March 20, 2019

News & Notes from Blanding Library


Seeking 375 New Library Patrons
The Blanding Library has a goal of registering 375 new patrons this year in celebration of Rehoboth’s 375th anniversary. There will be a library table at the Harvest Block Party on Sat. Sept. 15 where you can stop by and register, or stop by the Blanding any time during business hours. The minimum age for a card is age 5; residents under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign their applications.

A library card is free to all Rehoboth residents and gives you access to so many items (not just books) both at the Blanding and the many libraries that are part of the SAILS system in Southeastern Mass. For more information on borrowing, go to

Want to Borrow A Telescope?
Would you like to borrow the telescope at the Blanding Library? On Mon. Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. there will be a training session on how to use the library’s lending telescope. After 20 minutes of training, Rehoboth residents over the age of 18 with library cards in good standing may borrow the telescope to take home for one week of star-gazing.

Not Your Average Story Hour Wed. Aug 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Author/illustrator Carla Marrero returns to the Blanding to read one of her "purrfectly" wonderful stories (or two?) to be followed by a take-home craft. Registration required.

Kindermusik on Thurs. Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.
Wiggle and giggle with Cheryl from Kindermusik. Music, movement and plenty of toddler-style energy for little ones. Space is limited. Registration required.

Yoga for Families on Friday Aug. 10 from 10 to 11 a.m.
This is a free parent-child wellness event for children birth through age 8. This program sponsored by the PACE CCW CFCE Program with funding from Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care. Contact: Jocelyn, 508-984-3559 or

Puppet Story Time on Tues. Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.
Join storyteller Leigh with friends Phineas and Newton. This program is geared to children from preschool to grade 1, with older siblings welcome. No registration needed.

Family Movie Night on Wed. Aug. 15 at 6 p.m.
The feature this evening will be a popular recent PG movie based on a book by Madeleine L’Engle. Free, no registration needed.

Rockin’ Socks Story Hour Thurs. Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.
Read a story or two then create your very own Olaf to take home. For children ages 3 to grade 1; older siblings welcome. Registration required.

Wigglebot, Tues. Aug. 23, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Create a motorized “rockin’ robot” in this hands-on program for children ages 5 to 11. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Please check with the library for more details about this program before registering in advance.

Fiona the Whale Tues. Aug. 28-Wed. Aug. 29
It’s not summer without a visit from Fiona, the life-size model of a whale. Stop by the Blanding from 10:30 to 3 on either Aug. 28 or 29 and see what it’s like inside the belly of a whale. No registration needed.

“Read and bead” at your library continues through Aug. 29. Continue your summer reading and record your minutes. Then turn those minutes into beads for your chain. For children ages 3 on up.
All children’s programs at the Blanding this summer are free. A number of these programs are made possible through funding from the Friends of the Blanding Library.

The Blanding Library is open Mon. through Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4. Closed Sundays and holidays, including Mon. Sept. 3 for Labor Day. For more information, visit or call 508-252-4236.


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