Information series on Diabetes begins in March

DiscussionBlanchard Public Library takes a look into healthy living, specifically for those affected by diabetes, with a six week Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 22, and running through April 26.

Kelli Bruemmer, Education Specialist with the Central Center of Healthy Aging (Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative) will lead the classes, which will include training on various tools to help those with diabetes manage their blood sugar.

It also will look at topics like eating, exercise, stress management and medication management to help prevent or delay complications that come from uncontrolled blood sugar.

The classes are for ages 18 and up. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.

Mondays are magnificent for kids

Young boyThe Blanchard Public Library is the place to be for young readers and families with multiple Monday activities offered weekly.

Family Story Time takes place at 10:30 a.m. on each Monday during the month, on April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

The story times include songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time, as well as sensory activities and craft projects. The story times are funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Service.

Bow-Wow Books, the library’s program for young readers to read with a therapy dog, takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Monday as well.

Parents or caregivers may schedule a 15-minute timeslot for their child to read by calling the library in advance at 485-2275.

The library also presents a special bilingual event, Viva GLARt! Grow a Learner Through Art! at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. This program is funded through n anonymous donation made to the library several years ago.

Get a lesson in Chinese Tea Culture

TeaThe Blanchard Public Library concludes its series on teas from around the world with a look at Chinese culture with Cha Wenhau (Tea Culture), at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the library.

Dr. Paul B. Bell of the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma, in partnership with Beijing Norman University, will present the program, which will feature information, a special tea ceremony and a question-and-answer session.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend. Space is limited so registration is required in advance.