Create with K'Nex in afterschool event

Knex byMarcHugentoblerThe Blanchard Public Library combines the scientific world with an afternoon of entertaining play for local children in its K'Nex for Kids program, at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

It's a look at several simple machines and an introduction to the science that makes them go, from items like levers, pulleys, wheels and axles and inclined planes. The program is geared to ages 7 and up, although 5 and 6-year-olds are welcome with parental assistance.

Registration is not required to attend.

Boost healthy living by exercising your mind

ManOnBookPileHealthy living goes beyond just exercising your body but also includes keeping your brain and mind in the right state.

The Blanchard Public Library takes on the topic of good health practices for the mind in its upcoming series "Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind." The five-week series begins Monday, Oct. 17 and runs through Monday, Nov. 14, with programs at 1 p.m. each week.

Participants will learn more than a dozen techniques to help maintain a healthy brain through class discussion and participation. Kelli N. Bruemmer, Education Specialist with the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative Central Region, the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Registration is required in advance of each session.

Program pairs young readers with therapy dogs

ReadingDogThe Blanchard Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends Buzz and Sully on Monday and Tuesday afternoons throughout October.

Reading with Sully takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, while Buzz will be at the library from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Young readers may bring their own books, or pick from the hundreds in the library's collection, and then read to Buzz or Sully, two of the best listeners a reader could find.

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 at the library or by phone at 485-2275.

Share stories and family fun at Story Times

BoyReading3Sharing stories, songs and quality time together are among the benefits from the Blanchard Public Library and its Family Story Time programs, offered several times a month.

In October, the library presents Family Story Time at 10:30 a.m. on Monday mornings, Oct. 3, 17, 24 and 31, as well as a special Saturday presentation of the program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. And families are invited back to the library that day for a Family Movie Time at 1:30 p.m. for a free showing of a G or PG rated movie.

Story times include a variety of activities, from songs, rhymes, flannel board stories, music and bubble time, as well as a part of the program dedicated to crafts, sensory activities and play time for children and families to connect with one another.

Activities are geared to children of preschool age and their caregivers. Registration is not required to attend any of the events.