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

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

Tuesday, November 24

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.

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 Shadow Crosser by J. C. Cervantes. 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 (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

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.

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

Monday, December 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!

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

Wednesday, December 23

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-4PM.

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, December 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!

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

Monday, December 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!

Snowmen at Night: Virtual Drawing Workshop with Library Arts (K thru 4)

Monday, December 28

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for our first virtual drawing experience as Doris Benter takes everyone through a step by step session on how to recreate illustrations from Mark Buthner’s classic Snowmen at Night. Doris will start the program by reading the story which will lead into a drawing workshop! 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 and that you can click here to register.

This event was made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library

Virtual Gingerbread Building Workshop with Cooking Social Club (K thru 4)

Tuesday, December 29

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Our annual gingerbread decorating program is getting an upgrade with the help of Cooking Social Kids! During this ZOOM led workshop families will work together to create beautiful edible homes and all the necessary materials will be supplied for contactless pick up. Families will be encouraged to take photos of their creations once they are complete so that we can compile a virtual gingerbread art show on our social media pages. Registration for this program is required and space is limited. Click here to do so.

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, December 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!

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

Thursday, December 31

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!

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

Monday, January 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!

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

Wednesday, January 6

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, January 8

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, January 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!

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

Wednesday, January 13

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-4PM.

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, January 13

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, January 15

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 Martin Luther King JR Day

Monday, January 18

All Day

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)

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, 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, 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!