Adult Programs

BPL Chess Club

Date:  Tuesday, December 1 and 15. 

Time:  7pm

Location: Online via Zoom.  Advance Registration is required.  Register for December 1 here

Register for December 15 here.

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Come test your skills with a friendly afternoon of virtual chess. Join us on Zoom and play on your computer or mobile device as we bring the BPL Chess Club online using

Play single games against other players or join the 50 minute tournament. Link for joining tournament will be provided at the start of the Zoom meeting. Tournament requires a free account to participate.

***Optional: Download the Lichess app here:***

No webcam or microphone required.
Account required for tournament play only.
All ages welcome.

Questions? Email Justin at

Trivia Night

Date:  Monday, December 14

Time:  7pm

Location: Online via Zoom.  Advance Registration is required.  Register here.

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Join us on Zoom for a fun friendly night of trivia! Play solo, or with a team (virtually speaking). Trivia questions will be read aloud and displayed in a slide show presentation in Zoom. No webcams or microphones are necessary. Please note, while all ages are welcome, trivia questions are geared toward adults in content and challenge rating.

The meeting link along with more details will be sent to you after you are registered. Download Zoom ahead of time to avoid unnecessary delays.

Additional Information

  • Trivia will consist of 3 rounds of general questions ranging from a variety of topics, a picture round, and a 3 question bonus round to end the night.
  • Each player/team is responsible for scoring your own answer sheet, so be sure to have paper and pen ready! This is meant to be fun. All scores are on the honor system. At the end of each answer round, scores will be submitted to the host, who will tally scores and read the standings aloud.
  • Trivia teams can be in the same household, or in different households. We are not encouraging people to gather in groups to play. Stay safe, stay home. Instead, if you choose to play with a team, you are responsible for determining ahead of time how your team will communicate with one another.
  • Players will not be able to use the Zoom chat to communicate with one another. Instead, we recommend setting up alternate channels of communication (group text, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.) in order to pool team resources. Library staff will not be responsible for facilitating teams or team communications.
  • No prizes are awarded, it's all just for fun!

James Patterson in Conversation with Hank Phillippi Ryan

Date:  Tuesday, December 15 

Time:  7pm

Location: Online.  Advance Registration is required.  Register here.

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James Patterson is the world's bestselling author and creator of many enduring fictional heroes and series including Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennett and Maximum Ride. James will discuss his two new releases, Deadly Cross and The Last Days of John Lennon, in conversation with author Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is an on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV and the bestselling author of 12 thrillers. Her newest novel is the chilling psychological standalone, The First to Lie.

Signed books will be available for sale before and during the event at Haley Booksellers.

Winter Backyard Birds

with Steve Hale

Date:  Wednesday, December 16

Time:  7pm

Location: Online via Zoom.  Advance Registration is required.  Register here.

Steve Hale-LowResHave you always wanted to know what birds are visiting your yard or bird feeder? Can’t tell the difference between a Purple Finch and a House Finch? Steve Hale will offer tips on identifying common and not-so-common winter birds frequenting the backyards in our area. Get advice on attracting and feeding birds. Learn about the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and how to participate.  Audience members will also have the opportunity to test their own knowledge of birds.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Steve Hale is the owner and operator of Open World Explorers, which runs guided birding tours in New Hampshire. Steve is also a professor and researcher at the University of New Hampshire where he earned his PhD in Natural Resources. He previously worked as a bird observer in the White Mountain National Forest.

This program is generously sponsored by The Friends of the Burlington Public Library.

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