On the Block
Island Free Library Programs
The Island Free Library invites everyone to participate in the programs listed below.
More information and Zoom links available at islandfreelibrary.org.
Library Hours: The Library is now open for in-person browsing. Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.;
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Take & Make Craft Kits for preschoolers. Available for pick up Tuesdays only.
Outdoor Storytime: With Ms. Morgan at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required and all safety protocols will be followed.
Book of the Month: “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline. July 21 on Zoom at 2 p.m., and then on the front patio of the library, July 28. (Read through page 80.) All readers and listeners welcome.
“Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program field trip to the farm. July 22. Join us at 10:30 a.m. at the 1661 Animal Farm for a tour, stories, and fresh garden snacks. Preregistration required. (Rain date July 29.)
Book Bingo: July 22. Bring the family down at 5 p.m. for a fun night of bingo for books and prizes. Then, stay awhile on Dodge Street for all the Fun Night Market events.
Magic the Gathering: July 16, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring your cards and enjoy the fun.
2021 Mah Jongg: Come join us outdoors to play a game or two of Mah Jongg. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 2021 Mah Jongg cards are available. (Cancelled if raining.)
Stitch Together: Bring your projects (knitting, crochet, weaving and embroidery) and join us from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on our front patio. (No Stitch Together on rainy days.)
2021 Summer Reading Program “Tail and Tales.” Sign up at Islandfreelibrary.beanstack.org. Kids, teens, and adults welcome.
Free pH soil testing.
The URI Master Gardener program is now offering free pH soil testing on Block Island. Take a soil sample, then place it in the drop-off box at the Island Free Library during business hours. Directions are available at https://web.uri.edu/mastergardener/soil-test-ing-service. Questions? Call Maude Chasse at (203) 233-4889. This is an ongoing program.
Wake Up Well Podcast
Block Island’s community podcast, Wake Up Well, launches its second season and continues to ask questions about personal well-being and our collective responsibility and power to keep the island well. You can listen to Season Two on Anchor or Spotify and you can join the conversation at email@example.com.
Living with Loss Support Group and Caretakers Support Group
The next Block Island’s Living with Loss Support Group and Caregivers Support Group will be meeting in person at the Community Center on July 27. Living with Loss will begin at 3 p.m., and Caretakers Support will begin at 4 p.m. Meetings are free of charge and will be held every other week. Contact Kerri Gaffett at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
International Student Center for Summer Workers at Harbor Church
Summer student workers are welcome on Tuesdays for a free dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and to use the recreation center from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. American student workers are welcome to come for cultural exchanges with students from all over the world. For more information, or to make a donation to the center, contact the church office at (401) 466-5940.
Soup Group returns
The Senior Advisory Committee announces that Soup Group will be held on Tuesdays, at 12:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Please make reservations by calling Gail Pierce at (401) 466-5470. This is a very nice gathering to bring a friend to, or meet a new one. Need a ride? Call Gail too.
Mary D. Fund Benefit Regatta
The Mary D. Fund Benefit Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 17. Hosted by Block Island Community Sailing at the New Harbor Boat Basin. email: email@example.com
Tuesday Night Talks at BIMI
“Drones that fly, swim and crawl.” Captain John E. Jackson USN (ret.), E.A. Sperry Chair of Unmanned and Robotics Systems at the Naval War College. Block Island Maritime Center. Tuesday, July 20 at 7 p.m.
Soundwaves Movies on the Beach
Soundwaves at Fred Benson Town Beach is showing the 1995 movie “Tommy Boy,” (Rated PG-13) on July 20, at sunset. Experimental music and art one hour before showtime. Admission is free. Donations encouraged.
At the Historical Society
“Valor & Courage: The Story of the USS Block Island Escort Carriers in World War II. Author discussion and book signing with Ben Hruska. Historical Society, Thursday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Barbershop Quartet Festival
Sunday, July 24, at 4 p.m. Fred Benson Town Beach Pavilion.
Block Island Arts & Crafts Guild Fair
Sunday July 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of the Historical Society. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes to funding scholarships for students of the Block Island School.
The Mary D. Ball is back
The Mary D. Ball is back. Saturday, August 7, 2021 at the Sullivan House. Music, dinner, and dancing under the tent and the stars for all to celebrate and support The Mary D. fund, helping those in need for over 50 years. A great night for a great cause. See you there!
Nature Hot Spots, Nature Van, and weekly hikes
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy offer a variety of nature walks and programs for all to enjoy. Check out the ad on page 15 for this week’s schedule of guided trail hikes, bird walks, cool community science outings, night sky viewing and more.
Check out the new Nature Van! Parked at a trailhead each day (Tues. - Sat.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the van will be at Rodman’s Hollow Tuesdays, Clay Head Preserve Wednesdays, Solviken Thursdays, Nathan Mott Park Fridays, and Sachem Pond on Saturdays. Stop by to pick up a trail map and to learn more about Block Island’s nature.
Not New Boutique
Sale of gently used clothing, shoes, and bags. Every Wednesday (rain date Thursdays) on the grounds of St. Andrew Parish Center. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations of good, clean clothing, shoes, pocketbooks and jewelry are being accepted in the box by the door on the “lower level.” The Ladies Guild thanks all who have made this possible and says the Boutique has had a great start.
Block Island Farmers Market
The 2021 Farmers Market season at Legion Park has begun!. Markets will be held every Saturday and Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your kitchen scraps for composting. Acceptable composting materials include fruit and vegetable scraps and peelings, coffee grounds, and eggshells.