On the Block

Fri, 12/24/2021 - 9:07am

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 11a.m. - 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays 10a.m. - 3 p.m.


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) January 4, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Drop in or register at the Island Free Library.

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.
Film and Soup: December 28 at 6 p.m. The feature film “Jane Goodall the Hope.” “ Follow Goodall throughout her never-ending travels, capturing her relentless commitment and determination to spread a message of hope. The film offers an intimate perspective of Goodall’s pivotal transformation from scientist to inspirational activist and leader and how she is galvanizing a future generation to create lasting change.” Bring your own cup and spoon.

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 followed.


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.


Healthy Kids with Kim Gaffett, the OVF Naturalist with The Nature Conservancy. December 31, at 10:30 a.m. All kids welcome.


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.

Frankenstein Tea returns! 3 p.m. on the Island Free Library You-Tube channel. A read-aloud program for adult listeners.

Happy Holidays

The Library is closed December 24 and 25. Reopening on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Friday December 31, Library closes at 12 p.m.
Saturday, January 1, Closed.

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. 30, 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.
Senior Ride Service
Open to island seniors (60 and over) and persons with special needs as well as caretakers 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. 29, 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 Jan. 12.
La despensa de alimentos será el miércoles Dec. 29 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!
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:
Crazy-as-a-Coot Bird Walk
Tuesday, January 4 at 8 a.m. Changing locations based on weather, wind, and hot bird sighting tips. Call Kim for location: (401) 595-7055
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-after-Christmas bird walk. Contact Kim with questions at kim.gaffett@tnc.org.

James Stover Exploration Series
New Year’s Eve Walk: Join us on Friday, December 31, at 10 a.m. for a walk on the last day of 2021. Meet at the Sachem Pond pull-off. Please email Scott at scomings@tnc.org to sign up.