Music, Movement & Story Time for Young Children

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The Unsung Heroine Behind the New Deal: Part two!

Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 PM

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The Unsung Heroine Behind the New Deal: Part two of a historical portrayal of Frances Perkins by Janet Parnes. Tuesday, May 21, at 6:30 PM.  Flyer features a photograph of Janet Parnes dressed in costume as Frances Perkins. She sands with one hand on her hip, and the other holding the earpiece of a rotary telephone to her ear.  Frances Perkins shares the trials, trip-ups, and triumphs that characterize her time as the country’s first female cabinet secretary (Secretary of Labor) and beyond to the final years of her life. Gain insights into some of the many reasons Frances Perkins is referred to as one of the most influential women of the first half of the 20th century.  Janet Parnes has been delighting audiences with her portrayals of underappreciated American women (and events) for over 15 years. She has performed at the Massachusetts State House, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, the Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, and numerous other libraries, senior centers, schools, and museums.  This program is intended for adults. Registration is required. Visit our Events Page.  Contact the Blackstone Public Library at 508-883-1931 for more information.  Funded by a generous donation from the Blackstone Library’s LIG MEG account as authorized by the Board of Library Trustees.

Writing Group for Adults

6:30 PM on June 25, July 9 & 25, and August 6 & 20

 

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A Pen in Each World: A writing group for adults with Rebecca Gagnon.  Meetings will be at 6:30 PM on June 25, July 9 & 25, and August 6 & 20.  Flyer image behind the event title is a fountain pen resting on a bright white notebook. The pen is pale pink with a tropical bird and plant pattern in black and various shades of maroon. Below, near the event description, there is also a portrait of Rebecca Gagnon. 	 Participants in this class will be guided through the basics of creative writing and explore writing in different genres such as poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.  Rebecca is a Magna cum Laude graduate from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor’s degree, double majoring in English and Theatre. She was part of the Mount Holyoke Newspaper as a writer and editor for the Features section. Additionally, while working at her college’s Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Center, she assisted peers in polishing and organizing their essays for any course. Rebecca looks forward to holding this group to help people explore their writing and having a pen in each world.  Registration is required. This group is limited to 12 participants. Call the Blackstone Public Library at 508-883-1931 to register, or for more information.  Funded by the Friends of the Blackstone Public Library.

Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 PM

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Birdscaping: Home Sweet Habitat with Enchanted Garden Designs. Thursday, May 16, 6:30 PM.  This richly illustrated program explores the importance of creating welcoming habitats for birds through thoughtful landscape choices, including native plants vital for food and nesting sites. Learn about the benefits and joys of creating beautiful layered gardens designed for avian – and human – habitat.  Joan Butler is an avid gardener and plant collector who believes gardens should invite you to linger in the world outside your door. Joan has a deep and fundamental interest in the natural world. She is a Master Gardener, a retired Horticulturalist, and a backyard birder. (enchantedgardensdesign.com)  Registration is required. Visit our Events Page!  This program is free and is supported by a grant from the Blackstone Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Willie Nelson – Songs and Stories with Matt York

Thursday, June 6, 6:30 PM

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Willie Nelson – Songs and Stories A concert for adults with Matt York.  Thursday, June 6, 6:30 PM  Longtime New England singer/songwriter Matt York will perform songs and tell stories about the great Willie Nelson. York will focus on Willie's long and illustrious music career that has spanned over seven decades.   Matt York lives on the South Shore of MA and has traveled extensively through the years performing his own songs and also doing “The Highwaymen Songs & Stories.” York was recently nominated for the 2023 Boston Music Award for "Best Country Artist."  If you'd like info on Matt's original music and gigs, check out his website – www.mattyorksongsandstories.com   Registration is required. Visit our Events Page. Contact the Blackstone Public Library at 508-883-1931 for more information.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Blackstone Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Egg to Chicken

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The Golden Age of Hollywood

Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 PM.

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The Golden Age of Hollywood, a presentation for adults by Spirits of Fashion. Tuesday, June 25, at 6:30 PM.  Join us as we travel through these fascinating decades and enjoy a glimpse into the glamour of that golden age.  Fashion on the silver screen during the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s was not only glamorous and influential, but also was enjoyed as an “escape” from the problems of each decade. The 1950s movies continued to show elegant fashions that were inspiring to the audiences of that period, but the advent of television caused fashion influence to be split between the silver screen and the smaller TV in America’s homes. (spiritsoffashion.com)  Flyer includes a black and white photograph Marlene Dietrich, one of the most popular film and music stars of the 1930s and 1940s. The actress is leaning against the banister of a grand staircase and looking off camera with a smile. She wears a long dress cinched at the waist with a belt, a long sleeve jacket with fur around her upper arm, and a drapey hat covering her hair.  Registration is required. Visit our Events Page!  Funded by the Friends of the Blackstone Public Library.

 

Wag & Read: Read to a Therapy Dog

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2024 Reading Challenge

Looking for something new to read? Join the Mass. Center for the Book’s 2024 Reading Challenge with us!

Don’t forget to submit your monthly entries here! https://www.mareadingchallenge.org/

Massachusetts Center for the Book

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May’s challenge is to read a graphic novel!  Some recommendations for this challenge are: "Advocate: A Graphic Memoir of Family, Community, and the Fight for Environmental Justice," by Eddie Ahn; "A First Time for Everything," by Dan Santat; "American Born Chinese," by Gene Luen Yang; "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" by Roz Chast; "Diana: My Graphic Obsession," by Sivan Piatigorsky-Roth; "Fights: One Boy's Triumph Over Violence," by Joel Christian Gill; "Gender Queer: A Memoir," by Maia Kobabe; "Good Eggs," by Phoebe Potts; "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together," by Maurice Vellekoop; "Kismet, Man of Fate: Boston Strong," by A. David Lewis; "Lighter Than My Shadow," by Katie Green; "Lunch Lady," by Jarrett J. Krosoczka; "Maus," by Art Spiegelman; "Persepolis," by Marjane Satrapi; "Portrait of a Body," by Julie Delporte; "Squished," by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter; "Sunshine," by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

 

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An eCard is a CW MARS library card that you can register for online to access electronic materials, such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and databases.

The eCard is for patrons who do not already have a CW MARS library card and may be upgraded to a physical library card with borrowing privileges by visiting your local library. 

Technology Classes by Appointment

 

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Young Adult Drop-in Crafts

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays

3-5 PM
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Borrow a HotSpot from the Library

In accordance with the Library’s goal to provide to our community current technology and services, the Blackstone Public Library offers Wi-Fi Mobile HotSpots for loan.

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