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

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

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

Monday, April 12

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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!

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

Monday, April 12

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Click Here to jump on the BreakoutEdu game train! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. Challenges will be released daily from April 12 – 16 and will get harder as we go! Complete them with your family one by one or save them all for the end of the week. All games should be completed by Monday April 19 to crown the next puzzle master. 

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

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

Tuesday, April 13

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Click Here to jump on the BreakoutEdu game train! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. Challenges will be released daily from April 12 – 16 and will get harder as we go! Complete them with your family one by one or save them all for the end of the week. All games should be completed by Monday April 19 to crown the next puzzle master. 

This program has been 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, April 14

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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!

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

Wednesday, April 14

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Click Here to jump on the BreakoutEdu game train! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. Challenges will be released daily from April 12 – 16 and will get harder as we go! Complete them with your family one by one or save them all for the end of the week. All games should be completed by Monday April 19 to crown the next puzzle master. 

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

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

Thursday, April 15

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Click Here to jump on the BreakoutEdu game train! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. Challenges will be released daily from April 12 – 16 and will get harder as we go! Complete them with your family one by one or save them all for the end of the week. All games should be completed by Monday April 19 to crown the next puzzle master. 

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

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

BreakOut of This: A Week Long Virtual Challenge for Families

Friday, April 16

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Click Here to jump on the BreakoutEdu game train! Questions will test reading, mathematics, sciences and logic all in an effort to stretch your brain. Challenges will be released daily from April 12 – 16 and will get harder as we go! Complete them with your family one by one or save them all for the end of the week. All games should be completed by Monday April 19 to crown the next puzzle master. 

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

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, April 16

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, April 19

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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!

Cooking with You: a Meal Sharing Book Club for Families - (K thru 4th Grade and Family)

Cooking with You: a Meal Sharing Book Club for Families – (K thru 4th Grade and Family)

Monday, April 19

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are re-starting our cookbook club for families and want to include you! Here’s how it works, download the selected cookbook linked below through Hoopla. Review the recipes with your kids, test a few out and then the afternoon of our virtual meeting bring something to showcase so that we can see whether you “nailed it” or not.

During the meeting we will share our creations, eat, and talk about whether or not we liked the cookbook. We promise this will be a great way to meet people and share in the joy of cooking as a family! Click here to register.

This month we are trying global cuisine with Cooking Class Global Feast.

All the Way to the Ocean: Learning about the Watershed (for grades 2-4)

All the Way to the Ocean: Learning about the Watershed (for grades 2-4)

Tuesday, April 20

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a fully interactive water filled experience that asks you to learn about drainage and how various pollutants can adversely affect this life giving resource. During this program participants will listen to All the Way to the Ocean, discuss watershed and identify ways pollutants can affect vegetation, animals and people! Hands-on activities will be included, like creating and sharing your own watershed.

Participants will also receive their own copy of All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper.
Space is limited and registration is required.

This program was made possible by the Claire C. Bennitt Watershed Fund

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

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

Wednesday, April 21

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, April 22

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

Monday, April 26

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, April 28

10:00 am - 7:00 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-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, April 28

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, April 30

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, May 3

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, May 5

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, May 7

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.

Let's Celebrate: A Storytime meant for Moms, Gmoms, Aunties and Caregivers (for ages 5 and under)

Let’s Celebrate: A Storytime meant for Moms, Gmoms, Aunties and Caregivers (for ages 5 and under)

Saturday, May 8

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a virtual morning filled with stories, songs and activities that celebrate all the special women in our lives. Sign up for this program is required and space is limited since “care packages” will be available for pick up prior to the event.

Those that are interested can click here to register and will receive information about the care packages closer to the date.

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

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

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

Monday, May 10

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, May 12

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, May 14

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, May 17

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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!

Spring Waters, Gathering Places: Learning about Water Conservation (for grades 2-4)

Spring Waters, Gathering Places: Learning about Water Conservation (for grades 2-4)

Tuesday, May 18

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

It’s time to learn about the power of water and how this resource has been used to create some pretty interesting myths, legends and games. During this program participants will listen to a few stories from Spring Waters: Gathering Places, discuss how water was represented in the past, and brainstorm ways that we can keep it clean for generations to come. Hands-on activities will be included, like sharing your conservation message on rocks for others to find and share.

Participants will also receive their own copy of Spring Waters: Gathering Places by Sandra DeYonge. Space is limited and registration is required.

This program was made possible by the Claire C. Bennitt Watershed Fund

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

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

Wednesday, May 19

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, May 21

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, May 24

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, May 26

10:00 am - 7:00 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-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, May 26

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Sign up happens here. Once registered you will receive an email around 10AM 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, May 28

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.