Summer Reading is May 23-July 25!

It’s almost time for Summer Reading, which is a free program where children and teens participate by reading books, tracking their minutes, earning prizes, and attending programs and events. 

Reading minutes can be tracked on Beanstack from May 23 through July 25, and there are a variety of programs for different age groups during June and July.

Camp Chickasha Library Teens (ages 12-17)
Happy Campers (ages 6-11)
Campfire Tales (ages 4-5; and families)
Lil’ Campers (ages 0-3)

For more information about Summer Reading or any other youth services, read the Summer Reading edition of the LIbrary’s newsletter, call the Library at 405-222-6075, or email Youth Services Librarian Drew Cooper at

Summer Reading Events


  • May 28 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Anime Club *New members welcome
  • May 29 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10 am & Campfire Tales @ 2 pm
  • May 30 Happy Campers: Camper mini canvas paint class @ 10 am and 2 pm


  • June 4 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Survival 101: Survival tricks and hacks
  • June 5 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10 am and Campfire Tales @ 2 pm June 6 Happy Campers @ 10 & 2: Stories, smores and more with the Chickasha Police Department @ 10 am and the Chickasha Fire Department @ 2 pmJune 11 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Book Club *New members welcome
  • June 12 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10 am and Campfire Tales @ 2pm
  • June 13 Happy Campers: Dad’s Day Out, drop-in from 10 am -4 pm
  • June 18 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Percy Jackson Camp Half Blood
  • June 19 Library CLOSED – No Storytime program today June 20 Happy Campers @ 2 pm: I Survived Book Club *New members welcome
  • June 25 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Anime Club *New members welcome June 26 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10 am and Campfire Tales @ 2 pm
  • June 27 Happy Campers OKC Science Museum event @ the Library: 2 pm only! Registration required for this event. Please call or stop by to register. Ages 6-11


  • July 2 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Book Club *New members welcome July 3 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10 am and Campfire Tales @ 2 pm July 4 Library CLOSED – No Happy Campers event today
  • July 9 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Survival 101: First Aid Basics
  • July 10 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10 am and Campfire Tales @ 2 pm
  • July 11 Happy Campers Let’s Get Geeky STEM event: Things that Glow @ 10 am & 2 pm
  • July 16 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2pm: Anime Club *New members welcome
  • July 17 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10am and Campfire Tales @ 2pm
  • July 18 Happy Campers @ 2 pm: I Survived Book Club *New members welcome
  • July 23 Camp Chickasha Library Teens @ 2 pm: Teen Finale in Tuttle: Tiger Safari – Registration Required. LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • July 24 Storytimes: Lil’ Campers @ 10 am and Campfire Tales @ 2 pm
  • July 25 Campers ages 0-11 Finale: Snider Family Exotics at the Library @ 2pm only!
  • JULY 31 ALL AGES SUMMER READING AWARDS PROGRAM following Storytime at 10 am.

Kiddos’ Korner: Meet and Greet Special Story Hour on February 8

There will be a Kiddos’ Korner: Meet and Greet Special Story Hour at the Chickasha Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. Come join us for a special story hour and meet some of the coolest people ever, children’s book authors and illustrators.

The authors and illustrators who will be attending this event are Eileen Hobbs, Aaron Allison, Charles Martin, and Buck Berlin. Children’s author Eileen Hobbs wrote Under the Golden Rain Tree and the Heath Cousins series. There are copies of her books available to check out at the Library, and they can be found in Children Fiction under Hobbs.

Aaron Allison is a teen author whose works include I Love You Mosterous: Poems & Essays Of Love and Acceptance. Charles Martin is a manga and comic book author and illustrator. Buck Berlin is a manga and comic book illustrator and storyteller who owns New World Comics in Oklahoma City. 

“Come celebrate Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week with a fantastic event all about those special people who we all love so much because they create the books that entertain and inspire us,” says Youth Services Librarian Drew Cooper.

For more information about the Meet and Greet Special Story Hour, call the Library at 405-222-6075 or email Drew Cooper at

Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 3

Saturday, February 3, 2024 is National Take Your Child to the Library Day, and the Chickasha Public Library is participating with fun, free activities for children from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be a special library-themed Storytime for all ages from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., as well as crafts, a chance to win a library book bundle, and more.

Stop by the front desk and meet Youth Services Librarian Ms. Drew Cooper, and learn about all of the programs and services for children at the Chickasha Public Library, including Storytime, Summer Reading, and book clubs for children and teens. Take some pictures with some special guest book characters. Families can browse for books, read stories together, and parents and legal guardians can also sign up their children for their own library cards.

According to Youth Services Librarian Ms. Drew Cooper, “Libraries are an ideal place for children to play, discover, make friends, and have fun. And Take Your Child to the Library Day is the perfect time to discover some library magic. From science exploration to craft programs, book clubs to storytimes, our library offers something unique and delightful for youth of all ages.”

Take Your Child to the Library Day has been celebrated since 2011, and it is a great way to help children develop a love of reading while creating family memories together. Be sure to stop in again soon – because every day is a great day to take your child to the library. To learn more about the Chickasha Public Library, call 405-222-6075, email, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or visit the Library in person at 527 W. Iowa, Chickasha.

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 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:

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.

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 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.

Meet our new Youth Services Librarian December 8 from 4-7!

Meet our new Youth Services Librarian, Ms. Drew Cooper! There will be a come-and-go meet and greet on Thursday, December 8, from 4-7 p.m. Come and welcome her to the community, share your thoughts and ideas about youth services here at the library, and hear her ideas and plans. Drew is eager to meet all the kids, and she has programs for all ages planned for December. 

Drew Cooper is a mom to amazing identical twin sons and two awesome daughters in law, and Mimi to the most adorable grandson. She loves reading, DIY home repairs, hiking, climbing, and overlanding. Her favorite books are historical nonfiction, mysteries, and thrillers.

Drew has a master’s in marine biology and oceanography and she loves sharks. She moved to Oklahoma less than a year ago and is a former exceptional education teacher. She was also previously a Youth Services Librarian for a library system in South Carolina.

Drew loves everything about being a Youth Services Librarian, especially developing relationships with children and their families.

2018 into 2019 Past and Future Youth Programs

There were many exciting programs at the Chickasha Public Library during 2018.

Stuart Meltzer, Library Board member, and retired USAO professor, read to children during our Spring Reading Program and also during our summer Storytime with Grandpa program.

Stuart Meltzer, Library Board member, and retired USAO professor read to children during our Spring Reading Program and also during our summer Storytime with Grandpa program.

Chickasha Public Library has a special visitor every December Elf on the Shelf visits the Library to read.

Chickasha Public Library has a special visitor every December Elf on the Shelf visits the Library to read.


There was a symphony of fun at the Library during Summer Reading 2018. If you missed all the fun this past summer, there is another chance this coming June and July! In 2018, youth from all over Grady County signed up for the Summer Reading program. Also, the YMCA brought children to participate in the program once a week. The 2018 Summer Reading program was fantastic During the program we read books that tied into our “Libraries Rock” theme and children were able to create instruments of their own. There is more to the Summer Reading program than an hour every week of fun and games; the participants also keep track of the minutes they spend reading at home. In 2018 the participants read over 104,266 minutes in June and July. Children who spend time reading over the summer have a better chance of retaining all the skills from the previous school year. Many people and organizations make the Summer Reading program possible. We would like to say thank you to the organizations that provide funding and incentives, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education, Sonic America’s Drive-In, Corp, Pizza Hut, Water-Zoo Indoor Waterpark in Clinton, OK., and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library. The Library would also like to thank performers Jammin’ Randy and Magical Michael, all of our volunteers, and the participants for making this year’s Summer Reading program one of the best yet.

Mark your calendars because May 30th will be the Library’s all-day Summer Reading sign-up day. On June 6th, we will blast off to explore a “Universe of Stories” during the 2019 Summer Reading Program. More details to come as May gets closer.

Mad Hatter & White Rabbit Books Come Alive 2018

Mad Hatter & White Rabbit  of Books Come Alive 2018


Over eighty people attended our second annual Books Come Alive and Local Authors Festival event. Local volunteers chose some fantastic books, and some great characters wandered the stacks. Count Olaf attempted to keep his group of orphans in line, while Max and the Wild Things had roaring contests with all the kids, and a creepy woods took over the adult stacks, where participants witnessed a scene from the Watchers. Tune in next fall to see all the places we will go.  

Count Olaf visits the Library during Books Come Alive 2018

Count Olaf of Books Come Alive 2018

Professor Trelawney Books visits the Library during Come Alive 2018

Professor Trelawney of Books Come Alive 2018

Some NEW Youth Programs for 2019 are:

Join us for our Baby and You Storytime on Thursday MorningsBaby & You Storytime is every Thursday morning during the school year from 9:30 am – 10:30 am.

The program doesn’t begin until 9:45 and lasts 15 – 20 minutes, which leaves plenty of time for you to read, play with your baby, and talk with other parents.

This program is for babies ages 0-18 months and their caregivers.

For more information, email Courtney, Youth Services Librarian at, or contact us on Facebook.

beyond the shelf youth Library club for tweens.Beyond the Shelf Youth Library Club is a weekly program on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 for youth ages 10 – 15.

The activities during this program will vary. Scifi-Monster Mania is the theme for February.

There will be a board game demo of King of Tokyo. Who will be the last monster standing? There will also be crafts and plenty of monster book discussions.

The last Wednesday of the month, we will show a film MST3K style.

For more information, email Courtney, Youth Services Librarian at or contact us on Facebook.

Food for Fines

Chickasha Public Library Fines Waived in December with a donation of food

Do you have fines on your Library account?  Get them waived in December by bringing in a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Pantry.  “The end of the year is a great time to get accounts cleared for a fresh start for the new year.  I want customers to be able to check out Library books.  This is a great way for customers to get fines waived and help the local Food Pantry too.”   The books must be turned in to the Library for the fines to be waived, perhaps you’ve already done that, or perhaps you can do that now, and bring in a non-perishable food item, quantity doesn’t matter.  All food is donated to the local Food Pantry.  This program covers only overdue fines not replacement fees for lost or damaged books.  Donations for the Food Pantry are accepted and encouraged even if you don’t have fines.  In addition to the much-needed food, many overdue books come home to the Library.  Not having to repurchase popular titles means the Library can buy more new books.  The program runs from December 1st – December 31st.    If you have questions, call the Library at 222-6075.