Use your creativity to help others

Knitting needlesThe Blanchard Public Library is giving back with its weekly Brown Bags and Blankets sessions, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. most Wednesdays, with upcoming events on Oct. 25 and all Wednesdays in November.

The goal of the program is to create blankets, hats and other knitted or crocheted items to be donated to local organizations.

The group already has donated items to the Veterans Administration Hospital and Children's Hospital, and has plans to continue spreading their work to those in need across the community and beyond.

Registration is not required to participate.

November brings stories, science and more for kids

Girl hugging dadThe Blanchard Public Library welcomes families with young children to experience the library’s services in many ways through a variety of programs during November.

The schedule features the following:

Family Story Time is a continuing weekly series at 10:30 a.m. on each Monday morning of the month.

The story times include not just stories but also songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time, as well as a section of the program for crafts, sensory activities and play time.

The library also hosts multiple afterschool events.

Lego Quest, at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, give children ages 3 to 12 a challenge to solve through Legos and creativity. Parent participation is welcomed.

ASK (Afterschool Kids), at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 is for pre-K through second grade. And Tween Scene, at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20, welcomes students in third through fifth grades. Each of the programs’ November theme is Engineering, with a story and hands-on activities geared to the topic.

The library also is taking kids into the kitchen with its Kids Cooking Healthy program, at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21. Representatives from Food for Thought Learning Institute of Norman will visit with ideas for easy snacks and kid-friendly recipes to try. The activity is for ages 5 to 12