Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The library will be closed on Sunday, January 16 and on Monday, January 17 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.



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

The Blackstone Library offers a wide variety of services to the people of Branford and while the services we offer change with the needs of our community, one of our most popular services recently turned 54 years old! That’s why for today’s 125th Anniversary Fact, we’re celebrating our Homebound Delivery Service. This special delivery service debuted in November of 1968 and was designed to provide books and other library materials to community members who were confined to their homes. Over the years, deliveries have been made by both librarians and volunteers, and today SARAH Inc. delivers books, audiobooks, and other materials twice a month to our current group of homebound patrons. Do you know someone who can’t leave their home, either permanently or temporarily, who could benefit from book deliveries? Give us a call in the Reference Department to learn more! (203) 488-1441 ext. 318.

Ancestry Library Edition Access From Home

Thanks to ProQuest, we were able to provide Blackstone patrons access to Ancestry Library Edition from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote access will no longer be available in 2022 but you can always visit the library and access AncestryLibrary using your own device or one of our computers.

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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…