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 will remain 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. Please remember face masks are required while visiting the library.
*** KIDS’ PROGRAMS ***
Tuesdays: Take & Make Craft Kits for preschoolers are available for pick-up.
Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. Music Time with Ms. Carrie, Ages 6 months to 5 years old. Join us on Facebook or in person.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. Lapsit Story Time for ages 0 to 2. Stories, songs, and fingerplays at the library with Ms. Morgan.
Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 5 years with Ms. Morgan. Read, sing, dance and play! Join us on Facebook or in person.
Fridays: 10:30 a.m. Healthy Kids with Kim Gaffett, the OVF Naturalist with the TNC. All kids welcome! Come join us outdoors at the library.
Friday, April 29, 3 p.m. Dia De Los Ninos Party - A celebration of children, families, and reading emphasizing literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. All ages welcome.
Saturday: April 23 from 1 to 2 p.m.: Book Bingo. Bring the kids and play Book Bingo. Fun for the whole family.
*** TEEN PROGRAMS ***
Tuesdays: 5:45 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons. Grades 6 through 12 are invited to come to play or learn.
*** ADULT PROGRAMS ***
Tuesdays: 5:30 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!
Tuesdays: Clase de ingles/English Language Class in-person at the library. La clase de ingles sera en la biblioteca hoy. Beginner class: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Intermediate/advanced: 6:40 to 7:50. Individual tutoring is available weekdays.
Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m. - Soup and Film: “Fantastic Fungi” is an inspiring film that brings nature’s wisdom from below the ground, above the ground, a shared economy that enables life to flourish. Bring a spoon and cup or bowl to enjoy the soup.
Wednesday, April 27, at 2 p.m.: Book Group. The Island Free Library and Senior Advisory Committee will continue to discuss “Jazz” by Toni Morrison.
Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. - Broadening your Knowledge of Investing. Join Peter Gobis III, Financial Advisor for Edward Jones for an approximately 30-minute seminar designed to educate the attendees’ knowledge beyond their current investments.
Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. - Gathering of Poets. A night of poetry for everyone who wants to read or listen.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. Mah Jongg. Join us for a fun game of Mah Jongg in Room A at the Island Free Library. Do not know how to play? No problem - we will show you.
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 email@example.com.
Making Strides for Mental Health - Change of Date
5K Walk or run for mental health, Thursday, April 28, 3:30 p.m. at Block Island School. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. All donations (cash or check only) will go to NAMI-BI.
Arbor Day Celebration - Block Island School
On Friday, April 29, at 9 a.m. the Block Island Gardeners will celebrate Arbor Day at the Block Island School with the presentation of red maple saplings to students in grades K to 7. Parents and friends are invited to attend. The red maple is native to the continental USA and Canada, and its north-south range (from Newfoundland to southern Florida) is the greatest of any tree species in the eastern forests. Red maple was adopted as the state tree of Rhode Island in 1964.
Caretakers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group will be meeting in person at the Community Center on Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m.. Meetings are free of charge and will be held every other week. Contact Kerri Gaffett at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, May 4, 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 May 18.
La despensa de alimentos será el miércoles 4 mayo a las 12 hasta 2:30 p.m. en Harbor Church. El uso de máscara es requerido. Por favor traer bolsas reusables. Si llueve será el jueves!
St. Ann’s Summer Festival
Save the date! Saturday, June 25 (rain date June 26) St. Ann’s is holding a Summer Festival with tag sale, silent auction, craft fair, and food. Donations are now being accepted for the tag sale on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (401) 466-5471 for further information.
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:
Crazy-as-a-Coot Bird Walk
Tuesday, May 3 at 8 a.m. Changing locations based on weather, wind, and hot bird sighting tips. Call Kim for location: (401) 595-7055.