Did you know Blanchard is one of the fastest growing communities in Oklahoma and even this part of the country?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blanchard has grown from a population of 2,816 in 2000 to 7,670 in 2010 to an estimate of about 8,800 in 2017, according to estimates.

The Blanchard Public Library has grown right along with the city, with a significant expansion when the library moved from its past spot at the former United Methodist Church to its current location at 205 NE 10th St. in 2010.

Today, the library offers services and programs for the community on a variety of topics, including such favorites as:

Families with young children are invited on Monday mornings for Family Story Time, offered at 10:30 a.m. It features songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time, as well as sensory activities and craft projects geared to preschool-age kids.

Afterschool activities are offered several days a week for slightly older children than these, including the science-centered Creative Building, at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, for children of all ages; and Lego WeDo 2.0, at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, for 2nd through 6th graders to work in teams of two with Lego kits and robotics. Limited to 16 participants.

And teens or adults can shape up and get on the move at the library’s new Zumba series, meeting on Tuesday mornings at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m.

Check out everything going on this month with the calendar of events available inside the library, or see our online calendar here.