March 20, 2019

News & Notes from the Blanding Library


Thanks to all who made this year’s used book sale in October another great library fundraiser. We especially thank the staff and Friends volunteers who have worked so hard on the sale this year. There were great book bargains to be found, as well as delicious goodies at the bake sale. A special note of thanks to members of the Leo Club at D-R High School who helped move all those heavy boxes of books around. The book sale is also a nice social occasion where people can catch up with old friends they haven’t seen in a while.

Wire Art Workshop on Nov. 6
There will be a fun craft workshop for teens and adults at the Blanding on Tues. Nov. 6 from 6 to 7:30. Participants will make wire art holiday ornaments with artist Thea Ernest. Registration limited to 15 participants, ages 12 and up. All tools and supplies provided but you are welcome to bring your own special beads or found objects too. Call 508-252-4236 to register.

String Concert on Dec. 3
The Providence Adult String Ensemble will play at Goff Hall on Monday Dec. 3 at 7:30 with a reception to follow. Admission is a free-will donation, with all funds collected going to the Friends of the Blanding Library.

Gingerbread Houses on Dec. 11 & 12
Mark your calendars for Tues. Dec. 11 and Wed. Dec. 12 for the annual holiday children’s gingerbread house program. There will be two sessions, each from 3:30 to 5. Register by calling the library at 508-252-4236.

Yoga for Families on Nov. 16 & Dec. 4
The next two sessions of Yoga for Families will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday Nov. 16 and on Tues. Dec. 4. This is a free event for families with children from birth to age 8. It is presented by Create Power Yoga, sponsored by PACE along with funding from the MA Dept. of Education in collaboration with the Blanding Library. For more information, contact Jocelyn ( or call 508-984-3559.

Story Hours & More
Story hours for children continue into November, except for a few dates around Thanksgiving. Check with the library for more details. Tot Time for children under 3 is held on Wed. at 10 and Story and Craft hours for ages 3-K on Tuesdays from 10 to 11 or Thursdays from 1 to 2.

The Blanding Book Club’s next two meetings are on Wed. Nov. 7, discussing “This Is How It Always Is”, a novel by Laurie Frankel, and on Wed. Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. when the book will be “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me”. This is a memoir by noted writer Sherman Alexie, of the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene tribe, about his complicated relationship with his mother.

The next Lego Club meetings (for all ages) will be on Sat. Nov. 10 and on Sat. Dec. 8 from 10:30 to 11:30.
The Blanding Public 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. Nov. 12 for Veteran’s Day. The library will close at 4 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 21 and be closed on Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving. The library is located at 124 Bay State Rd., 508-252-4236 (


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