June 15, 2024

News & Notes from the Blanding Library


 Pumpernickel Puppets Nov. 7   
John McDonough of Pumpernickel Puppets brings a special presentation of "Sir George & the Dragon" on Tues. Nov. 7 at 2 pm. Follow an adventurous princess as she journeys to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon.  This children’s program is sponsored by the Friends of the Blanding Library.

Story & Craft Times  
Story & Craft hours for children ages 3 and up continues on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30. Baby and Toddler story times are on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11. Siblings are welcome at both programs. No registration necessary for programs.

Falconry at the Library Nov. 18
We’re pleased to announce a special falconry program on Sat. Nov. 18 at 2 pm. Monadnock Falconry offers the chance for nature enthusiasts to imagine life as a bird of prey. Monadnock Falconry is devoted to environmental education through first-hand experience of these amazing creatures rarely encountered up close in the wild.

Depending on the weather, we may have an outdoor flying display, offering the chance for participants to call a hawk to their own glove, or an indoor program with Harris hawks, red-tailed hawks, and great horned owls. This program is for all ages and is suitable for children, including those with disabilities. 

This program is free but registration is required. Please call 508-252-4236 to register.

Friends of the Library
Thanks to everyone who helped to make our annual used book sale at the Blanding a great success. This includes all who donated books and bought books (by the bagful!) at the sale in October, and all who bought raffle tickets too. Thanks also to all the local businesses who donated items for the raffle. We greatly appreciate your support.

Special thanks to the Friends members who sorted books throughout the year and set up the hall for the sale. We especially appreciated the help that local Boy Scouts gave us by moving all those heavy boxes of books around! Any books left over after the sale were picked up by a charity that collects used books.

The funds that the Friends raise go to support a number of library programs, especially children’s programs, throughout the year. The Friends financial contributions allow the Blanding to pay for programs that are then offered for free to the members of our community. If you appreciate all the library has to offer, you can show your support by becoming a member of the Friends, if you aren’t already a member. You can find out more and pick up a membership form at the front desk of the library.

Check the library’s website for news on upcoming programs, including the popular children’s program “make your own gingerbread house” which will be coming up in December, Tuesday December 12 and Wednesday December 13.

Wednesday History Group
Hank Coleman continues his history discussion group at the library on Wednesdays mornings at 11. Topics in the coming weeks include events developing in Europe during the last decades of the 19th century. This discussion group is open to all with an interest in history. For more information, contact hjcoleman@comcast.net.

The Blanding Public Library, 124 Bay State Rd. Rehoboth, is open Monday through Thursday from 10 to 8, and on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4. Closed on Sundays and holidays. The library will be closed on Sat. Nov. 11 for Veterans’ Day, and on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.  Visit www.blandinglibrary.net or call 508-252-4236 for more information.


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