Art and creativity merge in bilingual activity

Hands byfalcoThe Blanchard Public Library goes bilingual and artistic with its program ¡Viva GLART, Grow a Learner through Art! at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

Activities are for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and provide a bilingual setting for learning through art play.

The ¡Viva GLART! series is part of the Pioneer Library System's Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required in advance to participate.

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.

Show your savvy at scarf making event

Scarves bycondesignThe Blanchard Public Library hosts an afternoon of crochet at its program Sewing Savvy Scarves, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

Participants will be making a completed crocheted scarf using Sashay Fringe yarn in the two-hour program.

Supplies will be provided, although participants with a J or K sized crochet needle/hook are asked to bring that, and anyone with a preference in yarn color may bring their own yard.

The program is for ages 18 and up and registration is required in advance to attend.