New Books at Blackstone

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Adam Spilka, Board of Trustees President

Library staff and Board of Trustees members are deeply saddened to announce the sudden loss of our Board President, Adam Spilka. Read more…

Help Us Grow A Seed Library

The Blackstone Library is working with local gardener Ivy Bigelow to start a seed library! A seed library is a collection of donated seeds which users can “borrow” by taking home seeds, growing them into mature plants, and then returning offspring seeds. CLICK HERE to learn  more about the program and how to donate.

Big Y Community Bag Program

Thank you to Big Y for choosing the James Blackstone Memorial Library for their Community Bag Program. We are thrilled to partner with our community!

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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.