April 6, 2020

News & Notes from Blanding Library


No Fines in February

 There will be no fines charged on the overdue library items you return to the Blanding during the month of February. So now’s the time to look around for any overdue books or other items around the house and bring them back to the library.

 Pajama Drive

 The Blanding Library is collecting new pajamas for kids (from infant up through teens) in conjunction with the Boston Bruins PJ Drive, from now through March 15. The Bruins’ goal is to collect 13,000 pairs of new pajamas to donate to local Department of Children and Families (DCF) programs. There will be a collection bin in the lobby at Goff Hall for your donations.  


Teddy Bear Sleepover, Feb. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Attention all kids ages 3 to 8: Would your favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal like to have a sleepover at the library? Bring them to the Blanding and we will read stories and make a special craft. Then “tuck in” your teddy in its blanket for the night. Your stuffed animal will sleep over at the library and may be picked up the next day. (NOTE: children WILL NOT be sleeping over, just their stuffed animals.)

Special “Music Together” Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Karen from “Music Together” in Attleboro will lead children in songs, music and dancing. This program is for those age 5 and younger. Siblings are welcome. No registration necessary.

 Story Time with Dog, Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

Boin (pronounced Bo-in) loves stories and being around children. Come to this special story time to meet this Norwegian Elkhound and his owner/trainer Cotton. Make a special craft to take home too. No registration necessary.

 Fused Glass Art, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

This creative one-hour class is for anyone aged 9 and up; adults are welcome too. Children 9 to 12 must be supervised by an adult. Create your own pendant or magnet with pre-cut glass. Supplies will be included. Registration is required.

 Mr. Vinny’s Shadow Puppet Show, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m.

 Mr. Vinny from the Toe Jam Puppet Band will be back to entertain with his playful and imaginative show of silly and surprising stories using his unique puppets. For families with children ages 3 and up. No registration necessary.

All vacation week programs are free, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Blanding Library.

 History Discussion Group

The history discussion group, under the direction of Hank Coleman, will begin an exploration of the Constitutional Convention this month. Later topics will be the presidency of George Washington and of Thomas Jefferson. For more information on this informal group, open to all interested people, contact hjcoleman@comcast.net. The group meets at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

 Story Hours & More 

STORY & CRAFT HOURS for children ages 3 and up will continue on Tuesdays at 10:15. TOT TIME with stories, music and movement for little ones under age 3 will continue on Wednesdays at 10:30. Registration is required.

YOGA FOR FAMILIES will next meet on Friday Feb. 14 at 10:15. This is a free one-hour parent-child wellness event for parents with children from babies to age 8. This is sponsored by the PACE CW CFCE Program with funding from the Mass. Dept. of Early Education and Care. Contact Jocelyn at jcarvalho@paceccw.org or 508-984-3559.

LEGOS at the Library will next meet at the Blanding on Sat. Feb. 8 at 10:30; it’s free and fun for all ages.

BOOK CLUB:  On Wed. Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. the Blanding Book Club will discuss “In the Time of the Butterflies”, by Julia Alvarez, a gripping novel set in 1960, in the last days of the Trujillo era in the Dominican Republic.

Coming up on Wed. March 4 at 7 p.m. will be a discussion of “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” by Francisco Cantu, a member of the Border Patrol. The violence on both sides of the Mexican border becomes personal when a friend does not return from visiting his mother. Copies of both books will be available at the library.

The Blanding Library, 124 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone 508-252-4236. Closed on Sundays and holidays, including Mon. Feb. 17 for Presidents’ Day. Find out more at www.blandinglibrary.net  or on Facebook.


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