There were many exciting programs at the Chickasha Public Library during 2018.
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.
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.
Some NEW Youth Programs for 2019 are:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us on Facebook.
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 email@example.com or contact us on Facebook.
Chickasha Public Library 2018 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.
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.
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.
There are a few changes and additions, occurring at the Library starting January 2018.
Starting January, 3rd Wednesday morning Preschool Storytime times will be changing. There will now be three sessions for children ages 5 and younger and their caregiver.
Session 1 – 9:30 am to 10:10 am,
Session 2 – 10:15 am to 10:55 am
Session 3 – 11:20 am to 12:00 pm
During storytime, we read books, play games, and make crafts. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preschool Storytime is every Wednesday morning unless the library is closed or there is bad weather. You can pick and choose which session you wish to attend. However, we ask that you only visit storytime once a week.
The Library is adding a Baby Lapsit program on Wednesday morning at 11:00 am. Baby Lapsit is a short 15-minute program, for ages 0 to 18 months. Baby Lapsit is a perfect time to introduce your baby to books while learning some fun rhymes. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet other parents.
PageMasters Youth Book Club:
PageMasters Youth Book Club meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month. This book club is for youth ages 12 to 16. Our next meeting is January 30th at 4:30 pm. The book we will read this month is Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly.
Future rock star or friendless misfit? That’s no choice at all. In this acclaimed novel, twelve-year-old Apple grapples with being different; with friends and backstabbers; and with following her dreams. Publishers Weekly called Blackbird Fly “a true triumph,” and the Los Angeles Times Book Review said, “Apple soars like the eponymous blackbird of her favorite Beatles song.”
Apple has always felt a little different from her classmates. She and her mother moved to Louisiana from the Philippines when she was little, and her mother still cooks Filipino foods and chastises Apple for becoming “too American.” When Apple’s friends turn on her and everything about her life starts to seem weird and embarrassing, Apple turns to music. If she can just save enough to buy a guitar and learn to play, maybe she can change herself. It might be the music that saves her . . . Or it might be her two new friends, who show her how special she is. Erin Entrada Kelly deftly brings Apple’s conflicted emotions to the page in her debut novel about family, friendship, popularity, and going your way. “A must-read for those kids cringing at their own identities.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.
If you would like to borrow a copy of this book, please ask at the main circulation desk or call the library at 405-222-6075. If you do not have time to read the book, it is ok. You can still join the discussion and talk about the books you have been reading.
Free Eat Better, Move More Classes Coming to Chickasha:
The Chickasha Public Library and the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) Central Center of Healthy Aging are collaborating to provide Eat Better, Move More training for older adults throughout the state of Oklahoma.
The Eat Better, Move More program is an 8-week program designed to fit the interests and needs of older adults who want to maintain or improve their quality of life. Each week will focus on a different aspect of nutrition and physical activity.
The program will be from 1:00 -2:00 pm, Thursdays, beginning January 11, 2018, for eight weeks, at the Chickasha Public Library at 527 W. Iowa, Chickasha, OK 73018. This class is offered at no cost to participants and is open to the public.
Participants will receive a free step counter and the Eat Better, Move More manual including daily record sheets for individuals to track their success. Instructors are provided by OHAI, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine, supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
To receive additional information, call OHAI’s Central Center of Healthy Aging at (405)271-6424. To register, call the Chickasha Public Library at (405)222-6075.
Tai Chi Classes Coming to Chickasha Public Library:
The Chickasha Public Library and the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) are collaborating to provide Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance classes for older adults and their caregivers.
The Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program is a six-week program designed to improve core muscle strength and balance of older adults who want to maintain or improve their quality of life. This twice-a-week, six-week program focuses on building confidence and preventing falls.
The program will be from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mondays, and Thursdays, beginning January 8tht, for six weeks, at the Chickasha Public Library at 527 W. Iowa, Chickasha, OK. This class is offered at no cost to participants and is open to the public, but class size is limited, and pre-registration is required.
Instructors are provided and trained by OHAI, a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
To receive additional information or to register call the Chickasha Public Library at 405-222-6075.
Chapter Chat Adult Book Discussion Group:
Chapter Chat meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 7:00 pm at the Chickasha Public Library 527 W Iowa Ave.
January 22nd New
The book should have a publication (not reprint) date of 2017 or 2018
February 26th Poetry
March 26th Mystery fiction or nonfiction
April 23rd Oklahoma fiction or nonfiction
May 21st Reader’s choice – anything goes
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:
J Curtis Smith
For more information please call the library at 405-222-6075
All youth ages twelve to sixteen are welcome to join Youth Book Club! Youth Book Club is a monthly book discussion held on the last Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm. This program takes place in the Library meeting room at 527 W Iowa Ave.
For September, we are reading “Roller Girl” by Victoria Jamieson.
We will meet on September 26th, and this month there will be a special guest. Local illustrator Hailey Craighead is going to show the youth how to create a storyboard using watercolors.
For more information, please call the Library at 405-222-6075.
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 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
March 15th 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, youth ages 9 – 16 are welcome to come to the Library and test their knowledge of mythology found in Rick Riordan’s books.
March 16th, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm the Library will welcome local teen author Anna Kittrell. During the visit, Anna will discuss her writing and publication processes. This event is for youth ages 11 – 16. If you would like to read one of Anna Kittrell’s books before the event, there are copies available at the library and on the Oklahoma Virtual Library.
March 17th 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm there will be gaming in the library meeting room. Multiple gaming systems will be set up, and a variety of board games will be available. The featured game is “Forbidden Island” players must work as a team to capture the treasures and escape the island as it sinks beneath their feet. This event is for youth ages 7 to 16. An adult must accompany children 8 and younger.
The Chickasha Public Library is hosting a Youth Altered Books event on Friday, December 30th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Library for ages 9 – 16. During this event, the youth will learn how to alter books by folding page. They will also be able to create blackout poetry pages. This is a free event, all of the materials are provided.
If you have any questions please call the Library at 405-222-6075.
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.