News & Notes from the Blanding Library
Online Gardening Workshop
The Blanding will be hosting an online workshop from Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens on "The Pollinator Garden" on Tuesday, April 13 at 6:30 via Zoom. Learn how to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden to pollinate your fruits, veggies and flowers. You can find a Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1319472648394028
The library also hosted an online workshop at the end of March on container gardening. To find out more about online events sponsored by the library, check the library’s website www.blandinglibrary.net or visit the Blanding Public Library’s Facebook page.
Just in time for Earth Day, you can find these new books at the Blanding: “100 Plants to Feed the Monarch: How to Create a Healthy Habitat to Sustain North America’s Most Beloved Butterfly”, as well as “Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth” by Tony Hiss, with an introduction by the distinguished naturalist E.O. Wilson.
As of this writing, the library is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and for curbside pickup only from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday (call ahead to arrange for pick-up). “Returning to full regular hours this month is subject to Covid infection rates remaining low”, according to library director Whitney Pape. Please check the Blanding’s website or call 508-252-4236 for the latest information.
Please continue to return library items into the outdoor book drop. Meeting space is not available at present, though a few visitors at a time are welcome to shop at our ongoing used book sale in the hall. Masks and social distancing are required in all parts of the building.
Children’s Library Welcomes Spring
April will feature a new Story Walk for the spring season titled “The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit”, written by Susan Lowell and illustrated by Jim Harris. Come visit and read this fun story to learn about protecting the environment, as you walk around the library's front garden.
The library will be offering two new Take & Make crafts. One is a paper bag kite or windsock for younger patrons under five years old to fly in the wind, and for children with a little more patience, a kit to create a Japanese Koinobori windsock or "carp streamer". Kits are limited so check with the library soon. This project is made possible by the Friends of the Blanding Library. These kits offer a wonderful way to enjoy a story outdoors!
Miss Joyce welcomes the new season with her adventures featuring wind, kites and springtime. You can join her with stories and songs by connecting to either our children's Facebook page or visiting Blanding Library's website, www.blandinglibrary.net.
“Through Me to You” Puppetry is offering two new stories each month featuring puppet Newton, beginning with "Waiting is Not Easy" by popular children's author Mo Willems. Newton can be found on both our website calendar and the children's Facebook page.
PACE Child Care Works, a full-service child care resource working with local libraries and their communities offers two new and free programs this month. Kids Yoga with Create Power Yoga and the ParentChild Plus Parent Cafe may be found on the Pace Child Care Works website or Facebook page. PACE has held Family Yoga classes at the library in the past and now offers them virtually. The ParentChild Cafe offers informal conversation and support with other parents.
April is National Poetry Month. You can find quite a variety of poetry books on display in our children's area waiting for someone to check them out. Dr. Seuss once wrote, "You are never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”