Join us for family story time activities

KidsThe Blanchard Public Library welcomes families with children for a variety of regular activities on its monthly schedule.

Family Story Time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Mondays during October. The month begins with a special “Child Health Day” event on Oct. 2, with representatives from Scissortail Pediatrics coming to share stories and information to help keep your child healthy.

The story times on Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 include stories, 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 the bilingual event Family Play Time/la hora de jugar en familia, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Part of the library’s Growing Like a Read program, this activity is for ages 5 and under and combines play and learning in a bilingual setting.

No advance registration is required for the story times.

Afterschool groups set for October science lessons

Mom and sonThe Blanchard Public Library is turning into a science lab, of sorts, for the October meetings of its afterschool groups for elementary-age children.

The After School Kids (ASK) group, for kindergarten through second grade, meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, while the TweenScene group, for third through fifth grades, gets together at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23.

Each program features a science-themed book before participants will get a chance to complete several experiments.

Registration is required to attend either of the events.

These programs are made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Kids can show off their cooking skills in afterschool event

FoodThe Blanchard Public Library is looking for top young chefs for its Children’s Cooking program, an afterschool event at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Students in third, fourth or fifth grades may take part in the event, which will take on a format like the Food Network show Chopped Jr. Teams of children will compete in multiple rounds of a cooking contest, making different types of items. The grand prize for the contest will be a special embroidered apron.

Participants are asked to have some previous cooking experience. Space is limited so registration is required in advance to participate, as is a waiver signed by parent or guardian.

Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Program a Mindstorm robot in teen activity

Lego robotThe Blanchard Public Library goes futuristic with its Teen Robotics workshop, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

The program will use Mindstorm EV3 Robots, with participants building and then programming their robot to follow a line, move forward and perform other tasks.

The program is for ages 12 and up, and participants can work individually or as a team. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Stories, spooks and more highlight Saturday family event

PumpkinsTake in a morning of spooky stories and Halloween tales as the Blanchard Public Library presents a Halloween Story Time, Craft and Movie, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The program is geared to children and their families and will include Halloween-themed stories, a short Halloween movie and craft projects. There also will be light snacks served.

All supplies are provided, and children are welcome to come to the library in their Halloween costume.

Registration is not required to attend.