Celebrate Halloween with the library

The Blanchard Public Library is getting into the “spirit” of the season with its upcoming Halloween Story Time, Movie and Craft, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Children are invited to come in costume for a pre-Halloween activity that will include crafts, stories and a short Halloween-themed movie.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA

The Blanchard Public Library invites business owners to learn a resource for improving productivity and efficiency at the program “Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the library.

ReferenceUSA is a database of business information and resources available for Pioneer Library System cardholders. Bill Carlson with ReferenceUSA will lead this demonstration of the database, showing ways it can be used for such tasks as identifying new sales prospects, creating customizing business and consumer marketing lists, defining delivery routes and more.

Ages 18 and up may attend, and having a Pioneer library card is helpful but not a requirement.

Space for the program is limited, so advance registration will be required. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

The program is presented in a partnership with the Blanchard Chamber of Commerce, Mid-America Technology Center and the REI Women’s Business Center.

It’s Story Time at the library!

Family readsThe Blanchard Public Library is bringing a love of reading and the library to its youngest readers at Family Story Time, with upcoming events scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Each week’s Story Time will feature songs, rhymes, flannel board fun, music and bubble time, as well as sensory activities and craft projects.

Also featured in October is the library’s bilingual activity Viva GLARt! Grow a Learner Through Art, which will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. 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.

Young readers also get a great chance to practice their reading and make a new friend through the library’s Bow Wow Books program, offered each Monday in October from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Parents or guardians may sign their child up to read to a therapy dog in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Call the library at 485-2275 to reserve a session.

Get active with fall Tai Chi series

Tai ChiThe Blanchard Public Library will host another installation of its Beginning Tai Chi for Seniors series this fall. The series begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, and continues at the same time on Mondays and Thursdays for six weeks, through Thursday, Nov. 8.

The classes will focus on eight different low-impact Tai Chi positions that can help attendees improve their balance.

The series is limited to 20 people due to space constraints, so registration is required to participate.