The Mansfield Public Library staff and the Friends of the Library have been working hard behind the scenes to plan an exciting lineup of Reads!-related programming for all ages. This year, Reads! programs will run for seven weeks, beginning on March 13 (Spring Break week) and culminating with An Evening with the Author on April 28. All Reads! programs tie in with this year’s book selection, Oleander Girl by Chitra Divakaruni, which takes place in India and the United States.
We are especially excited about several programs we are offering in collaboration with other community agencies and groups, including the Mansfield Commission for the Arts, Mansfield Parks & Recreation Department, Mansfield Historical Society, Ben Barber Innovation Academy and Mansfield Rocks.
All programs are free, unless otherwise specified, and open to the public. Some programs may require registration, as space is limited. You can register online at morelibrary.org or at the library.
Unless otherwise specified, programs will take place in the community room at Mansfield Public Library, 104 South Wisteria Street.
Here is what’s on the calendar in March.
Thursday, March 16, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Creative Colors for Adults (adults)
Join us for this relaxing drop-in program where we will have mandala coloring pages available. Mandalas, loosely translated from Sanskrit meaning “circle,” are elaborate geometric figures representing the universe. All materials will be provided. Come and go as you please.
Thursday, March 16, 5:30 p.m. – Mansfield Rocks (families, teens, adults)
Mansfield residents have been painting and hiding rocks all over the city for the last several months. Come join the organizer of Mansfield Rocks, Belinda Daughtry, for a fun evening of rock painting. All materials are provided. Register online for this free event.
Friday, March 17, noon – Family Movie: The Jungle Book, PG (families)
Come watch the adventures of Mowgli, the “man cub,” raised by the Seeonee Indian wolf Raksha and her pack in a jungle ever since he was brought to them as a baby. Popcorn will be provided, and please feel free to bring a drink of your choice.
Thursday, March 23, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Get Crafty! (adults)
Join us for an evening of crafting and socializing with adults. The projects will each focus on an aspect of Indian culture and arts. All materials will be provided, however registration is required.
Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Yoga Demystified (adults)
Every body is a yoga body! Joins us as yoga instructor Carla Henslee from Premier Yoga and Fitness discusses the history of yoga and educates us about this 5,000-year-old science. Also, enjoy a yoga practice focusing on breath and gentle movement. If you’ve never tried yoga before, this is a perfect place to start. No mat required. Registration is required.
Thursday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. – Teen Craft (teens)
In Indian culture, elephants are a symbol of mental strength, earthiness and responsibility. In Hinduism, the elephant is a sacred animal and considered the representation of an elephant-headed deity. Come make a “good luck” elephant garland. All materials will be provided.
Thursday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – A Taste of India (adults)
Join Chef Adair Smith of Savvy’s Bistro & Mansfield ISD as he takes us on a culinary tour of India. Participants will learn to prepare four Indian dishes in this hands-on cooking class. The cost of this program is $40. Space is limited. Register for this unique event at mansfieldlibraryfriends.org/india. This program is located at Ben Barber Innovation Academy.