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Library Updates & Local News
October 22, 2021

Helping Families Settle
Thursday, October 28, 2021
6:00 pm

Branford Community House

46 Church Street
Branford, CT

Helping Families Settle is an independent group of Branford residents working with IRIS in New Haven to welcome a refugee family this fall. Right now, we know very little about our family — they may be coming from Syria, Iraq, the Congo, or Afghanistan.

For more information and to learn how you could help please join us on Thursday, October 28th 6:00pm at the Branford Community Center.  


7th Annual Tour de Branford

November 7, 2021
8:00 am - 1:00 pm


The 7th annual Tour de Branford takes place in scenic Branford, CT along a beautiful shoreline route and parts of Guilford.

There are two tours to choose from: a 15-mile or 40-mile. Both rides start and end at Stony Creek Brewery, 5 Indian Neck Avenue, Branford. Convenient parking is located across the street at the Branford Train Station, 39 Maple Street.

There are gentle rolling hills and scenic views as the course follows Route 146 along the saltwater marshes of Long Island Sound. The 20-mile rest stop is at the “Sugar Loaf Recreation Area.”

After you are done, enjoy a FREE post-event beer! Additional beer and food from gourmet food trucks will be available for purchase at the brewery. We're expecting a great turnout, so register early to ensure a spot.



In June of 1896, the Blackstone Library first opened its doors to the public. This year we're celebrating 125 years of engaging, informing, and empowering the Branford community. To mark this important milestone, the library has created two new library card designs, showcasing the history and beauty of the library building.

The Construction Card features a photo of the copper dome being lifted and placed by an early model crane. The Dome Card features a photograph of the interior of the rotunda dome, which is embellished with large paintings that depict the evolution of bookmaking. These panels were painted by well-known artist Oliver Dennett Grover (1860-1927).

Stop by the library and sign up for your free card, choosing from one of the two designs while supplies last. Blackstone Library cards are free and available to Branford residents.

If you already have a library card and wish to replace it with one of these commemorative designs, you may do so. Replacement cards are $1.

Join a Blackstone Library English Conversation Group.
Practice your English speaking skills.

Choose one group:
    Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 AM at Blackstone Library
        Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 PM on Zoom
For ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults
For more information and to register,
call 203-285-2621
or Email


To help celebrate the Blackstone’s 125th anniversary, we’ve created a list of 125 books we love!

Blackstone staff members contributed titles to the list, which features books in a variety of genres. And to make things even more special, we turned it into a fun paper craft you can do to create your own mini-booklet and holder!

And if you’re feeling artsy, check out our Blackstone Library coloring pages. Simply download and print to have some coloring fun!

125 Books We Love: Print, Cut & Tape craft:
Download file
125 Books We Love: Simple Fold craft:
Download file

Blackstone Coloring Pages

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