If you were to do a quick google image search for “librarian” you would find several images portraying the typical librarian–glasses, cardigan, pushing a cart of books through dusty stacks.  I can assure you that that is NOT the standard-sometimes there are not any carts available and I have to carry the books. 

Let’s look at other librarian and library worker stereotypes and dispel the myths. 

The second event of the Scare Games in Monsters University takes place in the campus library. In this game the students must capture their team flag without disturbing the librarian. Unfortunately one team can’t stay quiet and the librarian plucks them up and tosses them into the nearby creek. 

The Chickasha Public Library understands that life happens above a whisper. We do ask that customers keep conversations quiet. 

If the librarian on TV isn’t aggressively shushing a person for daring to speak above a whisper, they are meekly tiptoeing about the stacks afraid of their own shadow. Although if I encountered a ghost like the New York Public Library librarian Alice did in Ghostbusters I would gain a healthy fear of turning corners while shelving. 

In reality most public library positions require, well, public interaction. Each day here our staff interacts with customers in person, over the phone, and online. This includes weekly programs we host like Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance and Virtual Preschool Storytime or special programs like the Bookmobile that you will see out at an about on April 7th. Two stops are scheduled one at Shannon Springs park 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and one at the Washita Valley Community center and park from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Ruth Brown was a librarian who was not afraid to take on a challenge. Miss Brown was the head librarian at Bartlesville Public Library in 1950 when she came under fire for her support of the Civil Rights movement.  She conducted Storytime for African American children and allowed students from the Douglass school to use the library. In 1950 she was let go from her position. You can read more about her here at the Oklahoma Library Association website. 

Stereotypes are useful in media to help the audience quickly identify a character and move the plot along. However in real life every person you meet is an individual and will not perfectly fit into any one particular role. The staff at your public library is an eclectic mix of people happy to serve the needs of our community. 

We all know the names of our favorite authors-at least the name that you scan for when you look at the new release shelf. But did you know that some of your favorite authors may be writing under a pen name? The author may feel the need to protect their privacy, want to try their hand at a new genre, or to determine if their continued success is based on their name or on the content of their work. 

The Brontë sisters, Anne, Charlotte, and Emily, chose ambiguous, yet vaguely mascuine names (Acton, Currer, and Ellis) to publish their works under because they wanted to maintain their privacy while still expressing themselves. Also in the time in which their works were published works by female authors were not taken seriously and often considered flighty or overly romantic. Charlotte and Anne were forced to present their decidedly feminine selves to their publisher when rumors began to spread that Acton, Currer, and Ellis were one in the same. 

Agatha Christie may have been known as the “Queen of Crime” but like most creative people, she had many ideas and needed an outlet for them. In 1930 she published Giant’s Bread, a novel about a composer with a tragic past under the name Mary Westmacott. Neither Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple would approve of the dramatics. 

Once an author becomes famous they have built in readership. Fans grab the latest release off the shelf, sometimes before reading critical reviews. This is great for the author’s wallet and ego, but some authors are not satisfied by money and fame alone-they want to know that they are producing books that entertain the public.  

After his initial success with Carrie, Salem’s Lot and The Shining, Stephen King published several novels as Richard Bachman to test his skills. After only four novels the ruse was found out by a bookstore clerk who spotted the similarities leading him to research publishing documents identifying King as the author. To his credit Stephen King encouraged the clerk to write an article about his findings. Bachman “passed away” in 1985 although his “widow” discovered a manuscript for The Regulators which was published in 1996.

Several authors have decided to hide their identities during their careers. They may have craved privacy like the Brontë sisters, wanted to try their hand at a new genre like Agatha Christie or felt the need to test themselves like Stephen King.  If you had to select a new name to attach to your creative work what would it be?

Here is a list of books available at the library with authors who use pen names. Authors Who Write Under Pen Names

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As 2020 wrapped up many of my friends across social media lamented that they had not read as many books this year as they normally do. I had this problem as well. Very few books held my interest for more than a few pages.  Each time a friend asked for advice on what to read to help them through this slump I suggested reading a middle grade fiction or “chapter book”. 

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

I often pick up a chapter book when I need a palette cleanser between heavier books and this year that habit found me reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang. The Tang family recently immigrated from China and are struggling to find their place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Mr. and Mrs. Tang take a job as live-in managers at a small motel while Mia starts fifth grade.   The reason I always suggest middle grade fiction is in its simplicity.

Middle grade fiction touches on the topics that humans face on a daily basis like friendship drama, family relationships, physical changes, and encounters with a new grown up world, but in a simple, straightforward way.  The main characters are children who (hopefully) haven’t learned the adult art of ignoring their own feelings just to appease others so while they may not express themselves with finesse, they do it better than some adults in novels do.  Compare how Jane Eyre expresses her unhappiness by running away from Thornfield Hall in the night versus Ramona Quimby who simply shouts “Guts!!!!” as she swings at the local playground. Maybe we need more gut-shouting and less slipping away in the night. The guilelessness of young main characters is refreshing. 

Authors of middle grade fiction have to express complex topics like poverty in simple terms that their young readers will understand. Even though Mia is very intelligent she is still a 10 year old speaking English as a second language. She is not going to use five dollar words like penury and indigence when worrying about the hospital bill after Mrs. Tang is attacked. “But we’re dirt poor!” she exclaims to the hospital clerk after they deny the family relief. 

My absolute favorite thing about children’s books is how they end. All the themes of the book are wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end. I know that life doesn’t always end with a pool party, but it sounds better than some endings we are faced with in adult novels and especially life. 

The Chickasha Public Library has partnered with to Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative to offer a Diabetes and Beyond class.

This is an online class that requires the use of a computer, tablet, or smartphone. To register, please contact OHAI at 405-271-2290 or by email at rhonda-david@ouhsc.edu

Based on the principles of empowerment and education, the Diabetes and Beyond Education Program was created to provide you with the tools you need to better manage diabetes. You will learn about the importance of a healthy
diet, physical activity, and maintaining a positive outlook
through this six-week class. Take control of your health by
learning how to take an active role in managing your
diabetes!

April is National Poetry Month. The idea was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.

Did you know that the US Poet Laureate is from Oklahoma? Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa and still lives there today. In addition to poetry, Ms. Harjo also plays the saxophone and flute. You can read examples of her work here.

The Oklahoma Poet Laureate is Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. Ms. Mish visited the Chickasha Public Library in 2019 and conducted a Poetry Workshop. Read some of her poems here.

The Chickasha Public Library is excited to celebrate this year with our community in two brand new ways!

Poem a Day

Call the library at 405-222-6075 and ask us to read you the poem of the day. The poems will be short and family friendly. We will be reading poems until April 30 Monday through Friday 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Read to Us-Just for Kids

We want to hear your favorite poem! Call us Monday through Friday at 405-222-6075 and read us your favorite poem. Poets.org has a great selection of poems for kids.

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As of March 27 the Chickasha Public Library will continue to offer curbside pick up for books on Tuesday, March 31 at 2:00 P.M . In the case of inclement weather we will postpone the event to Wednesday, April 1 at 2:00 P.M.

Several sets of items will be available. This includes mixed genres of adult items and the children’s bags will contain a mix of nonfiction and fiction books.  

We are also accepting holds for currently available items. To browse the catalog and place holds, log into your library account with your library card number and password (last four digits of your number). If you have any questions please email us. Library staff will contact you and make pick-up arrangements for available items.

Don’t forget about the Oklahoma Virtual Library! Requests for the virtual library can be emailed to lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org.

The Chickasha Public Library has added a new electronic resource for our customers.

Tumble Book Library, a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games used by thousands of schools and public libraries in more than 100 countries around the world. 

TumbleBookLibrary is geared to grades K-6, and includes animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite! Username: tumble735 Password: books Click here to view the collection.

TumbleMath is a comprehensive collection of math-based stories. They are accompanied by games and quizzes to track progress. Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 Click here to start the fun.

TeenBookCloud includes of 1000 titles including graphic novels and AP content. Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 Start reading.

AudioBookCloud features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more! Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 Start listening.

RomanceBookCloud  is a huge collection of romance novels. Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 Start reading here.

Dear Library Patrons,

My thoughts are with you as we navigate this difficult time.  I know how important reading is to keep our minds occupied. To help with this, the Chickasha Public Library will be checking out packages of books. 
On Tuesday, March 24, at 2pm, bags of books will be available to check out at the drive-up book drop. This will continue until all the bags are gone, or until 3:30, whichever occurs first.
There will be 6 types of bags available with a limit of 2 bags of different types per household.
​A library card must be shown at pickup.  (If an individual does not have a library card, I will have bags of used paperbacks they will be able to borrow.)

The bag options are:
Preschool – 10 books – a mix of Easy picture books 
Children’s – 10 books – a mix of Juvenile fiction and Juvenile nonfiction
Teens – 5 books – fiction
Adult Fiction – 5 books – a mix of genres
Adult Nonfiction – 5 books – a mix
Adult Books on CDs – 3 books – mostly fiction

The due date is whenever the library reopens, and no fines will accrue. We tentatively plan to offer the book bag check out again next week depending on the circumstances. At this time we plan for the library to be closed through the end of March.​  
If you have books you would like to return, they may be dropped off at either of the book drops anytime.  

Utilize our online resources also. They can be found on our website, https://chickashapl.okpls.org/. Click the tab ‘e-resources’. If you have difficulty getting logged in because your card is not working you can email me at lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org and I will do my best to make it work.

Please let people who may not be on the Internet know about this book bag checkout. 
Take care of yourself.

Sincerely,
Lillie Huckaby
Library Director​

Update 3/27/2020 https://chickashapl.okpls.org/news/closure-update/

Update 3/25/2020https://chickashapl.okpls.org/news/new-electronic-resource-available/

Update 3/21/2020 https://chickashapl.okpls.org/news/book-pick-up/

The Chickasha Public Library will be closed until further notice.
Important updates to library services during closure:
• All items currently checked out will not accrue fines.
• Items currently checked out can be returned to the outside book drops or you may keep them until the library is reopened. Book drops will be checked daily.
• No new holds will be taken, but current holds will be held until the library is reopened.
• For information about accessing the Oklahoma Virtual Library, to download e-books e-audiobooks, or magazines, or Kanopy, to download movies, visit chickashapl.okpls.org. Your username is your library card number and your password is the last four digits of that number.
• If your library card is expired, please call 405-222-6075 and leave a message with your name and card number. This answering machine will be checked daily. You may also email Lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org.

We will be updating Facebook and this page as new information arises.

The E-Resources tab has lots of great option for you to explore.
Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. We look forward to seeing you soon. Please contact us through the library email listed above or Facebook with any questions. Telephone, email, and Facebook messages will be monitored throughout the day, but we do appreciate your patience.

We are happy to announce that our streaming video service, Kanopy has made several titles credit-free to watch along with all titles on the Kanopy Kids section. The Kanopy link can be found on the E-Resources page.