News & Notes from Blanding Library
Remembering Werner Horlbeck
The Blanding lost one of its founding Friends with the passing of Werner Horlbeck this summer. Werner helped establish the Friends of the Library volunteer group at the Blanding in the 1980’s. He and his wife Chris, who served as library director for many years, contributed so much to making the Blanding what it is today.
In January 2016 there was a celebration at the Rehoboth Congregational Church to honor Werner for his many contributions to the church, the library, the Friends of the Library, the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society (RAS), and many other town boards and committees that he had served on in his 40 years in Rehoboth.
At that event, library director Laura Bennett (now retired) called Werner an invaluable presence at the Blanding where he “always put his heart into everything”. His work for the library was just one of the many contributions Werner made to our community. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.
Friends Meeting Sept. 6
The Friends of the Blanding Library will hold their annual meeting on Thurs. Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the library. The meeting will include election of officers. All members are invited to attend; new members always welcome.
Poetry Reading Sept. 22
There will be a poetry reading at Goff Hall at 1 p.m. on Sat. Sept. 22 featuring Preston Hood and Marsha Hood, former Rehoboth residents who now live in Maine, and Doug Anderson, Dorothy Nelson, Elizabeth Quinlan, Lamont B. Steptoe, and Lisa Taylor. This free event is open to all; no registration needed.
Ghost Stories & Cemetery Walk, Oct. 14
It will be a spooky evening at the Village Cemetery on Sat. Oct. 14, starting at 7 p.m. as story-tellers reveal tales of local hauntings. This event is sponsored by the Rehoboth375 committee and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $8 and may be purchased at the library before the event; no tickets will be sold that evening. For more information, call the library at 508-252-4236.
Annual Book Sale Oct. 20-21
The library is collecting used books in good condition for the annual book sale the weekend of Oct. 20-21. Please drop off book donations inside Goff Hall during library business hours. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Friends members are invited to a special preview sale Friday evening Oct. 19.
Time Changes for Story Hours
Starting this fall, Tot Time for little ones under 3 will now be held on Wed. at 10 a.m. There will be a morning and an afternoon session of Story and Craft Times for ages 3-K, either on Tues. from 10-11 a.m. or on Thurs. from 1-2 p.m.
The Legos Club (for all ages) begins again this fall on Sat. Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. You bring your imagination; the library will supply the Legos.
Got a Library Card?
The Blanding hopes to register 375 new patrons this year as part of the Rehoboth375 events. Library director Whitney Pape will be at the Harvest Block Party on Sat. Sept. 15 to register new patrons. Library cards are free and available to any local resident over age 5 (children and teens under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them.)
The Blanding Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays, including Mon. Oct. 8 for Columbus Day. The Library is located at 124 Bay State Rd., 508-252-4236 (blandinglibrary.net).