National Library Week is April 4th-10th and the Chickasha Public Library is offering fun activities, events, and drawings to celebrate! You can sign up for the challenge using Beanstack, or you can drop by the library at 527 W Iowa Ave to sign up. Call the library at 405-222-6075 for more information!

What does the challenge include?
  • Visiting the library
  • Read for 30, 60, and/or 120 minutes
  • Learn about library programs and services
  • Meet the library staff
  • Check out the library’s book mobile
  • Join us for Customer Appreciation Day on April 10th from 11:00-1:30 here at the library!

Completing these activities will give you tickets to enter into the drawings. Beanstack tickets and paper registrations must be turned in by Friday April 9th. The drawings will be on Saturday during Customer Appreciation Day.

Completing challenges throughout the week can earn you up to 10 tickets, and you can submit up to five tickets for any of the drawings described below. If you participate in the challenge or join us for Customer Appreciation Day, your name will also be entered for a chance to choose up to 15 titles to be painted on one of the library’s outside panels.

National Library Week Challenge Drawings include:

Farm Animal Basket

This basket contains a duck puppet, a peek-a-boo board book, and a collection of Click, Clack, Moo stories.

Crafter Basket

This basket contains a variety of arts and craft supplies, including yarn, knitting needles, a sketchbook, colored pencils, glitter, paint, books, and more!

Library Board Drawing

The library board drawing is for a Kindle!

D&D Starter Kit

The D&D starter kit is complete with a Dungeon & Dragons starter set, an Icons of the Realms starter set, dice, a dice bag, and a copy of Redwall by Brian Jacques!

Superhero Basket

This basket contains a copy of the board game 5-minute Marvel, a Spiderman graphic novel, and a copy of City Spies by James Ponti!

Friends of the Library Drawing

The Friends of the Library drawing is for a succulent plant and gardening book!

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. 

National Library Week is April 4-10, 2021, and this year’s theme is “Welcome to Your Library!” According to the American Library Association, this theme “promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building – and that everyone is welcome to use their services.”  The Chickasha Public Library provides access to a variety of information, services, resources, and programs, both physical and virtual, to everyone in the community.  During National Library Week, the Chickasha Public Library will be celebrating its resources, users, staff, volunteers, support groups, and the many ways in which it reflects and serves this community. 

There are many ways to celebrate and promote libraries. You can show your library love by participating in the #MyLibraryIs social media campaign during National Library Week for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.  Monday, April 5th The State of America’s Libraries 2021 Special Report: COVID-19 will be released. Tuesday, April 6th is National Library Workers Day, Wednesday, April 7th is National Library Outreach Day, think bookmobile among other programs not held within a library building, and Thursday, April 8th is Take Action for Libraries Day.  The American Library Association encourages people to support the Build America’s Libraries Act, which will “fund upgrades to the nation’s library infrastructure to address challenges such as natural disasters, COVID-19, broadband capacity, environmental hazards, and accessibility barriers.”

The American Library Association lists several different activities in which people can support libraries during National Library Week. These include showing appreciation to library staff in person and on social media on National Library Workers Day, highlighting the library’s community contributions and involvement, communicating how libraries provide essential resources, services, and information to their communities, and advocating for library funding and support within local, state, and federal governments.  You can highlight libraries on social media using the #NationalLibraryWeek, and #LibrariesTransform hashtags, and by following the American Library Association and I Love Libraries.

American Library Association has also created a word search and coloring pages for National Library Week. Click on each link below to view and print each one.

National Library Week Word Search Activity Page (PDF)

Word Search Answers (PDF)

National Library Week Coloring Page (PDF)

National Library Week Coloring Page in Spanish (PDF)

Finally, a great way to celebrate National Library Week is to visit the Chickasha Public Library, where you can also find several books about public libraries and their continuing impact on individuals and communities.  If you are looking for a history of public libraries, Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library by Wayne Wiegand (027.473 Wiegand) discusses the value and relevance of public libraries as a whole throughout the history of this country.  Closer to home, A History of the Chickasha Public Library, 1905-2020: The First 115 Years by library staff member Michelle Skinner (027.476 Skinner) is about the history of this specific library (and a copy can also be purchased for $10 at the library).   

More perspectives of libraries written by staff from other libraries include Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron (636.80092 Myron) and Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert (BIOGRAPHY Borchert), a humorous memoir about some of the more unusual and entertaining aspects of working in a public library. 

Come to the Chickasha Public Library and discover the many resources it has to offer during National Library Week!  We hope to see you there! 

Hello friends,

The library is hosting a Teddy Bear Sleepover this month. Beginning Monday March 8th children can pick up their Teddy Bear Sleepover Take and Make Packets and checkout a bundle of five picture books to read at home. We

Then on Thursday, March 25th at 4:00 pm, everyone is welcome to join Ms. Courtney for a special virtual Teddy Bear Storytime session. The session will last 15-20 minutes and will be held via Zoom. Be sure to wear your pajamas and have your favorite stuffed animals.

We would love to see pictures of your animals fun sleepover adventures and your take and make activities. Feel free to tag the Chickasha Public Library on Facebook and Instagram.

You can register for Teddy Bear Sleepover using the link below and if you have any questions, please call 405-222-6075.

https://chickasha.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkce-spjspGdTO7vJ0YlH68odBhjBjfXdn

Chickasha Public Library launches Health Literacy Bingo

The Chickasha Public Library is launching a health literacy bingo beginning January 1st to encourage individuals to add healthy eating and activities into their daily routines. Bingo cards can be picked up at the library or you can print one using the link below. 

Once you complete your whole bingo card, bring it back to the library, and you will be entered into a drawing. 

Chickasha Public Library’s Health Literacy Bingo Card


“This program is funded in part through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.”

Looking for something to read? Enjoy talking with others about books? You should check out Chapter Chat, a book discussion group for adults. Each month there is a different theme and the goal is to read two books before the monthly meeting. Meetings are currently held via Zoom. If you are interested in joining us for the next meeting you can register using the link below. 

The next Chapter Chat meeting is March 29th @ 6:30 pm.

The theme for March is to read a nonfiction book and a fiction book on the same topic. 

Titles we suggest are Orphan Train by Christina Kline – fiction and 

Orphan trains : the story of Charles Loring Brace and the children he saved and failed by Stephen O’Connor – nonfiction. 

For additional information or to reserve a copy of the books, please call the library at 405-222-6075.Register in advance for this meeting:
https://chickasha.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMoceCqqj8uH9GxEihrG9i80pd_BH50lAv0

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history” – Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson (1875-1950), historian, author, and founder of Black History Month

February was Black History Month, which highlights the history, culture, contributions, struggles, and achievements of African Americans.  However, learning about Black history should not be limited to February. Reading books written by Black authors is a great way to continue learning about both the past and present.  Anyone looking for Black history, perspectives, and representation can find many nonfiction resources at the Chickasha Public Library. 

Some historical works include African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage and Excellence by Lean’tin L. Bracks (973 Bracks), African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped our Country by Henry Louis Gates (920 Gates), The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (304.80973 Wilkerson), Crossing the Danger Water: Three Hundred Tears of African-American Writing (810.8 CRO), and Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills (338 Wills). 

There are also biographies, including Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (BIOGRAPHY Douglass), and Matter of Black and White: The Autobiography of Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher (BIOGRAPHY Fisher), who was born in Chickasha. For more local history, you can read Chickasha Black Heritage and One Room School Memories, both by Loretta Jackson (FRONT DESK 976.654 Jac; GEN 976.654 Jac) while at the library. 

Those looking for books about current events and perspectives can read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (364.973 Alexander), How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (305.800973 Kendi), Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (305.800973 Coates), and So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeona Oluo (305.800973 Oluo). These books and many more can be found in the nonfiction and reference section of the library for anyone wanting to read about and expand their knowledge of Black history.     

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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