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Thu, 12/02/2021 - 7:30pm
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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.

Tuesdays:

Take & Make Craft Kits for preschoolers. Available for pick up Tuesdays only.
Music Time with Ms. Carrie at 10:30 a.m. for ages six months to five years old.
Please pre-register for this event.

WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., December 7. Give your-
self a gift of wellness. See ad in this week’s paper.

Tuesday Night Holiday Shopping Stroll at 4:30 p.m. Local artisans and crafters will
be selling gifts for the whole family. Stop in and see what’s available.
Ornament Needle Felting: Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Flex your skills or learn a new craft -
we are needle-felting ornaments together with North Light Fibers. Needles are sharp,
so most appropriate for ages five to 105. Materials provided - just bring yourself.
Stitch Together: Bring your projects (knitting, crochet, weaving and embroidery)
and join us at 5:30 p.m. for crafting and conversations. All ages and skills welcome -
bring your problems and questions.
ESL Classes: English as a second language available at 6 p.m. Want to understand
English a little better? Bring your friends and join our group at the Island Free Library.

Wednesdays:

Lapsit Storytime for ages birth to two with Ms. Morgan at 10:30 a.m. Come read,

sing, dance and play! Masks are required for adults, and safety protocols will be fol-
lowed.

Book Group. Presented by Island Free Library and the Senior Advisory Committee:
“Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line,” by Deepa Anappara, December 8, at 2 p.m. on
Zoom. Book copies available at the library.
In Our Kitchens: December 8, at 4 p.m. Join the Senior Advisory Committee and
the Island Free Library for our Zoom favorite, In Our Kitchens. This week, Pat Doyle
is baking three different kinds of cookies, perfect for the holiday season. Join us for
some good cooking and great conversation. All are welcome.

Thursdays:

Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. for ages three to five years, with Ms. Morgan.
Come read, sing, dance and play! Masks are required for adults, and safety protocols
will be followed.
Holiday Music Program: With Carrie Johnson, December 9 at 4 p.m. This program

will be presented on the Island Free Library Facebook page. Limited in-person view-
ing is available. Registration required.

Fridays:

Healthy Kids with Kim Gaffett, the OVF Naturalist with The Nature Conservancy
will begin on Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m. All kids welcome.
Saturdays:

2021 Mah Jongg: Come join us in Room A to play 2021 Mah Jongg. 10 a.m. Do not
know how to play? No problem - we will show you.
Build Your Own Gingerbread House: Join us Saturday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. for the
annual traditional gingerbread house event. All teens and children welcome.
Drop off your letters to Santa
Santa’s letter box will be at the Block Island Post Office through December 18. Make
sure to include a return address so Santa can write you back!
Wake Up Well Podcast
Block Island's community podcast, Wake Up Well, continues 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 wakeupwellblockisland@gmail.com.
Caretakers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group will be meeting in person at the Community Center on
Thursday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m.. Meetings are free of charge and will be held every other
week. Contact Kerri Gaffett at kblockisland@aol.com for questions.
Soup Group Suspended
Soup Group has been suspended until the indoor mask mandate on Block Island is
lifted.
Senior Ride Service

Open to island seniors (60 and over) and persons with special needs as well as care-
takers without transportation. Register by calling Gloria Redlich, Senior Coordinator

at (401) 486-9279 or email gloryb311@gmail.com. To call for a ride contact Sue at
(401) 742-0436 or Vin at (401) 741-1410.
Helping Hands Food Pantry
Helping Hands food pantry will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 12 to 2:30 p.m. at
the Harbor Church. Masks required and please bring reusable bags. Heavy rain day
will be Thursday. The next Helping Hands food pantry will be on Dec. 29.
La despensa de alimentos será el miércoles Dec. 15 a las 12 para 2:20 p.m. en Harbor
Church. El uso de máscara es requerido. Por favor traer bolsas reusables. Si llueve
será el jueves!
Movie and a Meal
Movie and a Meal begins again at Harbor Church. December 3: “The Secret: Dare
to Dream.” Based on the best-selling novel, “The Secret” (2020) is a feel-good story
about the power of positive thinking. Starring Katie Holmes and Josh Lucas. Come
for home-made chili and fresh-baked bread. Dinner at 6:30 p.m., film at 7.
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:
Crazy-as-a-Coot Bird Walk
Tuesday, December 7 at 8 a.m. Changing locations based on weather, wind, and hot
bird sighting tips. Call Kim for location: (401) 595-7055
Zoom on Nature with Coffee and Kim Resumes
Tuesday, December 14, at 9 a.m. Kim Gaffett, The Nature Conservancy’s naturalist
on Block Island, is continuing her popular virtual walk series this winter focusing on
the island’s unique ecosystems, flora and fauna. December 14 will focus on the many
island winter berries. Go to natureblockisland.org to access Zoom.
Community Bird Census
Sunday, December 26, at 9 a.m. at Sachem Pond. A morning bird walk combined
with individual observations throughout the day that will result in a community-built

bird list for the day. This activity is in the spirit of Elizabeth Dickens’s annual day-af-
ter-Christmas bird walk. Contact Kim with questions at kim.gaffett@tnc.org.