Intro to Classical Latin (in Lucy Hammer Room)

Wednesday, November 29

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Close at 5pm

Wednesday, November 22

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, November 22

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.

Saturday Cinema: The Glass Castle

Saturday, November 25

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a free showing of The Glass Castle, based on the award winning memoir by Jeannette Walls.

Synopsis: Raised in a chaotic, ever-changing home by her imaginative but alcoholic father and artistic but often depressed mother, Jeannette Walls has never truly known stability. As she moves around the country with her family, she faces poverty, confusion, near homelessness and bullying by classmates who do not understand her circumstances. However, Jeanette’s father always tries to inspire hope for the future in his children, even though he is largely responsible for the upheaval and uncertainty in their lives. And Jeanette holds those dreams for the future close, through good times and bad.

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving family dysfunction, and for some language and smoking.

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

 

CANCELLED – Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, November 25

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.

Economic Development Commission

Tuesday, November 28

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Health Care Careers Workshop

Wednesday, November 29

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You could be eligible for FREE Short-term Job-related training in the Healthcare field through the Health Careers Advancement Project. Presented by American Job Center Workforce Alliance (formerly CT Works). Stop Dreaming! Your future career begins today! Registration is required for this event; to RSVP please click here. To be eligible, you must be committed to succeed AND:

  • Have High School Diploma or GED
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Able to pass drug screen and criminal background check

Assistance may be available for:

  • Child care
  • Transportation
  • Training-related clothing

Choose from these Career Training Offerings:

  • N.A. (Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Human Services Assistant
  • Medical Coding & Billing
  • HIM (Health Information Management
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • EMT
  • Patient Navigator
  • Patient Care Technician

Books ‘n’ Brews Book Club (OFFSITE)

Wednesday, November 29

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We’ll be discussing: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman and We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

New members welcome. You can borrow a copy from the library, or purchase your own copy. Read one of these titles and come out and join the fun!

Find us on meetup.com to connect with the group and RSVP. If you don’t want to create a free meetup account, you may click here to register.

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, November 29

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.

Medical Coding

Thursday, November 30

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.

First Friday Game Group (F2G2)

Friday, December 1

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 RSVP.

 

Blackstone Library Tour: An Insider’s Look

Saturday, December 2

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

The SAT or the ACT? Standardized Testing Options & the College Admissions Timeline: Presented by Bulldog Tutors (Lucy Hammer Room)

Saturday, December 2

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Jas Jernaill, the Managing Director of Bulldog Tutors, for a discussion on successfully navigating the university admissions process. Topics will include standardized testing options, how to build a successful college admissions application, and how the admissions timeline differs for aspiring student athletes. The talk will run for about 30 minutes with 15 minutes of questions to follow.
This talk is appropriate for juniors and sophomores, as seniors will be at the tail end of this process come December.
Registration for this program is required since space is limited. To do so please call 203. 488. 1441. ext. 323 or click here.

Connecticut Rock ‘n’ Roll w/ Author Tony Renzoni

Saturday, December 2

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Branford author Tony Renzoni will be here to discuss his new book Connecticut Rock ‘n’ Roll. Registration required. To register, click here.

Branford Forum: ‘The System Made Me Do It’: Fighting Public Sector Corruption through Program Redesign

Sunday, December 3

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Professor Susan Rose-Ackerman of Yale’s Law School and Political Science Department will speak on corruption in government

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, December 5

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 6

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, December 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.

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 7

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.

Music Makers Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 10

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

The Music Makers from Branford High School will perform a selection of holiday classics, including traditional carols, music from the European Renaissance and modern selections.

Join the Music Makers for an hour long celebration of the holiday season with a short sing-a-long to follow! The Music Makers are an elite group of singers chosen from all of the singers in the Branford High School Choral Program. They are considered the “musical ambassadors” of not only the school, but of the Town of Branford as well.

They love to sing, enjoy making music together, and love spreading their messages of peace and goodwill through their music. The students are very socially conscious, and have raised money at their concerts to give to many local charities and organizations both in their town of Branford as well as throughout their state. Projects such as “Rock and Roll over Beethoven”, “The Prayer Cycle” and “Bach to Rock” have been the catalysts for carrying on their mission.

Over the years the group, along with the entire Choral Program, has received many honors and traveled extensively. They have performed in England, France, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, Ireland, Scotland as well as many places in the United States as well including Lincoln Center in New York City as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. They were part of the group that premiered John Rutter’s “Magnificat” in Carnegie Hall in 1990 as well as had the great honor of singing for Pope John Paul in 1996! They have been a part of the Montreux International Choral Festival in Montreux, Switzerland twice, and received the highest honors and trophies at the Verona International Choral festival in Verona, Italy in 2010. Music Makers received the highest award given, The Crystal Trophy! More recently they have toured Spain, Austria, and the Czech Republic. No matter how far they travel, concerts at home always mean so much to these singers. They truly enjoy connecting with all of their audiences, and hope that their music “moves the spirit” in all who hear them.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Space is limited, RSVP required. Please register here.

Medical Coding

Tuesday, December 12

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Knitting Group

Wednesday, December 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.

Menunkatuck Audubon: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air

Wednesday, December 13

7:00 pm - 8:00 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.

Presenter:
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 program@menunkatuck.org.

Shoreline Chamber Nonprofit Workshop Series

Thursday, December 14

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Presented by the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce: shorelinechamberct.com

Programming Committee Meeting (in LHR)

Thursday, December 14

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Medical Coding

Thursday, December 14

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.

Lock Picking for Beginners (in Lucy Hammer Room)

Thursday, December 14

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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.

Uncover Branford Meeting

Saturday, December 16

10:30 am - 11:30 am

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!

Books ‘n’ Brews Book Club (OFFSITE)

Wednesday, December 20

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. 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!

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, December 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, December 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.

Knitting Group

Wednesday, December 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.

Saturday Cinema: Dunkirk

Saturday, December 30

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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.

Bestseller Book Club: Manhattan Beach

Saturday, December 30

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. 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.