For more information on any of the following programs or other activities at the library, visit hopkintonlibrary.org. Visit the library’s website calendar for event registration information. The library also can be found on Facebook, @hopkintonlibrary, and on Twitter, @HopkintonPLMA.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, Aug. 3, 1-6 p.m.
Registration is available at the Red Cross website at rcblood.org/3AmuYsP.
Our Time Memory Cafe at Senior Center
Thursday, Aug. 3, 1-2:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Hopkinton Senior Services and the Hopkinton Public Library, Our Time Memory Cafe invites those with forgetfulness, mild cognitive impairment or dementia and their care partner, family and friends to attend. Our Time Memory Cafe takes place on the first Thursday of each month.
Women’s Financial Roundtable
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1-2 p.m.
This virtual program is for anyone confused about financial markets, wondering what Bitcoin is all about or staring blankly at retirement statements. Julia Strayer and Liz Maccarone present Women and Money Roundtable: How to Make Sense of Today’s Financial Markets. Each session focuses on a different topic.
Frayed Knot Fiber Arts Circle
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Participants are invited to bring their current project or pattern. This group is open to teens and adults of all skill levels. All fiber arts crafts (knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, needle felting, etc.) are more than welcome. This group meets on the second and last Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Snakes of New England and the World
Thursday, Aug. 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Attendees of all ages can learn about (and interact with) 20-25 snakes of New England and the world. Anyone wondering what kind of snakes might be living in the woods near their house, or who has caught a glimpse of a snake just as it disappeared into some shrubs and wished for a closer look, this is a chance to see native and exotic snakes close up. Registration is required.
Trail Walk with Hopkinton Trails Club
Thursday, Aug. 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
This week’s walk will take place at the Center School Trail, off Ash Street. The Hopkinton Public Library and the Hopkinton Trails Club present the Summer Trail Walks series. In this series, experts from the Trails Club will lead attendees on one-hour leisurely trail walks through Hopkinton trails and discuss the history, flora and fauna of the area. These walks are not strenuous, and no one will be left behind. Families are welcome. Registration is optional.
Author Talk: Robert Jones Jr.
Tuesday, Aug. 15, 4-5 p.m.
All are welcome and encouraged to join an engaging hour online with New York Times bestselling author Robert Jones Jr., as he discusses his debut and award-winning novel, “The Prophets.”
Zero Waste Kids: Birthdays, Lunches and More
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7-8 p.m.
This virtual program for all ages is led by Sarah Robertson-Barnes, who will dig into practical tips to make children’s birthday parties and school lunches eco-friendly and low waste. There also will be a discussion about how kids, families and communities can be more sustainable as some towns/cities/states move toward free lunches for all.
Monthly Music & Movement
Thursday, Aug. 17, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
This children’s concert by performer Julie Stepanek is recommended for ages 0-5. Music & Movement is generously supported by the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation. Registration is required.
Ukulele with Julie Stepanek
Thursday, Aug. 17, 1-1:45 p.m. (children), 2-3 p.m. (teens/adults)
Julie Stepanek will show the fundamentals of the ukulele, an instrument that is fun and easy to play. No experience is necessary. Ukuleles will be provided. Registration is required.
Author Talk: Cassandra Clare
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 8-9 p.m.
This online chat is with mega-bestselling author Cassandra Clare, who wrote The Mortal Instruments series, and will focus on her newest and final book in The Last Hours series, “Chain of Thorns.”
Trail Walk with Hopkinton Trails Club
Thursday, Aug. 24, 7-8 p.m.
This week’s walk will take place at the Pratt Farm Trail, off Ash Street. The Hopkinton Public Library and the Hopkinton Trails Club present the Summer Trail Walks series. In this series, experts from the Trails Club will lead attendees on one-hour leisurely trail walks through Hopkinton trails and discuss the history, flora and fauna of the area. These walks are not strenuous, and no one will be left behind. Families are welcome. Registration is optional.
Author Talk: Jeff Selingo
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2-3 p.m.
Spend an hour online with bestselling author Jeff Selingo, who wrote “Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admission.” Selingo immersed himself in the world of admissions for a year to answer the question on the minds of teenagers and their parents: How do colleges select their freshman class?