May 27, 2020

News & Notes from the Blanding Library


A great selection of books awaits you at this year’s used book sale at the Blanding. It will be held the weekend of Oct. 18-20, beginning Friday Oct. 18 with a preview sale for Friends of the Library members from 5 to 7 p.m. You may join the Friends at that time. The general sale and bake sale will be on Sat. Oct. 19 from 9 to 3, with a clearance sale on Sunday morning Oct. 20 from 9 to noon. Books will go for $3 a bag on Sunday. If you can bring your own bags, that would be great. We will have some on hand too. Note that all the books have been pre-sorted for your shopping convenience. There’s lots of children’s books too.
The library is still accepting donations of used books in good condition for the sale (no textbooks or magazines please). We will also need baked goods for the sale. Check for a sign-up sheet at the library soon. If you can help with the Saturday bake sale or with the book sale clean-up at the library on Monday Oct. 21, please let us know.

Storybook Pumpkin Patch Oct. 12
Fun for all ages: Decorate your own pumpkin to look like your favorite book character on Sat. Oct. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. Here’s how it works: Purchase a pumpkin no larger than a basketball (small is good too) before coming to the library. Think of your favorite character and bring art supplies from home (markers, yarn, etc.) Note that you will be decorating WITHOUT carving your pumpkin.
If you choose acrylic paint, paint before the event and let dry. Carved pumpkins will NOT be accepted. For further advice on this fun project, check the library’s website or stop by the Blanding to find out more. The library will provide extra art supplies along with a hot glue gun. Can’t attend this date? Create your own storybook pumpkin at home, then bring it to the library between Oct.14-18 to be displayed.

History Discussion Group
The American Revolution will be the topic this fall, as the history discussion group resumes meeting at the Blanding on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:15. The series is led by Hank Coleman and is free and open to all. This fall’s sessions include a visit to Rehoboth’s Carpenter Museum to view local historical artifacts from this period in American history on Tues. Oct. 15.
Hank says, “Anyone interested can send their email to me at or call me at 508-243-0244, or check the calendar on the Blanding website for upcoming events. My emails will provide updates, books of interest and general observations. The lectures are free and open to the public. Prior knowledge of the subject matter is not necessary.”

Story Hours and More
Story and Craft Hours for children ages 3 to K continues through October on Tuesdays at 10:15. Tot Time with music and movement for little ones under 3 will continue on Wednesdays at 10:30. Please call or stop in to register.

Yoga for Families will next meet on Friday Oct.25. This is a one-hour free 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 508-984-3559 or

Legos at the Library will next meet at the Blanding on Sat. Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m., free and for all ages. We supply the Legos and you supply the imagination. Drop in and join this fun session, held on the second Saturday morning of each month.

Dragon and Tiger Qigong sessions are being offered again at Goff Hall on Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15 through Nov. 25. Call or stop by to find out more about this Chinese practice of movement and meditation.

The Blanding Public Library is located at 124 Bay State Rd., Rehoboth. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Library closed on Sundays and holidays, including Mon. Oct. 14 for Columbus Day. Phone: 508-252-4236. Check the library’s website at for the latest information on upcoming events.


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