November 23, 2020

News & Notes from Blanding Library


Ongoing Book Sale & More

We missed being able to hold our annual used book sale this fall, but the ongoing book sale in the hall continues. New items are added all the time. Come in and browse anytime during library hours. Masks and social distancing are still required inside the library and the hall. The Blanding staff has been working hard to make sure the library is a safe as well as fun place to visit.

When returning library books to the Blanding, please put them in the outside book drop. Just a reminder that books and other items from other SAILS libraries are being held for a few days of “quarantine” before being checked in or out. So if you see that something you returned in the book drop is still on your record, don’t worry. It will soon go through the system and you won’t be charged any overdue fees. All items on the shelves at the Blanding are available for immediate check-out. Items requested from other libraries may take a few days longer to arrive.

Thanksgiving Reading

The Blanding has many books about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving for children. Why not make reading about the Thanksgiving story part of your holiday tradition? Among the many, many books for adult readers about this pivotal period in American history, two of the most interesting are Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War”,    and, for a new look at the Wampanoag side of the story, there is “This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving” by historian David Silverman.

The Blanding also has a DVD of the excellent “Pilgrims”, a film by Ric Burns, which is worth watching or watching again. What makes this film unique is the poignant portrayal of Gov. William Bradford by the late English actor Roger Rees, in his final role.  And the image of the Mayflower sailing all alone, looking so small against the vast and turbulent Atlantic, is one that will stay with you.

Children’s Activities

Miss Joyce is offering two new Story Time productions on the Blanding Library's Children's Service Facebook page. One is a "Splash of Fun", along with her newly posted "A Chance to Dance".  She and her daughters have become quite the production team, and we thank them for creating virtual fun, stories and adventures.  Joyce plans on continuing to create new events each month.

The Blanding is still featuring our local children's author, Nancy Cote, and also Newton's Puppets with Leigh Baltzer.  There is a continual sharing of virtual programs within many public libraries on Facebook, allowing our viewers to choose from a wide variety, all for free. 

The “Take and Make” scarecrow craft in October was so popular that the library will be offering another simple "Take & Make" turkey craft, along with our own Story Walk set up around the library's garden area featuring “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Diane de Groat.  Both of these programs are sponsored by The Friends of the Blanding Library.

The Blanding Library, 124 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 pm. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. The library will be closed on Wed. Nov. 11 for Veterans’ Day and on Thanksgiving Day. The library will close at 4 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 25, the day before the holiday. Phone: 508-252-4236 or   


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