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Tuesday, January 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Virtual Book Discussion – Lady Clementine

Friday, June 5

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Don’t let social distancing prevent you from discussing a great book with your neighbors! Download Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict on Hoopla (free with your Blackstone Library card), then meet up with us via zoom for a live book discussion on June 5th.

In 1909, Clementine steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time Clementine Churchill will save her husband. Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies.

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

“Feeding the Dragon”: A Virtual Author Talk with Chris Fenton

Saturday, June 6

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a virtual author talk with author Chris Fenton. He’ll be discussing his new memoir Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business. For seventeen years, Chris Fenton served as the president of DMG Entertainment and general manager of DMG North America, internationally orchestrating the creative and business activities of DMG—a multi-billion-dollar global media company headquartered in Beijing. He has produced or supervised twenty-one films and now shares his story of big wins and hard lessons from his time caught smack in the middle of the trillion-dollar soft power struggle pitting China against Hollywood, the NBA, and American business.

Read the full synopsis of the book below:

Paced like a thriller, with comparable doses of international intrigue and conflict, Chris Fenton’s bracingly candid business memoir Feeding the Dragon takes readers deep behind the scenes of Hollywood’s shaky foothold in China. Dealing at the highest levels with Chinese government officials and major American brands like Disney, Marvel, and the NBA, the former Olive Garden waiter-turned-entertainment-industry-power-broker disarmed and defied authorities on both sides of the superpower divide to make billions—and history.

Thanks to a brisk, page-turning storytelling style and an evenhanded, insider-level perspective decades in the making, Feeding the Dragon manages to be both timeless and timely. Captivating details on Robert Downey Jr., LeBron James, Kurt Cobain, Michael Phelps, and Marvel Universe creative mastermind Kevin Feige (among others) will enthrall average fans and aspiring moguls alike. But the beating narrative heart remains Fenton’s down-to-earth recounting of a headline-making journey. Ultimately, the intrepid exec builds a compelling case for the power of “cultural diplomacy”: mutually-beneficial, soft power-sharing exchanges as a better way forward than the hardliner battle lines being drawn across Beijing, Washington, and Los Angeles. 

Teeming with urgent insights about unlikely alliances and dangerous misperceptions, Feeding the Dragon is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the US-China relationship and the bottom-line realities of show business and professional sports today. Even better, it’s a supremely entertaining ride for anyone who simply loves a great story.

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

If you would like to pre-order the book click here. A portion of all pre-order sales will be donated to the non-profit, DC-based diplomacy entity, The US-Asia Institute.

DIY Sugar Scrub and Face Mask – Virtual Program

Friday, June 12

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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

Occu-pie my thoughts! DIY Maple Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Over time, our skin cell’s turnover rate slows down causing it to look dull and feel slightly rough. A sugar scrub is a body treatment that is specifically created to exfoliate the skin, sloughing off dead and damaged skin cells, unclogging pores, and increasing blood circulation to the skin. Pumpkin contains vitamin A, C, and E, and antioxidants, which help fight sun damage and wrinkles. It also has fruit enzymes that help naturally exfoliate dead skin cells.

I’m going bananas! DIY Banana Face Mask

Wandering into your kitchen and putting a little fresh fruit on your face isn’t as crazy as it sounds! A banana is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Botox.” Join us and wind back your clock…

Ingredients:

Maple Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

– 1 cup brown sugar

– 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)

– 1/8 cup maple syrup

– 1/8 cup oil (olive, grapeseed, jojoba, almond – your choice!)

– Pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon and nutmeg

– 8-ounce glass jar (Mason-type)

Banana Face Mask

– ½ banana

– 2 tablespoon honey

– 2 tablespoons yogurt

– Small mixing bowl

How to Access eBooks- OverDrive, SimplyE and More (Virtual class)

Thursday, June 18

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Come to this class to learn about OverDrive, our original e-book lending resource, and Libby, a faster, more attractive app made by OverDrive. Libby has the same collection of titles as OverDrive, but it’s a different browsing experience and interface, so if you find OverDrive a bit clunky, Libby might be for you. We’ll also take a quick look at another e-book lending resource, RBdigital, and then head over to our newest app called SimplyE, which allows you to search for, download and read your e-books from OverDrive/Libby and RBdigital- all from one app. Plus, SimplyE has other e-book collections made available to you. We’ll go over everything you need to know in this class.

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

Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth

Saturday, June 27

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Take a journey into the lives of transgender youth through their artwork. Transgender youth advocate, certified coach, and author Tony Ferraiolo, will bring you along for an exploration of his work with trans youth, told through the eyes of the youth themselves. Join Tony for an open discussion and slide show of the artwork found in his book series “Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth.”

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 11

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.

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.

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 devestating diagnosis and its aftermath. Participants will take away a clear understanding of how to put resilience skills into action. Short exerpts 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

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.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, September 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.

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.