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Tuesday, April 14

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lock Picking for Beginners

Saturday, January 25

10:00 am - 11:30 am

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.

Sparking Joy: The KonMari Method

Saturday, January 25

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Does the state of your home spark joy? If not, start the new year off with our Marie Kondo workshop! Christine Thorn of Wolcott, Connecticut’s first certified KonMari consultant, will share the benefits of the KonMari Method™ of tidying and decluttering to help you experience the life changing magic of tidying up! She’ll help you get your house in order for 2020 and beyond.

Registration required. Click here to register.

Bestseller Book Club

Saturday, January 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.

3D Print Club

Tuesday, January 28

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, interesting 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, January 31

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

Monday, February 3

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.

Blackstone Library Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 5

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Become a Census Taker – Info Session

Saturday, February 8

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The 2020 Census is fast approaching and the U.S. Census Bureau is looking for people to act as census takers. Stop by their information booth in the library to learn about employment opportunities and what it means to be a census taker.

 

DIY Hot Cocoa

Saturday, February 8

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Come learn how to put your local coffee shop’s hot cocoa to shame! In this workshop you’ll get to create your own unique hot chocolate mix using a custom mix of ingredients. Make something for yourself or a sweet treat for a loved one! All supplies provided so you’re free to get creative.

Registration for this program is not required, but supplies are limited. Workshop is first come, first served.

Cutting the Cord: Saying Goodbye to Cable

Thursday, February 13

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dealing with cable can be a pain, but trying to find an alternative can be equally frustrating. If you’ve had enough of cable and need some guidance for making your next move, come to our class on cutting the cord! We’ll discuss all the most popular streaming services and devices so you can decide which one is right for you! Registration is required.

RSVP here.

 

Lock Picking for Beginners

Saturday, February 15

10:00 am - 11:30 am

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 required. Click here to register.

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, interesting 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.