from Google Play or the App Store, click on Find Your Library, scroll down to James Blackstone Memorial Library, enter your library barcode number and you are ready to borrow.

Blackstone Library 125th Anniversary

Did you know we have a genuine Blackstone family heirloom here at the Blackstone? In our archives room is a desk that belonged to James Blackstone himself! Most of our local history artifacts are now housed with the Branford Historical Society, but this one was too special to leave the building. While it’s more decorative than functional these days, it’s still an important piece of JBML history!

Art Exhibit Call for Entries

In partnership with the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (BACA), the Blackstone Library invites artists to complete an application to exhibit their work in 2022.  At least 3-4 examples of the artist’s work must be submitted with the application.  The library is especially interested in working with artists who will consider combining an exhibit with an opportunity for a demonstration or discussion.

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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…