Saturday, October 7
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
With more than 330 species known in the world, hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds after flycatchers. These tiny aeronautic marvels have the ability to hover, fly backward, and migrate long distances. The physiological capacity of hummingbirds to raise and lower their heart rate and body temperature to survive cold nights is unmatched in the avian world. This program illustrates the amazing adaptations of these glittering gems and describes their fascinating life histories. Vivid photographs of hummingbirds in the United States, Central and South America tell the story of how these birds survive in habitats that range from tropical forests to the forests of the Andes Mountains.
Gina Beebe Nichol has been a naturalist and birder for more than thirty years, Gina first became fascinated with the natural world in rural upstate New York where she spent most of her childhood out of doors. Gina received her B.S. in Environmental Education from Cornell University and her M.A. in Educational Technology from Fairfield University. She began her career as a Naturalist at the Rye Nature Center in Rye, New York. Gina’s interest in human/wildlife interactions then took her to Volunteers for Wildlife in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. There she coordinated the operation of a 24-hour Wildlife Crisis Hotline and developed programs dealing with wildlife rehabilitation.
In 1987, Gina became Program Director for the National Audubon Society in Greenwich, Connecticut. In that capacity, she led numerous environmental workshops and local field trips. While with the National Audubon Society, Gina also led ecotours for Audubon Nature Odysseys. Destinations included Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, the Pacific Northwest, and Baja California. Upon leaving Audubon, Gina taught biology, chemistry, physical and environmental science, and computer courses for several years at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Gina’s avid interest in wildlife biology led her to the Yellowstone Institute in Wyoming where she studied animal behavior as well as methods for tracking animal movements. She also worked on a research project on the Isle of Skye in Scotland where she investigated habitat requirements of Eurasian Otters. In addition, she participated in an Earthwatch study of Mountain Lions in the Jim Sage Mountains in Idaho.
Her varied interests and love of the natural world have taken her to all seven continents and Gina has led bird watching tours from Alaska to Antarctica to China to Kenya and countless countries in between.
In 2005, Gina founded Sunrise Birding, LLC to offer personalized, authentic, affordable private and small group bird watching and wildlife tours around the world.
Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Carl R. Harvey at (203) 389-6076 or email@example.com.
Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce: shorelinechamberct.com
A lock is really just a puzzle waiting to be solved. Using transparent pin-tumbler padlocks and some basic picks, I’ll teach you a variety of techniques for opening basic locks. This will be a hands-on session. There will be some legal talk, a demonstration, and then plenty of time to try to pick as many locks as you can. Taught by Jim Davis. Registration required. To register, please click here.
Get up, get out and uncover Branford! We’re bringing you and your neighbors together 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.
Document your adventures with photos and a short write up of your own personal favorites and we’ll turn that into a community exhibit on display in the library.
Note: At this meeting we’ll be unveiling our first Uncover Branford booklets containing the awesome photos and stories you’ve submitted about your favorite places in Branford!
Each month, Books & Brews offers 2 titles to choose from, each with its own discussion group to take part in. This month, we’ll be discussing: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai and Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson.
Come to the November meeting and grab a book for December, 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!
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
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.
Join us for a free showing of Dunkirk. Rated PG-13 for intense war experience and language. Refreshments provided. Synopsis: Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. To register, please click here.
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. To register, click here.
This month we’re reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Synopsis: With Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan—who dazzled readers with her Pulitzer Prize-winning, A Visit from the Goon Squad—spins a classic historical novel. Classic in the sense that it’s virtually impossible to put down. Classic in its sepia toned portrait of New York: set on the Brooklyn docks during World War II, when mobsters ruled, the war loomed, and a young girl dove her way into becoming the first female diver on the squad. Classic in its quintessentially satisfying characters: crooked gangsters, disappearing fathers, gritty sailors and an intrepid young woman equally at home in a 200 pound diving suit and a green silk dress who unites them all. Classic in its revelation of the dangerous, altruistic and nefarious choices people make to support their family, their country and themselves. Manhattan Beach is classic in all of its American glory.
Come to 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; to sign up click here.
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.
Prof John Thomas: One Hundred Years along the US/Mexico Border
Ready to get online but not sure what to do next? Learn the basics of Gmail in this introductory class. Feel free to bring your own laptop or use one of ours. Registration required. RSVP here or call 203.488.1441 ext. 318.
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 or call 203-488-1441 x 318.
Award-winning novelist, Susan Strecker, will host a three-part workshop on January 13th, 20th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Topics covered will include eight tips and tricks for writing a novel, the essential elements of successful books and the importance of hooking the reader. Writers of all experience and ability levels are welcome. Registration is required. Please note: registration is for all three classes. To sign up, click here.
Are you getting the best quality photos off of your iPhone or iPad? Do you ever ask yourself, what does that icon do? We are now offering a 2-hour course on photographic tips and tricks for your iPhone and iPad. This course is packed with information on all of the features that come with your devices. We discuss each of the features and when and why to use them. We also explore the editing capabilities native to your devices that allow you to enhance your photos to look their very best.
Space very limited. RSVP required.