Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Monthly Family Book Club

Once a month, book lovers entering Grades K through 3 and their families can come together on Zoom to discover new chapter books, chat, and tackle book-inspired games and crafts.

The next meeting will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Email BPL’s librarians Patty and Rebecca (rfox@bpl.org) to register and receive the link to the Zoom room.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Future Readers' Club Storytime

Join Librarian Rebecca for live-streamed stories, songs, and movement for the preschool set from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 15 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Every activity is carefully chosen to help little ones build pre-reading skills.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Book Discussion Group: ‘Radium Girls’

Join the Boston Public Library’s virtual book discussion group from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 to discuss Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore.

Digital e-books are available through Hoopla with your library card. For information on how to join, email kprocyshyn@bpl.org.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information.

Curator Conversations: ‘Angles on Bending Lines’

The many ways that maps and visual data have been used for centuries to manipulate information and truth come under scrutiny in “Bending Lines: Maps and Data from Distortion to Deception,” a new initiative of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library that opened with an immersive, "digital first" exhibition on Wednesday, May 27.

Viewers are invited to explore the online show and join the interactive program series hosted by

Leventhal Center’s Curator of Maps and Director of Geographic Scholarship Garrett Dash Nelson and the guests who give context to the exhibition's themes and content from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

June 17: “What You See Is What You Get-Or Is It?”

These events will be streamed live on the Leventhal Center’s Facebook page and YouTube channel and then archived on YouTube.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information. Registration is required to receive a link to the event.

Online Seniors’ Chair Yoga

Join the Seniors’ Chair Yoga online class at Boston Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.

Seniors’ Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced while sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. You will learn calming postures and breathing techniques to open energy channels, release tension, and alleviate pain. This type of yoga is great for you to improve physical comfort, cultivate balance, and move easily through daily activities. You will need an upright chair and your computer or phone for the session.

YogaHub brings meditation, yoga, and fitness to your doorsteps to spark health and vitality throughout your community.

Visit bpl.org/events for online platform details and registration information.

Facebook Live: Story and a Craft

What will we create today? Join the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed story time and craft for children 4 to 8 years old from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live: Family Story Time

Join Librarian Julia at the Boston Public Library for live-streamed stories, songs and movement for the whole family from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 19 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information

LEGO Ship Shape Competition

The USS Constitution Museum is bringing its popular LEGO® Ship Shape Competition online through July 6.

Let your imagination set sail with weekly build challenges that will be announced on Fridays at noon on the Museum’s Facebook page @USSConstitutionMuseum.

How to participate:

1) Build a new LEGO® creation to fit that week’s challenge

2) Take a picture and share in that week’s LEGO ® Competition post. Make sure to include the contestant’s age and a short description of the creation

To make the competition fun for all ages, there will be the following age brackets: 5 years old and younger, 6 to10 years old, 11 to 15 years old, and 16 to 105 years old.

The ship with the most likes by Monday at noon will be the winner.

Along the way, they will post some of their staff’s favorite past winners and LEGO® related activities and instructions.

Learn more at https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/lego-ship-shape-competition.

USS Constitution & Museum virtual tours and activities

The USS Constitution and USS Constitution Museum are online.

- Take a virtual tour of the USS Constitution on Facebook Live at 10 a.m.

- Download the “Old Ironsides” Activity Book

- Play Mini Games

- Discover the Constitution’s History

- Explore the Collection

- Read their Blog

The Museum will be adding new digital content daily on its website and social media channels.

Visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution/visitor; ussconstitutionmuseum.org; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from Saturday, June 13 through Tuesday, June 30. You choose the time, the views and the surface. You can get up early and run along the Harborwalk in South Boston, go out on your lunch break and jog or walk the sidewalks in your neighborhood, or get on your treadmill as the sun is setting and crank out 3.1 miles while you binge your favorite show. You do not have to be local to participate – challenge your friends and family wherever they might be.

The registration fee is $20. All the proceeds will benefit Boston Harbor Now and help improve lives of 40,000 youth and their families: Register and learn more at bostonharbornow.org.

Homework help online

The Boston Public Library offers free online homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through June 18.

No registration is required as students will be helped on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 15 students at one time.

Homework Help can be accessed during the scheduled times at: https://boston-public-library.zoom.us/my/bplhomeworkhelp.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

For questions about Homework Help email Lina Raciukaitis at lraciukaitis@bpl.org.

All programs are provided subject to parental supervision.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Escape Dracula's Castle Virtual Escape Room

Do you have what it takes to Escape Dracula's Castle? Find out by participating in a Google Forms Escape Room taking place all day on Saturdays through August 14.

Solve some fun challenges, encounter Dracula, and even test your library skills with this interactive online program. It's the perfect way for Tweens and Teens to kickoff this year's Youth Summer Reading Program.

This program is intended for Tweens and Teens, ages 9 to 17; however, adults are welcome to participate, as well.

Participate by going to https://forms.gle/Q6kYyubPMUWm.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

‘With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People’

Poets are inspired by the ordinary and extraordinary others around them. How does poetry reveal new and surprising ways to communicate and connect?

“With Dedication: Writing Poems to and for Other People” will be held from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Mondays through June 15.

In these workshops, facilitated by Aaron Devine, the groups will read and write to deeply encounter loved ones, communities, and lineages. No prior writing experience is required.

Devine is a poet, community activist, and translator in Dorchester. He co-created Write on the DOT, a neighborhood poetry reading series and literary platform.

To register, email: aajamde@yahoo.com.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join Librarian Laura for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years old from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays through June 30 at www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Gold Rush: A Virtual Escape Room for Teens

The Boston Public Library is back with an all-new, premium escape room experience for its teen patrons – and this one’s a true Golden opportunity.

BPL’s esteemed partner Escape Game Remote Adventures brings you “Gold Rush:” a virtual escape room with a compelling Live component – your very own prospector navigating a physical escape room in real time from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through June 30.

In "Gold Rush," up to eight intrepid participants will work together to direct the live prospector to locate and solve a variety of puzzles in order to discover cleverly hidden gold. A simple online inventory will help keep track of everything that you find, but it will take focus, cunning, and logic to put all the pieces together before the mob arrives. A generous hint system offered by a live room host ensures that even beginner-level gold-diggers will enjoy the hunt.

Each participant must have access to Zoom videoconferencing software and an Internet browser in order to communicate and collaborate with others throughout the experience.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including registration. All registrants will receive essential confirmation emails prior to the live event.

Facebook Live: Pajama Story Time

Let's have a pajama party! Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal, and join Librarian Rebecca at the Boston Public Library for a live-streamed Pajama Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays through June 25.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Community storytellers

Charlestown Family Engagement Network presents Community Storytellers – a new story time series for kids.

A new friend from the neighborhood will read their favorite children’s story at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays @Ctownfen Facebook Page through June 26.

Want to read your favorite story? Contact lsgro@kennedycenter.org to sign up.

Visit www.kennedycenter.org for details.

Friday Unwind: Gentle Yoga

Unwind with Gentle Yoga – brought to you by Hands to Heart Center and the Boston Public Library – from 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through June 26.

The yoga classes are geared for beginners with plenty of options and modifications for all bodies and ability levels.

The class will be live-streamed on YouTube/Hand to Heart Center – Yoga for the People.

You can also get the link at bpl.org/online events. The recorded sessions will remain online.

Online Book Discussion Club

The Online Book Discussion Club at the Boston Public Library will meet on Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24 to discuss In the Distance by Hernan Diaz (2017).

A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, from whom he was separated in the crowds and chaos during their journey across the sea. Moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West, he is driven back again and again, meeting naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen-and his exploits turn him into a legend.

In the Distance is available in eBook form on Hoopla: www.hoopladigital.com/title/13312155.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more information; The Zoom invite will be emailed to you prior to the meeting.

Fresh Truck open air markets

The Fresh Truck weekly markets provide fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables while keeping staff volunteers, and shoppers safe during the COVID-19 crises.

Locations now open:

Monday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BHA & Newtown, 38 O’Reilley Way in Charlestown

Tuesday: 2 to 4 p.m. at PJK School, 343 Saratoga St., in East Boston

Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Broadway BHA, 7 Joyce Hayes Way in South Boston

Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon at Mary Ellen McCormack BHA, Sterling Square in South Boston

Friday: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Field BHA, 90 Ames St. in Dorchester

Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faneuil Gardens BHA, 45 Faneuil St. in Brighton

Cash, credit & EBT/HIP accepted at all locations.

Visit www2.thefreshtruck.org for the most updated schedule.

JFK – Charlestown meal site update

Free Grab and Go for kids and adults are available from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kennedy Center at 23A Moulton St.

Family Engagement Resources, books and activities and food Pantry Bags will be available (while supplies last).

For more information, contact Crystal Galvin at 617-241-8866, ext. 1352 or cgalvin@kennedycenter.org.

BPL updates

The Boston Public Library has an online calendar of virtual events to go with its other online services, including e-books, downloadable movies, audiobooks and other information resources.

Other details and links to remote library services can be found at www.bpl.org/news/remote-library-services.

For more information, email ask@BPL.org.

Disaster relief donations

The Charlestown Lions Club is collecting donations to go to disaster relief. The donations will be used to benefit those affected by the local gas explosions, hurricanes in the South and more recently, COVID-19.

All proceeds will be donated – there are no administrative costs. Checks may be made out to Charlestown Lions Club – LCIF and sent to: P.O. Box 290474, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Send an email to Towniemoe@aol.com for more information.

Harvest on Vine Food Pantry – Donation requests and distribution

The Harvest on Vine Food Pantry is requesting donations of non-perishable foods, such as boxes of cereal, beef stew, soup, condiments, peanut butter, jelly and cans of coffee along with hygiene and cleaning products.

Donations can be dropped off at the Food Pantry at 49 Vine St., the Cooperative Bank at 201 Main St. and at the Parish Center on 46 Winthrop St.

Financial donations can be sent to: Harvest on Vine, Parish Center, 46 Winthrop St., Charlestown, MA 02129.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Food is distributed at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month and at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month.

For more information, phone 617-990-7314.

Kennedy Center

For more than 56 years, the Kennedy Center has provided critical safety nets for Charlestown’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors.

To keep up to date with the latest news, you can subscribe to their feeds on social media and/or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @KennedyFSC and/or visit them at www.KennedyCenter.org.

If you would like to make a financial donation to help make a difference for highly at-risk individuals and families in need, visit www.kennedycenter.org/donate.

Free citywide meal sites for Boston residents

The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and other community organizations, will provide free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch meals to all Boston students.

For a list of meal sites, visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/map-meal-sites-boston#map--409806 or www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/8098.

Phone 617-635-3717 or email food@boston.gov with questions or concerns or for other information.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.