Events

Blackstone Library English Conversation Group

Tuesday, January 25

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tuesdays at 10:00 – 11:00 AM in the Library conference room

Also Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom

Let’s Talk!

Practice your English speaking skills.

For ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults.

For more information and to register, contact Kathleen McKenna of Literacy Volunteers at  203-285-2621 or email kmckenna@lvagnh.org .

Best Seller Book Club

Best Seller Book Club

Saturday, January 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 Best Seller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres. This month we’re reading Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.

The Blackstone Library has a limited number of copies available for book club participants. If you are interested in obtaining a library copy, please call us at (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 or email programs@blackstonelibrary.org. Copies are first come, first served.

Registration is required to receive a link to this ONLINE event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library

 

Blackstone Library English Conversation Group

Tuesday, February 1

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tuesdays at 10:00 – 11:00 AM in the Library conference room

Also Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom

Let’s Talk!

Practice your English speaking skills.

For ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults.

For more information and to register, contact Kathleen McKenna of Literacy Volunteers at  203-285-2621 or email kmckenna@lvagnh.org .

Blackstone Board of Trustees

Wednesday, February 2

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Agendas and minutes are posted on the Town of Branford website.

An Afternoon of Classical Music

An Afternoon of Classical Music

Saturday, February 5

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Come one, come all! Join violinist Ilana Zaks, for an afternoon of music featuring composers Tartini, Paganini, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson and more!

Registration is required to attend this IN PERSON event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library

Blackstone Library English Conversation Group

Tuesday, February 8

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tuesdays at 10:00 – 11:00 AM in the Library conference room

Also Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom

Let’s Talk!

Practice your English speaking skills.

For ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults.

For more information and to register, contact Kathleen McKenna of Literacy Volunteers at  203-285-2621 or email kmckenna@lvagnh.org .

Bicycle Craze to Auto Age: CT Leads the Way: Presented by the Branford Historical Society

Bicycle Craze to Auto Age: CT Leads the Way: Presented by the Branford Historical Society

Wednesday, February 9

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Highlighting Hartford, Bridgeport and Branford, speaker Ted Braun will address the following questions: Why was it said that before there was a Detroit, there first had to be a Hartford? How did bicycle improvements help usher in the Auto Age? What international auto contest in Branford was drawing William K. Vanderbilt II and his fellow elites from their Newport mansions? The answers may surprise you!

Registration is required to attend this IN PERSON event.

High School Diploma Information Sessions

High School Diploma Information Sessions

Thursday, February 10

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is pleased to offer free one-on-one information sessions on alternative paths to earning a high school diploma, sponsored by Shoreline Adult Education (formerly ERACE). This regional program serves the Connecticut towns of Branford, Clinton, Guilford and North Branford and welcomes all adult students who want to earn a high school diploma.

These information sessions discuss the three free options offered by Shoreline Adult Education.  The programs are flexible to fit your schedule and aim to accommodate all students, no matter of how long it has been since they were last in a classroom. All participation is confidential.

Registration is required to receive a link to these ONLINE sessions. To sign up for your 15 minute individual consultation, please contact gfinucane@branfordschools.org or call (203) 488-5693.

Drop-in Tech Session

Drop-in Tech Session

Thursday, February 10

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Confused about your new iPhone or iPad? Need help formatting a Word document? Drop in to the library between 2 & 4 PM to get a tech question answered. First come, first served. Sessions will be limited to 15 minutes per person.
Registration is not required to attend this IN PERSON event.
High School Diploma Information Sessions

High School Diploma Information Sessions

Thursday, February 10

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The James Blackstone Memorial Library is pleased to offer free one-on-one information sessions on alternative paths to earning a high school diploma, sponsored by Shoreline Adult Education (formerly ERACE). This regional program serves the Connecticut towns of Branford, Clinton, Guilford and North Branford and welcomes all adult students who want to earn a high school diploma.

These information sessions discuss the three free options offered by Shoreline Adult Education.  The programs are flexible to fit your schedule and aim to accommodate all students, no matter of how long it has been since they were last in a classroom. All participation is confidential.

Registration is required to receive a link to these ONLINE sessions. To sign up for your 15 minute individual consultation, please contact gfinucane@branfordschools.org or call (203) 488-5693.

Awakening to Change: A Social Justice Discussion Group

Awakening to Change: A Social Justice Discussion Group

Thursday, February 10

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Awakening to Change is designed to help unify our community by developing a shared understanding of the history, policy, and experiences shaping contemporary discussions of race. We tackle a new topic each month, sometimes reading books, discussing films, or learning from articles. All are welcome to join!

Registration is required to receive a link to this ONLINE event.

Filming Project

Saturday, February 12

All Day

See Karen with questions.

The Nature of Mindful Living and Eating

The Nature of Mindful Living and Eating

Saturday, February 12

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The food of life is found on our plates (or bag of take-out) and within five integral life areas. How you fulfill your unique needs depends on understanding what floats your boat! You are one of eight billion people living on this beautiful planet. Our consumer culture preaching one size fits all makes discovering what gives or dissipates our life energies a challenge. Why not turn the challenge into a game of detection? Mindfulness, the current term for an age-old wisdom practice, is key. You’ll learn the basics of mindful living and eating from Marlow Shami, participate in an activity and guided meditation, and have a chance to ask questions and share experiences.

Registration is required to receive a link to this ONLINE event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library

Blackstone Library English Conversation Group

Tuesday, February 15

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tuesdays at 10:00 – 11:00 AM in the Library conference room

Also Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom

Let’s Talk!

Practice your English speaking skills.

For ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults.

For more information and to register, contact Kathleen McKenna of Literacy Volunteers at  203-285-2621 or email kmckenna@lvagnh.org .

Awakening to Change: A Social Justice Discussion Group

Awakening to Change: A Social Justice Discussion Group

Thursday, February 17

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Awakening to Change is designed to help unify our community by developing a shared understanding of the history, policy, and experiences shaping contemporary discussions of race. We tackle a new topic each month, sometimes reading books, discussing films, or learning from articles. All are welcome to join!

Registration is required to receive a link to this ONLINE event.

Permeable Boundaries: A Virtual Author Event

Permeable Boundaries: A Virtual Author Event

Saturday, February 19

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Blackstone Library is proud to once again host local author MaryEllen Beveridge for a reading and discussion of her latest collection of short stories. Permeable Boundaries is a collection in which the protagonists find themselves living outside cultural mores and expectations as they confront the central questions of their lives. In doing so, they undergo a range of moral and psychological transformations. If they see themselves on some level as living in a post-modern world, their actions are driven by the need to recognize and accept its actuality and at the same time to seek order and meaning within its challenges and limitations. Their evolving states of consciousness are explored within their relationship to the physical world, particularly the natural world and the domestic setting. The search for a home often preoccupies them, whether this home is a true place or a place within.

Registration is required to receive a link to this ONLINE event.

Virtual Branford Forum: The History of American Cuisine and How It Got This Way

Virtual Branford Forum: The History of American Cuisine and How It Got This Way

Sunday, February 20

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Branford Forum is a community organization that brings nationally renowned figures to the Shoreline.

Registration is required to attend this ONLINE event.

Library Closed for Presidents Day

Monday, February 21

All Day

Blackstone Library English Conversation Group

Tuesday, February 22

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tuesdays at 10:00 – 11:00 AM in the Library conference room

Also Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom

Let’s Talk!

Practice your English speaking skills.

For ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults.

For more information and to register, contact Kathleen McKenna of Literacy Volunteers at  203-285-2621 or email kmckenna@lvagnh.org .

Private Event

Friday, February 25

All Day

Best Seller Book Club

Best Seller Book Club

Saturday, February 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 Best Seller 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 Family by Naomi Krupitsky. Read the full synopsis below:

Two daughters. Two families. One inescapable fate.

Sofia Colicchio is a free spirit, loud and untamed. Antonia Russo is thoughtful, ever observing the world around her. Best friends since birth, they live in the shadow of their fathers’ unspoken community: the Family. Sunday dinners gather them each week to feast, discuss business, and renew the intoxicating bond borne of blood and love.

But the disappearance of Antonia’s father drives a whisper-thin wedge between the girls as they grow into women, wives, mothers, and leaders. Their hearts expand in tandem with Red Hook and Brooklyn around them, as they push against the boundaries of society’s expectations and fight to preserve their complex but life-sustaining friendship. One fateful night their loyalty to each other and the Family will be tested. Only one of them can pull the trigger before it’s too late.

Registration is required to attend this HYBRID event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library

Blackstone Board of Trustees

Wednesday, March 2

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Agendas and minutes are posted on the Town of Branford website.

Virtual Branford Forum: Addressing Climate Change Through Local Initiatives

Virtual Branford Forum: Addressing Climate Change Through Local Initiatives

Sunday, March 20

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Branford Forum is a community organization that brings nationally renowned figures to the Shoreline.

Registration is required to receive a link to this ONLINE event.

Branford Land Trust

Wednesday, March 23

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

More details coming soon!

The mission of the Branford Land Trust is to preserve open space in Branford, and to promote our community’s appreciation of Branford’s diverse natural features.

Best Seller Book Club

Best Seller Book Club

Saturday, March 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 Best Seller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library

Blackstone Board of Trustees

Wednesday, April 6

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Agendas and minutes are posted on the Town of Branford website.

Branford Forum: Healthy Sound, Resilient Communities – Opportunities and Challenges

Branford Forum: Healthy Sound, Resilient Communities – Opportunities and Challenges

Sunday, April 24

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Branford Forum is a community organization that brings nationally renowned figures to the Shoreline.

Registration is not required to attend this event.

Branford Land Trust

Wednesday, April 27

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

More details coming soon!

The mission of the Branford Land Trust is to preserve open space in Branford, and to promote our community’s appreciation of Branford’s diverse natural features.

Best Seller Book Club

Best Seller Book Club

Saturday, April 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 Best Seller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library

Blackstone Board of Trustees

Wednesday, May 4

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Agendas and minutes are posted on the Town of Branford website.

Private Event – Wedding

Saturday, May 7

All Day

See Karen

Branford Forum: Deconstructing Stone Buildings

Branford Forum: Deconstructing Stone Buildings

Sunday, May 22

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Branford Forum is a community organization that brings nationally renowned figures to the Shoreline.

Registration is not required to attend this event.

Best Seller Book Club

Best Seller Book Club

Saturday, May 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 Best Seller Book Club, we’ll be reading and discussing newly released, highly rated books from a wide variety of genres.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library