Events

Events

Coffee, Donuts, & a Movie

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

The Branford Forum with Marc Schwartz

Sunday, January 4

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Three Interesting TED Talks

Intro to Computers & Word  (Lucy Hammer Room)

Intro to Computers & Word (Lucy Hammer Room)

Tuesday, January 6

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn the basics of using computers and 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.

 

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 7

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Affordable Care Act Answers

Thursday, January 8

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Steve Cudgma of Branford’s Squeri Insurance Agency will help you understand the ACA and how to make informed choices. Walk-in program in the Lucy Hammer Room. No registration required.

VNA Blood Pressure Clinic

Thursday, January 8

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Free and open to the public. Walk-ins welcome.

MakerLab Open House

MakerLab Open House

Friday, January 9

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet the MakerLab: Visit the Blackstone after hours to see demonstrations and get hands-on with the equipment of the MakerLab. Make squishy circuits, create a 3D file, make a button, step in front of the green screen and make a video, and see the 3D printer in action! Light refreshments will be provided. Join us for a fun and educational evening!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Help us run a station: If you’ve got basic skills on the 3D printer, 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!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER or contact Katy Dillman for more information.

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

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.

Staff Reserved

Thursday, January 15

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Staff Reserved

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

Afternoon Tea at Downton Abbey

Afternoon Tea at Downton Abbey

Sunday, January 18

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Your presence is cordially requested at this fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. The afternoon begins promptly at 1:30 PM with a performance by Kandie Carle, known as The Victorian Lady, who will present a talk and demonstration of Edwardian dress. Dressing from corset to glove, she explains each article of clothing and its significance. High tea with finger sandwiches, dessert and prizes follows the performance. Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. They are available through the link below-tickets will be held for you at the door. No one will be admitted to the performance after 1:30 PM.


Ticket Prices



Library Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 19

All Day

Intro to Tinkercad - Design Your Own 3D Files

Intro to Tinkercad – Design Your Own 3D Files

Wednesday, January 21

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Tinkercad is an online application you can use to create your own 3D files. Join us in the auditorium to try it out. You’ll walk through creating an account, practice some tutorials, and learn how to make your own 3D creations.

Tinkercad is free, you can use it at home or in the library, and it’s a great way to learn to think and create in 3D. This program is open to adults and teens who want to learn to use Tinkercad, or get more practice in a group setting. Please register to assure your spot on one of our laptops.

Have your own laptop? You’re welcome to bring it in and use it! (No registration necessary if you’re bringing your own computer – just drop in)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Managing Generations in the Workforce

Thursday, January 22

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented by Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.

Staff Reserved

Saturday, January 24

9:00 am - 9:00 pm

A Conversation with State Representative Lonnie Reed

Tuesday, January 27

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

An informal conversation for Branford voters. No registration necessary.

Branford Land Trust Lecture

Wednesday, January 28

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Coffee, Donuts, & a Movie: Gone Girl

Saturday, January 31

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Looking for something warm and relaxing to do this Saturday? Enjoy coffee and donuts while watching the new film Gone Girl, based on the book by Gillian Flynn.

Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language.

They Called Me Lizzy...from Slavery to the White House

They Called Me Lizzy…from Slavery to the White House

Sunday, February 1

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

East Haddam Stage Company’s one-woman drama, “They Called Me Lizzy…from Slavery to the White House” featuring Bristol CT actress Stephanie Jackson as Elizabeth Keckly is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Madame Keckly was born into slavery, but through her tenacity and skills as dressmaker, purchased her freedom and launched her own business. She came to the attention of Mary Todd Lincoln, became her dressmaker (and stylist) as well as confidante and friend. With interest in Elizabeth Keckly’s life heightened by inclusion in Spielberg’s recent movie Lincoln, the public will have a chance to experience a much fuller view of this extraordinary woman.

 

 

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 3

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LOOK UP! A Conversation about the Nature of Mindfulness (in LHR)

Wednesday, February 4

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join local writer Jen Payne for an discussion about mindfulness in these fast-paced times. Following a trail of readings from her new book, LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, Jen will guide participants on a conversation about reconnecting with nature, the many ways to be mindful, and how the simple act of looking up can create more balance in our lives. Books will be available for purchase the night of class. Class size is limited to allow for group discussion.

Registration required. To register, click here.

Affordable Care Act Answers

Thursday, February 5

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Steve Cudgma of Branford’s Squeri Insurance Agency will help you understand the ACA and how to make informed choices. Walk-in program in the Lucy Hammer Room. No registration required.

Musical Art Society of Bfd. Showcase of High School Talent

Sunday, February 8

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Musical Art Society of Branford Showcase of High School Talent
Alice Collins Memorial Scholarship Auditions

Musical Art Society of Branford is celebrating their 95th Season of Free Concerts to the community. Another important feature of the Society is the annual Scholarship Auditions for a graduating high school Senior who will major or minor in music in college. Over the years the Musical Art Society has awarded 90 scholarships to talented young musicians who have gone on to be successful musicians and music teachers. Please join us to hear the outstanding musicians from Branford High School, including the music groups of the schools, led by  Cathyann Roding, Will Valenti and Carol Titcomb.

Questions about this concert can be directed to Martha Medford, 203-481-6952.

 

FLAG Meeting

Wednesday, February 11

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Meeting of the Fairfield Library Administrator’s Group. For more information, contact Karen Jensen, Library Director.

Menunkatuck Audubon Presents Nature Show & Share Night

Wednesday, February 11

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Menunkatuck Audubon on February 11 for Nature Show-and-Share Night. Free and open to the public. Bring your favorite nature photos on a CD or thumb drive to share for an informal evening celebrating our mutual love of beautiful places and all creatures great and small. Have something else, like a skull or snakeskin? Bring it along! Presenter(s): You and us!

Medical Coding

Thursday, February 12

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.

Library Closed for President’s Day

Sunday, February 15 - February 16

All Day

Dog Listener

Wednesday, February 18

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Certified Dog Listener, Phil Klein will be here to help you learn your dog’s language. For info about Phil visit his website at http://www.philthedoglistener.com/.