Build your family tree with the library's help

The Blanchard Public Library provides an “Introduction to Genealogy” in an upcoming library workshop, taking place from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 21.

Attendees will learn about the many tools and resources available to help identify ancestors and their connections. Also, learn techniques for organizing information that can help with future searches into more family connections.

Multiple services for family history research are available for library cardholders through online databases like Ancestry.com, Fold3 and Heritage Quest.

This program is for ages 18 and up. Space is limited so advance registration is required.

Kids are the center of weekly opportunities

The Blanchard Public Library welcomes families with young children to see all the library has to offer, including multiple program options to help the kids develop their reading skills and a general love of reading.

Family Story Time is offered on each Monday morning during February at 10:30 a.m. Each week’s program features stories, songs, rhymes, STEAM and sensory activities and play time. All ages are welcome, although activities are geared to children first grade and younger.

Bow Wow Books, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Monday during February, is a chance for new readers to get to practice their reading to a therapy dog in a safe, friendly atmosphere. Children can be signed up with the library for a time slot to read to either Buzz or Sully.

Work it out at the library with active programs

The Blanchard Public Library seeks to provide an outlet for both reading needs but also to promote an active lifestyle for members of the community.

A variety of workout programs are offered at the library. February’s schedule includes:

“Walk with Ease,” a new series designed for people interested in walking in groups, begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, and then continues on Thursdays at that time. The goal of the class is to help people develop a walking plan and learn stretching techniques and tips for improving mobility and endurance. It’s presented by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative for ages 18 and up and advance registration is required.

Dance instructor Juan Cabral will lead “Poetry of Motion,” a dance and movement class that focuses on improving mental health to unify the body with a person’s emotions. It’s offered twice in February, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The library continues its series of Tai Chi classes twice weekly – at 2 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Classes are scheduled each week before the series ends on Friday, Feb. 21. Attendees will learn various movements that can help their strength and balance while also reducing the risk of falling.

Also, a six-week Zumba series wraps up with its final two sessions at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, and Thursday, Feb. 6. Either teens or adults may attend the aerobic dance workout inspired by the high energy of Latin and Spanish music. Advance registration is required.

The library’s health literacy project activities are funded through a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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.

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.