Fall Events & Classes: Kids • Teens • Adults

Our fall calendar is online. Check out all of the great events we have coming up for you!

All of our fall classes and events are virtual unless otherwise noted. Click here for a printable calendar. You’ll need Zoom (app or software) installed to participate. Click here for more information on installing Zoom.

Kids Programs

Teen Programs

Adult Programs

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Kids Programs



So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling: with Linda Hincks (for parents)

Friday, September 4 @ 4–5 pm
Curious about homeschooling but not sure where to begin? This ZOOM workshop is for you! Join Linda Hincks, a Connecticut resident with over 20 years of homeschooling experience and owner of Wren Homeschool Consulting, to talk about the laws and requirements, how to successfully transition to this new educational model, and what it could mean for you and your family. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register and answer some preliminary questions to personalize the workshop.

Monday Stories LIVE (ages 5 and under)

Mondays @ 10:30–11 am, Starting September 14
Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly every Monday for a virtual storytime with songs, hand rhymes, stories and more. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Registration required to receive meeting link and kit pick up specifics. Click here to register.

Wednesday Stories LIVE (ages 5 and under)

Wednesdays @ 10:30–11 am, Starting September 9
Join Miss Mary and Miss Carly every Wednesday for a virtual storytime with songs, hand rhymes, stories and more. Storytime kits are available for pick up with sign up, one per participant while supplies last. Registration required to receive meeting link and kit pick up specifics. Click here to register.

Picture Books LIVE (ages 5 and under)

Fridays @ 11–11:30 am, Starting September 11
Miss Mary and Carly are saving Fridays for Picture Books LIVE, a program that brings your favorite book characters to the big screen! Songs, rhymes, dancing, and books will be included. Registration is required to receive meeting link. Click here to register.

Rick Riordan Presents: Virtual Book Club (grades 3-6)

Fourth Tuesday of the Month @ 4–5 pm | September 22, October 27, November 24
Join us once a month for a virtual book club that features different books from Rick Riordan Presents – books published with a goal of sharing different cultures and backgrounds through stories inspired by their mythology, folklore, and heritage. Registration is required to receive meeting link. Click here to register and gain access to our next title.

Take & Make: Hands-on Activity to Pick Up (grades K-4)

Wednesdays @ 10 am–4 pm | September 23, October 28, November 25
Drop by the library after your early release day to pick up a hands-on activity that can be completed anytime you’re looking for something to do. Each month is a different activity, such as building a catapult or making an edible ‘dirt’ cup. Kits available while supplies last during no-contact pickup hours, 10 am-12 pm, 2 pm-4 pm, and 5 pm-7 pm. No registration is required; don’t forget your mask! Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. 

Live-Streaming of ‘Frozen II’ (for families)

Monday, November 2 @ 4–6 pm
Join us for a shared viewing of Frozen II™ with your family and friends. This is not a sing-along edition but you are still more than welcome to sing your hearts out! All ages are welcome and costumes are encouraged! We will have the chat box open so that we can talk about our favorite characters and scenes. Running time 1h 40m. Click here to register and join in the fun.

Batty about Bats: With the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (grades K-4)

Tuesday, November 3 @ 1–2 pm
Explore the amazing nocturnal world of bats. We’ll learn more about these unique mammals including what they eat, where to find them, and how they use echolocation to find their food and navigate the night skies. All the good stuff! We guarantee they are not as scary as you might think. Sponsored by the Allen Louis Loeb Foundation. Click here to register.

Virtual Padawan Training (grades K-5

Saturday, November 14 @ 11–11:30 am
Ever wonder what it takes to train with the likes of Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren? Now is your chance! The Saber Guild Padawan Training Program will host a virtual session for those interested in using the force and wielding their own lightsaber. Space is limited so registration is required. To do so, click here.

 

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Teen Programs

TAG: Teen Advisory Group (grades 7-12)

Thursdays @ 3–4 pm | September 3, October 1, November 5
TAG Members: We’re calling you back to action! If you’ve volunteered for our teen or tween advisory group in the past, we’re calling you back to action on the first Thursday of each month, to vote on new books for the library to purchase & discuss upcoming events! Open to mature teens in grades 7 through 12. Space is limited for this club & registration is required to receive a meeting link. Sign up here for each month’s group:  September   October    November

So, You’re Thinking About Homeschooling: with Linda Hincks (for parents)

Friday, September 4 @ 4–5 pm
Curious about homeschooling but not sure where to begin? This ZOOM workshop is for you! Join Linda Hincks, a Connecticut resident with over 20 years of homeschooling experience and owner of Wren Homeschool Consulting, to talk about the laws and requirements, how to successfully transition to this new educational model, and what it could mean for you and your family. Click here to register and answer some preliminary questions to personalize the workshop.

Teen Game Night (grades 7-12)

Monday, September 14 @ 5:30–7:30 pm
Meet online with Miss Sarah for a session of Codenames, Pictionary, Jackbox Games & more, all over the internet! Open to teens in grades 7-12. Space is limited for this event & registration is required to receive a meeting link. Click here to sign up.

Mystery Take & Make 4 Teens (CT teens only; grades 5-12)

Wednesdays @ 10 am–4 pm | September 23, October 28, November 25 (while supplies last!)
Bored? Looking for something to do? Drop by the library on your early release day to pick up a mystery bag activity—just take it & make it! Each month will be a different activity. What will you get? Who knows! It could be a craft you keep… or an edible craft you eat! We’ll post a video of instructions on our Facebook page. Reply with your awesome creations! Bags available while supplies last during no-contact pickup hours, 10 am-12 pm, 2 pm-4 pm, and 5 pm-7 pm. No registration required – but don’t forget your mask! Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. 

Storytellers: A Creative Writing Club for Teens (grades 6-12)

Wednesdays @ 3–4 pm | September 30, October 21, November 18
Do you have a story hidden in you? Join Miss Sarah for a fast-paced session of writing games, designed to get you thinking outside the box. You can write any genre you like, but you’ll only have a few minutes to finish your story, so you’ll have to think fast! Creativity and a pencil is the only thing you need to bring. Space is limited for this event & registration is required to receive a meeting link. Sign up here for each month’s session:  September   October   November

Virtual Paint Night (CT teens only; grades 8-12)

Monday, October 5 @ 6–7:30 pm
Pam’s Picassos is dropping by for our second annual Teen Only Paint Night, this year with a Halloween theme! Not only will Pam be showing us how to create a unique work of art, but she’ll also create painting kits for us that include everything you need—including a canvas, brushes & paint! Sign up online & you’ll get an email to schedule a pickup time for your free painting kit. Space is extremely limited for this event & registration is required to receive a kit & meeting link. A waiting list will open when the event is full. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to sign up.

Bad Movie Night (grades 9-12) 

Monday, October 26 @ 5–7 pm
Stream one of the cheesiest movies of all time while posting your thoughts, reviews & live comments on our Discord text server. Not going to lie, the movie will be bad. Hilariously bad. & YOU get to tell us what you think. Space is limited for this event & registration is required to receive an invitation to join us on Discord. Click here to sign up.

DIY Dinosaur Terrariums: A Plant Adoption Event (CT teens only; grades 5-12)  

Wednesday, November 4 @ 3–4 pm
Wanted: loving homes for helpless houseplants & their dinosaur companions. Adopt a plant & meet virtually with Miss Sarah to build it a home! We’re putting together terrarium kits with everything you’ll need for this crafty program including hanging terrarium globes, a plant, dinosaurs, décor, & more! Sign up online & you’ll get an email to schedule a pickup time for your kit. Use what’s included & add any craft supplies you might have around the house to make your plant home unique! Space is extremely limited for this event. Registration is required to receive a kit & meeting link. A waiting list will open when the event is full. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to sign up.

Wild for Wildlife (grades 5-12) 

Monday, November 9 @ 5–6 pm
What happens when adorable baby owls are orphaned? Who saves the day when wildlife is hit by a car, tangled in fishing line, or otherwise injured by humans? If you love animals or you’re considering a career in animal science, this event is for you! Learn what it takes to be an animal rehabilitator & meet both the temporary and permanent animal residents of the Connecticut Wildlife Center. Want to help? Learn what to do if you find injured wildlife in your own back yard & ask how YOU might volunteer in the future! Registration is required to receive a meeting link. Sponsored by the Allen Louis Loeb Foundation. Click here to sign up. 

 

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Adult Programs

 

Hatha Yoga – Outdoors & in-person

Tuesdays @ 5:306:30 pm, beginning September 1
Join Kripalu-certified yoga instructor Joanne DeVito on the library grounds for our weekly socially-distanced outdoor yoga class! All experience levels welcome. Yoga mat required. Click here to register.

Knitting Group Outdoors & in-person

Wednesdays @ 6–7:30 pm
Join us for a weekly outdoor knitting group. Meets on the library grounds, weather-permitting. Bring your own chair! Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. No registration required. For more information, please call 203-488-1441 x318.

Second Tuesday Book Group

Tuesdays @ 6:15–7:15 pm | September 8, October 13, November 10
New members are welcome. September’s title is The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah; future titles TBD. Interested in joining? Email ckondziela@blackstonelibrary.org.

High School Diploma Info Session

Tuesday @ 11 amnoon, September 8, October 13, or November 17, or Wednesday @ 6:307:30 pm, September 9, October 14, or November 19
Attend one of the available sessions to learn more about continuing your education with Shoreline Adult Education. This regional program offers different options to earn a high school diploma. These programs are designed with flexibility to meet the needs of individuals in varying stages of life. Additionally, there will be a presentation on free resources for job seekers. Click here to register for a program:    October 13  |  October 14  |  November 17  |  November 19

Chasing Labyrinths: A Love Story

Saturday, September 12 @ 2:30–4 pm
Join us for a fascinating presentation about a local landmark! Bill Ludwig, a longtime Branford resident and creator of the Branford Labyrinth, will speak about how discovering labyrinths changed the course of his life. Click here to register.

Getting the Most from Social Security

Thursday, September 17 @ 67 pm
Join us for this Zoom workshop sponsored by AAA Retire. You’ll learn about various ways to maximize Social Security retirement benefits, as well as updates on the Secure and CARES Act as it relates to retirees. Click here to register.

The Severed Finger: A Virtual Author Talk with Arno Zimmer The Severed Finger: A Virtual Author Talk with Arno B. Zimmer ...

Saturday, September 19 @ 23:30 pm
Join us for a virtual presentation by local author Arno B. Zimmer. He’ll be discussing his book, The Severed Finger, a mystery novel set right off the coast of the Thimble Islands! Click here to register.

Virtual Game Night

Fridays @ 6–9 pm | September 25, October 2, November 5
Join us for a night of silly online games with some fun, laid-back people, without having to leave the house! Find the Everyday Adventurers group at Meetup.com and RSVP there!

Bestseller Book Club

Saturdays @ 3:304:30 pm | September 26, October 31, November 28
Read and discuss newly released, highly-rated books from a wide variety of genres. New members welcome! Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register:  September  |  October November

Books & (BYO) Brews

Wednesdays @ 68 pm | September 30, October 28, November 18
Titles TBD. Find us on Meetup.com to see what books we’re reading and register to receive meeting link.

Financial Planning for Long-Term Care

Tuesday, September 29 @ 67:30 pm
Join us for an informative discussion on long-term care and asset protection planning, including a general overview of potential long-term care costs, policy options to help offset those costs and frequently asked questions on protecting your assets. Click here to register.

iPad Basics

Thursday, October 1 @ 2–3 pm
Covers the basic functions and features of the iPad and apps, including Mail, Photos, Safari, Facetime, and more. Click here to register.

Spirits of New England

Thursday, October 1 @ 67:30 pm
We’re kicking off October with a talk by professional ghost hunter Dustin Pari! This lecture chronicles some of his favorite New England paranormal investigations. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.

Introduction to Classical Latin

Mondays @ 56 pm, beginning October 5
The study of classical Latin exercises memory, increases English vocabulary, and broadens general knowledge. Open to everyone from grade 7 to adult. To register, call the Reference Desk at (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 or email programs@blackstonelibrary.org.

You Are Not Alone: A Paranormal Author Event

Saturday, October 10 @ 2:30–4 pm
Acclaimed CT paranormal author Sydney Sherman will share her life experiences and book, You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones Are Here…You’re Just Not Listening. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.

Virtual Beginners Chinese Calligraphy

Saturday, October 17 @ 2:303:30 pm
Join artist Jojo Liu on Zoom in this beginner’s Chinese calligraphy class. How to hold a brush, write basic strokes, and write standing. All materials provided or purchase on your own, space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Registration begins September 19. Click here to register.

All of the Belles: A Centennial Presentation on F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thursday, October 22 @ 67:30 pm
Join us for a presentation by Kirk Curnutt, executive director of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society and the author of the introduction to a new collection of Fitzgerald’s stories. Click here to register.

Beyond the Visible World: W.B. Yeats and the Occult

Saturday, October 24 @ 34:30 pm
Yeats researcher Maureen DeLeo will discuss the poet’s lifelong fascination with magic and other occult practices, both in his personal life and as represented within his poetry. Click here to register.

Cord Cutting: Saying Goodbye to Cable

Thursday, November 5 @ 2–3 pm
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! Click here to register.

Boats Against the Current: A Virtual Author Event

Thursday, November 5 @ 67:30 pm
Join us for an author talk with Richard Webb of Westport! In celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s centennial, he’ll discuss his book Boats Against the Current, companion book to the documentary Gatsby in Connecticut, The Untold Story. Click here to register.

Virtual Paint Party

Saturday, November 7 @ 2:30–4:30 pm
Follow instructor Pam Halligan of Pam’s Picassos on Zoom as she walks you though the steps of creating your own masterpiece! All materials provided, space is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Registration begins October 3. Click here to register.

 

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