Events

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.

Drum Away the Blues – A Virtual Musical Event!

Friday, July 17

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Master percussionist, storyteller, author, and radio host Craig Harris leads this exciting, multimedia celebration of international rhythm!

Using assorted percussion instruments, music educator/percussionist Craig Harris provides adults and children with the key to stress relief tools for emotional balance. “Stress is about dreading the past or fearing the future,” said Harris, “When one plays a drum or percussion instrument, they’re immediately transported into the present.

His workshops, classes, and performance are multi-faceted experiences. By using his vocal, imagery, and drumming exercises and interactive participation as a guide, anyone can discover the joys of creating music, strengthen their ability to work with a group, cooperate with others, creatively express themselves, foster a lifelong love of music, establish a positive mood, and relieve stress.

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

Understanding Eating Disorders

Thursday, July 23

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Eating disorders can often be difficult to understand and cope with. If you or someone you love has been affected by an eating disorder, join us for a lecture by Gina MacDonald, MA, LPC, CEDS. She’ll give an overview of disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, and exercise induced anorexia/bulimia, as well as evidence based treatments and other associated conditions such as anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Gina Macdonald has worked with those struggling with eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction for more than 25 years in hospital settings and treatment programs throughout CT. Her expertise in clinical therapy as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Expressive Art Therapy Graduate Degree from Lesley University, and extensive training in yoga and mindfulness inspired her book Mind Your Own Body, A Body Image Handbook (2019) which will be referenced in the lecture.

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

Virtual Book Discussion – The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards

Friday, July 24

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Don’t let social distancing prevent you from discussing a great book with your neighbors! Download The Black Swan of Paris by Karen Robards on Hoopla (free with your Blackstone Library card), then meet up with us via zoom for a live book discussion on July 24th.

Paris, 1944

Celebrated singer Genevieve Dumont is both a star and a smokescreen. An unwilling darling of the Nazis, the chanteuse’s position of privilege allows her to go undetected as an ally to the resistance.

When her estranged mother, Lillian de Rocheford, is captured by Nazis, Genevieve knows it won’t be long before the Gestapo succeeds in torturing information out of Lillian that will derail the upcoming allied invasion. The resistance movement is tasked with silencing her by any means necessary—including assassination. But Genevieve refuses to let her mother become yet one more victim of the war. Reuniting with her long-lost sister, she must find a way to navigate the perilous cross-currents of Occupied France undetected—and in time to save Lillian’s life.

In this heart-wrenching novel, bestselling author Karen Robards showcases the extraordinary lengths one goes to save their family from a German prison. A web of spies, the resistance and a vivid portrayal of Paris in wartime.

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

“Spy Island”: A Virtual Author Talk with Greg Gilmartin

Saturday, July 25

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for a virtual author talk with local author Greg Gilmartin! He’ll be discussing his new novel Spy Island, an unexpected story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. You can read the full synopsis of Spy Island below:

Make no mistake, they are coming for you. Young Petrika came to Block Island for an adventure. Luke will make sure that happens. It starts one special afternoon at the beach side bar where she works. He defends her honor and steals her heart. Over the next 24 hours, she learns he has also stolen Top Secret files from the US Navy that will change submarine warfare forever. Now he is hiding from the Feds, Russian mobsters, international spies and crazy assassins. From the thrill rides of Coney Island to the sandy cliffs of Block Island, connected by the world of digital espionage, this spy thriller takes you on the journey of an unassuming geek and the young woman who has changed his life. Is he a traitor, a patriot, a lover or a fool? The whole world wants what he has, but he only has eyes for her.

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.

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.

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

High School Diploma Info Session

Tuesday, September 8

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shoreline Adult Education is a regional program for adults wishing to continue their education. We offer three different options to earn a high school diploma. These programs are FREE and designed with flexibility to meet the needs of individuals in varying stages of life.  
Registration is required to receive a link to this online meeting. Click here to register.

High School Diploma Info Session

Wednesday, September 9

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Shoreline Adult Education is a regional program for adults wishing to continue their education. We offer three different options to earn a high school diploma. These programs are FREE and designed with flexibility to meet the needs of individuals in varying stages of life.  
Registration is required to receive a link to this online meeting. Click here to register.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, September 17

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.

High School Diploma Info Session

Tuesday, October 13

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shoreline Adult Education is a regional program for adults wishing to continue their education. We offer three different options to earn a high school diploma. These programs are FREE and designed with flexibility to meet the needs of individuals in varying stages of life.  
Registration is required to receive a link to this online meeting. Click here to register.

High School Diploma Info Session

Wednesday, October 14

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Shoreline Adult Education is a regional program for adults wishing to continue their education. We offer three different options to earn a high school diploma. These programs are FREE and designed with flexibility to meet the needs of individuals in varying stages of life.  
Registration is required to receive a link to this online meeting. Click here to register.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, October 15

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

Saturday, October 31

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.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, November 19

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.

Library Closes at 5:00 pm Today

Wednesday, November 25

All Day

The library closes at 5:00 pm today for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 26

All Day

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, November 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.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, December 17

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.

Library Closed for Christmas Eve Holiday

Thursday, December 24

All Day

Library Closed for Christmas Holiday

Friday, December 25

All Day

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, December 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.

Library Closes at 5:00 pm Today

Thursday, December 31

All Day

Library Closed for New Year’s Holiday

Friday, January 1

All Day

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, January 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.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, February 27

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.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, March 27

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.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, April 24

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.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, May 29

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.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, June 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.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, July 31

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.