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"Sew it Up" in teen workshop

SewingMachine byKenOwenLearn a skill and go home with a new scarf at the Blanchard Public Library's Sew it Up program for teens, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Community Room.

Ages 12 to 17 are invited to learns some basic sewing machine skills and create a scarf with their own personal touch. Participants can take home their creation for themselves or to give as a gift.

The sewing machines make up part of one of the Pioneer Library System's STEAM Power Maker Kits, which are in use throughout libraries to promote science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

All materials will be provided by library staff. Registration is not required in advance.

Screening of film, discussion set in PLS Big Read event

PLSBigReadLogoIf you were diagnosed with a serious life-limiting illness, what would be the things that would matter most to you and who would you want to know?

The Pioneer Library System is tackling that topic in its activities surrounding the 11th edition of its PLS Big Read, focusing on the novel Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Each library will host a screening for the FRONTLINE film "Being Mortal," followed by a panel discussion. The 60-minute film was produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston. The Blanchard Public Library's presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23. The event begins with light refreshments at 5:30 and the screening starting at 6. Scholar Carolyn Cole will lead the post-film discussion.

Being Mortal was the 2015 Indies Choice Book Award winner in the Adult Non-Fiction category. The author also is the recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two national magazine awards.

Sponsors for this year's PLS Big Read are the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

Mondays mean time to read with Sully

ReadingDogThe Blanchard Public Library invites young readers to the library for its weekly time for reading with a therapy dog.

Reading with Sully takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, in the Conference Room.

Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the library'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.

Stories, movies and more focus on family time

FatherAndDaughterThe Blanchard Public Library is sharing a love of reading for families in its weekly Family Story Time sessions, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Mondays in March, on March 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Activities include stories, songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time. The last half of the program will be dedicated to crafts, sensory activities and play time for children and families.

And in addition to the Monday events, the library presents a day of activities on Saturday, March 4. A Family Story Time session is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., with Family Movie Time, featuring a G or PG-rated family-friendly movie, starting at 1:30 p.m.

Registration is not required in advance for any of the programs.