‘Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places’ Book Lecture & Signing Event (SNOW DATE)

Sunday, February 10

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. The state’s history includes landscapes of small farmsteads, country churches, urban streets, tobacco sheds, quiet maritime villages, and town greens, as well as more recent suburbs and corporate headquarters. In his guide to this rich and diverse architectural heritage, Christopher Wigren introduces readers to 100 places across the state. Written for travelers and residents alike, the book features buildings visible from the road.

Christopher Wigren, author of Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places, which features the Blackstone Library as an entry, will be here speaking about his book and years of fieldwork and research in statewide architectural survey and National Register of Historic Places programs. Mr. Wigren is an architectural historian and deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. His articles and essays have appeared in the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, and Connecticut Explored magazine.

Library Closed

Sunday, January 20

All Day

Library Closed for MLK Day

Monday, January 21

All Day

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, January 23

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, January 23

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.

Opera Lecture: Carmen

Saturday, January 26

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join Charlotte D’Aniello for a presentation on Carmen before you see it Live in HD from the Met Opera on Feb. 2.

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

Registration required. To register, please click here.

Bestseller Book Club: Educated by Tara Westover

Saturday, January 26

3:30 pm - 4:30 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 Bestseller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres. This month we’re reading Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL & ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY’S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University

“Beautiful and propulsive . . . Despite the singularity of [Tara Westover’s] childhood, the questions her book poses are universal: How much of ourselves should we give to those we love? And how much must we betray them to grow up?”—Vogue

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

To register call (203) 488-1441 x 318 or click here.

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, January 30

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Books ‘n’ Brews Book Club (OFFSITE)

Wednesday, January 30

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Each month, Books & Brews offers 2 titles to choose from, each with its own discussion group to take part in. See upcoming titles at the group’s meetup.com page.

We bring next month’s books to each meeting. Come out and grab one for next month’s group. You can also borrow one from the library (place a hold on our online catalog), or purchase your own copy. New members welcome. Read one of the titles and come out and join the fun!

Find us on meetup.com to connect with the group and RSVP to the meeting.

Books ‘n’ Brews will meet at Thimble Island Brewery.

Feel free to bring your own snacks. Thimble Islands offers a selection of craft beers (must be 21+ to drink alcoholic beverages), wine, soda, and water. No purchase necessary to take part in the book club. Come have some fun & get lit…erary at Books ‘n’ Brews!

 

Thimble Island Brewery
16 Business Park Drive
Branford, CT. 06405
203-208-2827

Knitting Group

Wednesday, January 30

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.

Drop-in Tech Help

Thursday, January 31

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Having trouble downloading books through OverDrive? Need help on a Microsoft Word document? Can’t figure out how to email a picture from your iPhone? Swing on by for some drop-in tech help! Visit the Lucy Hammer Room any time between 2-4 PM to get a tech question answered.

No registration required.

Sew Into You (in Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, February 2

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Need a gift for a special someone? Just like crafts and puns? Then join us for a beginners embroidery class! We’ll teach you some basic embroidery stitches and show you how to make you’re very own embroidered patch for a jacket or bag. All skill levels welcome! Registration required. To register, please click here.

 

‘Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places’ Book Talk & Signing Event (Reading Room)

Sunday, February 3

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. The state’s history includes landscapes of small farmsteads, country churches, urban streets, tobacco sheds, quiet maritime villages, and town greens, as well as more recent suburbs and corporate headquarters. In his guide to this rich and diverse architectural heritage, Christopher Wigren introduces readers to 100 places across the state. Written for travelers and residents alike, the book features buildings visible from the road.

Christopher Wigren, author of Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places, which features the Blackstone Library as an entry, will be here speaking about his book and years of fieldwork and research in statewide architectural survey and National Register of Historic Places programs. Mr. Wigren is an architectural historian and deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. His articles and essays have appeared in the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, and Connecticut Explored magazine.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

No Latin class tonight

Wednesday, February 6

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 6

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, February 6

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.

F2G2 Game Night

Friday, February 8

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for game night! We’ll be playing all types of board games, from fast-paced, hilarious party games to highly strategic, thinky games that will leave your head spinning! F2G2 is all about having fun, learning new games, and making friends. We’ve got games for everyone, no matter your experience level. Feel free to bring your own games too. Adults of all ages welcome.

Registration required. Click here to register or RSVP on Meetup.

All About Your Hair (Reading Room)

Saturday, February 9

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Christopher Rollins, owner of Christopher’s Salon and Day Spa and The European Academy of Cosmetology & Hairdressing, will tell you all about different hair types, how to cut and style them, and let you sample some of the newest hair products on the market!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

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Christopher Rollins has applied his talent for beautiful hairstyles and color since the mid 1960s, when he started his career in London. While working at several leading salons there, he trained with the major hair care companies and established a lifelong affiliation with L’Oreal – a relationship he brought to the United States when he opened his first Connecticut salon in 1982. He remains a trendsetter in hair and skin care, just one reason for the success of his popular, Guilford-based salon and day spa.

Christopher’s goal always has been to provide the very best products and services to his customers, and the best education and training to his staff. His salon offers the latest styles and colors from both Europe and the Unites States. Christopher has received awards for fashion and his philanthropic work in the community. Both a leader and teacher, he will carry his standards of excellence forward to his latest endeavor – The European Academy of Cosmetology and Hairdressing. The academy will allow him to apply his business experience, talent and strong industry affiliations to educating and training the next generation of talented, dedicated hairdressers and cosmetologists.

Snow date: Feb 16, 12:30 PM

No Latin class tonight

Wednesday, February 13

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, February 13

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.

Drop-in Tech Help

Thursday, February 14

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Having trouble downloading books through OverDrive? Need help on a Microsoft Word document? Can’t figure out how to email a picture from your iPhone? Swing on by for some drop-in tech help! Visit the Lucy Hammer Room any time between 2-4 PM to get a tech question answered.

No registration required.

Uncover Branford Planning Meeting (LUCY HAMMER)

Saturday, February 16

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Open to all: Get up, get out and uncover Branford!

Join us to share your favorite Branford places and stories. Then, plan a group outing to a special spot! As you go out into the community to explore and uncover new places, you’ll make new friends, have lots of fun, and discover the hidden gems of Branford.

At our planning meeting, we’ll talk about our favorite places in town, and plan where we’ll venture to next! Join us!

RSVP at meetup.com (it’s free to create an account and join the group)

Library Closed

Sunday, February 17

All Day

Library Closed for President’s Day

Monday, February 18

12:00 am

Friends Board Meeting (@ Bfd. Fire Station)

Tuesday, February 19

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, February 20

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, February 20

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.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, February 21

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 consultations. Consultations are first-come, first-served. Sign up at Reference up to 30 minutes before program begins. Free and open to the public.

Bestseller Book Club: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Saturday, February 23

3:30 pm - 4:30 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 Bestseller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres.

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love, and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter.

To RSVP, call us at (203) 488-1441 x 318 or click here.

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, February 27

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.

Books ‘n’ Brews Book Club (OFFSITE)

Wednesday, February 27

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Each month, Books & Brews offers 2 titles to choose from, each with its own discussion group to take part in. See upcoming titles at the group’s meetup.com page.

We bring next month’s books to each meeting. Come out and grab one for next month’s group. You can also borrow one from the library (place a hold on our online catalog), or purchase your own copy. New members welcome. Read one of the titles and come out and join the fun!

Find us on meetup.com to connect with the group and RSVP to the meeting.

Books ‘n’ Brews will meet at Thimble Island Brewery.

Feel free to bring your own snacks. Thimble Islands offers a selection of craft beers (must be 21+ to drink alcoholic beverages), wine, soda, and water. No purchase necessary to take part in the book club. Come have some fun & get lit…erary at Books ‘n’ Brews!

 

Thimble Island Brewery
16 Business Park Drive
Branford, CT. 06405
203-208-2827

Knitting Group

Wednesday, February 27

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.

Drop-in Tech Help

Thursday, February 28

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Having trouble downloading books through OverDrive? Need help on a Microsoft Word document? Can’t figure out how to email a picture from your iPhone? Swing on by for some drop-in tech help! Visit the Lucy Hammer Room any time between 2-4 PM to get a tech question answered.

No registration required.

Classical Latin (Registration Required)

Wednesday, March 6

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Please contact the Reference Department at 203-488-1441, ext. 318 if you are interested in the Latin class.