October 2, 2022

News & Notes from the Blanding Library


No Overdue Fines in June
To conclude our Season of Kindness, the Blanding is offering a fine-free June. Return your currently overdue library materials this month and the library will forgive your fines. So now is the time to look for any overdue books. This offer does not include fines for damaged or lost items.

Coming Up Soon!
Register early and save your place for these family events:
Mini-Golf returns on Sat. July 9. Rainforest Reptiles will be on Tues. July 12 at 1 p.m.    

Summer Programs for Kids

Create a Fairy Garden Sat. June 18
Stop in any time between 11 and 3 to create a fairy/gnome garden. Supplies will be provided to create a mini-magical home with moss, shells, beads, ribbons and more. You may bring additional supplies from home. Costumes are welcome. Build inside or outside the library. Supplies are limited and registration is required. This project is not recommended for very young children due to the small-size items being used. Call 508-252-4236 for more information or to register.

Children’s Book Sale
A book sale of children’s gently used books will begin Sat. June 18 and continue through July 2, during library hours. Proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Blanding Library to sponsor children’s programs at the library.

A new Story Walk around the front garden will feature Mirra Ginsburg’s book, “How the Sun Was Brought to the Sky,” just in time for the Summer Solstice, the first official day of summer.

Baby/Toddler Storytime continues on Tuesday mornings at 10:30. Call 508-252-4236 to register.

Check out Tumblebooks, one of the library’s free literacy-based services for children and families.  Find Tumblebooks by clicking onto https://www.sailsinc.org/catalog/tumblebooks-library-e-books-for-e-kids/

Summer at the Blanding will also feature a new Stick-Together mosaic poster displayed in the Children’s area, new summer reading logs and “Read Beads” to collect throughout the summer, a passport program to local town libraries, and a variety of fun programs for all ages.   A listing of events and details will be posted on the Blanding’s website under Programs and Events. The library staff is ready and eager to help children of all ages find their summer reading titles.

This summer’s reading theme is “Read beyond the Beaten Path.” The 2022 Mass. Statewide Summer Library Program is funded by the Mass. Library Systems, the Boston Bruins, and the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners.

The Great Rehoboth Book Hunt
Starting July 2, giant book cover art created by local artists will start appearing around town.  Stop by the library to pick up your passport and clue about the first week's book location.  For the next eight weeks, we will be displaying new books every week, and new clues about their locations.  You can stamp your passport when you find the books and take a "shelfie" to share on our Instagram and Facebook accounts.  You may also find a button featuring the book covers while supplies last.  Those who find all of the books are eligible for a prize!

Rehoboth on the Same Page 
This year the Blanding Library is hosting a town-wide read: "The Map Thief" by Michael Blanding. Programs for all ages will take place August through October, including mapping programs and a talk with the author. Dates and details to follow. You may place a hold for a copy of the book through your SAILS account or by calling the library at 508-252-4236.     

The Blanding Public Library (www.blandinglibrary.net) is located in Goff Hall, 124 Bay State Rd., (phone: 508-252-4236). It is open Monday through Thursday from 10 until 8, and on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 4. Closed Sundays and holidays, including Mon. June 20 and Mon. July 4.


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