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Tuesday, July 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Summer Latin Course

Wednesday, July 18

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us this summer to learn classical Latin! This weekly class is great for beginners or for those seeking to brush up on their skills. In just three months, you’ll learn Latin vocabulary and see how much of the English language is derived from Latin, plus you’ll learn many fascinating aspects of daily Roman life and Roman mythology.

The study of classical Latin exercises memory, increases English vocabulary, and broadens general knowledge. Using the textbook Ecce Romani I (provided for free to each student), you’ll learn Latin vocabulary, English vocabulary derived from Latin root words, Latin & English grammar, & translation skills. Knowledge of Roman geography, history, daily life, & mythology will be enhanced through English or Latin readings and activities. The Latin meanings of certain common abbreviations and phrases used in English, such as e.g., A.D., et al., ad hoc, status quo, and tempus fugit, will be featured weekly. Depending on interest and available space, classes may continue September through May.

NOTE: Interested participants should be prepared to commit to attending all of the sessions.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. RSVP required. To RSVP, please click here or call the library at 203-488-1441 x 318.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, July 18

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, July 19

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.

Book Signing with Town Historian Jane Bouley

Saturday, July 21

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Town Historian Jane Bouley will be signing copies of her fascinating and extensively researched new book, The Origin and Naming of Branford’s Streets.

Books will be available for sale for $25.

English colonists settled Branford, Connecticut in 1644 expanding upon Native American pathways for their roads. The new settlers built their homes along Main and Montowese Streets which still form the nucleus of Branford’s town center today. Gradually, the early settlers expanded their road system going north to North Branford, east to the Guilford border and west through Canoe Brook and Branford Hills.

With extensive research using maps, town meeting records, city directories, and land records the author examines the origin and history of Branford’s roads and the relevance of the street names. The scope of Branford’s history as an 18th century farming community, during the industrial revolution bringing an influx of European immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, and finally as a suburban community after World War II can be viewed through the development of its streets.

Blackstone Library Tour: An Insider’s Look

Saturday, July 21

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Welcome to the Blackstone Library! Take a tour of the building, learn historical tidbits, and get an insider’s peek into the day in the life of a Blackstone library employee.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Uncover Branford Planning Meeting (LUCY HAMMER)

Saturday, July 21

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)

Saturday Cinema: The Count of Monte Cristo (Branford Fire Headquarters)

Saturday, July 21

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to celebrate summer reading by watching movies based on The Great American Read, a list of America’s 100 most loved books. We’ll be showing a series of films based on the books.

This month we’re showing The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pierce. Directed by Kevin Reynolds. A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous “friend”, escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Rated PG-13 for adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality.

NOTE: This program will meet at the Branford Fire Department Headquarters, 45 N. Main St, Branford, CT.

Registration required. To RSVP, please click here or call 203-488-1441 x 318

Library Closed

Sunday, July 22

All Day

Intermediate 3D Printing & Modeling

Monday, July 23

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 SketchUp. 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 or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Sewing 101: Patterns

Tuesday, July 24

6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Join us for a 2-part introductory sewing class. In this first class of the series, you’ll learn how to read a pattern, how to read the envelope, and how to choose the best pattern in the right size. You’ll also learn how to take proper measurements that you can take home with you.

Space is very limited. Registration required. To register for part 1 of this series, please click here or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

 

If you would like to register for Part II, Sewing 101: Zippers, Buttons, Snaps, & Hems, please click here.

Summer Latin Course

Wednesday, July 25

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us this summer to learn classical Latin! This weekly class is great for beginners or for those seeking to brush up on their skills. In just three months, you’ll learn Latin vocabulary and see how much of the English language is derived from Latin, plus you’ll learn many fascinating aspects of daily Roman life and Roman mythology.

The study of classical Latin exercises memory, increases English vocabulary, and broadens general knowledge. Using the textbook Ecce Romani I (provided for free to each student), you’ll learn Latin vocabulary, English vocabulary derived from Latin root words, Latin & English grammar, & translation skills. Knowledge of Roman geography, history, daily life, & mythology will be enhanced through English or Latin readings and activities. The Latin meanings of certain common abbreviations and phrases used in English, such as e.g., A.D., et al., ad hoc, status quo, and tempus fugit, will be featured weekly. Depending on interest and available space, classes may continue September through May.

NOTE: Interested participants should be prepared to commit to attending all of the sessions.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. RSVP required. To RSVP, please click here or call the library at 203-488-1441 x 318.

Books ‘n’ Brews Book Club (OFFSITE)

Wednesday, July 25

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. Titles TBD.

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, July 25

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.

Sewing 101: Zippers, Buttons, Snaps, & Hems

Saturday, July 28

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this second part of the series, you’ll learn a variety of useful sewing skills. First, you’ll learn all about zippers and how to add them to any project. Next, you’ll learn how to sew on a button and snap. Then, you’ll learn how to hem all types of garments including pants, skirts, and cuffs. Registration required. To register, please click here.

 

 

Bestseller Book Club: Love and Ruin

Saturday, July 28

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 Love and Ruin by Paula McLain.

In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s the adventure she’s been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly—and uncontrollably—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

Registration required.

Library Closed

Sunday, July 29

All Day

Summer Latin Course

Wednesday, August 1

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us this summer to learn classical Latin! This weekly class is great for beginners or for those seeking to brush up on their skills. In just three months, you’ll learn Latin vocabulary and see how much of the English language is derived from Latin, plus you’ll learn many fascinating aspects of daily Roman life and Roman mythology.

The study of classical Latin exercises memory, increases English vocabulary, and broadens general knowledge. Using the textbook Ecce Romani I (provided for free to each student), you’ll learn Latin vocabulary, English vocabulary derived from Latin root words, Latin & English grammar, & translation skills. Knowledge of Roman geography, history, daily life, & mythology will be enhanced through English or Latin readings and activities. The Latin meanings of certain common abbreviations and phrases used in English, such as e.g., A.D., et al., ad hoc, status quo, and tempus fugit, will be featured weekly. Depending on interest and available space, classes may continue September through May.

NOTE: Interested participants should be prepared to commit to attending all of the sessions.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. RSVP required. To RSVP, please click here or call the library at 203-488-1441 x 318.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 1

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, August 1

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

Wednesday, August 1

6:15 pm - 7:30 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 6:15-7:30 PM to get a tech question answered. No online registration required.

Please note: If multiple folks show up at the same time, a paper sign-up sheet may be utilized. Attendees will add their name to the sign-up sheet and we will go down the list of names. Sessions will run for 15 minutes.

F2G2 Game Night

Friday, August 3

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for game night! F2G2 (First Friday Game Group) is a friendly board game group that meets on the first Friday of each month at the Blackstone Library to play a wide variety of tabletop board and card games. Never played anything other than Monopoly or Scrabble? No worries, we’ve got you covered! We provide and teach the games. With nearly 100 games in our collection, we’ve got something for everyone! Adults of all experience levels are welcome. For more info & to RSVP, visit us at meetup.com/everyday-adventurers.

Library Closed

Sunday, August 5

All Day

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, August 7

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Summer Latin Course

Wednesday, August 8

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us this summer to learn classical Latin! This weekly class is great for beginners or for those seeking to brush up on their skills. In just three months, you’ll learn Latin vocabulary and see how much of the English language is derived from Latin, plus you’ll learn many fascinating aspects of daily Roman life and Roman mythology.

The study of classical Latin exercises memory, increases English vocabulary, and broadens general knowledge. Using the textbook Ecce Romani I (provided for free to each student), you’ll learn Latin vocabulary, English vocabulary derived from Latin root words, Latin & English grammar, & translation skills. Knowledge of Roman geography, history, daily life, & mythology will be enhanced through English or Latin readings and activities. The Latin meanings of certain common abbreviations and phrases used in English, such as e.g., A.D., et al., ad hoc, status quo, and tempus fugit, will be featured weekly. Depending on interest and available space, classes may continue September through May.

NOTE: Interested participants should be prepared to commit to attending all of the sessions.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. RSVP required. To RSVP, please click here or call the library at 203-488-1441 x 318.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, August 8

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.

Uncover Branford Planning Meeting (LUCY HAMMER)

Saturday, August 11

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, August 12

All Day

Summer Latin Course

Wednesday, August 15

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us this summer to learn classical Latin! This weekly class is great for beginners or for those seeking to brush up on their skills. In just three months, you’ll learn Latin vocabulary and see how much of the English language is derived from Latin, plus you’ll learn many fascinating aspects of daily Roman life and Roman mythology.

The study of classical Latin exercises memory, increases English vocabulary, and broadens general knowledge. Using the textbook Ecce Romani I (provided for free to each student), you’ll learn Latin vocabulary, English vocabulary derived from Latin root words, Latin & English grammar, & translation skills. Knowledge of Roman geography, history, daily life, & mythology will be enhanced through English or Latin readings and activities. The Latin meanings of certain common abbreviations and phrases used in English, such as e.g., A.D., et al., ad hoc, status quo, and tempus fugit, will be featured weekly. Depending on interest and available space, classes may continue September through May.

NOTE: Interested participants should be prepared to commit to attending all of the sessions.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED. RSVP required. To RSVP, please click here or call the library at 203-488-1441 x 318.

Historical Society Presents: Kentucky Barracuda – Book Talk

Wednesday, August 15

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Branford Historical Society presents author Joe Goodbody for a discussion of his new book KENTUCKY BARRACUDA: Parker Hardin French (1826-1878) – The Notorious Scoundrel and Delightful Rogue of Antebellum & Civil War America

Join author Joe Goodbody for a presentation about one of history’s most devious conmen. A notorious scoundrel in his time, Parker Hardin French has been relegated to a minor footnote in American antebellum and Civil War history—until now. Joe brings this cunning rascal out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this well-researched historical biography.  Joe’s talk will cover French’s connection to Branford. Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley assisted with this information and perspective.  French was arrested in Branford in November 1861 and charged with being a Confederate agent.

About the Author: Emmet Joseph (Joe) Goodbody Jr. is a retired United States Army Colonel and Virginia resident. His great-grandfather was a victim of Parker Hardin French on the fraudster’s California-bound gold rush expedition. The adventure faltered in mismanagement and collapsed in deception, fraud, and forgery.

NOTE: Will be held in the READING ROOM

Sponsored by the Branford Historical Society

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, August 15

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, August 16

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.

Blackstone Library Tour: An Insider’s Look

Saturday, August 18

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Welcome to the Blackstone Library! Take a tour of the building, learn historical tidbits, and get an insider’s peek into the day in the life of a Blackstone library employee.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Saturday Cinema: Ready Player One (Branford Fire Headquarters)

Saturday, August 18

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us to celebrate summer reading by watching movies based on The Great American Read, a list of America’s 100 most loved books. We’ll be showing a series of films based on the books. This month we’re showing Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg. This movie is based on the award winning novel, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action violence, bloody images, some suggestive material, nudity and language.

Registration required. To register, please click here or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

NOTE: This program will meet offsite, at the Branford Fire Department Headquarters, 45 N. Main St, Branford, CT.