Build and create at monthly workshiop

LegoQuestThe Blanchard Public Library is building interest in science one project at a time at its monthly program Lego WeDo. The next session of the program will be at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.

The program is geared to students in 1st through 6th grades, and will be a chance to combine Legos, classroom-friendly computer software and engaging projects that teach teamwork and basic STEM, robotic and coding skills for children.

Space for the program is limited, so registration is required in advance to participate.

The program is made possible through the "Kid IS the Rocket" grant of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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.

School students invited to afterschool groups

Hands byfalcoThe Blanchard Public Library's monthly After School Kids and Tween Scene groups will be going "hands-on" with science in their next gatherings.

The library's After School Kids group, for pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade, meets at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 2, while the Tween Scene gathering is at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 16. TweenScene is for students in 3rd, 4th or 5th grades.

The specific topic for the month is electricity, and will include a themed book and several experiments.

Registration is required separately for each of the programs.

Help the community with Brown Bag and Blankets series

Knit bySophieja23The Blanchard Public Library invites local crochet and knitting enthusiasts to its new Brown Bag and Blankets series, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, and continuing on Wednesdays in March and April.

The group will be crocheting blankets that will be given to the VA hospital or a local NICU unit. All skill levels are invited to attend, and participants are asked to bring a needle and hook as well as yarn.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Ages 18 and up may participate, and registration is not required in advance.

PLS Big Read book discussion focuses on Being Mortal

PLSBigReadLogoFor the past decade, the Pioneer Library System has made its PLS Big Read and NEA Big Read a tradition in the springtime each year. And the 11th edition of the event is bringing literature into the 11 communities served by the library system with programs slated throughout March.

This year marks the first time the book has been a nonfiction selection and also the first time it's come from outside the NEA's list. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, focuses on a difficult topic – the end of life. The author, a practicing surgeon, looks into the way medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

The Blanchard Public Library will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Scholar Carolyn Cole will lead the discussion and attendees will be treated to a soup supper at the event.

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.

The PLS Big Read is presented this year in a collaboration between PLS and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Sponsors for this year's PLS Big Read are the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.