Friends Virtual Book Cart is Back!

The Friends of the Blackstone has re-opened its ‘Virtual Book Cart’, an easy way to obtain lightly used books, mostly fiction – in both hardcover and trade paperback format, at nominal prices ($3 for hardcover and $2 for trade paperback). Also included will be some limited newer nonfiction and popular fiction titles for your wish list.  Click for more information


Blackstone Library 125th Anniversary

We always love when patrons marvel at our architecture! It’s a great reminder for everyone on staff to take a step back and look up in admiration at the amazing achievements of our library’s builders, so we thought we’d share some of those marvel-worthy details with you for today’s 125th Anniversary Fact.

The paintings in the library dome are certainly show stopping, but have you ever looked closely at the marble details that surround them? Today’s photo showcases two of the most prominent details carved into the marble–the Egg-and-Dart motif and Dentils. Egg-and-Dart is typically an egg-shaped object alternating with a V-shaped element which dates back to Ancient Greek architecture and is all over the building. It’s well represented in marble here, but also makes appearances in the library in wood and plaster. In fact, some of our original plaster Egg-and-Dart suffered water damage over the years and was finally repaired with our most recent renovation. Master Plasterer may not be a common career, but we’re grateful they’re still around to help maintain buildings like ours!

If the Dentil makes you think of teeth, you’re on the right track! The name comes from the same Latin word that gives us Dental and Dentist (dens which means tooth). Dentils are tooth-like blocks in rows that often accompany Egg-and-Dart, and both were very common motifs around the time the library was built. Both of these little architectural details date back to Ancient Greece, and both appear on the Erechtheion, the Ancient Greek temple which the library is modeled after.

Photo courtesy of Jason Neely

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 October 2021

The adult collections can be browsed without an appointment.

Computers are available in the computer lab for one hour sessions (with an additional hour, if not busy) during library hours, no appointment necessary. We also have ten new laptops available for use in the library, on the terrace and on the grounds. A current library card, with no lost or billed items, is required to check out a laptop.

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, Friday & Saturday 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm.

Teen and Children’s shelves  –  If you would like to make an appointment to browse the Teen and Children’s Collections, please call 203-488-1441 x 321 to book a time slot. Otherwise, feel free to stop in and check with the staff at the Youth Services desk. Read more…