Summer Reading 2017 Report

Every summer the Chickasha Public Library participates in a nationwide free Summer Reading Program, and our 2017 free program has ended here at the Chickasha Public Library. If you missed all the fun this summer, there is another chance next June and July! This year, 154 and 19 teens from all over Grady County signed up for the Summer Reading Program. In addition, the YMCA brought youth to participate in the Summer Reading once a week.

Collectively, the children that took part in the Summer Reading Program read over 78,434 minutes!

The top reader in the children Summer Reading Program read 18,790 minutes!

Children listening to a story at Summer Reading!The Summer Reading 2017 theme, Build a Better World allowed for opportunities to read some great books and have some excellent discussions on how to Build a Better World. We kicked things off by reading What Do You Do with An Idea by Kobi Yamada. Each child that participated created a journal to collect all their excellent ideas on how to Build a Better World, which included picking up trash around their communities and helping their neighbors with groceries. There were several other great ideas to go along with those, and I look forward to seeing what the youth can do to make our World a Better Place. Another great book we read during the program was Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root. Which follows a child’s attempt at creating their garden and presents the idea that a garden can be anywhere. As the story progresses,  a small garden in a box turns into a beautiful community garden that everyone can enjoy. The youth planted beans to go along with the book, so at home, each participant can now start their own anywhere farms.

Barrett from Mad Science visited the Library!The first performer of the summer was Barrett from Mad Science. Mad Science enabled the children to learn about construction and the science behind building bridges, all while having fun!

The new knowledge of architecture paired perfectly with our book for the following week, Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty. Iggy Peck, Architect, is a story about a boy named Iggy who loves building from a very young age. As he grows up, he encounters a teacher who does not approve of architecture and Iggy is faced with discouragement and a challenge toward the end that he must face.


Extreme Animals visit the Library for Summer Reading.


In July, we looked at ways to Build a Better World for our animal friends. We read the book Coral Reefs by Jason Chin; Chin takes his readers on a beautifully illustrated journey. As the information on coral reefs and ocean life build, so does the coral in the illustrations. This book brought up discussions on what people have been doing to keep the Earth’s largest bodies of water clean for all the fish who live in the reef.  Our July performer continued with this theme. On July 21st, the Library welcomed Extreme Animals to the program. The participants had the opportunity to meet animals from all over the world, including Dory the otter from Asia. Children also learned facts about each animal’s environment. Half of the animals that the children met are on the endangered species list, which lead to excellent discussions on what can be done to keep other animals from becoming endangered.


Teens make Ferris Wheels during summer reading.

The Library’s teen program was tons of fun and the teens who turned in minutes read above and beyond their goals!

Altogether, the teens who took part in the Summer Reading Program read over 79,835 minutes!

The top reader in the teen program read over 32,921 minutes!

This summer we tracked minutes differently. For every 60 minutes, the teens were given a Lego to build with in the Library. The Teens collectively received over 1442 Legos.


The teens also constructed Ferris wheels and then used the book, Rubber Band Engineer: Build Slingshot-Powered Rockets, Rubber Band Rifles, Unconventional Catapults, and Guerrilla Gadgets from Household Hardware, by Lance Akiyama,  to create catapults. The Teen Summer Reading program gives teens a unique experience where they can discuss with their peers about what books they have been reading, and they can suggest books.

Teens made up cycled masks!


The first special guest for the teens was local artist Carrie Chavers. Carrie showed the teens how to craft an up cycle project, where they used old computer parts to make decorative masks.



Kelsey Hoops and Juggle whatever performed for the teens at Summer Reading.



To finish off the 2017 Teen Summer Reading Program, the Library welcomed Kelsey Hoops and Juggle Whatever out of Norman to perform a glow show and teach the teens how to juggle and hula hoop. The teens had a great time while learning that anything is possible with practice.




This year’s Summer Reading Program has been a blast, but the program is more than just fun and games. The participants who read and turned in minutes over the summer have a better chance of retaining all the skills from the previous school year, and the youth can be confident when they begin school in a few weeks that they will not be behind.

The Library would like to thank all the performers, volunteers, and participants for making this Summer Reading Program one to remember. We would also like to acknowledge another organization that makes the Chickasha Public Library free Summer Reading Program, along with summer reading programs across the nation possible, 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 and Twitter.”

Funding was also provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education, Sonic America’s Drive-In, Corp, Pizza Hut, Water-Zoo Indoor Water park in Clinton, OK., donations from the community and The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library.

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Oklahoma Department of Libraries




If your child or teen participated in the Chickasha Public Library 2017 Summer Reading Program, please take a moment to fill out the survey below. It will be a great help to continue our Summer Reading Program in the years to come. Also, be sure to check out all the awesome fun we had throughout the summer in the slideshow!



Summer Reading Evaluation