Blackstone Library 125th Anniversary

For this week’s 125th Anniversary fact we’re taking you back to the groovy days of the 1970s and one of our earliest renovation projects. It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when the Blackstone Library did not have a dedicated space for children. Recognizing the needs of the community, The Branford Woman’s Club teamed up with the library and began raising money in the early 1970s to change all that. They played an integral role in making the project happen, and Blackstone opened the brand-new Children’s Department in February of 1974!

Service Update: Computer Lab & Reading Room Opening March 15

On March 4, Governor Lamont announced that the capacity limitations for libraries will be lifted, effective March 19th. The Blackstone Library Board of Trustees is monitoring the situation very closely and staff continues to move toward a full re-opening. Our priority is to continue providing library services without risking the health of our patrons and staff.

In order to do this, the social distancing restriction will need to be lifted.  The Governor’s order eliminates the 50% capacity limit, but the state’s sector rules remain in effect. Therefore, the 6 feet of social distancing space is still a requirement limiting the capacity in the building. These sector limitations also require personal protection for staff, cleaning plans, logging employees’ on-site to permit contact tracing, and installation of physical barriers. The local positivity rate also needs to be lower and more of our staff and patrons need to be vaccinated.

Nearly all of the library’s regular services are available by appointment at this time. Read more…

Shop the Friends Virtual Book Cart

Purchase new-to-you, gently used books and help support the library!  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…

Tax Forms Update

Updated January 26, 2021

At this time, the library has received federal tax forms and federal instructions and these are available for pickup in the atrium at the back of the library.

The state has decided not to provide CT forms and instructions at community locations. You can call the DRS to request to have them mailed to your home. Read more…

New Addition to Library of Things

Now available to borrow: Kill A Watt® home energy use monitor Read more…