Events

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 3

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 4

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Intro to Excel (Auditorium)

Thursday, May 5

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of Microsoft’s spreadsheet program.  This includes the basics of creating and working with spreadsheets and the construction of formulas for math calculations.  Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with Excel already installed) or use one of ours.

Registration is required. To register, please call the Reference desk (ext. 318) or click here.

Medical Coding

Thursday, May 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.

Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Poetry

Saturday, May 7

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Writing poetry is an opportunity to capture thoughts, observations and memories in poignant but powerful ways.  Students will draw on personal experiences to explore their world through the poetic form, learning the basics of poetry writing as well as variations on popular styles and techniques. Weekly writing prompts will help students feel more comfortable writing and interpreting modern poetry. Class meets first 3 Saturdays in May. Please note, you are registering for all 3 sessions: May 7, 14, 21.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Sarah Bradley is a freelance writer and creative writing teacher from Branford, CT. She has written for various print and online media sources for nearly ten years. Since 2012, she has been teaching creative writing to youth and adults along the shoreline, encouraging writers of all ages to put their ideas down on paper. In 2014, she was the recipient of the first place prize in fiction at the Trumbull Arts Festival. Her work will also appear in the fall 2015 issue of The Lost Country.

Sarah currently lives in East Haven, CT with her husband and three young sons.

Sewing 101: Alterations

Saturday, May 7

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for part two of our introductory sewing class. During this class, you’ll learn to make basic garment alterations.

NOTE: Please bring your own garments to alter.

Medical Coding

Tuesday, May 10

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World

Wednesday, May 11

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join author Todd McLeish in a multimedia presentation as he recounts his adventures studying the elusive narwhal, the rare Arctic whale with the spiral tusk. He will take his audience high above the Arctic Circle with teams of narwhal researchers seeking to solve the mysteries of the animal’s migrations and debating the purpose of its tusk. He will also share insights about the importance of narwhals in Inuit culture and how the warming planet is affecting the species.  Along the way you’ll hear about the many other unique animals living in the narwhal’s melting world, from ringed seals and polar bears to bowhead and beluga whales.  Copies of Todd’s recent narwhal book will be available for purchase and signing.

Presenter: Todd McLeish is a Rhode Island-based science writer who has been writing about wildlife and environmental issues for more than 25 years.  In more than 100 magazine articles he has highlighted numerous threatened species, profiled biologists and wildlife artists, and described encounters with a wide variety of backyard wildlife. His latest book, Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World, was published in March 2013.  His previous books have examined the lives of some of New England’s rarest creatures, from right whales and basking sharks to roseate terns and burying beetles.

For more information contact Carl R. Harvey at (203) 389-6076 or program@menunkatuck.org.

Medical Coding

Thursday, May 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.

Murder at Blackstone Abbey Fundraiser

Friday, May 13

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Special thanks to Sarah’s Cupboard Thrift Shop and Milano & Wanat LLC.

Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Poetry

Saturday, May 14

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Writing poetry is an opportunity to capture thoughts, observations and memories in poignant but powerful ways.  Students will draw on personal experiences to explore their world through the poetic form, learning the basics of poetry writing as well as variations on popular styles and techniques. Weekly writing prompts will help students feel more comfortable writing and interpreting modern poetry. Class meets first 3 Saturdays in May. Please note, you are registering for all 3 sessions: May 7, 14, 21.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Sarah Bradley is a freelance writer and creative writing teacher from Branford, CT. She has written for various print and online media sources for nearly ten years. Since 2012, she has been teaching creative writing to youth and adults along the shoreline, encouraging writers of all ages to put their ideas down on paper. In 2014, she was the recipient of the first place prize in fiction at the Trumbull Arts Festival. Her work will also appear in the fall 2015 issue of The Lost Country.

Sarah currently lives in East Haven, CT with her husband and three young sons.

FRC and BELC End of the Year Preschool Presentation – For Parents (Auditorium)

Thursday, May 19

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Intro to PowerPoint (Auditorium)

Thursday, May 19

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Want to impress your boss with a great presentation?  In this beginner level class, you’ll learn the basics of creating and working with PowerPoint presentations.  Learn how to create slides with text and pictures, as well as other special techniques to make your next presentation a hit.  Familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. You may bring your own laptop (with PowerPoint already installed) or use one of ours.

Registration is required. To register, please call the Reference desk (ext. 318) or click here.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, May 19

3:30 pm - 5:00 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, May 19

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.

Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Poetry

Saturday, May 21

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Writing poetry is an opportunity to capture thoughts, observations and memories in poignant but powerful ways.  Students will draw on personal experiences to explore their world through the poetic form, learning the basics of poetry writing as well as variations on popular styles and techniques. Weekly writing prompts will help students feel more comfortable writing and interpreting modern poetry. Class meets first 3 Saturdays in May. Please note, you are registering for all 3 sessions: May 7, 14, 21.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Sarah Bradley is a freelance writer and creative writing teacher from Branford, CT. She has written for various print and online media sources for nearly ten years. Since 2012, she has been teaching creative writing to youth and adults along the shoreline, encouraging writers of all ages to put their ideas down on paper. In 2014, she was the recipient of the first place prize in fiction at the Trumbull Arts Festival. Her work will also appear in the fall 2015 issue of The Lost Country.

Sarah currently lives in East Haven, CT with her husband and three young sons.

Local Author Expo & Book Fair

Saturday, May 21

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Blackstone Library is hosting its first Local Author Expo on May 21, 2016 to highlight the works of local authors. The event will begin with a presentation by Ann Nyberg, author of Slices of Life, and the longest-serving, full-time female news anchor/reporter in Connecticut television history, followed by panel discussions featuring adult and children’s authors. Throughout the afternoon, we will have tables set up around the library for local authors to interact with the public, while selling and signing their books.

Registration required. Please click here to register or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

 

Staff Reserved

Saturday, May 21

5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Private Event.

Julius Caesar Presented by Shakesperience

Sunday, May 22

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Witness the story of “the noblest Roman of them all” as Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue and betrayal is brought to life in this adaptation by Emily Mattina. This production illustrates how the themes in Shakespeare’s plays still relate to our lives today.  The balance of power is staged on a metal toy construction set that devolves along with the action.

Space is limited. Registration required. To register, please click here.

Opera Appreciation: An Operatic Favorite

Monday, May 23

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Charlotte D’Aniello hosts Opera Appreciation. Join us for a lively look at the world of opera featuring a lecture and video.

Family Caregiver Education Program (4-part series)

Tuesday, May 24

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This free four part caregiver education series by the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is for family members and friends of people with any type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.  It is designed to educate family caregivers and friends on the necessary skills and information needed to provide care for persons with memory loss or dementia of any type.  Topics include:

  • Overview of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease,
  • Communication Techniques
  • Behavioral Challenges/Effective Strategies
  • Safety
  • Keeping the Caregiver Healthy
  • Community Resources
  • Family Dynamics
  • Legal and Financial Issues.

The program is on Tuesday’s — May 24, May 31, June 21 and June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Guest speakers will present on the listed topics.

To RSVP and for more info, please contact Maria Tomasetti of the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter at 203-230-1777, ext. 14 or mtomasetti@alz.org.

Branford Land Trust

Wednesday, May 25

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cancelled – Medical Coding

Thursday, May 26

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.

CT Solar Challenge

Thursday, May 26

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

CTSC is a grass-roots community-based program that promotes adoption of Solar Energy through cost reduction, community outreach & education.  The successful shoreline program adopted by Madison, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Clinton, Guilford and eight other towns has expanded to include Branford residents.  Solar experts will be on hand to discuss state programs giving away millions of dollars in rebates and incentives to GO SOLAR and make your home more Solar efficient. Our mission is to help make these programs simple and accessible to Branford residents.

Free LED Bulbs!

The first one hundred people to register and attend the Solar Workshop will receive 2 efficient LED light bulbs. Bring up to 2 incandescent bulbs to our Solar Workshop and New England Smart Energy Group (NESEG) will swap your old bulbs for 2 new energy efficient LED bulbs at no cost. Registration is required, go to CTSolarChallenge.com. Space is limited!

A $75 donation will be made by Aegis Solar for every solar installation completed through the Branford SolarChallenge to help benefit the Branford Food Pantry; a local non-profit that provides a place where free food is served to those who are homeless or destitute.

Saturday Cinema: Joy

Saturday, May 28

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us on the last Saturday of each month for a hot new release. This month we’re showing Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Édgar Ramírez.

Registration required. To register, click here.

Library Closed

Sunday, May 29

All Day

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, May 30

All Day

Family Caregiver Education Program (Part 2 of 4-part series)

Tuesday, May 31

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This free four part caregiver education series by the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter is for family members and friends of people with any type of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.  It is designed to educate family caregivers and friends on the necessary skills and information needed to provide care for persons with memory loss or dementia of any type.  Topics include:

  • Overview of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease,
  • Communication Techniques
  • Behavioral Challenges/Effective Strategies
  • Safety
  • Keeping the Caregiver Healthy
  • Community Resources
  • Family Dynamics
  • Legal and Financial Issues.

The program is on Tuesday’s — May 24, May 31, June 21 and June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Guest speakers will present on the listed topics.

To RSVP and or more info, please contact Maria Tomasetti of the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter at 203-230-1777, ext. 14 or mtomasetti@alz.org.

Tassy Awards

Wednesday, June 1

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A program by the Shoreline Arts Alliance.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 1

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

CLA Board Meeting

Thursday, June 2

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Board Meeting for CT Library Association.

Computer Basics (Auditorium)

Thursday, June 2

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Want to begin using a computer? Need practice using a mouse and keyboard? This class introduces first-time computer users to common computer terms and features.  Feel free to bring your own laptop or to use one of ours. No prior experience with computers is necessary.

Registration is required.  To register, please call the Reference Desk (ext. 318) or click here.

Medical Coding

Thursday, June 2

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.