Library afterschool groups going into the kitchen

Supermarket-Shelf-FoodThe Blanchard Public Library's monthly After School Kids and Tween Scene groups will present a cooking lesson for participants during their February events.

The library's After School Kids group, for pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade, meets at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, while the Tween Scene gathering is at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. TweenScene is for students in 3rd, 4th or 5th grades.

Participants will each engage in a hands-on cooking activity, which includes a book on the theme being read and a chance to sample what they've created after the cooking.

Registration is required separately for each of the programs.

Teens can create with a vinyl cutter

STEAMPowerLogoThe Pioneer Library System's STEAM Power Maker Kits have made a big splash in hometown libraries with a variety of technology and creative options.

One of the STEAM kits is a Vinyl Cutter, and the Blanchard Public Library invites teens to try it out in its Teen Vinyl Cutting program, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the library.

All materials will be provided, and the program is for ages 12 to 17.

Space for the program is limited, so registration is required to attend.

Monday means Family Story Time at the library

FamilyThe Blanchard Public Library invites families with children to its Family Story Time events, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday mornings the library is open in January, on Jan. 2, 9, 23 and 30. The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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.

Share a story with a therapy dog

ReadingDogThe Blanchard Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library on Mondays the library is open in January.

Reading with Sully takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Jan. 2, 9, 23 and 30, in the Conference Room. Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the Pioneer Library System's collection.

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 or by phone at 485-2275.