November 28, 2022

News & Notes from the Blanding Library


Annual Book Sale Oct. 7-8
The Friends of the Blanding Library will hold their annual used book sale on Friday Oct. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Sat. Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday evening is a preview sale for members of the Friends (you may join at that time). The Saturday sale is open to all. We are still accepting donations. Please bring your gently used books inside the building during library hours.

The Friends of the Library annual meeting will be held on Tues. Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The Friends will be seeking new officers for our volunteer organization this year and encourage anyone who has an interest in supporting our library to attend the meeting on Oct. 12.

Genealogy Talk on Sept. 7
Rebecca Smith, President of the Board of Directors for the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society, will share how to get started with genealogical research on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in Goff Hall, including instruction on using the data base (the library edition is available for use free of charge).

The Great Rehoboth Book Hunt
Our book hunt concluded on August 26, with more than forty goody bags awarded to those who tracked down all 15 giant book covers. If you missed the hunt, but would like to see the banners created from local artists' new interpretations or reproductions of book covers, you can find them on display on the clam shed behind the library through the end of September.

Town-Wide Read Events
Library director Whitney Pape says, “Copies of ‘The Map Thief’ by Michael Blanding have been flying off our shelves!”  Be sure to reserve a copy to participate in the Town-Wide Read before Michael Blanding's visit to Rehoboth on Sat. Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. to talk about the book. This month, we will create a map of Rehoboth in the children's library, inviting young cartographers to place their hand-colored houses on the map.

The library hosted two talks in August, Danielle DiGiacomo, director of the Carpenter Museum presented "New Boundaries: Using Maps as Primary Sources" on Aug. 25 and Lynn Brown from the Leventhal Center for Maps at Boston Public Library explored “What Is A Map?” with young map enthusiasts on Aug. 26.

Book Discussion: Wayne Taylor will lead a dynamic book discussion of “The Map Thief” on Thurs. Sept. 15 at 6:30. Call the library for more information.

The Gardner Theft: You won’t want to miss a talk by Anthony Amore, Director of Security and Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, who will visit the library Tues. Sept 20 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum in March 1990. Mr. Amore will share fascinating stories and insights regarding art theft.

 The library has reproductions of older Rehoboth maps on display throughout the building. Copies of “The Map Thief” can be reserved by calling the Library at (508) 252-4236. Both the book hunt and the town-wide read programs are made possible with the support of the Friends of the Blanding Library and the Rehoboth Cultural Council.

Treasure Hunt for Kids
X marks the spot at the Blanding Library on Sat. Sept. 10 from 11 to 3. At 11, listen to a reading of Kari Allen’s children’s book “The Boy Who Loved Maps” and then create your own treasure map. Instructions and supplies will be provided. Take part in a treasure hunt inside and outside the library. Maps will be available at the front desk. Open to all ages.

Can’t make it to the library that day? Ask us to reserve a treasure map kit for your child. The treasure hunt will continue through Sept. 24 during library hours. During September the children’s room hallway will transform into a map of our town. Young visitors may create a paper home to decorate this special map of Rehoboth. Supplies will be on our craft table.

Story Times
Stories on the Lawn will take place Thursday mornings at 10:30 for preschool age children (indoors in case of rain). Bring a blanket or chair and a snack if you want. A simple book-related craft will follow, so we ask that each child be registered.

Baby & Toddler Storytime meets in the hall each Tues. morning at 10:30. We ask that you register your child for these programs.

Book Groups
The Blanding Library book club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Another new afternoon book group will be meeting beginning at 3:30 on Mon. Sept. 12. For   information on any library programs and events, call the library or check out our website

The Blanding Public Library is located at 124 Bay State Rd. and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 to 8 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 to 4. Closed Sundays and holidays. Phone 508-252-4236.


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