Blanchard Friends of the Library honored at OLA conference

Blanchard Friends awardThe Blanchard Friends of the Library have been honored as the 2018-19 John Harkey Best Friends Award winner, given by the Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) group.

The award was presented to Blanchard Public Library Branch Manager Becky Pauls during the FOLIO Awards Luncheon at the 2019 Oklahoma Library Association annual conference March 15 in Norman.

In addition to a plaque recognizing the Friends, the honor also comes with a cash award of $500.

FOLIO has existed since 1978 as the primary support group for local library friends and advocate groups. Each year, FOLIO recognizes both a large and small library Friends group with its Best Friends Award.

Practice interview skills in teen workshop

InterviewLooking for that first summer job? Wanting to get a test run in what a future job interview will be like?

The Blanchard Public Library will help teens answer those questions and prepare them to answer many more at its upcoming Mock Interviews event, scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the library.

Professionals trained in helping job prospects with their interviewing skills will be on site to work with teens with advice and tips for taking part in an actual job interview.

Teens at or near working age are invited to attend, and no advance registration is required to participate.

Find your inner artist in activities

WatercolorsArt in many forms will be in the air at the Blanchard Public Library, which gets spring started with multiple activities for teens.

Scheduled in the last two weeks of March are the following activities:

Poetry Day, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 – It’s World Poetry Day, and the library is celebrating with an afternoon of creating and sharing poems. Materials are provided but anyone with a favorite writing utensil is welcome to bring it.

Mix’N’Match Collage, 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 – Take images from decades worth of magazines to repurpose into a collage guided by using color, form, shape, size and context. All supplies will be provided by the library.

Watercolors En Plein Air, noon Saturday, March 30 – Break through the art studio walks by taking a watercolor activity outdoors (or En Plein Air). Teen artists will step out to the library lawn for a lesson highlights light sources, color mixing, perspective and natural shapes and forms.

Registration is not required to attend any of these activities.

We’re cooking up something good in afterschool activities

PizzaThe Blanchard Public Library is cooking up something good in two afterschool activities for children and teens during March.

Make Me a Pizza, Please, at 3:40 p.m. Monday, March 11, will give children in pre-K through fifth grades a chance to make their own pizza with various toppings after listening to a cooking-themed book that’s all about pizza. Advance registration is not required to attend.

Poppin’ Pot Pies, at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, is an activity for tweens or teens ages 11 to 18. The young chefs will learn ways to make a healthy veggie pot pie that can support a balanced diet.

Registration is required in advance for the pot pie activity, which is funded through a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Start your week at Family Story Time

Kids readThe 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 each Monday morning during March.

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

Young readers also can practice their reading and make a new friend through the library’s Bow Wow Books program, offered from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 4, 11 and 25. 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.