Events

CT Accordion Orchestra Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This concert will feature an accordion orchestra consisting of over 20 performers. The group has performed in and out of state, and includes some of the finest musicians in the accordion world. Come, listen, and be charmed by this beautiful instrument!

Music Makers Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 11

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Join the Music Makers for an hour long celebration of the holiday season with a short sing-a-long to follow! The Music Makers are an elite group of singers chosen from all of the singers in the Branford High School Choral Program. They are considered the “musical ambassadors” of not only the school, but of the Town of Branford as well.

They love to sing, enjoy making music together, and love spreading their messages of peace and goodwill through their music. The students are very socially conscious, and have raised money at their concerts to give to many local charities and organizations both in their town of Branford as well as throughout their state. Projects such as “Rock and Roll over Beethoven”, “The Prayer Cycle” and “Bach to Rock” have been the catalysts for carrying on their mission.

Over the years the group, along with the entire Choral Program, has received many honors and traveled extensively. They have performed in England, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland as well as many places in the United States as well including Lincoln Center in New York City as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. They were part of the group that premiered John Rutter’s “Magnificat” in Carnegie Hall in 1990 as well as had the great honor of singing for Pope John Paul in 1996! They have been a part of the Montreux International Choral Festival in Montreux, Switzerland twice, and received the highest honors and trophies at the Verona International Choral festival in Verona, Italy in 2010. Music Makers received the highest award given, The Crystal Trophy! More recently they have toured Spain, Austria, and the Czech Republic. No matter how far they travel, concerts at home always mean so much to these singers. They truly enjoy connecting with all of their audiences, and hope that their music “moves the spirit” in all who hear them.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Hatha Yoga

Monday, December 12

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Join yoga teacher Helen Lespier for an ongoing hatha yoga class every Monday night. Free and open to all ages.

Turn Your Dream of a Healthcare Career into Reality

Tuesday, December 13

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

You could be eligible for FREE Short-term Job-related training in the Healthcare field through the Health Careers Advancement Project. Presented by American Job Center Workforce Alliance (formerly CT Works).

To be eligible, you must be committed to succeed AND:

  • Have High School Diploma or GED
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Able to pass drug screen and criminal background check

Assistance may be available for:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training-related clothing
  • Choose from these Career Training Offerings:
    • N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant
    • Phlebotomy Technician
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Human Services Assistant
    • Medical Coding & Billing
    • HIM (Health Information Management
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • EMT
    • Patient Navigator
    • Patient Care Technician

    Stop Dreaming! Your future career begins today! Registration required. To register, please click here.

Medical Coding

Tuesday, December 13

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, December 14

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.

Menunkatuck Audubon: Water Babies

Wednesday, December 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The “babies” are the downy young of ducks, grebes, gallinules and shorebirds, herons, and the other birds of wetlands – those that get their feet wet, as it were – and challenging they are, to birder and photographer alike: quick-footed, wary, and well-camouflaged, to say the least; and temporary (you have only a week or two each year in which to find them). But above all else, they are endearing. From the comic-monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged sandpipers, these tots have personality, and spunk. You see it in their faces, every one. You’ll see the parent birds of wetlands in this slide presentation, too. Each downy chick is juxtaposed with the adult it will become.To photograph these youngsters and adults, the author prowled their wetland breeding grounds each spring and summer for some 7 years, all over North America, from the arctic circle to the Gulf of Mexico. The result: a portrait of these wild birds of the wetlands as both young and old, unknown and known, new and familiar.

 

Presenter:

William Burt is a naturalist, writer, and photographer with a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within. His feature stories are seen in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and other magazines, and he is the author of 3 previous books. Burt’s photo exhibitions have showed at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 15

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.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, December 15

6:00 pm - 7:30 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 Exam

Saturday, December 17

All Day

Hatha Yoga

Monday, December 19

5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Join yoga teacher Helen Lespier for an ongoing hatha yoga class every Monday night. Free and open to all ages.

Create 3D Characters and Creators with an iPad

Wednesday, December 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this class, we’ll use the iPad to create creatures using a free 3D modelling program, 123D Sculpt. Join us if you want to try your hand at modelling from easy to use templates or from scratch. The final models are 3D printer ready!

Registration required. Click here to register.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, December 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.

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 22

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.

Closed-Christmas Day Observed

Monday, December 26

All Day

Knitting Group

Wednesday, December 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.

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 29

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.

Staff Reserved

Saturday, December 31

12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

See Karen

CANCELLED – Saturday Cinema

Saturday, December 31

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Closed-New Year’s Day Observed

Monday, January 2

All Day

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 3

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 4

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, January 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.

OverDrive 101: How to Download E-books

Thursday, January 5

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this class, students will learn how to sign up for an OverDrive account, search for e-books and e-audiobooks, download them onto their devices, and place holds. All devices must have access to the Internet (Kindle Fire/iPad/tablet). We will not be going over how to download e-books to Kindle and Nook eReaders. If you are unsure if yours has Internet access, please call the library.

Registration required. To register, click here or call 203.488.1441 ext. 318.

Medical Coding

Thursday, January 5

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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Blackstone Library Tour: An Insider’s Look

Saturday, January 7

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Welcome to the Blackstone Library! Take a tour of the building, learn historical tidbits, and get an insider’s peek into the day in the life of a Blackstone library employee.

Tours offered the first Saturday of each month.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Blackstone Library Tour: An Insider’s Look

Saturday, January 7

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Welcome to the Blackstone Library! Take a tour of the building, learn historical tidbits, and get an insider’s peek into the day in the life of a Blackstone library employee.

Tours offered the first Saturday of each month.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Fresh Start: Enhance Your Life with Tea

Saturday, January 7

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Phil Parda of Savvy Tea will be here to discuss the pleasures and benefits of tea. The “Fresh Start” tea program is all about taking steps to make the new year a healthier and more enjoyable one by enhancing your life with tea.  It is a great program for those new to tea, but also for those that have been drinking tea for years, and want to know more and go further into the benefits this amazing plant can offer their lives. Most don’t realize we grow up with a paradigm of tea that is probably much different than the reality of tea, and that it is much more fascinating and beneficial than we ever dreamed.

Registration required. Please click here to register.

Show Boat Screen from Lincoln Center

Tuesday, January 10

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a screening of Show Boat performed at Lincoln Center on Nov. 15, 2014.

Based on a bestselling novel by Edna Ferber, Show Boat tells the 40-year story of the lives of performers, stagehands, and dock workers who are the denizens of the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat. The New Yorker noted that the show “was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness,” moving beyond the light and airy plots of previous operettas and musical comedies with its serious subjects of racial prejudice and tragic love. Highlights include “Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” Broadway’s most revived and revised work, Show Boat was the first musical ever performed by an opera company — by New York City Opera in 1954. Recent productions have garnered the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical (1995) and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival (1991).

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, January 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.

Phantasms & Fallacies: The Pitfalls of Bird ID

Wednesday, January 11

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Why do some people find an inordinate amount of rarities? Why are some individual birds misidentified by large groups of people? In this entertaining talk, Julian Hough answers these questions – and more – by looking at the connection between our brain and the process of bird identification and how we all are susceptible to making mistakes in the field.

Bio
Originally from England, Julian spent all his time birding around the British Isles in the pursuit of rare birds.

His focus on field identification led to extensive travel to India, Nepal, China, Australia, Europe, and Central and South America.
He has worked as a research biologist for both Long Point (Canada) and Cape May Bird Observatory (USA) and was part of a team that documented ‘morning flight’ at Cape May in the late 80s.

He formerly worked as a journalist on Britain’s top-selling bird magazine Birdwatching and his work has been published in many books and periodicals, notably the recently award-winning “Rare Birds Where and When” that he produced and was written by the late Russell Slack.

He has served as member of the CT Avian Rare Records Committee for more two decades and currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut with his young son Alex.

Sponsored by Menunkatuck Audubon.

Shoreline Chamber of Commerce Executive Director’s Roundtable

Thursday, January 12

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Medical Coding

Thursday, January 12

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.