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, June 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!

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

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

Wednesday, June 23

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!

Backyard Birds and Insects: What's In Your Yard with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (K thru 4)

Backyard Birds and Insects: What’s In Your Yard with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (K thru 4)

Thursday, June 24

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Awaken to the wonder of the wild in your own backyard! Meet local species that live in your neighborhood and learn how you can help make your yard the perfect habitat for them. This is all about embracing the little critters that call your yard home.

Participants will be able to make a seed bomb with native wildflower seeds. Instructions on how to pick up these materials ahead of time will be sent by email. To register click here.

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

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, June 25

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, June 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!

Getting into Nature: Take and Make for Adults, Teens and Kids

Getting into Nature: Take and Make for Adults, Teens and Kids

Wednesday, June 30

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

This summer we are getting back to basics with a series of Take and Makes for all ages! The last Wednesday of every month the Blackstone Library will drop a different nature based creation through our new crafting resource known as CreativeBug. Those interested are welcome to pick-up a Take and Make bag filled with the necessary materials in our library vestibule. Then watch the videos we link through CreativeBug at your leisure to make something connected to nature.

Registration for this activity is not required but pick-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Kits will be clearly marked in the library’s vestibule and you will be required to wear a mask when you enter the building. No-contact pick up times are between 10AM-7PM.

Kits are made possible by the Allan Louise 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, June 30

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, July 2

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 Independence Day

Monday, July 5

All Day

How to Be a Lion: A Virtual Drawing Workshop with Library Arts (K thru 4)

How to Be a Lion: A Virtual Drawing Workshop with Library Arts (K thru 4)

Tuesday, July 6

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for another virtual drawing experience with Doris Benter as she shows participants step-by-step how to make an expandable lion face. One minute he is content and then next he is roaring for his next meal! Previous drawing experience is not necessary since everyone will follow along with her simple drawing techniques. This program will also include a LIVE reading of one of Miss Mary’s favorite lion books to get everyone in the drawing mood.

The library will provide all the necessary drawing materials for contactless pick up and instructions on “how to” will be given after you register for the program. Please note that space is limited, so click here to register.

This program was 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, July 7

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!

Lyman Hall Presents: Pet Snakes for Beginners (All Ages Welcome)

Thursday, July 8

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What is Lyman Hall Presents? This summer, Lyman Hall High School students are showing off their animal knowledge in a series of all-ages programs at Blackstone Library, to teach us what they know! While the focus will be on presenting information for children and teens, parents, grandparents, and learners of all ages are welcome to join us, as well!

All About Snakes: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to own a pet snake? Join our Teen Services Librarian, Miss Sarah, and a special a guest presenter, Paige from Lyman Hall, to find out! We’ll learn all about various species of pet snakes, their behavior, proper care, and what it takes to become a snake owner. Plus we’ll meet Benny the Ball Python! Registration is required to receive a meeting link. Open to all ages.

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, July 9

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, July 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!

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

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

Wednesday, July 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!

Animal Tails: What Are They Used For with with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (K thru 4)

Animal Tails: What Are They Used For with with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (K thru 4)

Thursday, July 15

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What special abilities do animal’s tails give them? Learn about some local favorites like: beavers, opossums, squirrels and more! Each one has one but they are used in totally different ways. Join us virtually to learn more.

Registration for this program is required. To do so, click here.

This program was made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation

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, July 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, July 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!

Lyman Hall Presents: The Life Cycle of Baby Ducks (All Ages Welcome)

Tuesday, July 20

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What is Lyman Hall Presents? This summer, Lyman Hall High School students are showing off their animal knowledge in a series of all-ages programs at Blackstone Library, to teach us what they know! While the focus will be on presenting information for children and teens, parents, grandparents, and learners of all ages are welcome to join us, as well!

All About Ducks: Have you ever wondered what the life of a baby duck looks like? Join our Teen Services Librarian, Miss Sarah, and a special guest presenter, Riley from Lyman Hall, to find out! We’ll learn all about ducks and their behavior, and watch ducklings grow from an egg to living their life! The video presentation will be followed by a live Q & A. Registration is required to receive a meeting link. Open to all ages.

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

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

Wednesday, July 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!

Lyman Hall Presents: Unique Animal Careers (All Ages Welcome)

Thursday, July 22

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

What is Lyman Hall Presents? This summer, Lyman Hall High School students are showing off their animal knowledge in a series of all-ages programs at Blackstone Library, to teach us what they know! While the focus will be on presenting information for children and teens, parents, grandparents, and learners of all ages are welcome to join us, as well!

Unique Animal Careers: Do you love animals? Are you considering a career working with them in the future? Join our Teen Services Librarian, Miss Sarah, and a special guest presenter, Shannon from Lyman Hall, to learn more about some of the unique animal career paths that could be open to you, like Venom Milkers and Pet Colorists. Maybe you’ll hear a job that sounds just right for you! Registration is required to receive a meeting link. Open to all ages.

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, July 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, July 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!

Lyman Hall Presents: Horse Grooming for Beginners (All Ages Welcome)

Tuesday, July 27

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What is Lyman Hall Presents? This summer, Lyman Hall High School students are showing off their animal knowledge in a series of all-ages programs at Blackstone Library, to teach us what they know! While the focus will be on presenting information for children and teens, parents, grandparents, and learners of all ages are welcome to join us, as well!

All About Horses: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to care for a horse? Join Miss Sarah and special guest presenter, Autumn from Lyman Hall High School, to find out! We’ll learn about horse grooming and proper exercise, and meet one of the school’s resident horses, Annie! The video presentation will be followed by a live Q & A. Registration is required to receive a meeting link. Open to all ages.

Getting into Nature: Take and Make for Adults, Teens and Kids

Getting into Nature: Take and Make for Adults, Teens and Kids

Wednesday, July 28

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

This summer we are getting back to basics with a series of Take and Makes for all ages! The last Wednesday of every month the Blackstone Library will drop a different nature based creation through our new crafting resource known as CreativeBug. Those interested are welcome to pick-up a Take and Make bag filled with the necessary materials in our library vestibule. Then watch the videos we link through CreativeBug at your leisure to make something connected to nature.

Registration for this activity is not required but pick-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Kits will be clearly marked in the library’s vestibule and you will be required to wear a mask when you enter the building. No-contact pick up times are between 10AM-7PM.

Kits are made possible by the Allan Louise 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, July 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!

Lyman Hall Presents: Timber’s Story – The Life of a Dog (All Ages Welcome)

Thursday, July 29

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What is Lyman Hall Presents? This summer, Lyman Hall High School students are showing off their animal knowledge in a series of all-ages programs at Blackstone Library, to teach us what they know! While the focus will be on presenting information for children and teens, parents, grandparents, and learners of all ages are welcome to join us, as well!

All About Dogs: Have you ever wondered what life looks like from a dog’s perspective? Join Miss Sarah and special guest presenters, Renee and Olivia from Lyman Hall High School, to find out! We’ll watch a video presentation about Timber’s life, discuss her family tree, and learn what makes having a dog so special. Presentation will be followed by a live Q & A. Registration is required to receive a meeting link. Open to all ages.

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, July 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, August 2

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!

So, That's How You Make Ice Cream: A Farm/Creamery Tour (K thru 4)

So, That’s How You Make Ice Cream: A Farm/Creamery Tour (K thru 4)

Tuesday, August 3

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Now, this is a virtual program you do not want to miss! Arethusa Farm Dairy will be giving a tour of their facilities. Participants will learn how their cows create milk which then becomes cream, so that you can eat your favorite ice cream! This well known creamery located in Litchfield, CT has grown into a fully functioning farm, creamery with a restaurant on site along with various scoop locations and their ice cream is available in multiple markets. So, bring all your questions about farming, ice cream and more! It’s time to learn about the creamery process from start to finish. Click here to register.

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

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

Wednesday, August 4

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

Monday, August 9

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!