On November 16th  from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting their 2nd annual Books Come Alive and Local Authors Festival event. This year we are using books from the PBS Great American Reads booklist, there will be actors portraying book characters, book scavenger hunts, prizes, and fun for all. There is also an opportunity for the public to meet local authors, discuss their books, and buy them. Both events are FREE, donations will be welcome at the door.

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting its fall ‘$1 Used Book Sale’ fundraiser from Thurs. through Sun., Oct. 4-7, 2018.  The Sale will be held in the community meeting room at the Library, located at 527 Iowa Avenue, Chickasha, OK.

The Used Book Sale will be open to the community on Fri., Oct. 5, from 10am-6pm; Sat., Oct. 6, from 10am-2pm; and Sun., Oct. 7, from 1pm-4pm.

REMINDER to all current members of the Friends of the Library … as a bonus for being a member, YOU may browse and purchase EARLY at the Preview Book Sale on Thurs., Oct. 4, from 5pm-8pm.

NOT A MEMBER?  Annual membership fees are only $5 for Individuals, $10 for a Family and $25 to be a Patron!  If you purchase a Friends’ 2018-19 membership at the door on Thurs. evening, Oct. 4, you will be able to shop at the Preview Sale that evening, as well as at other Book Sales in the 2018-19 year.

Saturday, Oct. 6, is ‘Bargain Day’ with books on sale at half-price, and the books on Sunday, Oct. 7, are an even bigger ‘Bargain’ … they are ‘FREE.’

Among the items for sale are Children, Teen, and Adult Fiction, Reference Materials, Non-Fiction Books as well as some DVDs and Book CDs.

Two special features of this year’s fall ‘$1 Used Book Sale’ are a free daily ‘Drawing’ for books and a ‘Silent Auction’ featuring several nice books on which to bid.

This sale will be the last opportunity to purchase some vintage (antique) books dated from 1950 and older.  A few books are pre-1900!

Donations of books and other items for the ‘$1 Used Book Sale’ are accepted throughout the year and may be brought to the staff at the Chickasha Public Library.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help set-up and/or work the book sale or who has questions about the sale may contact Angie at 779-6969.

Proceeds from the book sale will be used to purchase new books and materials for the Library.

Membership fees and financial donations may be brought to 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 any Library event, please call the Library at 222-6075.

The Chickasha Public Library is hosting a Free Genealogy Symposium, Tuesday, September 25th. Sessions begin at 10:00 am and continue till 5:00 pm. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 people for each presentation and you may register for any or all of the presentations.  Register with Library staff at the front desk or call the Library at 405-222-6075.

Genealogy Speakers:

10:00-12:00

Beginning genealogy, including the basics of online research and finding trustworthy sources, presented by Michelle Skinner, Chickasha Public Library staff. There will be a question and answer session from 11:30 am-12:00 pm.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Finding Native American ancestors and using the Dawes Roll in genealogical research, presented by Nancy Calhoun, head of the Genealogy and Local History Department at Muskogee Public Library.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel discussion with Genealogy Symposium speakers.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Advanced genealogy and using primary sources, presented by Dolores Smith, a retired educator and a current volunteer at the Oklahoma History Research Center in Oklahoma City.

Impact Survey results

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, the University of Washington Information School conducted Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries, which was the first large-scale investigation of the ways U.S. library patrons use computers and the Internet at public libraries, why they use it, and how it impacts their lives. The study included a national online survey that yielded over 45,000 responses and four library case studies. It also piloted a local library survey for individual communities. Because the patron survey was such a success, the University of Washington Information School has extended the benefits of the Opportunity for All web survey by making the tested and validated survey available to all U.S. public libraries. Now public libraries can conduct their own Impact Survey at their library at any time.

How your community benefits from Internet access

Impact Survey Results

Chickasha Public Library catalog home page.

The Chickasha Public Library’s new catalog (https://chickasha-verso.auto-graphics.com/mvc) is accessible on any Internet-capable device and is an easy way to find specific books and also to discover new and interesting books, e-books, audiobooks, and more.  Directly below the Chickasha Public Library logo is a book display window with different collections that you can browse through or click on for more information.  There is a link to the Library’s homepage at the top of the page.

Search the library catalog

The search bar at the top of the screen allows you to search by author, title, or keyword.  The search results are displayed as book covers with title and author information and if the book is available. It is a very convenient searching method for those who remember the book cover, but not the title.  The search can also be modified to show only available books.  A sidebar on the left side of the page allows you to expand or refine your search as needed.  A search for James Patterson, for example, yields 258 results.  If you click on the Series tab on the sidebar, it will show the names of different series and which books are in each.  Other tabs can filter results by reading level, date (so you can easily find the newest books by a particular author), and subject.Refine your search by using the bar on the left side of the screen;.

 Clicking on the book cover itself shows more details about the book and its location within the library.  The Shelf Browsing feature allows you to browse for similar books that are located nearby on the shelf.  You can also customize the catalog view by clicking on the buttons in the upper righthand corner, which allow you to choose between Gallery View, List View, or Grid View.Search the catalog by series.

If you aren’t sure exactly what you are looking for, you can search for a word or phrase and the catalog will bring up books with similar sounding titles, authors, or subjects.   This is very helpful if you remember part of a title.  The catalog also shows e-books, which are available to download and read for free on your Kindle, Nook, tablet, or other devices.

Logging into your personal account

Patron login location for catalog

If you have a Chickasha Public Library card, you can log in to your personal account in the catalog.  The username is the Library card number and the password is the last 4 digits of that number.  The online account includes any items currently checked out, fines and payments, and an option to record your history of books that were previously checked out.  You can also place a hold online and create and save up to 20 searches and lists of books that can be viewed at a later date.  If you are logged into your account, you can browse through books and quickly add them to lists so you can remember what books you want to read for your next Library visit.

The Chickasha Public Library will be closed Monday, December 25th. The Library will reopen Tuesday, December 26th at 9:30 am.

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