Events

Events

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Writer’s Workshop Group (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, August 1

10:00 am - 11:00 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 on July 11th, 18th, 25th, & August 1st. Please note that you are registering for all four sessions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

World Dance Class

Monday, August 3

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for this 4 part series to learn dances from all around the world with Marina Zovich, certified music teacher and Artistic Director of Marina’s Studios. You’ll learn line, circle and couple dances from all over the world for beginner and intermediate dancers.

Marina brings more than two decades of experience teaching music and dance in schools, colleges and recreation departments. She received her masters of music education from Moscow Pedagogical University (Russia), she completed graduate courses at Central Connecticut State University. Marina is a certified music teacher and “Let Your Yoga Dance” instructor (Kripalu Holistic Center, Lenox, Massachusetts

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, August 4

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Writer’s Workshop Group (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, August 8

10:00 am - 11:00 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 last four Saturdays in August. Please note that you are registering for all four sessions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Dr. Henry Lee Lecture

Saturday, August 8

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a fascinating lecture by Dr. Henry Lee. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Program is FULL – To be added to the waitlist, please click here.

Tips for Home Organization

Tuesday, August 11

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Learns tips and techniques to organize your home. Presented by Elaine Johnson, Professor Organizer. For more info about Elaine visit her website at http://personaltouchorganizing.com/

Registration required. To register, click here

Medical Coding – First Class of Session

Thursday, August 13

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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Writer’s Workshop Group (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, August 15

10:00 am - 11:00 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 last four Saturdays in August. Please note that you are registering for all four sessions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

World Dance Class

Monday, August 17

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for this 4 part series to learn dances from all around the world with Marina Zovich, certified music teacher and Artistic Director of Marina’s Studios. You’ll learn line, circle and couple dances from all over the world for beginner and intermediate dancers.

Marina brings more than two decades of experience teaching music and dance in schools, colleges and recreation departments. She received her masters of music education from Moscow Pedagogical University (Russia), she completed graduate courses at Central Connecticut State University. Marina is a certified music teacher and “Let Your Yoga Dance” instructor (Kripalu Holistic Center, Lenox, Massachusetts

Medical Coding

Thursday, August 20

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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Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, August 20

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.

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Writer’s Workshop Group (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, August 22

10:00 am - 11:00 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 last four Saturdays in August. Please note that you are registering for all four sessions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The Wicked Stage: A reading of a new play

Wednesday, August 26

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Wicked Stage: A reading of a new play

In collaboration with Blackstone Library

Wednesday, August 26 at 7:00 pm

Acclaimed Connecticut playwright Joe Landry premieres a new play read by the Legacy Theatre resident acting company. The Wicked Stage is a backstage story set during one unforgettable summer at a small theater on the Connecticut shore. Inspired by actual events from the rich history of the Stony Creek Theatre, with characters based on legendary showmen Orson Welles and William Castle. For reservations, visit www.BuildingLegacyTheatre.com.

 

Medical Coding

Thursday, August 27

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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Writer’s Workshop Group (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, August 29

10:00 am - 11:00 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 last four Saturdays in August. Please note that you are registering for all four sessions.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Saturday Cinema: American Sniper

Saturday, August 29

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.

Registration required. To register, click here.

Bestsellers Book Club: Go Set a Watchman

Saturday, August 29

3:00 pm - 4:00 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 Bestsellers Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres. Registration required.

This month we’re reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. After you’re registered, stop by the Reference desk on the main floor to pick up your copy of the book.

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 1

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

 

 

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.

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. I 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.

Tilde Cafe

Saturday, September 19

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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.
John Parent is a student of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Hartford  Seminary. John is active in promoting interfaith relations, education, understanding, peace and fellowship via various networks, joint-services, and community educational opportunities throughout the greater Hartford area.

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.