Friends of the Library hosting Fall Used Book Sale

By Susan Gearhart, Friends of the Library

It’s ‘Used Book Sale’ time, and you are invited to come, browse, and shop for 2 weeks! The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library’s annual sale is Mon. through Sat., Oct. 9-21, 2023. There are no sales on Sundays.

The book sale is held in the Library’s community meeting room at 527 Iowa Ave., in Chickasha, OK.

Hours of the sale coincide with the ‘open hours’ of the Library: Mon. through Thurs. 9:30am–7pm; Fri. 9:30am–6pm; Sat., 10am-2pm.

Over 200 boxes of books that have been donated to the Friends and the Library will be filling the tables! Shoppers will find Children, Teen, and Adult Fiction Books, Non-Fiction Books, Reference Materials, Book CDs and DVDs.

The Friends encourage those purchasing books to make a financial donation instead of paying individual prices on each of their selections. A suggested donation is $1 per book, except for children’s books.
Proceeds from the ‘Used Book Sale’ will be used to purchase new interior signage and for library programming.


Memberships in the ‘Friends of the Chickasha Public Library’, as well as financial donations to the Friends non-profit 501(C)3 organization, help support the mission of the organization. They may be made at any time at the Library or mailed to the Friends of the Library, 527 Iowa Ave., Chickasha, OK 73018.

For memberships, please include your name, mailing address, phone number and email address, if available, with your information. Annual memberships are from July 1 through June 30.

For more information about the ‘Used Book Sale’ and any Library event, please call the Library at 405-222-6075.

Chickasha Public Library Blood Drive

The Chickasha Public Library will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, August 17, from 12:30-5:30 p.m. om the meeting room. To make an appointment, call 877-340-8777, or visit osbi.org. Walk-ins are always welcome, and all donors will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card.

The past 12 months

The Chickasha Public Library has had a lot of activity during the past 12 months! Data has been compiled about everything from visitors, library cards, computer and internet usage, programs, and volunteer hours to the number of check-outs (both physical and digital). Take a look at some of what the Library has accomplished!

Oklahoma Broadband Office launches 16-stop “Let’s Get Digital” listening tour

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Broadband Office’s (OBO) statewide broadband listening tour will be making a stop near you in the coming weeks, and state officials are asking you to take part.

The “Let’s Get Digital: Oklahoma Broadband Tour” will pass through 16 cities and towns to gather public input for a five-year plan to connect the entire state to high-speed internet. The tour kicks off on May 8 and will continue through June 23 with meetings in all four corners and points in-between of Oklahoma.

Data show more than 800,000 Oklahomans currently lack access to dependable high-speed internet service in Oklahoma. That’s more than one-in-five Oklahoma residents.

“Access to affordable and reliable high-speed internet service has become a necessity. Our mission is to ensure every family, student, business, farmer and tribal community in Oklahoma has that access,” Oklahoma Broadband Office Executive Director Mike Sanders said.

“A key priority to ensure our mission is successful is to hear from and talk with Oklahomans who lack adequate service today. We welcome anyone with questions or concerns, or who wants to learn more about our efforts to attend one of the 16 meetings scheduled across the state in May and June.”

The public is encouraged to register at oklahoma.gov/broadband/outreach for any of the stops on the tour, which will take place at libraries in the following cities and towns:

  1. May 8 at 4:30 – Weatherford
  2. May 11 at 4:30 p.m. – Enid
  3. May 12 at 1:00 p.m. – Stillwater
  4. May 15 at 4:30 p.m. – Vinita
  5. May 16 at 9:00 a.m. – Poteau
  6. May 18 at 4:30 p.m. – Broken Bow
  7. May 22 at 9:30 a.m. – Oklahoma City
  8. May 23 at 4:30 p.m. – Durant
  9. May 26 at 4:30 p.m. – Chickasha Public Library
  10. June 2 at 4:30 p.m. – Altus
  11. June 6 at 4:30 p.m. – Sallisaw
  12. June 8 at 4:30 p.m. – Sulphur
  13. June 9 at 4:30 p.m. – Lawton
  14. June 13 at 4:30 p.m. – Ada
  15. June 20 at 4:30 p.m. – Okmulgee
  16. June 23 at 4:30 p.m. – Woodward

Residents, business owners, farmers and ranchers, leaders, members of tribal communities, and representatives for schools, hospitals, nonprofits, and other community organizations are encouraged to attend.

For questions regarding the broadband listening tour, the public is encouraged to email or call MJ Barton, Tribal & Programs Outreach Manager, OBO at mj.barton@broadband.ok.gov or (405) 517-2393.

About the Oklahoma Broadband Office

Oklahoma has launched an aggressive effort to ensure fast and affordable broadband internet service is available throughout the state and the Oklahoma Broadband Office is a key component.

Created by the Legislature in May 2022, the office is on a five-year mission to develop and administer grant programs to make affordable, high-speed internet available to all Oklahomans. It also coordinates efforts throughout the state to ensure broadband expansion is conducted effectively and efficiently.

Summer Reading Program at the Chickasha Public Library

Join Chickasha Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program from May 22 to July 31. Summer Reading is a program to encourage children to read over the summer, bridge the gap between school years, and develop a love of reading. Children and teens can participate by logging reading minutes, earning prizes, and enjoying summer friendship, love, and togetherness programs and activities, complementing this year’s theme, “All Together Now.” All programs will be at the Chickasha Public Library, located at 527 Iowa, Chickasha. For more information, call the Library at 405-222-6075.

Wee Ones (ages 5 and under) will complete 480 reading minutes and have weekly programs on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. for ages 0-3 and 2:00 p.m. for ages 4-5. Kiddos’ Korner (ages 6-11, although all ages are welcome) will complete 960 reading minutes and have programs on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Teen Time (ages 12-17) will complete 1080 reading minutes and have programs on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Adults will also be able to participate in online Summer Reading challenges through Beanstack.

All participants can pre-register for the program at https://chickashapl.beanstack.com/reader365. Everyone who joins the Summer Reading Program is encouraged to participate digitally through Beanstack, either on the web or via the app. Participants can track the books they have read, log reading minutes, earn badges and prizes, and discover great books. Parents or caregivers can sign up and quickly log both their own and their children’s reading under one primary account. Participants also have the option to track their minutes using a reading log provided by the library. Reading logs can be picked up any time after May 22 at the Chickasha Public Library, located at 527 W. Iowa Ave., Chickasha.

Younger children aged 0-5 will be encouraged to participate in the Wee Ones Wednesday Storytime programs at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. This program engages young learners in fun pre-literacy activities, stories, and group play. Children aged 6-11 can participate in the Kiddos’ Korner program on Thursdays at 2 p.m. All ages are welcome to the Thursday programs, but it is recommended for ages 6-11. Kiddos’ Korner will include enhanced learning activities and hands on programming that will focus on reading. Teens aged 12-17 can participate in programs during Teen Time Tuesdays, which will be at 2 p.m. Teen Time will focus on reading as a way to encourage teens to interact with people outside of their peer group while providing informational programs that support lifelong learning needs, provide knowledge about, or inspire interest in a variety of subjects.

All youth who complete the Summer Reading challenge by reading the age-appropriate minutes will have a book of their choosing painted on the outside of the library, plus an entry into a final drawing for additional prizes. Further prizes will be awarded throughout the summer at different levels for designated minutes reached, such as a Level 1 prize for Wee Ones earned for 60 minutes completed reading. Prizes will also be awarded for community service, kindness, and program participation. Our youth community service project this summer is the Chickasha Animal Shelter. We will be taking up donations to help our local furry friends from June 1-July 31. All youth who donate supplies at the library will receive a community service badge and an additional entry into the final grand prize drawings.

“All Together Now” is a perfect slogan to bring us all together! No matter our age, socio-economic status, political affiliation, or location, we can all find a book to fit our interests and maybe make some friends in the process. Centered around kindness, friendship, unity, and community togetherness, this year’s theme comes with endless opportunities to share the library. In-person indoor and outdoor activities will be offered all summer long and monthly take-and-make crafts will be available for all ages. Program content changes weekly and take and makes will be available while supplies last.  

Research from the American Library Association indicates that summer reading helps children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills over the summer, provides a haven for community readers, and develops reading enthusiasm. Additionally, adult participation encourages caregivers to play a strong role in their child’s literacy development by reading aloud with their child and modeling good reading behavior. Kids read more and enjoy reading more when they can choose what they read. Benefits to readers include encouragement for reading to become a lifelong habit, reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities, reading over the summer helps children keep their skills up, and the program can generate interest in the library and books. For more information about the benefits of Summer Reading, visit the American Library Association’s information about Summer Reading benefits: https://libguides.ala.org/summer-reading/benefits.

As poet and author Maya Angelou noted, “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” Chickasha Public Library joins libraries across the nation to encourage adults, youth, and families to read over the summer.

The Summer Reading Program is free and sponsored by the Chickasha Public Library, the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library, the City of Chickasha, and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.  For more information about Summer Reading, call the Chickasha Public Library at 405-222-6075 or check our website under the Youth Services tab at CPL Summer Reading Program. To sign up for Summer Reading, visit the Chickasha Public Library or sign up online on Beanstack. You can also connect with the Chickasha Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.

Books Come Alive and Local Author Festival will be held Saturday, March 25!

Submitted by the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library

The Friends of the Library and Chickasha Public Library invite the community to stop by the Library on Sat., March 25, 2023 between 2pm and 4pm for two very special attractions! The Library is located at 527 Iowa Ave., Chickasha, OK.

Visitors will enjoy being entertained by Books Come Alive presenters as they each create their own setting, costume as a character, and present a 3-5 minute scene from a book they have selected to share. Participating as presenters are Mischelle Blunt who has chosen “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett; Dr. Christy Clift will portray a scene from “Harry Potter” by JK Rowling; and the Library’s children’s director Drew Cooper has selected “Beauty and the Beast” as her book. Also presenting are Rebecca Cravens portraying a scene from “Jane Austen”; Sydny Dockery has chosen the book “Percy Jackson” by Rick Riordan; Dr. Jeanne Mather selected Mike Artell’s “Petite Rouge”; and Rick Phillips will be having fun with “Star Wars”. Well-known radio host George Plummer will be presenting a special book, as well!

While at the Library, stop by the meeting room and visit with the authors who are participating in the “Local Author Festival”. All the authors will set up at tables and have books for sale. This year the authors include Karen Knauss Bailey Alicia Dean, Tamrie Foxtail, Dr. Todd Fuller, Kenny “Sad Pawpaw” Harmon (NOTE: enter a drawing at his table to win a copy of his book!), Dr. Crag Hill, Callie Hutton, Anna Kittrell, Brian McNatt, Gloria Koehn Morse, Kathy Shaull and Liz Tyner.

NOTE: The Library will close at noon on Sat., March 25, to set up for these two exciting events! For additional information about these activities and others at the Library, call 405.222.6075.

Summer Youth Internship at the Library

Chickasha Public Library is seeking applicants for our paid summer internship. Applicants can be high school seniors or recent high school graduates/college students interested in working in a library setting with local youth. Our internship is for 100 hours over a 10 week period starting May 22.

This internship is sponsored by the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library.

Projects Include:

  • Assisting with Youth Services, specifically programs and projects
  • Pulling reading lists and creating displays
  • Shelving/organizing books in the children’s and teen areas

Interested applicants should fill out an application and submit it to Lillie or Drew at the Chickasha Public Library. For additional questions please contact Lillie Huckaby, Library Director or Drew Cooper, Youth Services Librarian. (405) 222-6075.

ARPA and LSTA grant funds expands ebook collection

Good news for ebook readers! The Stillwater Public Library has been expending ARPA and LSTA grant funds since last May in order to maintain our collection on the OK Virtual Library. $40,000 in ARPA funds were used to purchase a total of 532 audio units, and 251 eBook units were added.

By December 30, $145,000 will have been spent with LSTA funds. Due to the unprecedented number of holds on titles (some with a waitlist of over 300), the majority of these funds went toward titles with high holds, re-purchasing expired titles that had multiple people waiting, and the most requested titles by patrons across all libraries. At this time 3077 eBook units and 599 audio units have been added.

If you are interested in checking out ebooks or e-audiobooks, go to the Oklahoma Virtual Library and sign in with your Chickasha Public Library card number. The PIN is the last four digits of that number. You can also access the Oklahoma Virtual Library on your phone with the Libby app. If you have any questions about the checkout process, call the Library at 405-222-6075 and staff will be able to help.

Seeking Presenters for Books Come Alive!

Books Come Alive in our imaginations, so why not before our very eyes? Remember the scenes from Books Come Alive years past? Let’s do it again! Books Come Alive 2023!

You are invited to present a passage from a book for all the people to see and hear. In case you don’t remember or don’t know what I’m talking about, Books Come Alive is when the library is closed, scenes are set up, and people can tour the library, stopping to listen and view each scene. There will be between 6 and 12 presentations.

Anyone who chooses to can create a setting and costume for a character and scene from a book and prepare a passage to present. You can choose a science fiction scene from a Star Trek book, a classic such as Shakespeare, Mark Twain, or Sherlock Holmes, or something new like Lucy Foley’s “The Guest List” or “The Martian” by Andy Weir. You can choose fiction or nonfiction, an adult book or children’s book such as Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, or Junie B. Jones.

The scene can be presented by one person or by a small group; by a child, an adult, or a mix.
The presentation should be about 3-5 minutes in length. Sharpen your acting skills and have some fun!

Further details:

  • The presentation must present a passage from a book which must be on display; or it could be an author presenting a group of books with passages from the books quoted.
  • Space is limited; therefore the scene should be no more than 8 feet x 6 feet. All scenes will be in the library (portions of which are carpeted, so please no food or drinks).
  • Applications will be reviewed from February 1st through the 10th. Presenters will be contacted during that time for clarification. Auditions will be February 13th – 18th.
  • Acceptance/declination decisions will be made and presenters notified by February 25th.
  • Don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you have any questions. Email Lillie Huckaby at Lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org or call 405-222-6075.

Click here to apply for consideration. Applications are due by the end of February. The big date is Saturday, March 25th.

Reference Solutions business database now available

The Chickasha Public Library now provides access to Reference Solutions, self-described as “the leading source for business and residential data in the United States.” Reference Solutions can be utilized for job searching, researching businesses in the US and Canada, and collecting data about residential areas. 

To access Reference Solutions from the Library’s website, go to the E-Resources page and click on “Reference Solutions” near the top of the page. After you enter your library card number and accept the terms and conditions, you will be able to browse and search for information about over 70 million businesses.