August 15, 2020

 News and Notes from the Blanding Library


History Discussion Group
The history discussion group under the direction of Hank Coleman will continue exploring the American Revolution this month. The group meets at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the library. The next topics will be the Constitutional Convention, in February, and the presidency of George Washington, in March. For more information on this informal group, open to all interested people, contact

Hank’s “My Turn” column in the Providence Journal on Dec. 24, entitled “Freedom at Stake on Christmas Eve” gave us all something to think about. He writes about the significance of George Washington leading the Continental Army across the Delaware River on Christmas 1776, a risky and difficult maneuver in terrible weather, and how crucial this event was to the cause of American freedom.

 Story Hours & More 

STORY & CRAFT HOURS for children ages 3 and up will continue on Tuesdays at 10:15 through the month of January. TOT TIME with stories, music and movement for little ones under age 3 will continue on Wednesdays at 10:30 through January. Registration is required.

YOGA FOR FAMILIES will next meet on Friday Jan. 10 at 10:15. This is a free one-hour parent-child wellness event for parents with children from babies to age 8. This is sponsored by the PACE CW CFCE Program with funding from the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care. Contact Jocelyn at or 508-984-3559.

LEGOS at the Library will next meet at the Blanding on Sat. Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m., free and for all ages. “We supply the Legos and you supply the imagination.”

BOOK CLUB:  On Wed. Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. the Blanding Book Club will discuss “In the Time of the Butterflies”, a gripping novel set in 1960, in the last days of the Trujillo era in the Dominican Republic.  Copies of books selected by the club will be available at the library.

Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Blanding Library is a registered non-profit organization of volunteers. Its purpose is to create an awareness of library services, to raise funds for library programs and activities, and to purchase special objects not covered in the regular library budget, such as new printers and shelving. The Friends’ major purchase in 2019 was the new book drop outside Goff Hall.

The Friends also sponsors a number of children’s programs each year, so that the library can offer them free to area children and their families. These include the holiday gingerbread house program and summer programs. The Friends will be sending out membership renewal notices ($10 per year) soon. We hope you will renew your membership. Additional donations are always very welcome.

LIBRARY HOURS: The Blanding is now open for a lot more hours per week than it used to be. We’ve come a long way. A library bookmark from “the old days” (probably the 1980’s) just turned up, showing that the library then was open only four afternoons a week, plus two additional evenings and not on Friday at all. CURRENT HOURS are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is closed Sundays and holidays, including Mon. Jan 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  For the latest from the library, log onto  or find us on Facebook. The Blanding Public Library is located at 124 Bay State Rd. Rehoboth. Phone 508-252-4236.  

Happy New Year to all – see you at the library!


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