Welcome to Teen Services @ Blackstone Library!

Blackstone is more than great books! Whether you need a place to study, help with a project, a community to get involved in, or something to read, we’ve got you covered! In our Teen Space, we provide access to computers, study areas, and an ever-growing collection of books, manga, and movies!

What do you need to know to hang out @ Blackstone Library? There are only 2 rules: 1.) everyone gets along in the library–this should be a fun, safe place where no one feels bullied, picked on, or abused; and 2.) be kind–to each other, the library staff, and the library’s equipment. That’s it! Treat others with respect, and this building (and all our cool stuff) is available to enjoy, free of charge!

Looking for information on a specific topic? Check out the links @ the top of this page or the events below. Still have questions? Looking for the meaning of life, the universe & everything? We have answers (librarians: the original Google). Drop us a line any time at: teens@blackstonelibrary.org

News

Upcoming Events

Teen-Only Movie Night: Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark (Grades 9-12)

Monday, October 26

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday, October 26 @ 5-7pm
Wanted: Snarky comments & movie reviews, provided LIVE by teens like you! Join us to stream the film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on October 26th while sharing your thoughts, reviews & live comments on our Discord server. Not going to lie, our teen librarian is a a big chicken. So she’s counting on YOU to share your comments and make this scary story…a little more hilarious! Space is limited for this event & registration is required to receive an invitation to join us on Discord. Click here to sign up.

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

Tuesday, October 27

3:30 pm - 4:30 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 will be voted on to read soon, so check back!

Mystery Take & Make 4 Teens (grades 5-12)

Wednesday, October 28

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 23 @ 10 am–4 pm (While Supplies Last!)
Bored? Looking for something to do? Drop by the library on your early release day to pick up a mystery bag activity—just take it & make it! Each month will be a different activity. What will you get? Who knows! It could be a craft you keep… or an edible craft you eat! We’ll post a video of instructions on our Facebook page. Reply with your awesome creations! Bags available while supplies last during no-contact pickup hours, 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm. No registration required – but don’t forget your mask!

This activity was made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library–thank you Friends!

DIY Dinosaur Terrariums: A Plant (& Dinosaur) Adoption Event (Grades 5-12)

Wednesday, November 4

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, November 4 @ 3-4pm
Wanted: loving homes for helpless houseplants & their dinosaur companions. Adopt a plant (& dinosaur), then meet virtually with Miss Sarah to build them a home! We’re putting together terrarium kits with everything you’ll need for this crafty program including hanging terrarium globes, a plant, dinosaurs, décor & more! Sign up online & you’ll get an email to schedule a pickup time for your kit. Use what’s included & add any craft supplies you might have around the house to make your plant home unique! Space is extremely limited for this event. Registration is required to receive a kit & meeting link. Click here to sign up. A waiting list will open when the event is full.

This event is made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library & The Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

TAG: Teen Advisory Group (grades 7-12)

Thursday, November 5

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

TAG Members: We’re calling you back to action! If you’ve volunteered for our teen or tween advisory group in the past, we’re calling you back to action on the first Thursday of each month, to vote on new books for the library to purchase & discuss upcoming events! Open to mature teens in grades 7 through 12. Space is limited for this club & registration is required to receive a meeting link. Click here to sign up.

Wild for Wildlife: How to Help Animals in Distress (Grades 5-12)

Monday, November 9

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday, November 9 @ 5-6pm

What happens when adorable baby owls are orphaned? Who saves the day when wildlife is hit by a car, tangled in fishing line, or otherwise injured by humans? If you love animals or you’re considering a career in animal science, this event is for you! Learn what it takes to be an animal rehabilitator & meet both the temporary and permanent animal residents of the Connecticut Wildlife Center. Want to help? Learn what to do if you find injured wildlife in your own back yard & ask how YOU might volunteer in the future! Registration is required to receive a meeting link. Click here to sign up.

This event is made possible by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation.

Storytellers: A Creative Writing Club for Teens (grades 6-12)

Wednesday, November 18

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 30 @ 3–4 pm
Do you have a story hidden in you? Join Miss Sarah for a fast-paced session of writing games, designed to get you thinking outside the box. You can write any genre you like, but you’ll only have a few minutes to finish your story, so you’ll have to think fast! Creativity is the only thing you need to bring. That and a pencil. Space is limited for this event & registration is required to receive a meeting link. Click here to sign up.

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

Tuesday, November 24

3:30 pm - 4:30 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 Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. 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.

Mystery Take & Make 4 Teens (grades 5-12)

Wednesday, November 25

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, September 23 @ 10 am–4 pm (While Supplies Last!)
Bored? Looking for something to do? Drop by the library on your early release day to pick up a mystery bag activity—just take it & make it! Each month will be a different activity. What will you get? Who knows! It could be a craft you keep… or an edible craft you eat! We’ll post a video of instructions on our Facebook page. Reply with your awesome creations! Bags available while supplies last during no-contact pickup hours, 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm. No registration required, but don’t forget your mask!

This activity was made possible by the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library–thank you Friends!