Events

Events

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 2

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 3

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 4

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The current class that runs through December 20, 2014 is already full. For more information about the next session, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

Writers' Workshop Group

Writers’ Workshop Group

Saturday, December 6

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sarah Bradley, instructor and writer for BranfordSeven.com, hosts this series of writing workshops. Whether you want to work on your memoir, explore your creativity in the world of fiction, or craft essays, this group will give you the opportunity to work on your writing in a supportive environment. Group meets the first three Saturdays in December. Please note that you are registering for all three sessions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CT Accordion Association Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 6

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!

Roundtable Players Presents: Christmas at Our House

Saturday, December 6

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A holiday performance with music. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Ted Kennedy, Jr. Open Office Hours

Monday, December 8

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Ted Kennedy, Jr., State Senator-Elect, welcomes all 12th District Residents to Open Office Hours on Monday, December 8 in the Lucy Hammer Room at the library. For more information, please email info@tedkennedyjr.com.

Intro to 3D Printing

Intro to 3D Printing

Tuesday, December 9

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a demonstration of the library’s new 3D printer and learn what it is, how it works, and what you can do with it. Space is limited, so registration is required.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Menunkatuck Audubon Presents Climate Change

Wednesday, December 10

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Climate change” is a simple phrase used to describe an incredibly complex issue. Extensive research has identified changes in weather patterns and seasonal temperatures that are affecting ecosystems and communities from our backyards to the entire planet. By looking at the history of the Earth and human civilization, along with some simple science, we can better understand how we have come to our current situation and what kinds of decisions will need to be made as we move forward as stewards of our world.

Presenter: Ms. Heather Crawford is an Environmental Educator who grew up in New Canaan, CT and developed an early interest in nature, gardening and the aquatic environment. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, majoring in Biology with a Marine Biology emphasis, and then returned to the East Coast for graduate work at the University of Connecticut. She earned a M.S. in Biological Oceanography/Coastal Resources Management and then spent 14 years with the Connecticut Sea Grant Extension Program developing and presenting programs on coastal ecosystems and land use impacts on water sources. In 2005, Ms. Crawford served on a committee to evaluate the need for a Conservation Commission in her community and became a member of the newly formed commission in 2006. She now chairs the Madison Conservation Commission, serves on the Rockland Preserve Management Committee, and does freelance environmental education, including leading ecology field trips for local schools.

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 11

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The current class that runs through December 20, 2014 is already full. For more information about the next session, please contact Kelly Anastasio of Medical Coding Academy at 203-848-0496 or click here to visit the Medical Coding Academy website.

3D Printing: Creating Your Own 3D Files

3D Printing: Creating Your Own 3D Files

Saturday, December 13

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Learn to create your own 3D files for printing with volunteer Jim Davis. Jim will walk you through the 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD. Space is limited – register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Tilde Cafe

Saturday, December 13

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Topic : Drug Repurposing

Music Makers Annual Holiday Concert

Music Makers Annual Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 14

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Music Makers from Branford High School and conducted by Cathyann Roding will perform a selection of holiday classics, including traditional carols, music from the European Renaissance and modern selections.

The Magic of Christmas with Martha Link Walsh

The Magic of Christmas with Martha Link Walsh

Wednesday, December 17

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Christmas is a time for magic and make believe, for fantasy and surprises, for lore and legend. “Santa Claus” has been part of the winter holidays since the beginning of time. Although his personae has changed with time & culture, the lure of the gift giver has always held a special spot in everyone’s heart. After researching the history of these gift givers, creating a paper cut to illustrate them, and realizing that these stories are being lost through generations of changes in traditions, I wanted to collect and share them to keep them ALL alive.  Whether you are French, Norwegian, English or German, your gift giver has his own charm and uniqueness. The program will be to share some of these stories and show the images that represent them.

Registration required. To register, CLICK HERE or see Reference.

Job Search Boot Camp: 11 Questions to Ask Employers on the Interview

Thursday, December 18

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Kick your job search into high gear. The CT Works Job Search Boot Camp is a great opportunity for you to make connections, talk about what’s worked for you and what hasn’t, and workshop ideas for moving forward.

This week’s topic is 11 Questions to Ask Employers on the Interview.

Registration required. Please call 203-488-1441 x 318. Please see flyer for more info.

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 18

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The current class that runs through December 20, 2014 is already full. For more information about the next session, 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

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, December 18

6:00 pm - 7:45 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 15-minute 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 20

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Coffee, Donuts, & a Movie

Saturday, December 27

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Looking for something warm and relaxing to do this Saturday? Join us for a showing of the new Woody Allen film, Magic in the Moonlight, while you enjoy free coffee and donuts.

The Branford Forum with Marc Schwartz

Sunday, January 4

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Intro to Word  (Lucy Hammer Room)

Intro to Word (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, January 6

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2013. In this introductory class, you’ll learn how to compose a new document, edit text, change fonts, and insert pictures. Basic familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. Class takes place over two sessions. Space is limited, register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Part 1: Tuesday, January 6 at 10 AM in the Lucy Hammer Room — learn the basics

Part 2: Tuesday, January 13 at 10 AM in the Lucy Hammer Room — additional practice, questions, more advanced settings

 

Class will be led by Martin Gehner, retired architectural engineer and experienced computer instructor.

 

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 6

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 7

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MakerLab Grand Opening

MakerLab Grand Opening

Friday, January 9

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome to the MakerLab!

Visit the Blackstone after hours to take a tour of the MakerLab. Get hands-on with LED lights, make some buttons, view demos from our MakerLab volunteers, and see the 3D printer in action! Refreshments provided!

REGISTER FOR THE GRAND OPENINGHERE

If you’ve got skills on a sewing machine, CAD software, photo and video editing, programming, soldering, experience with Raspberry Pi and/or Arduino, consider hosting a MakerLab station and showing your skills off! Contact Katy Dillman at 203.488.1441, ext. 313 or send an email.

Book to Art Club

Book to Art Club

Saturday, January 10

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a hands-on, creative way to engage with literature – where the process of art-making is more important than the product! We’ll discuss John Grisham’s newest novel Gray Mountain, as we work on an art project related to the book. Books are available at the library, and art materials will be provided. If you prefer, please feel welcome to bring your own project inspired by the book to the meeting. Future dates will be schedules during the first meeting. Registration required. To register, please click here.

Intro to Word  (Lucy Hammer Room)

Intro to Word (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, January 13

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2013. In this introductory class, you’ll learn how to compose a new document, edit text, change fonts, and insert pictures. Basic familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. Class takes place over two sessions. Space is limited, register today!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Part 1: Tuesday, January 6 at 10 AM in the Lucy Hammer Room — learn the basics

Part 2: Tuesday, January 13 at 10 AM in the Lucy Hammer Room — additional practice, questions, more advanced settings

 

Class will be led by Martin Gehner, retired architectural engineer and experienced computer instructor.

 

Seals of Long Island Sound

Wednesday, January 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by Menunkatuck Audubon. The recovery of New England seal populations has attracted a lot of attention – from naturalists, fishermen and great white sharks! Join us to learn about the biology of local seals, their role in the coastal ecosystem, and what seal species can be found in Long Island Sound. We’ll also clue you in to the the best places and times of year to spot them! Presenter: Nicki Rosenfeld is Senior Educator at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. In that capacity she leads coastal science programs and seal-spotting cruises on the Aquarium’s research vessel, as well as a variety of other programs for audiences ranging from early childhood to adult.  Nicki received a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachussetts, where she studied aquatic ecology and nutrient recycling in mussels.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, January 15

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.

CELC Geography Bee

Friday, January 16

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Tilde Cafe

Saturday, January 17

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Details TBA

Friends of the Library Celebrate Downton Abbey

Sunday, January 18

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Save the Date!  An afternoon tea with Kandie Carle, “The Victorian Lady”.  A fundraiser to benefit the Friends of the James Blackstone Memorial Library.  More details to follow.

Library Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 19

All Day

Managing Generations in the Workforce

Thursday, January 22

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.