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January Events at The Blackstone
Posted on December 23rd, 2014

James Blackstone Memorial Library Press Release – January 2015

All events are free & open to the public

Intro to Computers: Microsoft Word
Tuesday, January 6 @ 10:00 am & Tuesday, January 13 @ 10:00 am
Learn how to compose a new document, edit text, change fonts, and insert pictures. Basic familiarity with using computers and mice is necessary. Class takes place over two sessions. Space is limited, register today! To register, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit

MakerLab Open House
Friday, January 9 @ 5:00 pm
Meet the MakerLab: Visit the Blackstone after hours to see demonstrations and get hands-on with the equipment of the MakerLab. Make squishy circuits, create a 3D file, make a button, step in front of the green screen and make a video, and see the 3D printer in action! Light refreshments will be provided. Join us for a fun and educational evening! Registration required. To register, visit or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Maker Monday [Grades 5-12]
(Every other Wednesday) January 12 & 26 @ 3-5 PM
Features a different project, from 3D printing to electronics to paper crafts, or you can dig into the MakerLab and explore what interests you. Francis Walsh students can take school bus #5 after school to the Blackstone Library. Have your parent/guardian pick you up at 5PM. No bus service will be available to bring you home.

Afternoon Tea at Downton Abbey
Sunday, January 18 @ 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Your presence is cordially requested at this fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. The afternoon begins with a performance by Kandie Carle, known as The Victorian Lady, who will present a talk and demonstration of Edwardian dress. Dressing from corset to glove, she explains each article of clothing and its significance. High tea with finger sandwiches, dessert and prizes follows the performance. Tickets are $20 for Friends of the Library members and $30 for nonmembers. They are available at the library and online at No one will be admitted to the performance after 1:30 PM.

Intro to TinkerCAD: Create Your Own 3D Files
Wednesday, January 21 @ 3:30 pm
Tinkercad is a free online application you can use to create your own 3D files. Join us to learn how to make your own 3D creations. Please register to assure your spot on one of our laptops or bring your own. To register, visit or call 203-488-1441 x 318.

Opera Appreciation: Wagner
Monday, January 26 @ 7:00 pm
Join Charlotte D’Aniello as she provides a lively look into Wagner’s operas.
A Conversation with State Representative Lonnie Reed
Tuesday, January 27 @ 5:30 pm
An informal conversation for Branford voters. No registration necessary.
Coffee, Donuts, & a Movie: Gone Girl
Saturday, January 31 @ 2:00 pm
Enjoy coffee and donuts while watching the new film Gone Girl, based on the book by Gillian Flynn.

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