Here are the latest East Boston 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.

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.

Basics of Improv for Teens

Need a laugh? Teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join professionals from Improv Boston for an interactive class teaching the basics of improve from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17.

This program will run remotely and will focus on teaching students how to get started in improv. Attendees will get a chance to participate in a variety of fun (and funny) improv exercises.

Participants will be emailed the link Zoom the day of the event.

Visit bpl.org/events for registration and more 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.

Spectacle Island Virtual 5K

Run, walk or roll a 5K anyway you want from June 13 through 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.

EB Sports Center summer registration open

The East Boston Sports Center at 143 Porter St. is taking online registration for the free summer programs providing an array of supervised sports, activities and games for children, 7 through 13 years of age.

The drop-in programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays from July 6 through Aug. 21. Participants can register for one or more weeks at apm.activecommunities.com.

Lunch will be provided; transportation is not.

For more information, contact Cheryl.brown@boston.gov or phone 617-961-3085.

Ocean Science after school program 

Find lots of activities and resources for at-home learning from the Ocean Science After School Program at the Piers Park Sailing Center.

Visit piersparksailing.org to learn more, including videos and downloadables.

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.

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.

Happy Hour live performance

The Clippership Wharf virtual live stream concert series will be held anytime between 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Directions for a good time: Grab your favorite libation; relax on your balcony or couch; tune into @ClippershipWharf Instagram Page; and enjoy the sounds of local Boston musicians.

'Water: Medium & Mirror' exhibition

The "Water: Medium & Mirror" exhibition, curated by Stephanie Arnett, will be on view through June 16 at the ClipArt Gallery at the Clippership Wharf, 65 Lewis St.

Water is essential to all known life. It was the medium within which the first simple organisms moved and thrived. It comprises the majority of the cells in our bodies. We build our cities around it and search the outer reaches of our galaxy for signs of its presence.

The artists of the exhibition allude to this relationship in their materials and subject matter, to form a portrait of this simple elemental fluid, from which all life’s complexity has arisen.

Gallery hours: Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

Visit clipartboston.com for more information, including the gallery’s current schedule.

Massart Made Virtual Spring Market 2020

The MassArt Made Virtual Spring Market is a temporary online showcase of student and alumni artwork available through Etsy and other independent e-commerce websites through Tuesday, June 30.

Shop artwork, jewelry, fashion and more from more than 200 student alumni-owned businesses

For Dial-In Information: massart.edu/springmarket2020

For more information: calendar.massart.edu/event/massart_made_virtual_spring_market_2020#.XrWJAS8pChA.

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 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.

Virtual crochet classes

Learn how to crochet with Cindy at Fresh Cut Yarn (East Boston). Some classes are free and some are private for a fee. Her website also has free patterns, tips, and tricks to grow your crochet hobby.

Join in and create fun projects together – all experience levels are welcome – on Instagram @freshcutyarn.

Visit www.freshcutyarn.com/learn-more for more information.

EB Community Soup Kitchen offers vouchers

The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen typically serves free hot meals at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 28 Paris St. Lunch is usually served from noon to 2 p.m. and supper is served from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday.

Because of “social distancing” the soup kitchen is offering a one-time per week restaurant meal voucher to their guests and those facing food insecurity.

Visit www.facebook.com/eastbostonkitchen for more information.

EB food pantry – donations and distribution

The Grace Church Federated hosts a food pantry from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays in the church basement, 760 Saratoga St. Donations of non-perishable food, hygiene products and cleaning supplies are most welcomed.

Visit gracechurcheastie.org or phone 617-569-5358 for more information.

Mutual Aid Eastie Network

Social Distancing does not Equal Social Isolation. In these fast moving an uncertain times, it’s important that we show up for each other and remember that we are not alone.

Mutual Aid Eastie is a powerful way to build strong connections – we all have something to offer and something we need.

For information and to get involved in the Mutual Aid Eastie Network, visit whatupestie.com where you will find, among other information, links to:

Resource List – a centralized place for individuals, families, service providers and others to find information

Current Offerings List – a public non-editable “offerings” spreadsheet that people can view and reach out to others directly for support (the list is growing and you can add your information as well).

Current Needs List – if you are in need of something that is not found on the Current Offerings List, you can add your information/needs.

Neighborhood Pods – hyperlocal test message groups or phone trees of you and your neighbors.

Helpful links: whatsupeastie.com/coronavirus – one stop shop for all things Corona and Eastie and managing the fallout of decisions like school closure

Email mutualaideastie@gmail.com with questions about the Network and/or ways to participate.

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.

East Boston Open Market

East Boston Open Market at The Eddy, 10 New St. is typically open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month with an assortment of local artisan items available.

Visit eastbostonopenmarket.com, facebook.com, or email info@eastbostonopenmarket.com for more information.

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 more information.

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