February 2, 2023

News & Notes from the Blanding Library

by Leslie Patterson


News from the Friends  
The Friends of the Blanding Library have elected three new officers as of their meeting on Oct. 11. They are Brenda Harper, president, Bernadette Watters, treasurer, and Jeanne Nunes, secretary. Hollis Burkhart will continue as vice president. We welcome them to the Friends board and thank Lisa Reigel and Mike Zeug for their service the past couple of years.

The Friends is an all-volunteer organization which helps support library programs, including many children’s programs, and other purchases through fund-raising. If you have received a membership renewal form and have not renewed yet, we hope that you will do so. All dues paid now will cover the calendar year 2023. Thanks to all who have sent in your renewals already.

Coming Up for Kids
The Blanding will be offering gingerbread house decorating programs for children again in December. Check the library’s online calendar or call the library for dates and times for these popular holiday programs. Reservations will be required.

Story Times  
Stories & Craft Times for preschoolers ages 3 and up are held on Thursday mornings at 10:30. Siblings are also welcome. A simple book-related craft will follow the story, so we ask that each child be registered.

Baby & Toddler Storytime for children up to age 4 continues on Tuesday morning at 10:30. Siblings are welcome too. This is a short program of books, music, movement and games. We ask that you register your child for these programs.

Blanding Book Club
The next book for discussion by the Blanding Book Club will be the novel “Heat and Light” by Jennifer Haigh at 7 pm on Nov. 9. Note that the group is now meeting on the second Wednesday of the month. Next on the agenda is “True Biz” by Sara Novic on Dec. 7. Stop by or call to reserve copies of these books.

History Discussions Resume      
Here’s a reminder that Hank Coleman is starting up the history discussion group at the library again, on Wednesday mornings from 11 to 12:15. Hank says “After a two-year absence, the history discussion group is ready to proceed. Unraveling the story of slavery in America from 1790-1869 has been a challenge. Over the ensuing weeks I will attempt to share the complexities of this growing blight on the early American experience.”

 These sessions are open to all and a background knowledge of these subjects isn’t necessary. For more information on discussion topics and reading suggestions, contact Hank at hjcoleman@comcast.net.

The Blanding Public Library (blandinglibrary.net) is located at 124 Bay State Rd. Phone 508-252-4236. The Blanding is open Monday through Thursday from 10 to 8 and on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4. Closed Sundays and holidays, including Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. The library will be closing early at 4 p.m. on Wed. Nov. 23 and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.


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