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
diabetes!

The Chickasha Public Library challenges you to get active. To encourage our community to walk, the Chickasha Public Library is hosting a Walking Challenge with a literary theme. The overall goal of this challenge is to, as a community, walk the distance around the Earth 24,901 miles, which equals 49,802,000 steps by August 2020, with individual goals of improving the number of steps taken daily. Can you walk the Appalachian trail or the yellow brick road? Participants who sign up for the Walking Challenge can use their device to track their steps, or they will receive a pedometer provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

You can sign up for the Walking Challenge by filling out a short google form (click here), by calling the Library at 405-222-6075, or by coming into the Chickasha Public Library located at 527 W Iowa Ave.

Already signed up? You can log your steps here.

The Chickasha Public Library’s Walking Book Club picks back up on May 14th and will continue for six weeks. Join Courtney via Facebook live on Thursdays at 5:30 pm for the virtual 20 – 30-minute walks. Walk along with her and talk about the book.
This session, we will be reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. There are illustrated copies available for checkout at the library or there virtual copies available. Let’s walk the distance Dorothy travels in the book, roughly 60 miles!
To signup for the book club and reserve your copy, please call the library at 405-222-6075.

Registration is now open for Using Medications Safely (A key ingredient to your health), an online class offered by the Chickasha Public Library, and presented by Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative OHAI. Using Medications Safely (A key ingredient to your health) is a one time class designed to empower older adults to be more active participants in decisions regarding their medications.

HAT YOU WILL NEED

Participants will need a computer and internet connection to participate.
HOW TO SIGN UP

To register, please contact OHAI at 405-271-2290 or by email atcentralOHAI@ouhsc.edu. Pre-registration is required to receive the class login information prior to class. Registration closes Monday, May 11th, 2020.


Login information will be sent to participants prior to the beginning of class.

Using Medications Safely (A key ingredient to your health) is a part of the Chickasha Public Library’s Health Literacy series, and it is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For additional information, please call the library at 405-222-6075.

Chickasha Public Library is open with limited services and hours through the month of June. The Library will be open Monday – Thursday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

A public library is typically a very social type of place as people often come to meet with others or come and hang out for a while.  These types of activities are difficult under the current social distancing needs and will not be available.    

Therefore, the library is offering very limited services.  Those services are internet access computer usage and material checkout. 

  • For internet computer usage, customers will be able to use an internet-accessible computer for business.  There will be quick access for 15 and long-term access for up to 60 minutes.  Printing will be available.

One of the services that we are unable to provide under social distancing guidelines is staff assistance.  We will not be able to help customers while they are using computers. 

Call the library if you have questions.  We’ll do our best to meet your needs.  We’re all in this together.

Here’s what the library is doing to keep people safe during this time:

  • Masks will be required for everyone entering the building. 
  • We will limit the number of people in the building at a time.  So that 6 feet separation is easy.
  • There will be 6-ft. marks on the floor where appropriate.
  • Staff will disinfect a computer after each use. 
  • All surfaces will be disinfected periodically throughout the day.
  • All public areas will be disinfected every evening. 

“Remember, these limits are temporary and for the greater good of the entire community.  As soon as it is safe full services will return.  All the library staff are eager to see you and to serve you, so we’re doing what we need to beat this virus.  It takes some adjusting here and there, but we can do it.  As is being said, ‘we’re all in this together.’  Call the library, and we’ll do our best to meet your specific needs,”  Lillie Huckaby, Library Director.

The Chickasha Public Library will be starting a live Zoom Preschool Storytime program beginning Wednesday, April 15th, at 10:30 am. Children and their caregivers are welcome to join Youth Services Librarian Courtney for songs and a story. If you don’t already have a zoom account set up, please allow time for downloading the program and logging in to the meeting.

Click here to join us for Preschool Storytime.

Meeting ID: 577 722 509 Password: 123478

For additional information, please call the Library at 405-222-6075.

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.

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The Chickasha Public Library would like to remind the public that there is 24/7 Wi-Fi available outside of the library. Individuals can park in the library’s parking lot located at 527 W Iowa Ave and connect to the Wi-Fi while still practicing social distancing. To connect select CPL-Patron, you will be prompted to agree to the terms of use by checking the box and clicking submit. If you are not prompted, go to your internet browser and search for chickasha.org, this should provide the agree to terms page. For additional information, please call the library 405-222-6075 or by email at lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org. Parking is limited around the library, so be considerate.

In addition to the regular WIFI provided by the library, Hillary Communications has installed a WIFI device that will reach about two blocks from the library. This WIFI will be on from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm daily. Hillary Communications goal in doing this is to provide internet access to children who may not have access to do their school work. In addition to our location, Hilliary Communications Public WIFI is providing WIFI locations in the cities of Elgin, Medicine Park, Walters, Sterling, Rush Springs, Cyril, Cement, Fletcher, and Lawton.

Chickasha Public Library says thank you, Hillary Communications, for doing this. For more details about this program, check out this article – https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2020/04/02/rural-distance-learning-gets-tech-boost-oklahoma-and-texas.

The Chickasha Public Library is currently providing Virtual access cards to adults and students. If you live, work, or go to school in Grady county and you do not have a full access Library card, you can apply for a virtual card. A virtual card will give you access to all of the Chickasha Public Library’s online material, including the Oklahoma Virtual Library, where you can read or listen to e-books and e-audio books. You can apply for a card by filling out a short form and receive your card number via email. If you think you already have a library card please contact at the phone number or email below to update your account.

Apply for an adult virtual card here.

Apply for a student virtual card here.

If you have questions, please email us at lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org or call the Library at 405-222-6075.