Growing with our community

As Blanchard has grown as a community, so too has the Blanchard Public Library, through various moves, additions of service and a constant push for service to the city’s residents.

To some it may seem like just yesterday when the library opened in its current location at 205 NE 10th St. But in fact, next spring will mark 10 years of library service at that address, which is the sixth physical location providing library service in Blanchard since 1961.

This library greatly increased the number of books and computers the library has in-house, as well as a meeting space that has been used by many local residents as well as library staff for program options for all ages.

Speaking of programs, the library has many activities scheduled throughout the year.

A favorite on Monday mornings is Family Story Time, offered at 10:30 a.m. It features songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time, as well as sensory activities and craft projects. 

September is bringing various teen programs for ages 12 to 17, including our monthly Teen Advisory Board on Sept. 19 and the beginning crocheting class “Chronicles of Yarnia,” which is presented for either teens or adults at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 19.

The monthly Book Belles adult book discussion group takes a look at a variety of topics in its meetings. And the Books, Beanies and Blankets group, which meets at 11:30 a.m. most Wednesday mornings, is a way for crochet enthusiasts to give back by participating in projects that then have been donated to sites such as Children’s Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Find out more about everything that is going on this month in Blanchard through the library's online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar at the library.

Learn and practice Tai Chi in series

The Blanchard Public Library begins a series of “Tai Chi: Eight Steps to Moving for Better Balance” classes for adults at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the library.

Attendees will learn movements of Tai Chi in an effort to help reduce stress and increase balance and flexibility. The program is designed for people of all levels of mobility and can be performed either standing or sitting.

The series will continue at 2 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays for 12 sessions, concluding on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Ages 18 and up may participate. Space is limited so advance registration is required to attend.

Workshop dives into ways to save money and eat healthier

Make meal time healthier and save money in the process with the assistance of the Blanchard Public Library program “Feed Your Family on a Budget,” scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Community Room.

It’s a chance for picking up ideas to save money and make meal time planning easier as the schedule can get more hectic with the beginning of the school year.

Topics covered will include money saving tips with coupons and other ways to save, meal planning ideas and budget meals with frugal, quick and delicious recipes.

The program is geared to ages 18 and up. Advance registration is required.