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Library Updates & Local News
September 17, 2021

In June of 1896, the Blackstone Library first opened its doors to the public. This year we're celebrating 125 years of engaging, informing, and empowering the Branford community. To mark this important milestone, the library has created two new library card designs, showcasing the history and beauty of the library building.

The Construction Card features a photo of the copper dome being lifted and placed by an early model crane. The Dome Card features a photograph of the interior of the rotunda dome, which is embellished with large paintings that depict the evolution of bookmaking. These panels were painted by well-known artist Oliver Dennett Grover (1860-1927).

Stop by the library and sign up for your free card, choosing from one of the two designs while supplies last. Blackstone Library cards are free and available to Branford residents.

If you already have a library card and wish to replace it with one of these commemorative designs, you may do so. Replacement cards are $1.

Join a Blackstone Library English Conversation Group.
Practice your English speaking skills.

Begins September 28, 2021

Choose one group:
    Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 AM at Blackstone Library
        Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom
For ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults
For more information and to register,
call 203-285-2621
or Email


Helping Families Settle – Community Discussion

Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

We are living in unprecedented times with more than 20% of the world's population displaced.
All are welcome to join this community discussion about the humanitarian crisis and learn how to help and welcome refugees into our community.  We will be joined by Chris George, the Executive Director of IRIS (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services) and Alia Seraj, an Afghan-American and daughter of an Afghan prince who was forced into exile as a refugee decades ago.
Helping Families Settle is an independent group of Branford residents working with IRIS in New Haven to welcome a refugee family this fall. Right now, we know very little about our family -- they may be coming from Syria, Iraq, the Congo, or Afghanistan.

To learn more about IRIS and our local co-sponsorship, please visit the IRIS website:

We live in an amazing community. We need Branford citizens to get involved and help us settle our family and help them flourish.
Please join us to find out how you can help!



Complete the survey and be entered into a drawing for one of four $100 gift cards to a Branford restaurant of your choice!

Help us learn more about you and tell us how we can improve. We want to hear from you, whether you use the library or not. Thank you for helping to make a difference in your community!

Click/tap a button below to take the survey:

To help celebrate the Blackstone’s 125th anniversary, we’ve created a list of 125 books we love!

Blackstone staff members contributed titles to the list, which features books in a variety of genres. And to make things even more special, we turned it into a fun paper craft you can do to create your own mini-booklet and holder!

And if you’re feeling artsy, check out our Blackstone Library coloring pages. Simply download and print to have some coloring fun!

125 Books We Love: Print, Cut & Tape craft:
Download file
125 Books We Love: Simple Fold craft:
Download file

Blackstone Coloring Pages

Introducing two new resources for Blackstone Library cardholders
 Explore and gain a deeper understanding of the African American experience as recorded by the news media, with our new resource, #BlackLifeInAmerica. Remote access is available 24/7 on any device with your library barcode. Click here to get started.

Explore genealogical records from 1704 – today, including hard-to-find obituary content from the mid 1900’s, coverage from all 50 states, and original obituary images from historical newspapers. Access is available 24/7. Click here to get started.

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Please call ESDHD at (203) 481-4233 with any questions.
We’re hosting a drive-up shredding event on Saturday, September 18 from 9 am – 12 pm. Clean out your old papers, protect your privacy and confidentiality — and support the library!
First box is $7, add’l boxes are $5.
All proceeds support the programs and services offered by the Blackstone Library.

Preview for Friends Members:
Thursday, September 30
5 – 7 pm

General Sale:
Thursday, September 30, 7 – 9pm
Friday & Saturday, October 1 & 2, 9am – 7pm
Sunday, October 3, 12 – 3pm


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