Dinovember

There is tons of dinosaur fun happening at the library this month.

  • Children can pick up a free take and make craft bag which contain supplies to make your own dinosaur puppet and more! 
  • You can join the Beanstack Dinosaur Challenge
  • Checkout the library’s Dinovember book display. 
  • What to know what dinosaur books the library has available? Visit this Dinovember Book bag link to find out!
  • When you visit the library be sure to find what book the dinosaur is reading each day and add your name to a drawing for your own dinosaur book! 
  • Be sure to follow the library on Facebook or Instagram to see what the dinosaurs have been up to at the library.

Book Character Pumpkin Patch

Illustration depicting a clear day at a pumpkin patch announcing the library's book character pumpkin project.

Children are encouraged to help fill the library’s pumpkin patch with their book character pumpkin. How do you add a pumpkin to the patch?

  • Visit the library and pick up a pumpkin template picture.
  • Design your pumpkin to look like a favorite book character by coloring or painting the picture.
  • Return the pumpkin picture to the library, and we will add it to our pumpkin patch. 

Storytime @ the Park

The Chickasha Public Library is offering a free Storytime session at Centennial Park every Tuesday Morning at 9:30 am. Storytime last about 30 minutes and is held under the large pavilion at the park. There is no registration for this program.

Storytime at the Park is geared towards children five and younger and their caregivers. We will sing, listen to stories, play, and learn early literacy skills.

For additional information, call 405-222-6075, or visit us at 527 W Iowa Ave.

Have you heard about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program?

You can sign your little one up for the Chickasha Public Library’s Raise Readers 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge today, using Beanstack, or by visiting the library at 527 W Iowa Ave.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting a 2-week fall ‘Used Book Sale’.  The sale begins Tues., Oct. 19, 2021 and extends through Sat., Oct. 30, 2021.   There will be no sales on Sundays.

The hours for the ‘Used Book Sale’ will coincide with the ‘open hours’ of the Library:  Mon.-Thurs. 9:30am – 7:00pm; Fri. 9:30am – 6:00pm; Sat., 10:00am-2:00pm.

The event will be held in the Library’s community meeting room, located at 527 Iowa Avenue, Chickasha, OK. 

Visitors will enjoy browsing through the selections of Children, Teen, and Adult fiction books, Reference Materials, Non-fiction books, DVDs, and Books on CD.

For this sale, those purchasing materials will be asked to make a financial donation rather than having individual prices on all the items.  The suggested donation is $1/book except for children’s books.

Proceeds from the ‘Used Book Sale’ will be used to purchase new books and materials for the Library.

Also … Friends of the Chickasha Public Library memberships and financial donations may be made at any time at the Library or mailed to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 265, Chickasha, OK  73023.   

Include your name, mailing address, phone number and email address, if available.  

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

Library’s Summer Reading Program Winds Down

Readers of all ages explored the animal kingdom this summer at the Chickasha Public Library. The “Tales and Tails” themed Summer Reading Program was open to all young people, preschool through young adult, and included free virtual and in-person programs. 

Participants in Summer Reading logged more than 51,955 minutes using the app Beanstack. 

As part of Summer Reading, author and performer Una Bell Townsend hosted storytime at the Washita Valley Community Center in June, telling children about a cow called Grady. To wrap up the Summer Reading program, Extreme Animals brought animals to Centennial Park in July.

To encourage reading throughout the year, the Library will add new reading challenges for all ages on Beanstack, available on Apple and Android devices. 

Stop by the Chickasha Public Library, located at 527 W Iowa Ave., or follow the Library on Facebook to learn about upcoming programs. 

The Chickasha Public Library’s Summer Reading program was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Grant, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Boomarang Diner  and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library.

Chickasha Public Library Summer Food Program

This summer, the Chickasha Public Library again partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide no-cost meals to kids ages 1-18. A total of 2,050 meals were provided to children in Chickasha in June and July.  

To provide convenient access to families in Chickasha, meals were able to be picked up at Washita Valley Park or at the Chickasha Public Library. 

The Chickasha Public Library would like to thank volunteers, including members of OHCE, for their commitment to helping provide meals to Chickasha children. 

The Chickasha Public Library is an equal opportunity provider. 

Readers’ Advisory

Even though my current Want-To-Read list is embarrassingly long I still continue to look for more titles to add to that list. I use many sources from wandering the aisles to scrolling through my Facebook feed, but one of the most recent ways that I have been adding to my list is by listening to podcasts. Podcasts are audio programs that are broadcast via the Internet. They are similar to radio programs without the limitations of signal strength. 

You may be familiar with podcasts like True Crime All the Time, Casefile, and True Crime Garage that delve into criminal investigations around the world. Or other podcasts like Secretly Incredibly Fascinating which dedicates each episode to exploring one topic. But did you know that there is a wide selection of podcasts that focus on books? 

The website www.bookriot.com broadcasts several podcasts that focus on general book recommendations like All the Books and Get Booked. They also host other shows specializing in genre recommendations. SSF Yeah! is dedicated to helping spread the word about great new Science Fiction and Fantasy titles. For Real spotlights non-fiction releases across interest levels. Past topics on this show include religious memoirs, love stories, and authors with Asian or Pacifc Islander heritage. 

 Some of your favorite authors may be producing podcasts as well. Gretchen Rubin author of Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives and Outer order, inner calm : declutter & organize to make more room for happiness hosts uses the platform to share insights into how she manages to stay sane in today’s crazy world and advises her listeners on how to establish healthy habits that lead to happiness. Dan Savage transitioned his radio show Savage Love Live to the podcast Savage Lovecast. While his listenership may have grown, Savage still uses his platform to discuss religion, gay rights, politics, and pornography.

But who better to source for book recommendations than a library? The New York Public Library hosts a podcast called The Librarian is In. Each episode two librarians with the NYPL system discuss books and what to read next. The Brooklyn Public Library also has a podcast, Borrowed,  that highlights stories that center around the people of Brooklyn and how they use the library. 

Most podcasts are available through multiple audio streaming apps like Spotify, Overcast, or Stitcher. Some apps may have a premium option that allows you to listen to the back catalog or bonus content, however most new episodes are available at no charge. 

No-Cost Meals program

The Chickasha Public Library is again partnering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide no-cost meals to kids ages 1-18. The Summer Food Program will kick off June 1. This year there will be two locations children and their caregivers can pick up meals in Chickasha. 

Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday at the following times and locations: 

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Washita Valley Park, located at 1500 S. Henderson St.
  • 12 to 1 p.m. at the Chickasha Public Library, located at 527 W Iowa Ave. 

There is no income verification or proof of residency required to receive meals. For additional information, call the Library at 405-222-6075. 

Preschool Storytime Schedule

The Chickasha Public Library is currently offering virtual Storytime in-person Storytime sessions at the library and Storytime at the park! These programs are geared towards caregivers and the children 5 and younger. The calendar below has details on each Storytime session you can register by clicking the link in the calendar’s event description, or by calling 405-222-6075.

December 2021

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • SAIL- Staying Active and Independent for Life 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
2
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
3
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
4
5
6
  • SAIL- Staying Active and Independent for Life 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
7
  • Storytime at the Library
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
8
  • SAIL- Staying Active and Independent for Life 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
9
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
  • Device Workshop 6:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
10
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
11
12
13
  • SAIL- Staying Active and Independent for Life 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
14
  • Storytime at the Library
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
  • Friends of the Library Board Meeting 4:30 P.M.-6.00 P.M.
15
  • SAIL- Staying Active and Independent for Life 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
16
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
17
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
18
19
20
  • SAIL- Staying Active and Independent for Life 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
  • Chapter Chat 6:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
21
  • Storytime at the Library
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
22
23
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
24
  • Closed For Christmas Eve
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
25
26
27
28
  • Storytime at the Library
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
29
  • SAIL- Staying Active and Independent for Life 9:00 A.M.-10:00 A.M.(Back Up)
30
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
31
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance-Continuation 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.

Have you signed your little one up for the Chickasha Public Library’s Raise Readers 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge? You can sign up today using Beanstack, or by visiting the library at 527 W Iowa Ave. For additional information please call 405-222-6075.

Chickasha Public Library Summer Reading 2021

The Chickasha Public Library is offering programs for all ages throughout the summer. Mark your calendars preregistration begins May 10th, with programs kicking off in June. You can register for the Summer Reading program using Beanstack or in-person at the Chickasha Public Library located at 527 W Iowa Ave. All programs are free, and there will be a variety of program types for all ages. Participants will set a reading goal, track their minutes spent reading, and earn incentives over the summer. The tracking can all be done online or by using the Beanstack mobile app. There is also an option to track minutes using paper and sticker logs.

The Chickasha Public Library will have programs for everyone this summer. There will be in-person programs (registration required each week), stories on the radio, take and make activities and virtual program. The Summer Reading program will also include virtual and in-person performers. 

Please note that in-person events held at the library require registration, with multiple days to choose from each week. Details for each age group are linked below. If you have any questions, please call 405-222-6075.

Summer Reading Program age groups

New Readers Summer Reading for ages 3-5

Children Summer Reading for ages 6 – 9

Tween Summer Reading for ages 10 – 13