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Library honors author Harold Keith with movie showing

The Blanchard Public Library celebrates the life and works of Newbery award winning author Harold Keith, with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 10.

The book was remade in 2006 into a film by Robert Collector and is based on a true story from a 1960s Oklahoma town and the dreams of a local basketball coach.

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel Rifles for Watie.

This event is a partnership of the library and the Blanchard Parks and Recreation Department

Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3 at Norman Public Library Central, in which the library will be designated as a national Literary Landmark. The designation is due to the display of the Newbery medal in the children’s department of the library, where it has resided since 1993.


An Egg-stra special Easter craft

The Blanchard Public Library is getting an early start on Easter with its Easter Crafts program for children, set for 3 p.m. Friday, April 3.

This will be a come-and-go event, with and Easter-themed craft for young children. They can take their craft home as a decoration, as well as check-out one of the library's collection of Easter books.

All supplies are provided by the library and registration is not required.

OKC Zoo presents an "egg-cellent" adventure

eggs in nestThe Oklahoma City Zoo makes a visit to the Blanchard Public Library for the program “Egg-cellent Babies,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2.

During the program, experts will show off a variety of animal eggs, and children can compare the different colors, shapes and sizes of eggs and discover why they are a safe place for a baby animal to grow.

The program is geared to children in preschool and elementary school, but all ages are invited. Registration is not required.

The event is made possible at the library thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust.

Monday & Wednesday morning story times

The Blanchard Public Library welcomes springtime with its weekly Preschool Story Time and Rhythmical Lapsit programs.

The April schedule features Rhythmical Lapsits at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 for babies and toddlers ages 2 and under. It includes books, rhymes, bounces, and rhythmical musical fun to promote interaction between caregiver and child.

Story Times are planned for 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 for ages 3 to 5 and feature a mixture of stories, music, flannel board activities, rhymes and more.

Registration is not required.