Events

Branford Forum: Polarization of Presidential Politics

Sunday, October 2

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

SCSU Political Science Prof Kevin Buterbaugh: An Updated Assessment of the Causes and Effects of Polarization of Presidential Politics in the US.

Hatha Yoga

Monday, October 3

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.

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, October 4

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, October 5

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, October 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.

Computer and Email Basics

Thursday, October 6

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This class introduces first-time computer users to common computer terms and features. Attendees will also get the opportunity to create an email account with Google. Feel free to bring your own laptop or to use one of ours. No prior experience with computers is necessary.

To register, click here.

Medical Coding

Thursday, October 6

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.

Intro to 3D Printing

Saturday, October 8

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn how to create your own 3D files for printing with instructor Jim Davis. Jim will walk you through the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD.  For all ages. Registration required. To register, please click here.

Library Closed for Columbus Day

Sunday, October 9

All Day

Intro to Arduino

Tuesday, October 11

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to use a computer microchip to control simple electrical elements, like LED’s, buzzers, motors, and more with Jim Davis! Registration required. To register, please click here or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, October 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.

Impact of Sea-level Rise On Coastal Marshes of Long Island Sound

Wednesday, October 12

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Long Island Sound’s saltmarshes provided critically important habitat for a variety of water-birds, yet are the among the most vulnerable habitats to climate change. To effectively evaluate coastal marsh conservation and management opportunities through the lens of climate change, a basic understanding of the science of climate change, saltmarsh ecology and the models used to predict a marsh’s potential response to climate change, particularly sea level rise (SLR), is necessary. This presentation will provide an overview of saltmarsh ecology, how saltmarshes respond to a rising sea, marshes most and least resilient to sea-level rise, the factors leading to such change and the benefits and uncertainties associated with using computer models for conservation planning. This presentation will include a demonstration of the EPA Long Island Sound’s SLR Affecting Marshes (SLAMM) marsh conservation planning tool. He will show how on-line tools prepared through the LIS SLAMM project can be used to assess how salt marshes in your town are expected to change over time under different predicted SLR scenarios and efforts underway at CT DEEP to respond to conservation challenges these changes present.

Presenter: David Kozak is the Senior Coastal Planner for CT DEEP,  Office of Long Island Sound Programs.

Sponsored by Menunkatuck Audubon Society. Refreshments will be served.For more information contact Carl R. Harvey at (203) 389-6076 or program@menunkatuck.org.

Book Sale on the Branford Green – Preview Night

Thursday, October 13

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  • BIG SALE UNDER THE TENT ON THE BRANFORD GREEN
  • Preview Night $15 entrance fee
  • Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
  • Members of Friends of Library Free
  • Help is provided for large orders
  • Over 70,000 Books!
  • 100% donated, 85% hardcover
  • Sorted into categories for easy shopping!
    • History, biography, sports, science & nature,cooking, vintage, gardening, art, reference, religion, trade paperbacks and many more!
    • Special children’s section with over 10,000 books
  • PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE – October 13 to 16, 2016
  • General Sale Free admission
    • Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Sunday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
  • Great Prices
    • Trade paperback $2.00, Hardcover $3.00, Coffee table $5.00
    • Children’s Books 50 cents and up
    • Sunday bargains: Fill a bag for $10! (Bags provided by Friends of Library)
  • Our Sale does NOT have library donations, or carry over from prior year sale. Books have NOT been picked over prior to sale.
  • FOOD AVAILABLE: Cafe Blackstone, Hot Dogs, crumb cake, muffins, cinnamon buns, chocolate chip brownies, coffee, tea, lemonade, water
  • Dealers welcome! Special checkout for dealers and large orders.

Medical Coding

Thursday, October 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.

Book Sale on the Branford Green

Friday, October 14

9:00 am - 11:30 pm

  • BIG SALE UNDER THE TENT ON THE BRANFORD GREEN
  • Over 70,000 Books!
  • 100% donated, 85% hardcover
  • Sorted into categories for easy shopping!
    • History, biography, sports, science & nature,cooking, vintage, gardening, art, reference, religion, trade paperbacks and many more!
    • Special children’s section with over 10,000 books
  • PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE – October 13 to 16, 2016
  • Preview Night $15 entrance fee
    • Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
    • Members of Friends of Library Free
    • Help is provided for large orders
  • General Sale Free admission
    • Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Sunday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
  • Great Prices
    • Trade paperback $2.00, Hardocover $3.00, Coffee table $5.00
    • Children’s Books 50 cents and up
    • Sunday bargains: Fill a bag for $10! (Bags provided by Friends of Library)
  • Our Sale does NOT have library donations, or carry over from prior year sale. Books have NOT been picked over prior to sale.
  • FOOD AVAILABLE: Cafe Blackstone, Hot Dogs, crumb cake, muffins, cinnamon buns, chocolate chip brownies, coffee, tea, lemonade, water
  • Dealers welcome! Special checkout for dealers and large orders.

VNA Flu Clinic

Friday, October 14

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The CDC recommends yearly flu shots for all ages. Participating insurance or private pay (cash, check or MC/Visa). Bring all insurance cards with you.

All vaccines administered by licensed & experienced nurses from VNA Community Healthcare.

Participating Insurances
65 or older:
Medicare Part B
Aetna Medicare
Anthem BCBS Medicare
Connecticare VIP

18 & Older:
Aetna
Anthem BCBS
Connecticare

Book Sale on the Branford Green

Saturday, October 15

9:00 am - 11:30 pm

  • BIG SALE UNDER THE TENT ON THE BRANFORD GREEN
  • Over 70,000 Books!
  • 100% donated, 85% hardcover
  • Sorted into categories for easy shopping!
    • History, biography, sports, science & nature,cooking, vintage, gardening, art, reference, religion, trade paperbacks and many more!
    • Special children’s section with over 10,000 books
  • PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE – October 13 to 16, 2016
  • Preview Night $15 entrance fee
    • Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
    • Members of Friends of Library Free
    • Help is provided for large orders
  • General Sale Free admission
    • Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Sunday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
  • Great Prices
    • Trade paperback $2.00, Hardcover $3.00, Coffee table $5.00
    • Children’s Books 50 cents and up
    • Sunday bargains: Fill a bag for $10! (Bags provided by Friends of Library)
  • Our Sale does NOT have library donations, or carry over from prior year sale. Books have NOT been picked over prior to sale.
  • FOOD AVAILABLE: Cafe Blackstone, Hot Dogs, crumb cake, muffins, cinnamon buns, chocolate chip brownies, coffee, tea, lemonade, water
  • Dealers welcome! Special checkout for dealers and large orders.

Yours in Words: A Staged Reading

Saturday, October 15

1:30 pm - 3:45 pm

This is a story of two women from different backgrounds, of different generations, at a turning point in history for women and invention. Will their differences hinder them or propel them towards a common goal? Written by Laura Thoma.

A talk back will follow the reading.

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Book Sale on the Branford Green

Sunday, October 16

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • BIG SALE UNDER THE TENT ON THE BRANFORD GREEN
  • Over 70,000 Books!
  • 100% donated, 85% hardcover
  • Sorted into categories for easy shopping!
    • History, biography, sports, science & nature,cooking, vintage, gardening, art, reference, religion, trade paperbacks and many more!
    • Special children’s section with over 10,000 books
  • PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE – October 13 to 16, 2016
  • Preview Night $15 entrance fee
    • Thursday, 5pm to 8pm
    • Members of Friends of Library Free
    • Help is provided for large orders
  • General Sale Free admission
    • Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Saturday, 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight
    • Sunday, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm
  • Great Prices
    • Trade paperback $2.00, Hardcover $3.00, Coffee table $5.00
    • Children’s Books 50 cents and up
    • Sunday bargains: Fill a bag for $10! (Bags provided by Friends of Library)
  • Our Sale does NOT have library donations, or carry over from prior year sale. Books have NOT been picked over prior to sale.
  • FOOD AVAILABLE: Cafe Blackstone, Hot Dogs, crumb cake, muffins, cinnamon buns, chocolate chip brownies, coffee, tea, lemonade, water
  • Dealers welcome! Special checkout for dealers and large orders.

The Art of Edgar Degas

Sunday, October 16

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Professor Joy Pepe presents a lecture on the art of Edgar Degas, a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings.

Subjects of urban leisure activities and entertainments of contemporary Parisian life attracted Degas and his direct portrayal of cafés, music halls, dancers, racetracks and brothels associate his work closely with Realism. Degas used innovative compositional and spatial devices, inspired by Japanese prints, and a technique that retained a strong linear approach, whether in oil or pastel.

Joy Pepe is professor emerita of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and is currently teaching Art History at Central Connecticut State University and a Museum and Exhibition Practices course at the University of Hartford.

Held in memory of Blackstone Library Friend, Fred  Biamonte. Presented by Joy Pepe. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Registration required. Click here to RSVP.

 

Hatha Yoga

Monday, October 17

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.

Intermediate 3D Printing

Tuesday, October 18

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join instructor Jim Davis for intermediate to 3D file creation. Jim will walk you through the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD. Once you learn this software, you’ll be able to design and 3D print your very own creations. For all ages. Registration required. To register, please click here.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, October 19

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, October 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.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, October 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.

Staff Reserved

Saturday, October 22

5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Hatha Yoga

Monday, October 24

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.

A Supernatural Evening w/ Trance Medium Chrystyne McGrath

Tuesday, October 25

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ever wonder the difference between Ghosts and Spirits? Hear about Chrystyne’s experiences with Ghosts, Spirits, Clearings of Homes and Businesses around Connecticut and see photos of orbs and the famous Plainville Haunting. Listen to scary stories and learn local history around Connecticut. Learn about Dowsing and how it’s beneficial in everyday life.
Chrystyne is a Trance Medium, Dowser, Reiki Master and Energy Healer. She is a Paranormal Expert and
Leading Psychic Medium in New Haven.
She leads the New Haven and Guilford Ghost Tours. She has been on Radio and Television. She performs Clearings on houses, people and businesses. She is an expert at orb photos and analyzes thousands a year.
Bring your photos, objects and questions to this fun event!
Space is limited. Registration required. To register, please click here.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, October 26

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.

Genius, Grit, & Sacrifice: CT in the American Revolution

Wednesday, October 26

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The courage, daring, and ingenuity of Connecticut soldiers and civilians were key to winning the war for American independence. Historian and author Diana Ross McCain will recount three examples of the state’s role in the fight for liberty in a lively, compelling talk.

Diana McCain will draw on her book It Happened in Connecticut for these inspiring stories. Copies of the book, and others by McCain, will be available for purchase and autographing after the program.

McCain is a partner in Come Home to Connecticut, which provides historical and genealogical research services, programming, and consulting to individuals, organizations, and companies. She has been researching, writing, and speaking about Connecticut history for more than 30 years.  She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford for 25 years.  She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, and a master’s degree in library science.

Sponsored by Branford Historical Society.

Medical Coding

Thursday, October 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.

Mt. Sinai Genetic Testing

Friday, October 28

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting-see Karen for details.

Saturday Cinema: Ghostbusters

Saturday, October 29

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

When authors Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert write a book claiming that ghosts are real, they are met with ridicule. Even though Gilbert manages to get a job teaching at Columbia University, she is teased for her book until she has to leave. Though they are mocked for believing in ghosts, their expertise comes in handy when the city of Manhattan is invaded by ghosts that can possess humans. Yates and Gilbert reunite to take on the ghosts, and they team up with a subway worker and a nuclear engineer to try to save the world from this supernatural threat.

Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor.