Winter Events & Classes: Kids, Teens, Adults

Our winter calendar is online. Check out all of the great things you can do with the Blackstone Library!

All of our winter classes and events are virtual (using Zoom app/software) unless otherwise noted. Click here for a printable calendar.

Kids Programs

Teen Programs

Adult Programs

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Kids Programs

Monday Stories LIVE (ages 5 and under)

Mondays @ 10:30–11 am
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
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
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.

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

Wednesdays | December 23, January 13, February 24
Drop by the library once a month 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 a craft, art project, or something to eat! Kits available while supplies last during no-contact pickup hours, 10 am-12 pm, 2 pm-7 pm. No registration is required; don’t forget your mask! Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. 

Rick Riordan Presents: Book Club (grades 3-6

Thursdays @ 4–5 pm | December 31, January 28, February 25
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.

Life Under the Ice with the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (grades K-4)

Tuesday, February 16 @ 2:30–3:30 pm
Despite freezing temperatures, it is very busy under the ice of a frozen pond. Discover how animals like fish, frogs, turtles and beavers survive life under the ice in their frozen habitat! Meet reptiles and amphibians who stay warm in the Nature Center all winter long. Registration is required to receive meeting link. Sponsored by the Allan Louis Loeb Foundation. Click here to register.

 

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Teen Programs

Mystery Teen Take & Make (grades 5-12)

Wednesdays | December 23, January 13, February 24 (while supplies last!)
Once a month, we’re putting together mystery bags with a craft, just for you. Just drop by the library, pick one up, take it & make it! Each month is a different craft. What will you get? Who knows! It could be a craft to keep…or an edible activity you eat! Kits are available while supplies last during no-contact pickup hours, 10am-12 pm, 2pm-7 pm. No registration is required; don’t forget your mask! Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library.

Dungeons & Dragons & Dice Boxes: Make Your Own Dice Box (grades 5-12)

Monday, February 22 @ 4:30–6:30 pm
Calling all clerics, paladins, druids & monks! If you’re a D&D player (or you’d like to be) this program is for you! We’re gathering on discord to decorate our own wooden chests, which you can use to store your dice, magic items, or playing pieces. Sign up is required & seats are limited, join us before it’s too late! A waiting list will open when full. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.

 

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Adult Programs

Book Clubs

Tech Classes

Ongoing Weekly Programs

Programs

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Book Clubs
Books & Brews

Last Wednesday of each month @ 6–8 pm  |  December 30, January 27, February 24
Find us and register at meetup.com. Titles TBD.

Best Seller Book Club

Last Saturday of each month @ 3:30–4:30 pm
Click the individual month to register. 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.
December 26: No Meeting
January 30: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
February 27: The Searcher by Tana French

 

Ongoing Weekly Programs
Virtual Introduction to Classical Latin (grade 7 through Adult)

Mondays @ 5–6 pm
The study of classical Latin exercises memory, increases English vocabulary, and broadens general knowledge. Using the textbook Ecce Romani I, students will learn Latin vocabulary, English vocabulary derived from Latin root words, Latin and English grammar, and translation skills. A textbook will be provided for each student. Taught by Susan Craig. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. To register, call the Reference Desk at (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 or email programs@blackstonelibrary.org

Virtual Knitting Group

Wednesdays @ 6–7 pm
Join us for a weekly knitting group! Group meets every Wednesday. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. To register call the Reference Desk at (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 or email programs@blackstonelibrary.org

How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group

Saturdays @ 11 am–12 pm
Learn to better understand and appreciate the wide world of poetry! Each week we’ll read poems presented by group members. With an emphasis on teaching students to read, understand, and evaluate poetry, this group will be your guide to discovering how and what a poem means, and hopefully gain a new appreciation for the art form. Registration is required to receive a link to this online event. To register call the Reference Desk at (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 or email programs@blackstonelibrary.org

 

Programs
Beyond the Amistad: Black History in Connecticut

Saturday, February 13 @ 2–3 pm
The Connecticut Historical Society will take you on a tour of items from their collection representing a spectrum of the Black experience in CT. You’ll learn about a Harlem Renaissance writer, Ann Petry, who carefully preserved artifacts chronicling the black community of Saybrook. Examine daguerreotypes by Augustus Washington, who abandoned a successful Hartford photography business to build a new nation in Africa. Browse through the photo album of a Hollywood actress who became a champion of labor rights for black entertainers. Marvel at the gorgeous costumes created by CT’s West Indian community for their annual MAS celebration, and see artifacts documenting the Civil Rights movement in our state. Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.

What Should I Grow in My Medicinal Herb Garden?

Saturday, February 20 @ 2–3 pm
Get a head start on your spring gardening with the mother daughter duo from Grounded Goodwife! The right herbal “superstars” can treat common ailments like colds and flu, inflammation, minor cuts, infections, pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, poor digestion, and insomnia. But where should you begin? How do you even start a medicinal herb garden? It’s a question many people ask, normally out of fear of getting it wrong, or growing something that could poison their family. Starting your herb garden isn’t as overwhelming as you may thing—and spending time in a medicinal herb garden is healing by its very existence! Sponsored by the Friends of the Blackstone Library. Click here to register.

 

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