Classes

Imagine Your Story: A Virtual Fiction Writing Workshop

Tuesday, July 14

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Award-winning novelist, Susan Strecker, will host a three-part workshop on June 30th, July 7th, & 14th from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Topics covered will include eight tips and tricks for writing a novel, the essential elements of successful books, & the importance of hooking the reader. Writers of all experience & ability levels are welcome. Registration required. Please note: by registering on this page, you are registering for all three sessions.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, July 14

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Kripalu certified Yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required, yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

 

How to Access e-Books, Movies, & More- Hoopla & Kanopy (Virtual class)

Thursday, July 16

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Come learn about two fun resources you can access with just your Blackstone Library card. Hoopla not only has e-books and e-audiobooks, but also movies, TV shows, and music. Kanopy is our on demand movie streaming service, and includes great collections like PBS, The Great Courses, and the Criterion Collection. Plus, Kanopy is compatible with Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast.

Registration with an email address is required to receive the Zoom link. Register here.

How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group

Saturday, July 18

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn to better understand and appreciate the wide world of poetry! Each week we’ll discuss a new chapter from the 8th edition of the book Sound and Sense: an Introduction to Poetry by Laurence Perrine. A best-selling introduction to poetry for more than 50 years, Perrine’s book succinctly covers the basics with detailed chapters on the elements of poetry, unique materials on evaluating poetry, exemplary selections, and exercises and study questions that guide understanding. With an emphasis on teaching students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry, this group will be your guide to discovering how and what a poem means, and hopefully gain a new appreciation for the art form.

Registration required to receive meeting link. Click here to register. Digital copies of Sound and Sense are available through Open Library. Click here to create an account and download a copy of the book.

Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, July 21

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Kripalu certified Yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required, yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

 

How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group

Saturday, July 25

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn to better understand and appreciate the wide world of poetry! Each week we’ll discuss a new chapter from the 8th edition of the book Sound and Sense: an Introduction to Poetry by Laurence Perrine. A best-selling introduction to poetry for more than 50 years, Perrine’s book succinctly covers the basics with detailed chapters on the elements of poetry, unique materials on evaluating poetry, exemplary selections, and exercises and study questions that guide understanding. With an emphasis on teaching students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry, this group will be your guide to discovering how and what a poem means, and hopefully gain a new appreciation for the art form.

Registration required to receive meeting link. Click here to register. Digital copies of Sound and Sense are available through Open Library. Click here to create an account and download a copy of the book.

Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, July 28

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Kripalu certified Yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required, yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

 

How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group

Saturday, August 1

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn to better understand and appreciate the wide world of poetry! Each week we’ll discuss a new chapter from the 8th edition of the book Sound and Sense: an Introduction to Poetry by Laurence Perrine. A best-selling introduction to poetry for more than 50 years, Perrine’s book succinctly covers the basics with detailed chapters on the elements of poetry, unique materials on evaluating poetry, exemplary selections, and exercises and study questions that guide understanding. With an emphasis on teaching students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry, this group will be your guide to discovering how and what a poem means, and hopefully gain a new appreciation for the art form.

Registration required to receive meeting link. Click here to register. Digital copies of Sound and Sense are available through Open Library. Click here to create an account and download a copy of the book.

Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, August 4

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Kripalu certified Yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required, yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

 

Re-Imagining Your Story: Keys to a Life of Resilience

Thursday, August 6

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an excellent virtual skill building workshop and author talk! Local author Lorri Danzig shares the self-reflective tools she used to help her re-imagine her own story in a way that was at once honest, truthful, and more resilient. This “re-imagining” facilitated her bounce back from a devastating diagnosis and its aftermath. Participants will take away a clear understanding of how to put resilience skills into action. Short excerpts from her book “My Father the Fish: Rendering Life’s Hardships Spiritual” will serve to illustrate these new skills.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group

Saturday, August 8

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Learn to better understand and appreciate the wide world of poetry! Each week we’ll discuss a new chapter from the 8th edition of the book Sound and Sense: an Introduction to Poetry by Laurence Perrine. A best-selling introduction to poetry for more than 50 years, Perrine’s book succinctly covers the basics with detailed chapters on the elements of poetry, unique materials on evaluating poetry, exemplary selections, and exercises and study questions that guide understanding. With an emphasis on teaching students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry, this group will be your guide to discovering how and what a poem means, and hopefully gain a new appreciation for the art form.

Registration required to receive meeting link. Click here to register. Digital copies of Sound and Sense are available through Open Library. Click here to create an account and download a copy of the book.

Preserving Family History Treasures

Tuesday, August 11

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Many of us gather together documents, photos and other memorabilia to preserve the record of the lives of our loved ones. However, nothing last forever. Paper slowly turns yellow and becomes brittle. Leather slowly turns to dust. Cloth loses its color and gradually weaken and tears at the lightest touch. The letters, documents, photographs and other items that connect us to the past lives of family members are under constant attack. Even digital photographs and scanned letters can be lost due to improper storage media as well as other causes.

Lizette Pelletier, State Archivist at the Connecticut State Library, will discuss the inherent vices related to paper and electronic documents. She will offer some basic preservation steps to ensure that family records are available for future generations.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, August 11

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Kripalu certified Yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required, yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

 

How to Use Your iPad (Virtual class)

Thursday, August 13

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Confused about how to use your iPad? Come to this class and learn how to get started! This class is geared towards beginners, covering the basic functions and features of the iPad and apps. iPads must already be registered with an Apple ID and running the most current operating system.

Registration with an email address is required to receive the Zoom link. Register here.

DIY Ginger Ale and Vanilla Extract Workshop – A Virtual Program

Saturday, August 15

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Feeling alone-a during Corona? Join the mother/daughter Grounded Goodwife duo for a hands-on workshop using ingredients from your kitchen! Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

Please note: as this is a virtual program all attendees must supply their own ingredients. A detailed list of necessary materials is below.

Gingerly Adjust to a New Normal” DIY Ginger Ale

– 1 inch ginger root

– 2 tablespoons lemon juice

– ¾ cup sugar

– 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast

– water

– 2-liter container (preferably glass)

Extract me from this pandemic! DIY Vanilla & Almond Extract

– 6 vanilla beans

– 12 almonds (with or without skins – skins make the extract a little bitter, so your choice!)

– 16 ounces alcohol (we recommend vodka, brandy, bourbon, or rum)

– two 8-ounce glass jars

Optional, to make lemon extract:

o 1 lemon

o Additional 8-ounce glass jar

o 8 ounces alcohol

Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, August 18

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Kripalu certified Yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required, yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.

 

LIVE Streaming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Friday, August 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Let’s close out our 10 week summer reading quest with a LIVE streaming of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them™. This is the perfect way for everyone to come together and enjoy each others company virtually by watching, conversing and snacking at the sometime. All ages are welcome. Running time 2h 13m.

Sign up here to receive a ZOOM link, meeting number and password to join in the fun by email.

Hatha Yoga

Tuesday, August 25

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join Kripalu certified Yoga instructor Joanne DeVito for our weekly virtual  yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required, yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended.

Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. Click here to register.