Join the library for family stories and movies this summer

FamilyThe Blanchard Public Library invites local families on Monday and Thursday mornings for family-friendly activities as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Family Story Time takes place at 10:30 a.m. each Monday of the month, on June 4, 11, 18 and 25. The Story Times feature songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time, as well as sensory activities and craft projects.

At 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings, June 7, 14, 21 and 28, the library will host a weekly Family Movie Time. All ages are welcome to attend a variety of family options that will be rated either G or PG.

Attendees are welcome to bring pillows and blankets and the library will provide popcorn and lemonade. Check with the library for movie titles in advance of each week’s presentation.

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 Services.

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the activities.

Rock out with SquishBAND!

SquishBANDRock out at the Blanchard Public Library with SquishBAND, which brings part of its Summer Reading Program tour to the library for a Summer Jam at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27.

SquishBAND is comprised of a group of siblings who play instruments and sing a variety of music, ranging from the Beatles to the Wiggles, Playhouse Disney and the Beach Boys, and they may even slip in a classic rock anthem or two for the parents in attendance.

SquishBAND has played shows around the region for several years, and fans can get ready for the concert by learning more about the band at its website.

The performance is geared to children up to age 11 and registration is not required in advance.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Library to host estate planning program

CalculatorThe Blanchard Public Library is looking at the topic of future financial needs with its Estate Planning program, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the library.

Carolie Rozell, attorney at law, will lead the program, which will focus on various aspects of estate planning. Among subjects are probate, wills, trusts, durable and health care power of attorney and advanced directives.

The workshop is for ages 18 and up, and registration will be required to attend.

Let us help you create a unique summer salsa

SalsaThe Blanchard Public Library is spicing up the summer for teens with its program “Summer Salsa Secrets” at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the library.

The experts from Norman’s Food for Thought Learning Institute will return for another year of summer programs, and will bring a variety of ingredients and spices and show participants how to chop, slice and dice their own unique creation to then take home.

All supplies will be provided. Registration is required in advance, and teens age 12 to 17 are invited to participate.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services,  the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Show off your artistic side in teen painting activity

PaintThe Blanchard Public Library is giving teens a chance to create their own masterpiece at its Summer Reading program activity “Library Leonardos,” set for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28 at the library.

The program will be led by Norman’s Be Wild for Art, and participants will go through all the steps to paint their own acrylic painting from a provided sample. Professional art instructors will lead the group, helping them in each step of the process.

All supplies will be provided and no previous skill in painting is necessary.

The class will be capped at 20 painters so registration is required in advance to participate.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.