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.
*** TEEN PROGRAMS ***
Tuesdays: 5 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 returns 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.
Saturday: April 9, at 1 p.m. Come learn the Ukrainian art form of decorating “Pysanky Eggs,” which are a symbol of peace for Ukraine. Registration is required. Program is limited to 10 participants. Ages 13 and up. All materials will be provided.
English Fest this weekend April 8 - 10. Walk-in English, Friday and Saturday afternoon at the Island Free Library and Sunday afternoon at Harbor Church. Text or email for details: Marie at (401) 524-5472. email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Movie and Munchies
Movie and Munchies returns to Harbor Church. Friday, April 8: “CODA,” winner of Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. Variety movie critic Owen Gleiberman describes this film as a “tender, lively, funny, and beautifully stirring drama.” Single-serving snacks and beverages will be served. Film begins at 6:30 p.m. No movies will be shown April 15 and April 22.
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 email@example.com to sign up. All donations (cash or check only) will go to NAMI-BI.
Caretakers Support Group
The Caregivers Support Group will be meeting in person at the Community Center on Thursday, April 21, 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.
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 email@example.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, April 20, 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 11.
La despensa de alimentos será el miércoles 20 abril 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!
Bo Gempp Shellfish Restoration Fund Drive-through Benefit
There will be a “Chowderfest from the-North” drive-through benefit for the Bo Gempp Shellfish Restoration Fund on Monday, April 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. with New England Clam Chowder and smooth, delicious Lobster Bisque made, and flash-frozen, in Maine. Text pre-orders to Bob Hoyt at (207) 475-8247. Pick-up at the Connecticut Avenue extension by the Neptune House. Cash donations requested. Donations accepted at drive-through or may be mailed to BGMSRF at P.O. Box 818, Block Island, RI 02807.
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, April 19 at 8 a.m. Changing locations based on weather, wind, and hot bird sighting tips. Call Kim for location: (401) 595-7055.