Adult Programs

BPL Chess Club

Date: Tuesday, April 13 - Register here.

           Tuesday, April 27 - Register here.

Time:  7pm

Location: Online via Zoom.  Advance Registration is required. 

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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

Crime Lab Case Files – True Crime Tales with Forensic Scientist Paul Zambella 

Date: Thursday, April 15    

Time: 7pm

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

Crime scene, do not cross!

 Due to the nature of the subject matter, this presentation is recommended for people of high school age and older.  

Join Paul Zambella as he discusses some of the most infamous cases in which he was involved as a forensic scientist at the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab. He will focus on the forensic evidence and how it provided information which was instrumental in assisting prosecutors to secure the conviction of each suspect. 

Cases include the double murder of a brother and sister at the hands of two teenage boys; the vicious attacks on three children by a friend of the family; the fatal stabbing of a young girl by her boyfriend; the fatal stabbing of an elderly woman by a boy who lived in the neighborhood; the sexual assault of a young woman who was in the first year of her college education; the revenge killing of a man as he slept in his motel room

About the Presenter:  

Paul Zambella was employed as a Forensic Scientist at the State Police Crime Lab for 36 years. His functions in the lab included crime scene investigator, criminalist, drug analyst, serologist and toxicologist. He participated in more than 500 crime scene investigations, examined thousands of physical evidence items and testified in more than 350 criminal trials. Paul has taught courses in Forensic Science at Northeastern University, Salem State University and Hesser College.

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

Trivia Night

Date:  Monday, April 26

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!

Job Search Skills: Resume Builder with Complementary Resume Review

Date:  Thursday, May 13

Time: 7pm

Location: :  Online via Zoom.  Advanced registration is required for this Zoom event.  Register here

Job Search Skills: Resume Builder Workshop Thursday May 13 at 7

Join us for a free resume building workshop, including a complementary resume review, with Career Coach Gary Gekow. Learn how to craft a resume that will stand out from the crowd! Email your resume to Gary after the program for a free resume review.
Gary will cover:
• Resume best practices for today’s job market
• Content review
• Formatting choices
• Applicant tracking systems
• Keyword search techniques
• How to address special situations
Gary Gekow is a Senior Employment Specialist and Career Coach with 30 years of recruiting and employment services experience in the New England staffing industry. Gary assists with employment search strategies including resume creation, interview coaching, LinkedIn profile branding, and career counseling.
This Zoom program is free and open to all.

Hip Hip Hydrangeas! How to!  with Andi Ross

Date:  Thursday, May 20 

Time: 7pm

Location: :  Online via Zoom.  Advanced registration is required for this Zoom event.  Register here


Hydrangeas are our secret weapon here in New England to insure drama and romance in our gardens from spring to late fall. Join Andi Ross for this complete “how to” program, starting with identifying the hydrangeas you have in your garden, and followed by best care, pruning, watering, cutting and preserving tips.

About the Presenter:

Andi Ross is a creative landscape designer, private garden coach, educator, horticulturist, botanical artist and painter.  She is dedicated to taking a sustainable approach to every facet of gardening. 

This program is sponsored by Burlington Garden Club, Friends of the Burlington Public Library, and The Harvard University Retirees Association.

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