News & Notes from the Blanding Library
Coming Up in December
The last Legos at the Library meeting for 2017 will be on Sat. Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m. The Legos club is open to all ages and meets on the second Saturday of the month. Stop by the children’s library downstairs any time to see some of the imaginative Lego sculptures that are on display.
The library is again sponsoring the popular gingerbread house program for children on Tues.-Wed., Dec. 12-13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. You can call the library at 508-252-4236 to see if any spaces remain for this very popular program, which is made possible by the Friends of the Blanding Library.
The Blanding knitting group will meet on Thurs. Dec. 14 and 28 at 6:30. All levels of experience welcome.
If you’re looking for things to do with the family over the holidays, remember that you can use your library card (free to all town residents) to borrow discount passes to many local museums and attractions. You can find out more at blandinglibrary.net or call the library at 508-252-4236. You can also reserve these passes through the library’s website.
Yoga for Families on Dec.15
Yoga for Families will meet again on Friday Dec. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. This is a free parent-child wellness event for children from babies through age 8 and their parents. This event is sponsored by the PACE CCW CFCE program with funding from the Mass. Dept. of Early Childhood Education and Care. For further information contact Jocelyn at 508-984-3559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Up in January
January will bring a series of new story hours for children. Tot Time for children under age 3 will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays starting on Jan. 9, and Story and Craft Hours for children ages 3-K will begin on Wed. Jan. 10 and Thurs. Jan. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. Children must be registered for story hours; call the library at 508-252-4236.
The first meeting of the Blanding book club in 2017 will be on Wed. Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss the African-American classic, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” by Zora Neale Huston. Copies are available at the library.
The Friends of the Blanding Library will be sending out membership renewals after the first of the year. We hope you will renew your membership and encourage others to join our organization of volunteers who support the library. Membership is $10 a year per household. The Friends sponsor a number of library programs, for adults and children, and help the library purchase much needed items such as bookshelves, copiers and printers, among other things.
We’d like to round out the year with this quote posted at the Blanding. It’s from the distinguished 19th century American clergyman and speaker Henry Ward Beecher, who wrote: “A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.”
The Blanding Library will be closed for Christmas on Mon. Dec. 25 and for New Year’s Day on Mon. Jan. 1. We thank all the hard-working library staff and volunteers who continue to make the Blanding such a key part of community life in Rehoboth and wish everyone happy holidays!