Events

Bestseller Book Club – The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Saturday, April 27

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Have you ever thought about joining a book club? It’s a fun way to get connected, make new friends, and read more books! In the Bestseller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres. This month we’re reading The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See.

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook’s differences are impossible to ignore. The Island of Sea Women is an epoch set over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War and its aftermath, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator, and she will forever be marked by this association. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that after surviving hundreds of dives and developing the closest of bonds, forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

This beautiful, thoughtful novel illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge, engaging in dangerous physical work, and the men take care of the children. A classic Lisa See story—one of women’s friendships and the larger forces that shape them—The Island of Sea Women introduces readers to the fierce and unforgettable female divers of Jeju Island and the dramatic history that shaped their lives.

Space is very limited. Registration required. To register click here or call (203) 488-1441 x 318.

Beginning Quilting

Sunday, April 28

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Sara Normand for a beginning quilting class. You will use 9 squares of fabric in different ways to make a quilt square. Please bring 9 four inch squares of COTTON fabric, in at least three colors. Register here or call the Reference desk at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 as space is very limited.

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, May 1

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 1

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, May 1

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

F2G2 Game Night

Friday, May 3

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for game night! We’ll be playing all types of board games, from fast-paced, hilarious party games to highly strategic, thinky games that will leave your head spinning! F2G2 is all about having fun, learning new games, and making friends. We’ve got games for everyone, no matter your experience level. Feel free to bring your own games too. Adults of all ages welcome.

RSVP on our Meetup page.

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, May 8

5:00 am - 6:00 am

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, May 8

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

OverDrive, Hoopla & Kanopy

Thursday, May 9

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Learn the basics of three (free!) fantastic resources offered through the library. Access e-books with OverDrive, movies with Kanopy and those plus more with Hoopla!

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

Uncover Branford Planning Meeting (LUCY HAMMER)

Saturday, May 11

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Open to all: Get up, get out and uncover Branford!

Join us to share your favorite Branford places and stories. Then, plan a group outing to a special spot! As you go out into the community to explore and uncover new places, you’ll make new friends, have lots of fun, and discover the hidden gems of Branford.

At our planning meeting, we’ll talk about our favorite places in town, and plan where we’ll venture to next! Join us!

RSVP at meetup.com (it’s free to create an account and join the group)

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, May 15

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, May 15

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, May 16

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.

Friends of the Library Mini Book Sale

Saturday, May 18

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friends of the Blackstone Library is partnering with the Branford Community Gardens, Branford Garden Club, Branford Compassion Club and the Branford Land Trust for fun spring activity on the Branford green. The Friends will be hosting a “mini” book sale to complement our other partner’s activities on the Green and to celebrate spring.

Feel free to browse through our selection of gardening, home projects, nature, pet, and children’s books while you shop for your spring plantings, browse through the Compassion Club tag sale, learn about Branford’s nature trails, or simply become more aware of our other local organizations. The Friends of the Library “mini-book sale” event is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th from 9AM to 1PM. Please mark your calendar and drop by for a visit.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this new project, contact Joe Genua at joegenua@sbcglobal.net.

Clean plastic or paper bags for packaging books sold can be used. Just drop them off at one of the JBML Friends collection bins outside of the library or the Volunteer Service Center on Harrison Avenue.

Sewing 101: Zippers, Buttons, Snaps, & Hems

Sunday, May 19

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join Sara Normand to learn all about zippers and how to add them to any project. You’ll also learn how to sew on a button and snap. Then, you’ll learn how to hem all types of garments including pants, skirts, and cuffs. Registration required. To register, please click here or call the Reference desk at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 as space is very limited.

Friends Board Meeting (@ Bfd. Fire Station)

Tuesday, May 21

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, May 22

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, May 22

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Intro to Excel

Thursday, May 23

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of Microsoft’s spreadsheet program.  This includes the basics of creating and working with spreadsheets and the construction of formulas for math calculations.  Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with Excel already installed) or use one of ours.

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

Bestseller Book Club – Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Saturday, May 25

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Have you ever thought about joining a book club? It’s a fun way to get connected, make new friends, and read more books! In the Bestseller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres. This month we’re discussing Miracle Creek by Angie Kim.

A literary courtroom drama about a Korean immigrant family and a young, single mother accused of murdering her eight-year-old autistic son

My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .

In the small town of Miracle Creek, Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.

Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night—trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges—as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life “submarine” patient. An addictive debut novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng, Miracle Creek is both a twisty page-turner and a deeply moving story about the way inconsequential lies and secrets can add up—with tragic consequences. (Goodreads)

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

Library Closed

Sunday, May 26

All Day

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 27

All Day

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, May 29

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Books & Brews Book Club (OFFSITE)

Wednesday, May 29

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 29

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Each month, Books & Brews offers 2 titles to choose from, each with its own discussion group to take part in. See upcoming titles at the group’s meetup.com page.

We bring next month’s books to each meeting. Come out and grab one for next month’s group. You can also borrow one from the library (place a hold on our online catalog), or purchase your own copy. New members welcome. Read one of the titles and come out and join the fun!

Find us on meetup.com to connect with the group and RSVP to the meeting.

Books ‘n’ Brews will meet at Thimble Island Brewery.

Feel free to bring your own snacks. Thimble Islands offers a selection of craft beers (must be 21+ to drink alcoholic beverages), wine, soda, and water. No purchase necessary to take part in the book club. Come have some fun & get lit…erary at Books ‘n’ Brews!

Knitting Group

Wednesday, May 29

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Library Closed

Sunday, June 2

All Day

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, June 5

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 5

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, June 5

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Uncover Branford Planning Meeting (LUCY HAMMER)

Saturday, June 8

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Open to all: Get up, get out and uncover Branford!

Join us to share your favorite Branford places and stories. Then, plan a group outing to a special spot! As you go out into the community to explore and uncover new places, you’ll make new friends, have lots of fun, and discover the hidden gems of Branford.

At our planning meeting, we’ll talk about our favorite places in town, and plan where we’ll venture to next! Join us!

RSVP at meetup.com (it’s free to create an account and join the group)

Library Closed

Sunday, June 9

All Day

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, June 12

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, June 12

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for a weekly knitting group. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Meets in the Lucy Hammer Room each Wednesday. No registration required. For more info, please call 203-488-1441 x 318.