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 open on 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.
*** 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.
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.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. on May 14, and 21: The Island Free Library invites you to discussions on the book “Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.” Presented by Socha Cohen.
Senior Projects at the Block Island School
The seniors at the Block Island School will be presenting their senior projects to the public on Tuesday, May 10 from 1:30 p.m. to the close of school. The nine graduating seniors have projects in several different areas. Senior projects are a graduation requirement in which each student must, with the guidance of a mentor, research a topic of their own choosing, write a paper, plan and execute a project, and present it to the public.
Caretakers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group will be meeting in person at the Community Center on Thursday, May 19, 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 18, at 12 to 2:30 p.m. at the Harbor Church. Masks required and please bring reusable bags. Heavy rain day will be Thursday.
La despensa de alimentos será el miércoles 18 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!
The Nature Conservancy and Block Island Conservancy present:
Crazy-as-a-Coot Bird Walk Tuesday, May 17 at 8 a.m. Changing locations based on weather, wind, and hot bird sighting tips. Call Kim for location: (401) 595-7055.
Earth Mother’s Day & Pavilion Celebration Join us for the 23rd Annual Ocean View Pavilion Celebration on Sunday, May 8 at 11:15 a.m. The 2022 pavilion bag will be revealed, and butterfly weed seedlings will be given away.
Chili-Fest is Back!
Please come and support the B.I. School Ceramics Department on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. You get to buy a hand-made bowl, sample a large variety of chilies and cornbread, vote for your favorite recipes and keep the bowl! All for a great cause. If you have a chili recipe you would like to enter, please contact Lisa Robb at (401) 575-3167 for details. Fabulous prizes will be awarded for the best recipes!
Not New Boutique
Spring is here! Time to clean your closets. The Not New Boutique will be accepting donations of good, clean used clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, hats and belts starting on May 10. Items may be dropped off at St. Andrew Parish Center on Spring Street at the lower level box. Watch for the opening sale on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Parish Center, then every Wednesday (rain date Thursdays) through June, July and August.
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.
Frederick J. Benson Memorial Scholarship
Applications are ready for pickup or email for the 2022-23 academic year. All applicants must have completed at least one full year of post-secondary studies. Please contact Michele Phelan at: michelezphelan@gmail or (401) 741-6577. The deadline is Monday, June 6, at 5 p.m. Sorry, no exceptions.