Children’s Programs

2018 into 2019 Past and Future Youth Programs

There were many exciting programs at the Chickasha Public Library during 2018.

Stuart Meltzer, Library Board member, and retired USAO professor, read to children during our Spring Reading Program and also during our summer Storytime with Grandpa program.

Stuart Meltzer, Library Board member, and retired USAO professor read to children during our Spring Reading Program and also during our summer Storytime with Grandpa program.

Chickasha Public Library has a special visitor every December Elf on the Shelf visits the Library to read.

Chickasha Public Library has a special visitor every December Elf on the Shelf visits the Library to read.

Annual SUMMER READING Program

There was a symphony of fun at the Library during Summer Reading 2018. If you missed all the fun this past summer, there is another chance this coming June and July! In 2018, youth from all over Grady County signed up for the Summer Reading program. Also, the YMCA brought children to participate in the program once a week. The 2018 Summer Reading program was fantastic During the program we read books that tied into our “Libraries Rock” theme and children were able to create instruments of their own. There is more to the Summer Reading program than an hour every week of fun and games; the participants also keep track of the minutes they spend reading at home. In 2018 the participants read over 104,266 minutes in June and July. Children who spend time reading over the summer have a better chance of retaining all the skills from the previous school year. Many people and organizations make the Summer Reading program possible. We would like to say thank you to the organizations that provide funding and incentives, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education, Sonic America’s Drive-In, Corp, Pizza Hut, Water-Zoo Indoor Waterpark in Clinton, OK., and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library. The Library would also like to thank performers Jammin’ Randy and Magical Michael, all of our volunteers, and the participants for making this year’s Summer Reading program one of the best yet.

Mark your calendars because May 30th will be the Library’s all-day Summer Reading sign-up day. On June 6th, we will blast off to explore a “Universe of Stories” during the 2019 Summer Reading Program. More details to come as May gets closer.

Mad Hatter & White Rabbit Books Come Alive 2018

Mad Hatter & White Rabbit  of Books Come Alive 2018

BOOKS COME ALIVE

Over eighty people attended our second annual Books Come Alive and Local Authors Festival event. Local volunteers chose some fantastic books, and some great characters wandered the stacks. Count Olaf attempted to keep his group of orphans in line, while Max and the Wild Things had roaring contests with all the kids, and a creepy woods took over the adult stacks, where participants witnessed a scene from the Watchers. Tune in next fall to see all the places we will go.  

Count Olaf visits the Library during Books Come Alive 2018

Count Olaf of Books Come Alive 2018

Professor Trelawney Books visits the Library during Come Alive 2018

Professor Trelawney of Books Come Alive 2018

Some NEW Youth Programs for 2019 are:

Join us for our Baby and You Storytime on Thursday MorningsBaby & You Storytime is every Thursday morning during the school year from 9:30 am – 10:30 am.

The program doesn’t begin until 9:45 and lasts 15 – 20 minutes, which leaves plenty of time for you to read, play with your baby, and talk with other parents.

This program is for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers.

For more information, email Courtney, Youth Services Librarian at courtney.mayall@chickasha.org, or contact us on Facebook.

beyond the shelf youth Library club for tweens.Beyond the Shelf Youth Library Club is a weekly program on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 for youth ages 10 – 15.

The activities during this program will vary. Scifi-Monster Mania is the theme for February.

There will be a board game demo of King of Tokyo. Who will be the last monster standing? There will also be crafts and plenty of monster book discussions.

The last Wednesday of the month, we will show a film MST3K style.

For more information, email Courtney, Youth Services Librarian at courtney.mayall@chickasha.org or contact us on Facebook.

Food for Fines

Chickasha Public Library Fines Waived in December with a donation of food

Do you have fines on your Library account?  Get them waived in December by bringing in a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Pantry.  “The end of the year is a great time to get accounts cleared for a fresh start for the new year.  I want customers to be able to check out Library books.  This is a great way for customers to get fines waived and help the local Food Pantry too.”   The books must be turned in to the Library for the fines to be waived, perhaps you’ve already done that, or perhaps you can do that now, and bring in a non-perishable food item, quantity doesn’t matter.  All food is donated to the local Food Pantry.  This program covers only overdue fines not replacement fees for lost or damaged books.  Donations for the Food Pantry are accepted and encouraged even if you don’t have fines.  In addition to the much-needed food, many overdue books come home to the Library.  Not having to repurchase popular titles means the Library can buy more new books.  The program runs from December 1st – December 31st.    If you have questions, call the Library at 222-6075.

 

 

Elf on the Shelf at the Library

The Elf is back!

This December at the Chickasha Public Library there will be an elf reading his way through the Children’s section of the library. Children are invited to come each day December 1st through the 21st to find the elf and the book he is reading and add their name to the drawing for a chance to take the elf home.

The Library is hosting some fun activities to go along with the elf on the shelf this year.

Please join us on December 7, 2018, from 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. for special craft time. We will be re-using Christmas cards to make a variety of crafts.  This event is come and go, and the event is open to all ages — children 8 and younger need to be accompanied by a caregiver.

On December 13th there will be a special afternoon storytime at 1:30 P.M. for preschool ages children and their caregivers.

The elf will meet his new best friend on December 21st at 4:00 P.M. The winning name will be drawn at a party for all ages. There will be a story, crafts, and games. This event is all ages — children 8 and younger need to be accompanied by a caregiver.

All of these events will be held in the Library meeting room, located at 527 W Iowa Ave. For additional information check out the Library’s Facebook page or call the Library at 405-222-6075.

 

Books Come Alive and Local Authors Festival

On November 16th  from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting their 2nd annual Books Come Alive and Local Authors Festival event. This year we are using books from the PBS Great American Reads booklist, there will be actors portraying book characters, book scavenger hunts, prizes, and fun for all. There is also an opportunity for the public to meet local authors, discuss their books, and buy them. Both events are FREE, donations will be welcome at the door.

Chickasha Public Library 2018 Free Summer Reading Program

Libraries Rock!

Chickasha Public Library 2018 Free Summer Reading Program

Children's Free Summer Reading program.

Readers of all ages will explore all things musical this summer as the Chickasha Public Library presents “Libraries Rock” during their free summer reading program, which kicks off on May 31st with sign-ups from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm at the Library 527 W. Iowa Ave.

The program is every Thursday in June & July at the library; Children and teens are not required to attend every session. We know summers are a busy time for families so come when you can.

The most important thing is that your child reads over the summer, this will help them retain the knowledge that they have gained throughout the school year leaving them ready to learn next year. To encourage this when they sign up, they will receive a log to keep track of their minutes spent reading. They turn those sheets in when they attend a program and earn incentives based on the minutes spent reading.   

The Library offers multiple sessions to work with busy summer schedules; there will be two sessions to pick from for ages 6-11 one at 10:00 am and one at 2:00 pm.

Free Teen Summer Reading Program.

There will also be a tweens session at 4:00 pm for ages 10 and up. Youth, age 10 to 11 and their parents, can choose which program they wish to attend the children or tweens. Activities will include reading, group games, musical crafts, and more. There will also be multiple performers throughout the summer.

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

All programs are FREE of charge.

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 www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook  and Twitter.” Funding was also provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library, and the Chickasha Public Library. 

Spring Reading Program April 2nd – 6th

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Chickasha Public Library will conduct a Spring Reading Program for elementary school children, ages 4 and up, beginning April 2nd through April 6th.  Care will be provided at no cost from 8 am – 6 pm Monday through Friday with breakfast and lunch provided.  Parents must pre-register their children in person on Thursday, March 29th 3 – 8 pm, Friday, March 30th 9:30 am – 6 pm, or Saturday, March 31st 10 am – 2 pm.  The children will be safe and fun activities will be provided.  There will be lots of reading, games, and crafts.   The Library is located at 527 W. Iowa and the phone number is 222-6075.