Diabetes and Beyond Class

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

National Poetry Month at the Library

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.

Infobase Resources

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Closure Update

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.

New Electronic Resource Available

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.

Book Pick Up

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.

Lillie Huckaby
Library Director​

Library Closure

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.

Join us for a Birthday Party

The Chickasha Public Library Celebrate 115 years

The Chickasha Public Library will celebrate its 115th birthday with a weeklong celebration in March and everyone is invited to attend! Pat Cunningham, the director of the Grady County Historical Society Museum, will give a presentation about the early history of the Carnegie Library building on Monday, March 23rd.  Library staff member Michelle Skinner will speak about the history of the current library building on Thursday, March 26th.  Both events will start at 6:00 p.m. at the Chickasha Public Library.  Finally, there will be a birthday party on Saturday, March 28th, at 3:00 p.m. at the Chickasha Public Library.  The Library is located on the corner of 6th and Iowa at 527 W. Iowa Ave. 
During the birthday party on Saturday, March 28th, Mayor Chris Mosley will speak at 3:00 pm, followed by Melody Kellogg, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.  There will be historic photographs and items on display during that week and people are invited to share their stories and memories of the ways in which the Library has impacted their lives.  In addition, a history of the Chickasha Public Library’s first 115 years has been written by Library staff member Michelle Skinner and the book will be available for purchase. 
Library Director Lillie Huckaby would like to invite the community to celebrate their past, present, and future by highlighting the Library’s positive influence for the residents of Chickasha and Grady County.
The history of the Chickasha Public Library began in 1905 when several women’s organizations who were active in Chickasha saw the need for a public library.  They applied for a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, (Carnegie funded some 3,000 libraries) secured the land on which to build the library, and solicited donations of books and furniture.  The Carnegie Library, which was named for Andrew Carnegie, had 465 books at the time of its dedication on March 23, 1905.  It was the first free public library in what was then Indian Territory.  The first person to receive a library card was Mary Smith of Chickasha, who had a free library at her home and served as volunteer librarian while the Carnegie Library was being built.  The first librarian of the Carnegie Library was Sallie Thompson, who served as director from 1905-1907, 1910-1916, and from 1923-1929.  There have been a total of 15 library directors during the past 115 years.
The Carnegie Library building was torn down in 1963.  The following year, the new Chickasha Public Library was built on the same location.  Over the years, the Library has expanded its services to adapt to the community’s changing needs.  The first computer was installed in 1986, public Internet access arrived in 1996, and e-books became available to check out through the Oklahoma Virtual Library in 2012. 
Today, the Chickasha Public Library contains over 50,000 volumes, including books, audio books, magazines, newspapers, and DVDs.  There are a variety of both educational and
recreational programs for all ages, as well as access to technology and resources.
For more information, contact the Chickasha Public Library at 405-222-6075 or email Lillie Huckaby at lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org.  We hope to see you there!​

Dr. Seuss Read-a-Thon

This year the Chickasha Public Library is celebrating Read Across America Day Dr. Seuss’ birthday with an all day Read-a-Thon. 

On March 2, 2020 Library Staff and community members will be reading Dr. Seuss books in the Library meeting room from 10:00 A.M.- 7:30 P.M.  This is a come and go event for all ages and you are welcome to pop in as many times as you’d like to catch your favorite story (or three).

Read Across America Day is a project of the National Education Association and is held on the school day closest to Dr. Seuss’ birthday. 

Theodor Seuss Geisel​ was born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He began writing during his student days at Dartmouth college for the college humor magazine, eventually becoming editor-in -chief.  After he was asked to step down from his post he chose to submit work as Dr. Seuss.  He graduated from Dartmouth and attended Lincoln College in Oxford with the intention of earning a degree in English literature.  Geisel left England in 1927 and spent the next 10 years publishing political cartoons in national magazines and creating ad campaigns.  During an Atlantic crossing in 1937 Geisel was inspired by the rhythm of the engines to write his first book, And to Think that I saw it on Mulberry Street.  He wrote and published four more books before the outbreak of World War II.  He used his writing and illustrating talents for the war effort by drawing posters for the Treasury Department and War Production Board. He also wrote and directed several training films. 

After the war Geisel and his wife Helen moved to La Jolla, California where he took up children’s literature again.  By the time of his death in 1991 he had written  and published over 60 books. Several of his works have been adapted for television and movies.

Women’s History Month

The Chickasha Public Library will celebrate Women’s History month with a display from the National Archives celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The Nineteenth Amendment prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex.

 Humble Beginnings

Women’s History Month began as Women’s History Week in 1978 when the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in California. They chose the week of March 8th to honor International Women’s Day. Two years later the National Women’s History Project​ for national recognition and President Jimmy Carter declared the week of March 2-8 1980, as National Women’s History Week.

From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung, and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.” -Jimmy Carter, 1980 

In 1987 the month of March was declared Women’s History Month through the efforts of the National Women’s History Project, now known as the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA). Each year the NWHA chooses a theme for Women’s History Month and organizes celebrations on the theme. The 2020 theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote” to celebrate the centennial of the 19th amendment and the women of the original suffrage movement and all women who have continued to fight to ensure fair voting rights for all.

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