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 Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, January 20

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)

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

Friday, January 22

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

Monday, January 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!

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

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

Wednesday, January 27

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)

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

Thursday, January 28

4:00 pm - 5:00 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. OR, we may find ourselves diving into other recommended reads.

Sign up here to meet the fourth Thursday 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 Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Alberto Hernandez. You can place a hold on a physical copy or download the digital book through Hoopla.

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

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

Friday, January 29

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

Monday, February 1

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 Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, February 3

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)

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

Friday, February 5

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.

Take the Library to Your Child Day with the Riverside Reptiles Education Center (K thru 4)

Take the Library to Your Child Day with the Riverside Reptiles Education Center (K thru 4)

Saturday, February 6

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This year things are looking a little different for Take Your Child to the Library Day – as a matter of fact the James Blackstone Memorial Library is planning to come to you with a presentation about all things reptile with the Riverside Reptiles Education Center. This virtual session will introduce a variety of cold-blooded friends and have a contactless pick up portion that includes a free gift from Read to Grow. Registration for this program is required, to do so click here.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

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

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

Monday, February 8

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 Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, February 10

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)

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

Friday, February 12

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.

Library Closed for Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 15

All Day

Life Under the Ice with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (K thru 4)

Life Under the Ice with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (K thru 4)

Tuesday, February 16

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Despite freezing temperatures, it is very busy under the ice of a frozen pond. Discover how animals like fish, frogs, turtles and beavers survive life under the ice in their frozen habitat! Meet reptiles and amphibians who stay warm in the Nature Center all winter long. Registration for this program is required, to do so click here.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

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

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

Wednesday, February 17

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)

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

Friday, February 19

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

Monday, February 22

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!

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

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

Wednesday, February 24

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 by grade level 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-7PM.

Every month there will be something different to create and you will be able to find all the necessary instructions on our YouTube page. 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 Stories LIVE: A Virtual Storytime for ages 5 and under

Wednesday, February 24

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)

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

Thursday, February 25

4:00 pm - 5:00 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. OR, we may find ourselves diving into other recommended reads.

Sign up here to meet the fourth Thursday 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!

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

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

Friday, February 26

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.