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Tuesday, February 11

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, February 20

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.

3D Print Club

Tuesday, February 25

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our 3D print club is expanding its repertoire! Introducing our exciting, ongoing project: building a robot arm. These classes will show how 3D modeling, 3D printing, electrical components like servos and step motors, as well as a programmable microchip like the Arduino, can all be used in concert to create a unique and functional electronic device. The aim is to design and build a robot arm from scratch. Ideally, the arm will be fully articulated, capable of grabbing and moving small objects, and be controlled using a wireless controller. We will create every aspect of the arm over the course of a number of classes. This includes designing the various parts, printing them, assembling them, attaching the requisite electronics and wiring, building the controller and programming it to work.

It is ideal but not required for you to have already at least taken the intro to 3D printing class. However, because we will be working on this as a group, interested beginners are welcome to come. We will do our best to provide value to all interested attendees.

All materials provided, just bring your creativity!

Registration is required. Click here to register.

F2G2 Game Night

Friday, February 28

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.

RSVP on our Meetup page. We look forward to seeing you!

Tips for Travelers on a Budget

Saturday, February 29

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Matt Cadorette has visited over 25 countries on 6 continents. In his presentation he’ll share strategies he’s learned and resources he trusts for creating a positive travel experience.  Whether you’re new to traveling or a jet setter looking for a good deal, you’re sure to learn something new!

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Bestseller Book Club – The Guardians by John Grisham

Saturday, February 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.

This month we’re reading The Guardians by John Grisham. RSVP here.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 4

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

F2G2 Game Night

Friday, March 6

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.

RSVP on our Meetup page. We look forward to seeing you!

Internet Basics

Thursday, March 19

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Learn the basics of what the Internet is and how it works. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about web browsers, hyperlinks, downloading and uploading files, and more.

Registration required. RSVP here.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, March 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.

“The Severed Finger: A Thimble Island Mystery”: Fireside Author Talk with Arno B. Zimmer

Saturday, March 21

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for some light refreshments and a fascinating fireside presentation by local author Arno B. Zimmer. He’ll be discussing his fifth book The Severed Finger, a mystery novel set right off the coast of the Thimble Islands! Click here to read the full synopsis.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

MINI GOLF AT BLACKSTONE LIBRARY

Saturday, March 28

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tickets will also be available at the door for Mini Golf at Blackstone Library and Mini Golf: After Hours.

From Coverage to Care: Making the Most of your Health Insurance

Saturday, March 28

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Congratulations! You were able to enroll in a health insurance plan and have coverage for the year 2020 –but do you know how to use it?

Enrolling in a health insurance plan is only the first step towards living a healthy life. What comes next is figuring out how to make the most of your coverage. During this hour long discussion, we will explain exactly what health insurance is and how to use it. We will help you understand your coverage and teach you how to connect with the services that will help you and your family live long, healthy lives. Health insurance can be a bit overwhelming and confusing at first. However, we will guide you through all the clutter and show you how to make the most of your 2020 coverage.

This presentation will be given by members of the AmeriCorps STICH Program.

Lock Picking for Beginners

Saturday, March 28

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Did you know that lock-picking is a widely growing hobby in the maker community? A pin-tumbler lock is a puzzle waiting to be solved. It combines manual dexterity, patience, and problem solving. We provide everything that you need to learn how to open simple pin-tumbler locks, learn which locks are secure and which are not, and have a great time doing it! We also cover local and federal laws surrounding this hobby.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

 

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, March 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.

MINI GOLF: AFTER HOURS

Saturday, March 28

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Tickets will also be available at the door for Mini Golf at Blackstone Library and Mini Golf: After Hours.

MINI GOLF AT BLACKSTONE LIBRARY

Sunday, March 29

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tickets will also be available at the door for Mini Golf at Blackstone Library and Mini Golf: After Hours.

F2G2 Game Night

Friday, April 3

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.
RSVP on our Meetup page. We look forward to seeing you!

High School Diploma Information Session with ERACE

Tuesday, April 7

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you need a high school diploma? ERACE 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 are designed with flexibility to meet the needs of individuals in varying stages of life. Come to this information session to decide which option is best for you.

High School Diploma Information Session with ERACE

Thursday, April 9

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Do you need a high school diploma? ERACE 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 are designed with flexibility to meet the needs of individuals in varying stages of life. Come to this information session to decide which option is best for you.

Excel Basics

Thursday, April 16

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of Microsoft’s spreadsheet program. This includes the basics of creating and working with spreadsheets and the construction of formulas for math calculations.

Registration required. RSVP here.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, April 16

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.

“Connecticut Softball Legend Joan Joyce”: A Fireside Author Talk with Tony Renzoni

Sunday, April 19

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Join us for some light refreshments and a fascinating fireside presentation by local author Tony Renzoni. He’ll be discussing his book Connecticut Softball Legend Joan Joyce. A true pioneer of women’s sports and one of the most gifted athletes the state has ever produced, Joan Joyce set records in softball, basketball, and went on to a stellar career in the LPGA. It’s no surprise she is known my many experts and fans alike as “The Greatest Female Athlete in Sports History.” Click here to read the full synopsis.

Every book purchase comes with a free signed photo of Joan Joyce!

Registration required. Click here to register.

First Time Home Buyers Seminar

Thursday, April 23

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Buying a home for the first time can be an intimidating process, but we’re here to help try to make it all a little clearer. Carbutti & Co. Realtors will be teaming up with Primary Residential Mortgage Inc to provide an informative seminar for people looking to buy a home. This seminar will help potential home buyers understand some of the in’s and out’s of the home buying process that you might not be aware of if you have never gone through this complex process. This is a good forum to have any and all questions answered about buying a home and it is a great way to start the process, even if you don’t plan to buy for six months to a year. Marc Meglio from Primary Residential Mortgage will be there to tell you about financing opportunities available to you, including some great deals for first time home buyers. Also, Ralph Congo from Carbutti & Co. Realtors will be there to help you with any questions or inquiries you have before and after the presentation.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, April 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.

No-Till Gardening: Easy/Low Labor Methods for Starting a Garden From Scratch

Saturday, May 9

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come learn about all the ways you can create an amazing garden that’s both easier on the body and a fun family activity that makes gardening nearly weed free and a joy.

No-till means exactly what it says: You don’t till the soil, you don’t turn it over, you don’t break it up every year. Soil structure is important and delicate. Using a rototiller once to start a garden is fine, however over time you are adding too much oxygen to the soil which deprives the plants of nutrients. Digging also brings weed seeds to the surface creating more weeds to deal with. Turning over the soil also disrupts the symbiotic relationships and fungal networks that are being created in a healthy soils. In this workshop we’ll:

  • Discuss a variety of easy ways to start a garden bed from scratch. Some involve digging, but most do not
  • Discuss the materials/mulches you may want to find for free or purchase inexpensively
  • Discuss possible times to start a garden project & how you should tweak your method to match the season.
  • Show you how to drill/plant seeds & store bought plants into the soil
  • No-till also requires hardly any tools at all, but we’ll show off our favorite tools to use and which jobs to use them in

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Strategies for a Sustainable Income in Retirement

Tuesday, May 12

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join Megan Maruzo MBA and John Hannigan CFP® from Principle Wealth Partners  in Madison, CT for their discussion of strategies for a sustainable income in retirement. As boomers move toward retirement, they face new challenges — from rising health-care costs to sustaining assets in retirement. Are you investing enough? Investing aggressively enough? Are you taking advantage of all your tax savings opportunities? This presentation discusses strategies to help you fund a successful retirement, including asset allocation, risk management, tax efficiencies and optimal withdrawal rates.

Registration for this event is required. Click here to register.

Cutting the Cord: Saying Goodbye to Cable

Thursday, May 21

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Due to the popularity of this topic, we’ve decided to add another class, so if you missed the first, be sure to sign up early for this one!

Dealing with cable can be a pain, but finding an alternative can be equally frustrating. Need some guidance? This class is for you! We’ll discuss all the most popular streaming services and devices so you can decide which is right for you!

Registration required. RSVP here.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, May 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.

Tassy Awards

Wednesday, May 27

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

With Shoreline Arts Alliance in Auditorium.  See Karen for details.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, May 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.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, June 18

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, June 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.

Ask A Lawyer

Thursday, July 16

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.