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Afterschool event going into the garden

Seedlings byzirconicussoIt's never soon to learn about how to help in the garden, and the Blanchard Public Library is giving students an introduction to hands-on gardening in a pair of upcoming events.

The library's After School Kids group, for pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade, meets at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 6, and the Tween Scene gathering, for 3rd through 5th grade, will be at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

All supplies for the gardening project will be provided.

Registration is required in advance to attend either of the programs.

Group continues with crochet project

Knit bySophieja23The Blanchard Public Library continues its Brown Bag and Blankets series at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays during April, on April 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Crochet and knitting enthusiasts are invited to come and crochet blankets that will be given to the VA hospital or a local NICU unit. All skill levels are invited to attend, and participants are asked to bring a needle and hook as well as yarn.

Participants also should bring their own lunch to the event.

Ages 18 and up may participate, and registration is not required in advance.

April brings multiple family story time events

PlayHouseThe Blanchard Public Library is bringing families together with its Family Story Times, offered on multiple occasions during April.

Weekly sessions of story time are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, and a special Saturday edition will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 8. The events feature not just stories but also songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time. And the last half of each program is dedicated to various crafts and sensory activities.

And especially for families with young children, the library's bilingual Family Story and Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en familia will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4. This event is geared to children age 5 and under and their caregivers and gives children a chance to learn and develop their brains through simple play.

The program is part of the Pioneer Library System's Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required for any of the events.

"Sew it Up" in teen workshop

SewingMachine byKenOwenLearn a skill and go home with a new scarf at the Blanchard Public Library's Sew it Up program for teens, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Community Room.

Ages 12 to 17 are invited to learns some basic sewing machine skills and create a scarf with their own personal touch. Participants can take home their creation for themselves or to give as a gift.

The sewing machines make up part of one of the Pioneer Library System's STEAM Power Maker Kits, which are in use throughout libraries to promote science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

All materials will be provided by library staff. Registration is not required in advance.

Mondays mean time to read with Sully

ReadingDogThe Blanchard Public Library invites young readers to the library for its weekly time for reading with a therapy dog.

Reading with Sully takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, in the Conference Room.

Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the library's collection. The goal of the program is to provide young readers a place to practice their reading in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.

Parents or caregivers are asked to set up a time slot in advance for reading by contacting library staff, either in person or by phone at 485-2275.