Events and News

We Cannot Wait to Meet You!

Every month the Youth Services Department provides special theme-based events and guest speakers in addition to our regularly scheduled programs. These events are perfect for a mixture of ages and are made possible by generous donations from the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library and grants provided by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation and Guilford Savings Bank.

Most of these programs take place during holidays, school minimum days, vacation weeks and throughout the summer months, so please continually check back to see what is up and coming!

Please note that all programming is subject to change and that visiting our home page and reading through our news and notices box will give you the most up to date information about date changes and cancellations.

Also, please realize that some events are age-specific and require registration. This allows us to plan accordingly and ensure we have enough supplies. To learn more about what we have to offer and how to register, head to our calendar.

For more information about any of programs and/or special events to do not be afraid to call or email.                 203. 488. 1441. ext.321                 youthservices@blackstonelibrary.org

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, October 21

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event (for ages 5 and under)

Friday, October 23

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, October 26

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Rick Riordan Presents: A Virtual Book Club (for grades 3-6)

Tuesday, October 27

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us once a month for a virtual book club that features different books from Rick Riordan Presents – a small publishing division with the goal of sharing new cultures and backgrounds through stories inspired by their mythology, folklore, and heritage.

Sign up here to meet the fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the summer and you will be sent an email with our ZOOM meeting number and password the morning of our club so that you can join in the discussion.

Our next book will be voted on to read soon, so check back!

Take and Make: A Hands-on Activity to Pick Up on Half Days (K thru 4)

Wednesday, October 28

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration for this activity is not required but pick up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please know that the kits will be marked for pick-up in the library’s vestibule and that you will be required to wear a mask when you enter the building.
No-contact pick up times are between 10AM -12PM and 2PM-4PM.

Our hope is that you can take these kits and use them as a family when you are drumming your fingers wondering what to do.

These kits were made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, October 28

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, November 2

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

LIVE Streaming of Frozen II – for families

Monday, November 2

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a shared viewing of Frozen II with your family and friends. This is not a sing-along edition, but you are still more than welcome to sing your hearts out! All ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged! We will have the chat box open so that we can talk about our favorite characters and scenes AND Elsa should be making a special guest appearance. Running time 1h 40m.

Sign up to reserve your spot and receive an email the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to the livestream.

Batty about Bats: with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (grades K-4)

Tuesday, November 3

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Explore the amazing nocturnal world of bats. We’ll learn more about these unique mammals including what they eat, where to find them, and how they use echolocation to find their food and navigate the night skies. All the good stuff! We guarantee they are not as scary as you may think. Click here to register.

This program is made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, November 4

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event (for ages 5 and under)

Friday, November 6

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, November 9

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, November 11

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event (for ages 5 and under)

Friday, November 13

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Virtual Padawan Training with the Saber Guild Padawan Training School (for grades K-5)

Saturday, November 14

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Ever wonder what it takes to train with the likes of Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren? Well, now is your chance! The Saber Guild Padawan Training Program will to host a virtual session for those interested in using the force and wielding your own lightsaber. This is sure to be a blast.

Space is limited so registration is required. To do so click here.

This program is made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, November 16

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Wednesday, November 18

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event (for ages 5 and under)

Friday, November 20

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, November 23

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Rick Riordan Presents: A Virtual Book Club (for grades 3-6)

Tuesday, November 24

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us once a month for a virtual book club that features different books from Rick Riordan Presents – a small publishing division with the goal of sharing new cultures and backgrounds through stories inspired by their mythology, folklore, and heritage.

Sign up here to meet the fourth Tuesday of every month throughout the summer and you will be sent an email with our ZOOM meeting number and password the morning of our club so that you can join in the discussion.

Our next book is Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. You can download a digital copy now through Hoopla or order a physical copy for contactless pick up.

Library Closes at 5:00 pm Today

Wednesday, November 25

All Day

The library closes at 5:00 pm today for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Take and Make: A Hands-on Activity to Pick Up on Half Days (K thru 4)

Wednesday, November 25

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration for this activity is not required but pick up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please know that the kits will be marked for pick-up in the library’s vestibule and that you will be required to wear a mask when you enter the building.
No-contact pick up times are between 10AM-12PM and 2PM -4PM.

Our hope is that you can take these kits and use them as a family when you are drumming your fingers wondering what to do.

These kits were made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, November 25

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 26

All Day

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, November 30

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, December 2

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event (for ages 5 and under)

Friday, December 4

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, December 7

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, December 9

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event (for ages 5 and under)

Friday, December 11

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.

Monday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime (for ages 5 and under)

Monday, December 14

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Wednesday Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, December 16

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 9AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual storytime. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Specifics on “how to” will be emailed.

Please know that we are looking forward to singing, dancing and reading with you!

Picture Books LIVE: A Shared Viewing Event (for ages 5 and under)

Friday, December 18

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10:30AM the morning of the event with our ZOOM meeting number and password to gain access to our virtual reading and watching.

Please know that we are looking forward to sharing some of our favorite picture books with you.