All PLS libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, January 21st with regular hours.

Get on the move with Zumba series

The Blanchard Public Library is exercising mind and body through both its extensive collection of books, as well as a new Zumba series set to debut in 2020.

The Zumba classes, offered for either teens or adults, will take place at 11:30 a.m. on most Tuesdays and 6 p.m. on most Thursdays beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Zumba is an aerobic dance fitness program that takes its roots from Salsa and Merengue dance. Inspired by the high energy of Latin and Spanish music, Zumba is a way to get in shape, and stay healthy. Participants will learn core steps of the dance in a workout appropriate for all fitness levels.

Space is limited, so registration in advance is required.

The classes are made possible through funding from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Build creativity during multiple activities in January

The Blanchard Public Library is bringing out the creative side of local children through a variety of activities offered during January.

At 3:40 p.m. on Monday afternoons in January, the library hosts afterschool events putting the “active” in activity with a variety of topics, featuring:

Jan. 6Let’s Learn to Hula Hoop with Ms. Chelsea, featuring the talents of Chelsea Ryan from Hooplahoma, demonstrating and teaching hula hoop skills.

Jan. 13Let’s Dance with Tippi Toes, an interactive event for ages 7 to 12 led by the dancers and instructors from Tippi Toes Dance of Oklahoma City.

Jan. 20 – No program, the library is closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Jan. 27Let’s Make Stone Soup, based on the classic book “Stone Soup,” with pre-K through 5th grade children invited to participate.  

Another big day of building comes as the library will Celebrate Lego Fun, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Children will learn about Lego WeDo 2.0 kits, build with many types of Legos and learn about science through an entertaining morning of building. Guardian participation is encouraged.

“Let’s Build and Create” at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in a day of using Legos, Duplox kits, Magna-Tiles, Marble Mazes and more for children of all ages.

Several of these activities are part of the library’s health literacy project, which is funded through a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Kick off the New Year with us

Happy New Year!

The Blanchard Public Library is ready to lead the community into 2020 through its many resources, services and program opportunities.

The library presents dedicated spaces for its collection of books for children, teens and adult readers, as well as public computers, meeting areas and more.

In total through the collaboration of the 12 branch libraries in the Pioneer Library System, cardholders have access to more than 700,000 books, magazines and downloadable items. Also, PLS provides access to more than 60 online databases that cover topics from genealogy to homework help.

Need to know more? Talk to a librarian or take a look around our online resources, available through this website or the Pioneer Library System Connect App, which can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.

We hope we’ll be a big part of your plans in the new year!

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Find out more about what’s going on this month in Blanchard by picking up a copy of the library’s monthly calendar, or by looking at our online calendar.