Blackstone Library 125th Anniversary

Are you in the mood for some measuring? We all know the Blackstone Library is a big building, but do you know just how big? Today’s 125th Anniversary Fact is about our front steps, which are positively massive at 39 feet wide! That means you could fit 3 African Elephants on our front steps (about 13 feet long each), or a whole school bus (36 feet wide) with room to spare! Our stairs are even bigger than the noses on Mount Rushmore: Washington’s nose is only 21 feet long for example. You’d only need 4 of our staircases (lengthwise) to equal Niagara Falls (height wise) at 167 feet! The next time you’re at Blackstone, be sure to take a moment to pay some extra attention to our lovely front stairs–they’re an excellent addition to our building!

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…

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…