Events

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, August 21

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, August 21

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.

Intermediate Excel

Thursday, August 22

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Continue your studies of Excel. Learn more ways to work with data, including filtering and sorting, plus how to create more complex formulas.

Registration required. Click here to register or call (203) 488-1441 x 318.

Library Closed

Sunday, August 25

All Day

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, August 28

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, August 28

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 28

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!

 

Thimble Island Brewery
16 Business Park Drive
Branford, CT. 06405
203-208-2827

Knitting Group

Wednesday, August 28

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.

Bestseller Book Club – The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Saturday, August 31

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 Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

Register here, then stop by the Reference desk to grab your copy of the book!

Library Closed

Sunday, September 1

All Day

Library Closed for Labor Day

Monday, September 2

All Day

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, September 4

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, September 4

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, September 4

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.

Drop-in Tech Help

Thursday, September 5

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Confused about your new iPhone or iPad? Need help formatting a Word document? Drop in to the library between 2 & 4 PM to get a tech question answered. First come, first served.

No registration required.

F2G2 Game Night

Friday, September 6

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. We look forward to seeing you!!

Mueller Report Reading Group

Saturday, September 7

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Read and discuss the Mueller report with retired English teacher, Peter Craig. Over the course of 10 weekly meetings, each with reading assignments of approximately forty pages, we’ll engage in thorough discussion and share insights. Peter Craig has a background of teaching mostly high school English for thirty-five years with no specialized training in law or government, but he found the 448 page Mueller report quite readable and compelling. This group aims to reach a deeper understanding of the report, unfiltered by media and political rhetoric.

For the first meeting please familiarize yourself with the Tables of Contents and read from “Introduction to Volume I” through “III. Russian Hacking and Dumping Operations A.”

Need a copy of the report? See the Reference Department at the Blackstone Library.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, September 11

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, September 11

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

Saturday, September 14

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)

Mueller Report Reading Group

Saturday, September 14

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Read and discuss the Mueller report with retired English teacher, Peter Craig. Over the course of 10 weekly meetings, each with reading assignments of approximately forty pages, we’ll engage in thorough discussion and share insights. Peter Craig has a background of teaching mostly high school English for thirty-five years with no specialized training in law or government, but he found the 448 page Mueller report quite readable and compelling. This group aims to reach a deeper understanding of the report, unfiltered by media and political rhetoric.

Need a copy of the report? See the Reference Department at the Blackstone Library.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

The Gift of Forgiveness: A Literary and Humor-filled Celebration of “Today My Name is Billie”

Saturday, September 14

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A literary and humor-filled celebration of the debut novel Today My Name is Billie, which emphasizes “The Gift of Forgiveness.” This theme coupled with laughter will help one survive anything and rejoice again, and the intent of this program is to not only share the story of the book-and the stories within it-but the author’s personal stories about how she changed and survived. Read the full synopsis of Today My Name is Billie here.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Friends Board Meeting (@ Bfd. Fire Station)

Tuesday, September 17

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, September 18

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, September 18

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 Job Searching/Resources

Thursday, September 19

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Applying for a job but confused about where to start? Come to this class, where we’ll learn about some of the great job hunting resources the library has to offer, such as JobNow and A to Z Databases. We’ll also explore resume and cover letter templates in Microsoft Word and take a peek at starting your job search with Indeed.

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

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, September 19

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.

Mueller Report Reading Group

Saturday, September 21

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Read and discuss the Mueller report with retired English teacher, Peter Craig. Over the course of 10 weekly meetings, each with reading assignments of approximately forty pages, we’ll engage in thorough discussion and share insights. Peter Craig has a background of teaching mostly high school English for thirty-five years with no specialized training in law or government, but he found the 448 page Mueller report quite readable and compelling. This group aims to reach a deeper understanding of the report, unfiltered by media and political rhetoric.

Need a copy of the report? See the Reference Department at the Blackstone Library.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Cosplay 101: An Introduction To Costuming & Cons (Teens & Adults)

Saturday, September 21

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join veteran cosplayer Denny McDermott for an intro to costuming, conventions & more!

Interested in cosplay? Not sure where to start? Join veteran cosplayer, Denny McDermott, for a discussion on costuming for your everyday life–from conventions to renaissance faires, and everything in between!

Cosplay, or costume play, is a unique art that combines costuming, sewing, arts and crafts, and acting. Because cosplayers don’t just get into costume–many get into character! Learning to become your favorite historical figure, cartoon character, superhero, or other famous figure takes time, dedication, and talent. But there are a lot of inside tips and tricks that can make it a less expensive (and more fun!) hobby for everyone!

Denny has been cosplaying for a number of years, and primarily focuses on female costumes. Her most popular are Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls and Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled, but she has played other roles, as well. She is also a photographer and creative writer, which she incorporates into her character play.

Both teens and adults are invited to join us for this hour-long presentation, followed by a Q&A. Plus, learn more about Denny’s monthly cosplay club, coming soon to Blackstone Library!

To register, please RSVP HERE.

Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

Sunday, September 22

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Do you have a sewing machine sitting around collecting dust? Come finally learn how to use it with instructor Sara Norman! It’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills or start from scratch. Students should bring in their working machines if they have them, but library sewing machines will also be available to practice on if necessary.

Registration is required. To register click here or call the Reference desk at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 as space is very limited.

3D Print Club

Tuesday, September 24

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Are you curious about 3D printing? Are you a 3D design master looking to share your skills? Join our 3D Print Club! Once a month makers of all abilities can come together to learn new things, teach others, and work collaboratively on their 3D printing skills. We provide the printers, filament, and computers, just bring your creativity. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, find people with a common interest, and share knowledge. Our 3D printing instructor Jim Davis will be on hand to help if you get stuck, so all skill levels are welcome!

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, September 25

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, September 25

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, September 25

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.