Do you love books? Miss Brooks does, and so do we

Miss Brooks coverDo any children feel like Missy? They just can't find the right kind of book to read. Something is always wrong with each.

That's the story behind the children's book Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't), and the Blanchard Public Library is celebrating that book with an afternoon of activities starting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3

The book is written by Barbara Bottner and illustrated by Michael Emberley, and librarians will read it before participants can take part in themed crafts and activities as well as enjoy snacks.

And it's also a chance for anyone who might not yet have a library card to get one. Any Blanchard residents or anyone who attends school, works, lives or owns property anywhere in the Pioneer Library System's three-county area (McClain, Cleveland, Pottawatomie) is eligible for a free card.

Registration is not required in advance to attend the event.

Play can be good for learning in bilingual event

GLARSpanishLogoThe Blanchard Public Library continues its monthly series of bilingual story times and activities with the next edition of Family Play Time/La Hora de jugar en familia, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

Activities are for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and is a chance for children to learn and develop their brains through simple play.

The program 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 to attend.

Go on a Lego Quest at the library

Lego2The adventure awaits at the Blanchard Public Library, and all that's needed to get started are creative children ready to put their building skills to the test.

The library's Lego Quest begins at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Community Room.

Ages 5 and up are invited to work on Lego creations while learning some basic scientific principles through their building projects. Parent participation in the projects is encouraged.

All supplies are provided by the library, and registration is not required in advance to participate.

Create with K'Nex in afterschool event

Knex byMarcHugentoblerThe Blanchard Public Library combines the scientific world with an afternoon of entertaining play for local children in its K'Nex for Kids program, at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

It's a look at several simple machines and an introduction to the science that makes them go, from items like levers, pulleys, wheels and axles and inclined planes. The program is geared to ages 7 and up, although 5 and 6-year-olds are welcome with parental assistance.

Registration is not required to attend.

Boost healthy living by exercising your mind

ManOnBookPileHealthy living goes beyond just exercising your body but also includes keeping your brain and mind in the right state.

The Blanchard Public Library takes on the topic of good health practices for the mind in its upcoming series "Healthy Brain, Healthy Mind." The five-week series begins Monday, Oct. 17 and runs through Monday, Nov. 14, with programs at 1 p.m. each week.

Participants will learn more than a dozen techniques to help maintain a healthy brain through class discussion and participation. Kelli N. Bruemmer, Education Specialist with the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative Central Region, the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Registration is required in advance of each session.

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.

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