Fri, 08/12/2022 - 3:30pm

Island Free Library Programs

The Island Free Library invites all to participate in the programs listed below. More information available at islandfreelibrary.org. Library Hours: Tues. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wed., Thurs. and Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat.s 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Registration open for “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” Summer Reading Program at islandfreelibrary.beanstack.org. Open to all kids, teens and adults.
Wed: 10:30 a.m. Lapsit Story Time for ages 0 to 2. Stories, songs, and fingerplays at the library with Ms. Morgan.
Thur.: 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 5 years with Ms. Morgan. Read, sing, dance and play!
*** ALL AGES ***
Chess extraordinaire Graham Watkins will be at the library on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tues. at 5:30 p.m. Mah Jongg. In addition, we will play on Sat. at 10 a.m. Come play a game or two. If you don’t know how to play, we will teach you. All are welcome to participate.
Tues.: Clase de ingles/English Language Class in-person at the library. La clase de ingles sera en la biblioteca. Beginner class: 5:30 to 6:40 p.m. Intermediate/advanced: 6:50 to 8:00. Individual tutoring is available weekdays, email mthenehan@yahoo.com
Tues., Aug. 16, and 23 at 7 p.m. You are invited to a PowerPoint presentation by Socha Cohen on the book, “Drawdown, the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming,” edited by Paul Hawken.
Thur.: 8:30 a.m. Movement for Life. Join Tom Hobin on the library’s front lawn for this easy-to-follow Tai Chi based movement.
Thur.: 5 - 6 p.m. D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read). Join others in an hour of silent reading. No other library services will be available - and no chitchatting, please.
Thurs: Aug. 25, 5 p.m.“Circles and Silence” a 16-minute film presented by David Neill, a U.S. Dept. of Justice investigator from Wakefield, R.I on navigating opioid addiction, recovery and life. Appropriate for seventh grade and up.
Sat. at 10 a.m.: Mah Jongg. Come play a game or two. If you don’t know how to play, we will teach you. All are welcome to participate.
Sat. 1 p.m. Stitch Together: Bring your projects (knitting, crochet, weaving, or embroidering) for crafting and conversations. All ages and skill levels welcome – bring your problems and questions - help is available!

Caretakers Support Group The Caregivers Support Group meeting in person at the Community Center on Thur., Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. Meetings are free of charge and held every other week. Contact Kerri Gaffett at kblockisland@aol.com for questions.

Pop-up Art Activities at Spring Street Gallery:  African Drumming Circle on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. on the lawn at the Spring Street Gallery. Some drums and hand instruments provided. Drop in and learn some new rhythms.

National Wildlife Refuge Open House at Beane Point
Join National Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers for an afternoon at the Beane Point Refuge on Friday, August 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. Arrive by boat, or walk from Andy’s Way or West Beach Road.

Block Island Arts and Crafts Guild Fair: Sun., Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Historical Society. Ten percent of all proceeds go towards scholarships for B.I. School students.

Celebrating Land Conservancy
Come celebrate conservancy in the meadow across from Peter Wood’s home on Old Mill Road. Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 a.m. Singing, dancing and a light breakfast after words.

The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:
Weekly programs for kids and adults are held Mon. through Sat. throughout the summer, bird banding, marsh mucking, nature walks, and opportunities to participate in citizen science programs. 
Nature Hot Spots: at different trailheads each day, Tues. through Sat. Stop by to pick up a trail map, hear about nature walks and learn more about the nature of Block Island. Tues. the van is at Hodge Preserve and Andy’s Way; Wed. at Nathan Mott Park and Town Beach; Thur. at Clay Head Trail and Ocean View Pavilion; Fri. at Fresh Pond Trail and Mohegan Bluffs; Sat. at Rodman’s Hollow and Settler’s Rock.
Trail Less Traveled: Monday, August 15 at 8 a.m. Dodge Cemetery Loop Meet at Shirley’s Pond gate on Old Mill Road.
Great Salt Pond Harbors Clean-Up. Monday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.Haul out marine debris and trash in New Harbor. Wear closed-toe shoes and gloves. Bags provided.
Community Science: Help collect important data about Block Island’s special critters and habitats. Different subject and location each week. Wednesday, August 17: Chasing Dragonflies. Email kim.gaffett@tnc.org for location.
Weekly Beach Cleanup: Come volunteer at a different location each week. Garbage bags provided, but bring work gloves. Need to perform volunteer hours for school or other organizations? This is a great way to help out. Thursday, August 18 at 2 p.m. at West Beach.
Ecosystem Walk: Meadow and Grassland: Breed Land. Thursday, August 18 at 4 p.m.
Meet at Sacred Labyrinth on Corn Neck Road.
Andy’s Way Bird Walk. Friday, August 19 at 8 a.m. Meet in parking area.

Not New Boutique Wed. (rain date Thurs.) through June, July and Aug. Accepting donations of good, clean used clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, hats and belts. Items may be dropped off at St. Andrew Parish Center on Spring Street at the lower-level box.

The International Student Center at Harbor Church The recreation room is open weekly on Mon., Tue. and Wed., 6 to 9 p.m. All summer student workers are welcome.

Senior Café Tues. and Thurs. from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Block Island Community Center. Come socialize, play games, learn a new craft, and more. Sponsored by the Senior Advisory Committee.

Soup Group: Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Community Center.

Blues on the Beach The next Blues on the Beach, featuring Neal and the Vipers, will be Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion.

Soundwaves Movies on the Beach “Sunset Boulevard” on August 23 at dusk (7:45-ish). Bring blankets, chairs, refreshments. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.

The B.I. Historical Society presents “Valor and Courage: The Story of the USS Block Island Escort Carriers in World War II” on Thursday Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.