March 1, 2021

News & Notes from the Blanding Library


Curbside Pick-Up at Library
As of this writing in late January, Goff Hall, including the Blanding Library, is temporarily closed to visitors due to high positivity rates for COVID-19 in our area. In order to protect the health and safety of our community and reduce transmission of COVID-19, please pick up books and other library materials curbside. We also ask that you continue to return library items directly into the book drop instead of to staff members. Meeting space in both the library and Goff Hall remains unavailable at this time. Our ongoing book sale in the hall is on hold for now as well.

At this time, items requested from other libraries will still be delivered. You will receive notification of their arrival as usual, and you can call the library to arrange for pick-up. Just a reminder that items requested from other libraries will be held for a few days before being available for pick-up. Likewise, items returned in the book drop will be held for a few days, so you may see that some items you have returned are still on your SAILS record. They will clear after a few days without any overdue fees. Thank you for your patience.

Winter Fun for Kids
This February the Blanding offers some familiar as well as new events for young patrons and their families. Two "Take & Make" crafts will be available. Our popular Mitten Story craft will also be available, and thanks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), we have a "Love Our Earth" craft kit. Create your own "stained glass" window Earth ornament to show off its colors when light shines through. 

Miss Joyce posts her "New Year" story for the little ones, reviewing months of the year through books and songs.  An additional adventure will feature Miss Joyce having fun with snow, mittens, and wild animals!  

Join puppet Newton reading Diane Alber's book, "I'm Not Just a Scribble", inspiring anyone to pick up a crayon and start drawing!  Professional magician Ed Popielarczyk is graciously offering his new videos teaching magic tricks for kids.  Ed loves performing and helping libraries with fun and free programs! 

Enjoy all of the above by visiting the Blanding Library's website and Blanding's Youth Service Facebook page. “Now It Is Winter”, our featured Story Walk book, is on display outside the front of the Blanding Library.  It's a great way to take in the outdoors and share reading with your family.

Here are a few featured sites to visit for parents and their children: The Smithsonian offers fun stuff for kids and teens.  By visiting  you can find Artbots, BumperDucks, Meet the Animals and so much more!

 The Star Library Network is a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities focusing on STEM skills, providing science-technology activities. You are invited to join the Global Challenge!

You can get some kids’ activity ideas from the New York Public Library at or, more ideas from National Geographic:

The staff at the Blanding Library say they are happy to help you select materials and have them ready for you.  “We are dedicated to researching new programs and events to continually help with your children's education and for their love of reading.”

In these uncertain times, you can always call the library at 508-252-4236 to find out the latest updates. Staff will still be at the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm and Friday and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. The library will be closed on Monday Feb. 15 for Presidents’ Day. The library’s website is



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