Job Openings

The library has a Teen Services position opening soon. Please visit our Employment page for details.




Thank you for everyone who came out to shop and support the Friends Book Sale, which in turn, supports the Blackstone.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who work so hard to make the book sale happen, and make it such a fantastic event!

Your membership in the Friends helps support this wonderful organization — join today for a little as $10 and make a big impact in the community!

Art Treasure Hunt

X marks the spot to be “Heroically Found,” one of the projects in THE EXCHANGE statewide art treasure hunt. Find out more at! We’re proud to host this treasure box created by local artist Jen Payne — can you find the prize?!? Come on out, get in on the hunt and see where it takes you! Read more about it in the New Haven Independent.

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!