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Blackstone Library Events for February
Posted on January 16th, 2015

James Blackstone Memorial Library – February 2015
All events are free & open to the public
They Called Me Lizzy…from Slavery to the White House
Sunday, February 1 @ 2:00 pm
This is the moving tale of Elizabeth Keckly. Born into slavery in 1818, Lizzy managed to purchase her freedom, & made her way to Washington D.C., where her dressmaking skills and entrepreneurial savvy brought her to the attention of Mrs. Lincoln. Join actress Stephanie Jackson as the story of Lizzy unfolds, full of twists and turns, bravery and remarkable resilience. Presented by EAST HADDAM STAGE COMPANY. Written and directed by Kandie Carle.
Look Up!: A Conversation About the Nature of Mindfulness

Wednesday, February 4 @ 6:00 pm
Join local writer Jen Payne for a discussion about mindfulness in these fast-paced times. Following a trail of readings from her new book, LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, Jen will guide participants on a conversation about reconnecting with nature, the many ways to be mindful, and how the simple act of looking up can create more balance in our lives. Registration required. To register call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit

Maker Monday [Grades 5-12]
(Every other Wednesday) February 9 & 23 @ 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.

The Dog Listener
Wednesday, February 18 @ 6:00 pm
Join Certified Dog Listener Phil Klein, as he teaches us to see the world through our dogs’ eyes and communicate using their language. Learn how this technique leads to a happier, more relaxed dog. Registration required. To register call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit
Opera Appreciation: Operatic Erotica
Monday, February 23 @ 7:00 pm
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Opera Appreciation is spicing things up. Join Charlotte D’Aniello for a lively look at this month’s topic, operatic erotica Free and open to the public.
Ebola Explosion
Tuesday, February 24 @ 6:30 pm
What happens when fantasy becomes reality? Will medicine of the future ever conquer cancer? What’s happening to our brains as we age? Come to Science in the News for answers to these questions and more. Each month, Yale graduate students and scientists will speak about a different science topic. The presentations are geared specifically towards non-scientists (adults and students).This month they’re breaking down the truth about the ebola virus.
Coffee, Donuts, & a Movie: Boyhood
Saturday, February 28 @ 2:00 pm
Looking for something warm and relaxing to do this Saturday? Join us for a free showing of the award winning new film, Boyhood. Coffee and donuts provided.

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