Books Come Alive Library Tours & Local Authors Festival

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library are hosting the Books Come Alive Library Tours & Local Authors Festival event on October 27th 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Chickasha Public Library. Tickets currently available at the library. Tickets are $3.00 each, the event is free for children age 5 and younger. This event will give you a chance to have a unique tour of the library. While you are guided through the stacks you will see more than the books. Classic book characters will be brought to life throughout your tour. You are also welcome to dress as your favorite book character for the event! 

The Local Authors Festival will be in the library meeting room. You will have the opportunity to meet the authors, ask them questions, and purchase their books. There is no ticket required for the local authors festival.

The authors and illustrators participating:

Hailey Craighead

Liz Tyner

Maxine Douglas

Anna Kittrell

Callie Hutton

Caroline James

Gloria Morse

J Curtis Smith

For more information please call the library at 405-222-6075

Teddy Bear Sleepover

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Teddy Bear Sleepover is a special story time for kids three to ten and their bravest stuffed friend. Teddy Bear Sleepover is at 5:00 pm on Friday, October 13th in the Library meeting room 527 W Iowa Ave. This years theme for storytime is a cowboy campout, and all the buckaroos are welcome to attend. After the story and craft, the children will say goodnight to their friend so the stuffies can have a toy-only sleepover in the library. Kids and parents can follow the fun all night long on Facebook. Parents and children can pick up their stuffed animal Saturday, October 14th during Library hours 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. For more information, please call the Library at 405-222-6075.

Chickasha Public Library Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading 2017 Build A Better World

Every year the Chickasha Public Library offers a free Summer Reading Program for children and teens. The library’s summer reading program is every Thursday in June and July. The Library will kick off the Summer Reading Program with the sign-up day on May 25th 9:30 to 7:00 at the library, 527 W Iowa Ave. This summer we will be having three different sessions, one at 10:00 am for ages six to twelve, one at 2:00 pm for ages six to twelve, and one at 4:00 pm for ages twelve to sixteen. If a child is twelve, they can choose which group, they want to attend the younger or older program. The 10:00 am, and 2:00 pm sessions will be the same program; the children will only be able to attend one of the sessions, but you can choose which one. We wanted to provide a time for everyone and hope that this additional time slot will allow for more attendance and help with busy summer schedules.

All summer youth will keep track of the minutes they spend reading and will be able to earn incentives, the incentives build as the youth’s Children looking at plants on a book case. minutes’ build. Children and teens do not have to attend the program to keep track of minutes; they can bring their reading log in at any point in June and July to be calculated.
The Summer Reading Program is different every week; the program will consist of myself or a special guest reading a book to the children, it is important for children to see adults reading. One of the goals of the program is to create a lifelong love of reading. We will also discuss what the children have been reading over the summer, and I will talk about other titles that they might enjoy. We will also have a craft and a game. Thanks to the City of Chickasha, (IMLS) Institute of Museum and Library Service, (ODL) Oklahoma Department of Libraries, and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library we will also be able to bring in performers throughout the summer for the youth to enjoy.

The Summer Reading Program is more than just fun and games, attending a summer reading program has many benefits for youth;
• Prevents summer learning loss
• Improves youth reading skills
• Creates a positive attitude towards reading
• Students return to the classroom more confident

According to the article linked below studies have shown these benefits to be true. If your child has not participated in the Summer Reading Program before I encourage them to try it, reading has the power to “Build a Better World” which is the summer reading program theme for this year.
The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, (IMLS) Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education, Sonic-America’s Drive-In, Corp, (ODL) Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the City of Chickasha, and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library.

by Youth Services Librarian Courtney Mayall


Sequoyah Book Award Student Voting has Opened

Sequoyah Book Award voting now openVoting has opened for the 2017 Sequoyah Book Award, from now until March 15th, children and teens can vote for the book they liked the best.

To vote each participant must read three books from the list and then vote using the online link below. We ask that those eligible to vote, follow the honor system and only vote once.



Click here to vote –

“I voted” stickers are available at the front desk after you vote, ask a staff member.

How did these books become finalists? Each year a committee of academic, school, and public librarians read a list of books that can reach up to two hundred books. The librarians narrow that list down to fifteen books that they believe are the best. Three committees develop the master lists for the children, intermediate, and high school categories.  The Chickasha Public Library’s Director Lillie Huckaby has served on a Sequoyah Masterlist committee in the past. She commented that the lists consisted of so many good books and arguments ensued amongst the librarians on which books should make it onto the final list.

The following are the books on each of the 2017 Sequoyah Masterlists:

Click for more information on each of the 2017  Sequoyah Masterlist



High School

For more information, please call the Library at 405-222-6075.

Youth Gaming Night!


The Chickasha Public Library 527 W Iowa will be hosting a Youth Gaming Night on December 22nd from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm for ages 7 to 16. There will be Wii U games such as Smash Brothers and Mario Kart 8, board games, and plenty of fun for all so bring your friends. Youth ages 7-8 must have a caregiver at the Library.

If you have any questions please call the Library at 405-222-6075.

Youth Sewing Event


The Chickasha Public Library is hosting a Youth Sewing event in the Library meeting room 527 W Iowa on Saturday October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for ages 9 – 16.

The project for this event will be a  pixelated quilted pillow the youth will have the opportunity to sew their project on sewing machines.

All materials are provided and the event is free.

If you have questions and to RSVP please call the Library at 405-222-6075

Teddy Bear Sleepover


The Chickasha Public Library is hosting the 3rd annual Teddy  Bear Sleepover event on Friday October 7th at 5:00 pm. Teddy Bear sleepover is an extra special story time for ages 0-12. Each child brings their second favorite stuffed friend to the Library, during the story time the child and friend will enjoy stories, games and crafts. When the fun is over the humans go home and the stuffed friends get to spend the night at the Library. Come back Saturday, October 8th to pick up your friend and hear all about their fun night!

Children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

If you have any questions please call the Library at 405-222-6075.


Chickasha Library Youth Olympics

The Chickasha Library Youth Olympics begins with the lighting of the torch on July 28th at 11:00 am at the Chickasha Public Library 527 W Iowa, all youth are welcome.

The Library Olympic has both Academic and Athletic games

August 2nd Memory Challenge at 2:00 pm for ages 4 -7,

at the Chickasha Public Library

August 3rd Spelling Bee at 2:00 pm for ages 8 – 12, and 4:00 pm for ages 13 –  16.

at the Chickasha Public Library

August 4th Athletic games will be held at Shannon Springs Park 2400 S. 9th

Registration starts at 3:00 pm near the Bathhouse

Opening Ceremony 3:3o pm near the amphitheater

Competitions 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Awards 8:00 pm

Other activities include touch – a – truck,  three legged race, sack race, and water balloon toss.

There will be food available for purchase and the a Chickasha Youth Activities collection in the bathhouse with information about various local activities for children.

August 5th Trivia Competition at 10:00 am for ages 8 – 12, and 2:00 pm ages 13- 16.

All of the Academic games will be held at the Chickasha Public Library 527 W Iowa.

Early sign ups for any or all of the events is available at the Chickasha Public Library any time between now and the event.

Chickasha Library Youth Olympics Registration

If you have any questions please call the Library at 405-222-6075

Free Summer Reading Program for Children!

On Your Mark Get Set Read Summer Reading

The Chickasha Public Library  annual Summer Reading Program kicks off on

May 26th ALL DAY! 

A parent/caregiver can come to the Library at 527 W Iowa any time between 9:30 am and 6:00 pm that day to sign up children ages 6 – 12 and 12 – 16 for the free programs. The kids can come too because there will be games for kids to enjoy while adults gather information about how the program works and extra special events.

This year’s theme for children is

“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read”

This theme celebrates physical fitness and ties in to the Olympics.

The meeting times will be every Thursday throughout June and July

  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am for ages 6 – 12
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm for ages 12 – 16.
  • If a child is 12 he/she and their parent can choose which program they want to participate in.
  • If a child is 6 the parent can choose whether the child should participate in this program or Storytime which is on Wednesdays at 11:00 am.
  • Attendance is not required just come whenever possible.

Here’s how the Program works – the children read, read, read keeping track of the minutes spent reading.  Then turn in the time on Thursdays to earn prizes.  Times accumulate and prizes get better.  Each child will be given a reading log and stickers to help them keep track. Minutes start counting on May 27th, if sign up day was missed or a reading log goes missing parents/Caregivers can keep track of minutes spent reading by writing them down and the minutes will be counted. The child will need to bring those time sheets with them to the programs they attend.

The benefits of participating in a Summer Reading Program are vast, “the program encourages that reading become a lifelong habit, and reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up.” (American Library Association)

For more information or questions call the Library at 405-222-6075

 The Summer Reading Program is free and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook (link is external) and Twitter (link is external).”  Funding was also provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library, and the Chickasha Public Library.

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