Located down the street from the Carpenter Museum, a museum housing over 5,000 artifacts and photographs from Rehoboth’s past, the Rehoboth Blanding Library places a strong focus on art and history as well as literature. Every year they host Arts in the Village, a performing arts series that runs from autumn to spring; the series typically features appearances by award-winning artists from all over the world. This year’s season features the musical stylings of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra (on February 11) and the Zefira Trio, a Boston-based chamber ensemble (on April 21). Arts in the Village is held in the historic Goff Memorial Hall, which is located next to Blanding. Other activities that are held in Goff Memorial Hall include live poetry readings, contra dancing sessions, book club discussions and lectures on the history of New England.
Blanding also boasts several children’s programs, not least of which is the Preschool Story and Craft Time for kids ages three through kindergarten, held on Wednesdays from 10-11am or Thursdays from 2-3pm. Tot Time, a socialization program for children under the age of three, features books, music and physical activity. Kids and teens can take advantage of one-day discounted and free passes to local attractions such as the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Providence Children’s Museum. Blanding also hosts a book sale in the spring, where comers can snag reasonably-priced used books as well as delicious baked goods. Finally, Blanding is part of the SAILS network, which allows it access to the resources of other local Massachusetts libraries.