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Monday Stories LIVE: Virtual Weekly Storytime (ages 5 and under)
Mondays @ 10:30–11 am
Join Miss Mary every Monday for a virtual storytime with songs, hand rhymes, stories and more. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Registration required to receive meeting link and kit pick up specifics. Click here to register.
Wednesday Stories LIVE: Virtual Weekly Storytime (ages 5 and under)
Wednesdays @ 10:30–11 am
Join Miss Mary every Wednesday for a virtual storytime with songs, hand rhymes, stories and more. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Registration required to receive meeting link and kit pick up specifics. Click here to register.
Picture Books LIVE: a Shared Weekly Viewing Event (ages 5 and under)
Fridays @ 11–11:30 am
Picture Books LIVE brings your favorite book characters to the big screen! Songs, rhymes, dancing, and books will be included. Registration is required to receive meeting link. Click here to register.
Let’s Celebrate: A Storytime meant for Dads, Gdads, Uncles and Caregivers (ages 5 and under)
Saturday, June 19 @ 10:30–11 am
A morning filled with virtual stories, songs and activities that celebrate all the special men in our lives. Registration is required, space is limited. “Care packages” will be available for pick up prior to the event. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.
Backyard Birds and Insects: What’s in Your Yard (grades K-4)
Thursday, June 24 @ 3–4 pm
Meet local species that live in your yard and learn how you can help make the perfect habitat for them. Learn to make a seed bomb with native wildflower seeds. Materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation. Click here to register.
How to Be a Lion: A Virtual Drawing Workshop with Library Arts (for grades K-4)
Tuesday, July 6 @ 3–4 pm
Doris Benter shows you step-by-step how to make an expandable lion face with simple drawing techniques that anyone can do! Miss Mary will also read one of her favorite lion books. Materials will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.
Animal Tails: What Are They Used For (grades K-4)
Thursday, July 15 @ 3–4 pm
Learn about beavers, opossums, squirrels and more! Each one has a tail but they are used in totally different ways. Sponsored by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation. Click here to register.
TAG: Teen Advisory Group (grades 6-12)
First Thursday of the month @ 3:30–4:30 pm | June 3, July 1, August 5
Join us in our virtual teen space (on discord) for a club where we review new books for the library to purchase & choose upcoming events. Meetings count as community service! Click here to register: for July for August
Build Your Own Program
All summer long, by appointment with the teen librarian
Whether it’s a particular board game or caring for your pet, if there’s a topic you’re passionate about, we want you to teach us. Partner with the teen librarian to complete a research project over the summer, which culminates in the creation of a video for the library’s YouTube Channel or a live virtual program for children or teens. To learn more and apply, email Miss Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting into Nature: Take and Make Kits
Once a month on Wednesdays | June 30, July 28, August 25
Each month features a different nature-themed craft which you can complete using our new CreativeBug Service! CreativeBug offers videos and instructional guides for many different crafts and activities for all ages. Kits are available while supplies last between 10 am-7 pm. No registration is required! Sponsored by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.
Virtual Pet Party
Friday, June 18 @ 1–2 pm
A meet and greet where you can spotlight your dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, snakes or anything you call dear! It’s show-and-tell, but with pets. Don’t have a pet of your own? That’s okay, you can still join us for all the cuteness! Click here to register.
Lyman Hall Presents: Animal Events
This summer, Lyman Hall students are showing off their animal knowledge in a series of all-ages programs. All ages are welcome to join us for the virtual events below!
Lyman Hall is a comprehensive high school in Wallingford, CT, offering an Agricultural Science and Technology Education (ASTE) Program, which incorporates leadership skills and specialized education in agricultural fields (including aquaculture, landscape management, veterinary science, companion animals, wildlife biology, and more!). The program welcomes students from Branford and surrounding towns, too! Learn more at lhaged.org.
Pet Snakes for Beginners
Thursday, July 8 @ 3:30–4:30 pm
Join Miss Sarah and Paige from Lyman Hall High School to find out what it’s like to own a pet snake! We’ll learn all about various species of pet snakes, their behavior, proper care, and what it takes to become a snake owner. Click here to register.
The Life Cycle of Ducks
Tuesday, July 20 @ 3–4 pm
Join Miss Sarah and Riley from Lyman Hall High School to find out what the life of a baby duck is like! We’ll learn all about ducks and their behavior, and watch ducklings grow from an egg. Click here to register.
Unique Animal Careers
Thursday, July 22 @ 3:30–4:30 pm
Join Miss Sarah and Shannon from Lyman Hall High School to learn more about some of the unique animal career paths that could be open to you, like Venom Milkers and Pet Colorists. Click here to register.
Interested in joining? New members are welcome at all book clubs! Call/email Reference for more information: 203-488-1441 x 318 or email@example.com.
NEW Awakening to Change: Social Justice Book Club
1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursday of the month @ 7–8:30 pm
June: Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho
- June 3: Part I (Pages 11 – 67)
- June 10: Part II (Pages 71 – 126)
- June 17: Part III (Pages 145 – 200)
July: I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
- July 1: Chapters 1-5 (to the 1st interlude)
- July 8: 1st Interlude & Chapters 6-9
- July 15: 2nd Interlude & Chapters 10-14
August: No meeting
First Friday Book Discussion
1st Friday of the month @ 12–1 pm
- June 4: Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
- July 2: Title TBD
- August 6: Title TBD
NEW Read Cute: Romance Novel Book Club
3rd Thursday of the month @ 6–7 pm
- June 17: Any Rogue Will Do by Bethany Bennett
- July 15: Then There Was You by Miranda Liasson
- August 19: My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Best Seller Book Club
Last Saturday of each month @ 3:30–4:30 pm
- June 26: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- July 31: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
- August 28: The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Books & Brews
Last Wednesday of the month @ 6:30–8 pm
June 30, July 28, August 25
Find us and register at meetup.com/books-brews-book-club. Titles TBD.
Social Distance Knitting Group
Wednesdays @ 6–8 pm
Join us for a weekly knitting group! Meetings are held on the grounds of the Blackstone Library, weather permitting. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. No registration required.
How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group
Saturdays @ 11 am–12 pm
Learn to better understand and appreciate the wide world of poetry! Each week we’ll read poems presented by group members. With an emphasis on teaching students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry, this group will be your guide to discovering how and what a poem means, and hopefully gain a new appreciation for the art form. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. To register call the Reference Desk at (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Birder on Berry Lane: Three Acres, Twelve Months, Thousands of Birds
Saturday, June 12 @ 2–3 pm
Noted writer, birder, and naturalist Robert Tougias will give you a fascinating year-long account of the birds that flock to his peaceful New England backyard. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.
Legacy Theatre Past, Present, & Future: Presented by the Stony Creek Museum
Monday, June 14 @ 6:30–7:30 pm
Keely Baisden-Knudsen, the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Legacy Theatre, discusses the Stony Creek Puppet House and its journey to becoming the Legacy Theatre. Click here to register.
Summer Birds: Our Neotropical Residents
Thursday, June 17 @ 6–7 pm
Paul Fusco and Laura Rogers Castro, from the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division, will discuss CT’s summer birds – those who return to the area for nesting and rearing of young. Presented by CT DEEP. Click here to register.
Refugee Resettlement: An In-Depth Look
Tuesday, June 22 @ 6–7 pm
Chris George, Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), will talk about the path of a refugee once they leave their homeland, the services that resettlement agencies like IRIS provide, and about the realities of refugees restarting their lives in the U.S. Click here to register.
Ovenbirds and Wood Thrush: Research & the CT Bird Atlas
Thursday, July 8 @ 6–7 pm
As CT completes a 3-year bird tabulation project for The Connecticut Bird Atlas, changes have been seen in many species. Two species of birds, the Ovenbird and Wood Thrush, will be highlighted by Min Huang, Wildlife Biologist and one of the Coordinators of the atlas project, to show changes and new knowledge about these species. Presented by CT DEEP. Click here to register.
An Education in the Grotesque: the Gargoyles of Yale University
Wednesday, July 14 @ 7–8:30 pm
Mathew Duman highlights a selection of gargoyles and grotesques found throughout the buildings of Yale University’s campus in New Haven, CT, using original photographs from his book, An Education in the Grotesque. Presented by the Branford Historical Society. Click here to register.
Start, Manage & Grow Your Business with Reference Solutions
Thursday, July 29 @ 6–7 pm
TJ Pridell, of Reference Solutions, hosts an interactive lead-generation marketing seminar catering to the Branford business community using Reference Solutions, a free resource when you use your Blackstone Library card. Ask Reference about getting a free Business Library Card! Click here to register.