August 22, 2019

Notes from the Blanding Library


School Vacation Activities

Big Birds: Marla Isaac of New England Reptiles and Raptors will return to the Blanding on Tues. Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. to present a program on birds of prey. Come and meet owls, hawks, vultures and falcons up close and personal. This is a one-hour free program for all ages. Marla’s shows are always fun!

Crafts for Kids: On Wed. Feb. 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. tables will be set up in the hall for elementary school children to work on various crafts (supplies will be provided) that they can take home with them. On Thurs. Feb. 21 at 10 a.m., there will be a special story and craft hour for children ages 3 through kindergarten with stories and a craft that the children can take home. Please register in advance for these free programs.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Children’s activities continue in March as beloved author Dr. Seuss’s birthday is celebrated. (He would be 115 on March 2, if he were still with us.) The library is celebrating his birthday on Sat. March 2 at 1:30 with games, crafts, and refreshments for children up through age 7 and their families. Free, no registration necessary.
The raptor program and the Dr. Seuss party are made possible by the Friends of the Blanding Library.

Other Upcoming Programs

The LEGOS club will meet Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. The library supplies the LEGOS; bring your imagination! Open to all ages.

Tot Time continues into Feb, on Wednesday at 10 and includes songs, books, movement, music, and fun for children under 3 years old. Story and Craft Hours for children ages 3-K are held on Tues. at 10 a.m. and on Thurs. at 1 p.m.

Yoga for Families will be on Friday Feb. 15 at 10:15 a.m. This one-hour program is a free parent-child wellness event for children from birth through age 8, sponsored by the PACE CCW CFCE program with funding from the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care.

The next meeting of the Blanding book club will be on Wed. March 6 at 7 p.m. The book for March is “Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century” by Jessica Bruder.

Friends of the Library

We hope everyone who received a letter from the Friends this month will renew their membership and encourage others to join. Basic dues are $10 a year per household. Additional contributions are always welcome. Please make out checks to the Friends of the Blanding Library. You can also pick up a membership form at the library and drop it off there or send it to P.O. Box 464, Rehoboth, MA 02769.
The Friends of the Blanding Library is a registered non-profit organization of volunteers. Its purpose is to create an awareness of library services, and to raise funds for library programs and activities, including a number of children’s programs. This year the Friends will be buying a new and much-needed outdoor book drop for the library, among other things.

The Blanding Library (, or phone 508-252-4236) is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays, including Mon. Feb. 18 for Presidents’ Day. Note that the library is usually closed when the public schools have declared a snow day.


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