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.

Vintage Book Sale

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The Chickasha Public Library and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library are presenting a Vintage Book Sale on Friday, September 22nd from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Vintage Book Sale is a continuation of the previous Vintage Book Sale. Books unsold from the first sale will be available with a price reduction, and there will be additional vintage books added to the sale. The Vintage Book Sale will also have a silent auction for special books.

The Vintage Book Sale will contain fiction and non-fiction books printed from the late 1800s to 1950. The books are not collectibles, as most of the items are withdrawn library books. The books are readable, and many are good examples of book binding that is no longer being used.

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

Up Coming OHAI (Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative) Class Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

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The Chickasha Public Library is partnering once again with OHAI Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative in their Lifestyle and Learning program. Beginning September 11th every Monday and Thursday from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm or from 6:30 pm t0 7:30 pm OHAI and the Library will be offering Tai Chi classes.


The movements of the Chinese martial art Tai Chi can help seniors reduce the risk of falling, increase balance, and increase flexibility. This six-week class teaches participants ways to improve their overall mind, body, and spirit through a series of slow continuous movements. It does not matter how strong, flexible, or active you are as Tai Chi is designed for people at all levels of health.


  • Improving Balance and Posture
  • Strengthening Muscles
  • Improving the Quality of Sleep
  • Enhancing Stamina
  • Increasing Energy Level
  • Relieving Stress
  • Improving Cardiovascular Functions
  • Lowering High Blood Pressure
  • Reducing Arthritic Symptoms by Increasing Flexibility & Mobility
  • Reducing the Risk of Falling and the Fear of Falling

Participants are encouraged to bring pen and paper for taking notes, a bottle of water and non-skid shoes. OHAI will provide take-home materials for all information covered in class.

To register, contact the Chickasha Public Library at (405)222-6075 or the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative at (405) 271-6424. You can also sign up using the forms below.

To register for the class starting at 3:30 p.m. click here.

To register for the class starting at 6:30 p.m. click here.

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at The University of Oklahoma and is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Genealogy Symposium

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The Chickasha Public Library presents a Genealogy Symposium on Tuesday, September 12, from 10 am to 4 pm. The program will feature presentations by Laura Martin, Deputy Director of Research at the Oklahoma History Museum and Kathryn Ramsay the Librarian of Local History and Genealogy at the Norman Central Library.
Ms. Martin’s presentation will feature the variety of resources at the Oklahoma Museum and the Oklahoma Historical Society that are available to the genealogy researcher.
Ms. Ramsay will discuss Ancestry.com and how best to navigate the website. Ancestry.com is a subscription only website with a wide variety of information. The library version of Ancestry is available for free on the Chickasha Public Library’s computers.
Following lunch at 1 pm, there will be a panel discussion. Ms. Martin and Ms.
Ramsay will be joined by Dolores Smith, who is a genealogist and teacher.
The final event of the day will be a demonstration of the new microfilm reader. The reader is attached to a computer which enables the user to edit and manipulate the information before printing.
Participation in the Genealogy Symposium is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required. There is no fee for the Symposium and lunch will be provided. Deadline for registration is September 1st. Reservations can be made by phone or online by filling out the form below. For more information call the Chickasha Public Library at 405-222-6075

By Pat



Friends of the Chickasha Public Library Summer Luncheons

Friends of the Chickasha Public Library 2017 Summer Luncheons series

Have you started to make plans for summer yet? Summer is right around the corner, and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library are hosting their annual Summer Luncheon Series.

The Luncheons will be held in the USAO Regents Room, 1727 W Alabama Ave, Chickasha, OK 73018 top floor of the Student Center. The cost of each luncheon is $13.00, and reservations can be made by mailing the form attached below to Friends of the Chickasha Public Library P.O. Box 265, Chickasha OK 73023, or by calling 405-779-6969 ( all reservations must be honored). You do not have to be a Friends of the Library member to attend.

**$2.00 Meal Discount for USAO Students

Friends Of the Chickasha Public Library Summer Luncheon form

Forms are also available at the Chickasha Public Library 527 Iowa Ave

The series begin,

Thursday, June 8th, at noon (reservations due by Thursday, June 1st). The speaker for this event is Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander.

Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander is a native of Chickasha and has had a life-long interest in examining race and the dynamics of racial power and influence. He served in the United States Army, and has over 40 years experience as a public school educator. He is currently the principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Chickasha. He is also a Chickasha City Councilman, President of the Chickasha branch of the NAACP and Pastor of the historic Miles-Brown Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Chickasha. He will be reviewing, The Voice of Conscience – The Church in the Mind of Dr. Martin Luther King by Lewis V. Baldwin.

The entrée for this event is grilled chicken sandwich on toasted focaccia bread, pasta salad, fruit parfait, and cookies.

The second luncheon in the series will be on Thursday, July 13th, noon(reservations due by Thursday, July 6th). The Speaker will be Emma Sidders.

Emma Sidders is a retired teacher, principal, superintendent from western Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Reading from Southwestern Oklahoma University. She is an avid reader of everything from Romance to Historical Biographies, but Mystery is her genre of choice. She will be reviewing The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan.

The entée for this event is salad trio (tossed salad, ham salad, egg salad), toasted bread wedges, choice of chocolate or coconut cream pie.

The third Luncheon in the series will be on Thursday, August 10th, noon (reservations due Thursday, August 3rd). The speaker will be Rebecca Cravens.

Rebecca Cravens is a retired court reporter living in Chickasha. She doesn’t have a degree. She has never been a teacher or orator. However, if enthusiastic reading counts, she’s definitely qualified to review books. She will be reviewing Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.

The entée for this event is chicken salad with grapes and nuts on croissants, potato salad, fruit parfait, and cookies.

Summer Luncheon Books. June The Voice of Conscience - The Church in the Mind of Dr. Martin Luther King by Lewis V. Baldwin, July The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan, and Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.

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


Friends of the Chickasha Public Library Spring Book Sale

Friends of the Chickasha Public Library BooksaleThe Friends of the Chickasha Public Library Spring Booksale kicks off on Thursday, April 20th 4:30 – 8:00 for the Friends members preview sale or $5.00 at the door. The Sale continues throughout the weekend on Friday, April 21st 10:00 am – 6:00 pm the sale will open to the public. Saturday, April 22nd 10:00 am – 2:00 pm is $3.00 bag day, and Sunday, April 23rd 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm all remaining books will be free.

There will be a section of Antique books available at the sale; prices will vary on these materials, there will also be additional silent auction items.

On Friday, April 21st, and Saturday, April 22nd there will also be other unique items for sale, furniture, display materials, and odds and end that have found their way into the library over time.

The Friends need help to make this event possible, volunteers are needed during the sale and also on Saturday, April 15th during the setup.

For more information, on the sale or if you are interested in volunteering, please call the library at 405-222-6075.

Chisholm Trail 150th Celebration

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Chisholm Trail. During its time, the Chisholm Trail was considered one of the wonders of the Western World. Jesse Chisholm, a part-Cherokee, who built a trading post in what is now Oklahoma City is who the trail is named after. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center in Duncan, Oklahoma is a great place for the whole family to learn about the history of the Chisholm Trail. For more information, please visit, http://onthechisholmtrail.com/.

Cowboys drove cattle on the Chisholm Trail from 1867-1889. The Chisholm Trail ran south to north parallel to, what is now, Highway 81, a total of 800 miles from start to finish. The trail ran east of Marlow, Rush Springs, and Chickasha. The trail ran west of Ninnekah, Amber, and Tuttle. The trail split in the middle. The Western Trail at the split went to, present day, El Reno, Okarche, and Kingfisher. The Eastern Trail at the split went to, present day, Mustang, Yukon, and Piedmont. These divisions came back together at Red Fork Ranch, now the town of Dover. There are disputes over the beginning of the Chisholm Trail to this day. There are four places where it arguably started. Some say it began in Donna, Texas. Others say it began in San Antonio, Texas. Many say it began in Fort Worth, Texas. While some argue it started at Red River Station, near present Ringgold, Texas, which was at the mouth of Salt Creek in Montague County where the herds left Texas and crossed into Indian Territory. The one thing undisputed is where the trail ended. From 1867-1871 it ended in Abilene, Kansas. Between 1872-1883 it stopped at Newton, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. And from 1883-1887 it ended at Caldwell, Kansas. After 1881, the drives diminished considerably. Many things contributed to the downfall of the Chisholm Trail, from the Cherokee Strip causing much of the land to be fenced in, to a quarantine law, and even a blizzard that destroyed most of the cattle industry. No matter where the Chisholm Trail began or where it ended one thing is for sure, Oklahoma was the heart and backbone of this great trail.

An estimated 6 million cattle traveled the Chisholm Trail during its life with the biggest cattle trailing years being 1871 and 1873. An average of 2500 to 3000 head would move in one herd per trip. On this journey there, would typically be 10 to 14 cowboys, a trail boss, a horse wrangler, and a cook and wagon. The herds would be spread about 10 miles apart, which is about one day. During the drive, the herd would be watered in the morning then slowly graze and eat northward until night. At night, they would stop at a watering hole and bed down. Then they would start all over again the next day until they reached their destination. Many a cattle and cowboy took this long trip during the years of the Chisholm Trail.

At the end of the 20th century, the Chisholm Trail was still visible in many places including a spot near Bison in Garfield County, 1.5 miles south of US 81 and 1/3 miles west on a county road. Robert “Bob” Klemme, from Enid, Oklahoma, erected 400 concrete markers along the route of the Chisholm Trail across Oklahoma in the span of about seven years with the help of his friends. He placed the 400th marker, last, on Wilshire Road near Yukon, Oklahoma in September 1997. He also put other markers in Brownsville, Texas, and Abilene, Kansas commemorating the beginning and ending the Chisholm Trail. These markers are still visible to this day.

There is something for everyone this year to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. Some fun things to do is visit an exhibit (photos, documents, artifacts, cattle-trail era items), go to a quilt exhibition, take western swing and dance lessons, have your children star in a western movie, and much more. Please visit www.chisholmtrail150.org/events for a listing and information on local events.

The Chisholm Trail is a big part of Oklahoma history helping to make it into the great state we know and love today. Between exhibits, shows, galas, dinners, and more, the whole family can help celebrate 150 years of the Chisholm Trail.

Written by Bobbi G.




Library Technology Night


On Friday, January 20th the Chickasha Public Library is hosting a Library Technology Night, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Library, 527 W Iowa Ave. During this event speakers will discuss a variety of Library databases, please see the schedule below.

6:00 – 6:30 Universal Class

6:30 – 7:00 Oklahoma Virtual Library

7:00 – 7:30 Microfilm machine

7:30 – 8:00 Questions and Answers

This a great opportunity to bring in your new devices. Library staff will be on hand to answer questions.

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