Events

Events

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 2

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Intro to Excel – Beginner

Thursday, September 3

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel. In this beginner level class, you’ll learn the basics of creating and working with spreadsheets. Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with Excel already installed) or use one of ours. Space is limited, register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Can’t make this class? Check out our Saturday class on September 12th!

Medical Coding

Thursday, September 3

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

Library Closed for Labor Day

Sunday, September 6 - September 7

All Day

“Marble Breaks and Iron Bends” Weathering and Conservation of Monuments in the Outdoor Environment

Tuesday, September 8

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Stony Creek Museum is sponsoring a lecture by Stefan Simon, Director of Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.  As this year’s exhibit on Monumental Granite winds down, Dr. Simon will discuss world monuments and sculpture, their deterioration from natural and human causes and what can be done to preserve them.

Speaker: Stefan Simon

Registration required. To register, please click here.

 

 

Long Island Sound and Your Place In The “Big Picture”

Wednesday, September 9

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This program is designed to be taken personally. It is ALL ABOUT YOU and where YOU fit into “THE BIG PICTURE” of Long Island Sound. The program will begin with a brief review of the geological, meteorological and ecological interactions and interrelationships that make up Long Island Sound. The discussion will then turn to the impact that YOUR activities have upon Long Isalnd Sound. Once we are aware of what the problems are, we can consider why it is important to protect and preserve it and how this can be accomplished. The PRIMARY STAKEHOLDER in all of these processes is YOU. Come and learn how YOU can become a better informed citizen to act upon these issues which will have a long lasting effect on YOU and future generations.

Presenter:

Carl Harvey retired after 30 years of teaching science at Baldwin Middle School in Guilford, CT. In 1972 he founded the Baldwin Outdoor Education Center which served the entire school system with instructional programs that used the schoolyard habitat, the Outdoor Education Center and other sites throughout the community as learning resources. In 1983, he founded the Menunkatuck Audubon Society serving the shoreline towns and city between Madison and West Haven. He was also an adjunct instructor of Ecology at the University of New Haven for several years. Upon retiring in 2000, he was hired as the Curriculum Specialist for The Sound School in New Haven, CT. While working as a teacher, he also served on the New Haven County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, CT Sea Grant Marine Advisory Commission and the Long Island Sound Study Citizens Advisory Council.

Refreshments will be served.For more information contact Carl R. Harvey at (203) 389-6076 or program@menunkatuck.org.

Medical Coding

Thursday, September 10

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

American History Book Club

Thursday, September 10

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for the American History Book Club led by Rev. John Heeckt, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church. We’ll be reading nonfiction titles related to the history of the United States.

This month’s title is A Consumer’s Republic by Lisbeth Cohen. Registration required. To register, click here.

Photo by Flickr user JoelMontes

Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Flash Fiction – September (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, September 12

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Writing flash fiction, or short stories under 1,000 words, is a great way for writers to hone their language and storytelling skills. Students will learn how to write economically, create dynamic characters, and tell compelling stories that keep a reader’s attention from beginning to end. Sarah Bradley, instructor and writer for BranfordSeven.com, hosts this series of writing workshops.

Group meets the last 3 Saturdays in September. Please note that you are registering for all three sessions: September 12, 19, 26.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Intro to Excel – Beginner

Saturday, September 12

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel. In this beginner level class, you’ll learn the basics of creating and working with spreadsheets. Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with Excel already installed) or use one of ours. Space is limited, register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

 

Indian Cooking with Madhu Gupta

Tuesday, September 15

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Having traveled extensively throughout India before moving to the United States in 1999, Madhu Gupta will introduce Indian cooking techniques, highlighting the regional differences in regards to spicing, flavors and recipes. Born in India, Madhu’s father’s career allowed the family to visit and experience the unique regions of India. Growing up she learned from her mother how to prepare meals of only the highest standard in the art and techniques of the Ayurvedic principle. Her love of spices is always at the heart of her cooking.

The word curry is synonymous with Indian food. She will introduce Indian cooking techniques to make simple salads, appetizers and a variety of curries and will demonstrate that Indian cooking is not always hot and spicy but that the flavor is determined by balancing the ingredients.

Registration required. To register, please click here or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

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Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, September 17

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Have a legal question? Get a free consultation with a lawyer, brought to you by the New Haven County Bar Association. Each month, lawyers visit area libraries to provide free consultations. Consultations are first-come, first-served. Sign up at Reference up to 30 minutes before program begins. Free and open to the public.

Medical Coding

Thursday, September 17

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

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MakerLab: Continuing/Advanced 3D File Design & Printing

Saturday, September 19

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Have you taken the Introduction to 3D File Creation class at Blackstone Library and want to learn more? Join instructor Jim Davis for a continuation of that course. You’ll learn advanced 3D modeling techniques like revolve, merge, and subtract for more complex 3D shapes.

Space is limited; register today: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Photo by Flickr user JoelMontes

Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Flash Fiction – September (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, September 19

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Writing flash fiction, or short stories under 1,000 words, is a great way for writers to hone their language and storytelling skills. Students will learn how to write economically, create dynamic characters, and tell compelling stories that keep a reader’s attention from beginning to end. Sarah Bradley, instructor and writer for BranfordSeven.com, hosts this series of writing workshops.

Group meets the last 3 Saturdays in September. Please note that you are registering for all three sessions: September 12, 19, 26.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Tilde Cafe

Saturday, September 19

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Computation & Cultural Heritage

Presented by Professor Holly Rushmeier, Dept. of Computer Science, Yale University

Branford Forum: Isis and Islam

Sunday, September 20

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a presentation and community discussion on Isis and Islam. You’ll learn the tenets of Islam, the religious  justification ISIS uses to kill Muslims and people of other faith groups, as well as the  answer to those justifications from a practicing Muslim’s perspective. ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq & Syria, claims to represent Islam and claims its roots are in the Quran, the Muslim holy book and the Prophetic Tradition (Hadith), recorded  sayings and doings of the Prophet Muhammad.  Fortunately, this is untrue as there are numerous verses in the Quran and Hadith that expound justice, tolerance, peace and love for neighbors. Islam, the name of the religion, derives from the word peace in  Arabic, Salaam.

Presenters: Sammy Aziz is a student of Muslim-Christian relations at Hartford Seminary and a  member of the Bloomfield Muslim Community Center.
Vjosa Aziz works for the Madina Academy Islamic School in Windsor and is a member of Bloomfield Muslim Community Center.

Moderated by Marc Schwartz

To register, click here.

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Biblio Bards of Connecticut (Lucy Hammer)

Tuesday, September 22

5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for another round of  Biblio Bards! We gather at different CT libraries to read one of Shakespeare’s plays aloud, round-robin style. We’ll have some copies of the play available, but please bring your own copy if you can.

Whether you are a Shakespeare junkie or have always meant to get around to his work, come join us. No acting experience is necessary. Readers and listeners are welcome.

We’ll be reading Julius Caesar out loud, round-robin style. Some copies of the play will be available. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room.

History of Fires in Branford

Wednesday, September 23

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Retired police officer & volunteer firefighter Dorrance Johnson presents a fascinating lecture on the history of fires in the town of Branford. Sponsored by the Branford Historical Society.

To register, click here.

Annual Book Sale on the Green (Members & Dealers Night)

Thursday, September 24

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday night is open to book dealers and members of the Friends of the Library ONLY.

Medical Coding

Thursday, September 24

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more information, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

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Board Game Gathering: Scrabble (in Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, September 24

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Starting this fall, on the 3rd Thursday of each month, you’re invited to our Board Game Gathering. We’ll be playing new games each month, starting with great, classic games and moving into exciting tabletop games. Both experienced players and newbies are welcome.

This month, we’re gathering for a fun evening of Scrabble. Refreshments provided. Registration required.

To register, click here.

October: Clue

Annual Book Sale on the Green

Friday, September 25

9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Annual Book Sale on the Green

Saturday, September 26

9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Photo by Flickr user JoelMontes

Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Flash Fiction – September (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, September 26

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Writing flash fiction, or short stories under 1,000 words, is a great way for writers to hone their language and storytelling skills. Students will learn how to write economically, create dynamic characters, and tell compelling stories that keep a reader’s attention from beginning to end. Sarah Bradley, instructor and writer for BranfordSeven.com, hosts this series of writing workshops.

Group meets the last 3 Saturdays in September. Please note that you are registering for all three sessions: September 12, 19, 26.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. In District Office Hours

Saturday, September 26

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Saturday Cinema: Far from the Madding Crowd

Saturday, September 26

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for Saturday Cinema at 1:00 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. We’ll be showing the hot new releases you’ve been dying to get your hands on. Refreshments provided.

To register, click here.

Bestsellers Book Club: Circling the Sun

Saturday, September 26

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This month we’re reading Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife.

To register, click here.

Annual Book Sale on the Green

Sunday, September 27

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Brian Gillie’s Roots of Rock ‘n Roll

Sunday, September 27

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Entertainer Brian Gillie will perform a one-hour retro-groove of singing, dancing, history, stand-up piano playing, original sound bites, radio commercials, and impersonations.

Registration required. To register, click here.

Opera Appreciation: What Makes a Singer Great?

Monday, September 28

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charlotte D’Aniello hosts Opera Appreciation. Join us for a lively look at the world of opera featuring a lecture and video.

Understanding Long Term Care: Medicare, Medicaid, ACA

Wednesday, September 30

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

You have your 401(k), Your diversified portfolio, & Your retirement nest egg. You’ve thought of everything – except for how to protect these assets should you need long-term care. It’s a fact: Just one year in a Connecticut nursing home can cost more than $142,000. And Medicare and health insurance may only cover a fraction of these costs. Now there’s a way to protect your life’s savings. If you’re 40 or older, long-term care insurance approved by the State’s Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care should be part of your retirement plan. These policies assure you of the highest quality standards. They’re affordable and provide asset protection, protect against inflation, and – most important – give you peace of mind through your retirement years.

The Blackstone Library will be sponsoring a presentation on this very important topic with special guest speaker, Aldo Pantano, from the CT Partnership for Long Term Care, with the State Office of Policy and Management. Come learn about how the State’s Partnership for Long-Term Care can help you plan ahead for your future long-term care needs.

To register, click here.

Intro to Word – Beginner

Thursday, October 1

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word. In this beginner level class, you’ll learn the basics of creating and working with Word documents. Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with Word already installed) or use one of ours. Space is limited, register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Can’t make this class? Sign up for our Saturday class on October 10th!