Friends of the Library Yard Sale

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting a Yard Sale on Fri. and Sat., May 13-14, 2022 from 8am-2pm. Sale items will be located at the Library, 527 Iowa, Chickasha, in the back parking lot and in the meeting room. Some of the items for sale include office chairs, kids’ chairs, two folding desks, laminator, table riser, lecternette, three area rugs (8’x12’), overhead projector, IBM selectric electric typewriter, easels, folding table, Peter’s Laws poster, storage bin holder, two canopies, microfilm scanner, three book carts, large TV,  two kids’ computers, and MORE. Profits will be used to support needs of the Chickasha Public Library. 

Question, contact the Library at 405-222-6075.

CPR Training & First AID

The Chickasha Public Library is excited to announce a free CPR Training, and First Aid, Adult, Child, Infant on April 30, 2022, at 9:30 AM in the library meeting room 527 W Iowa Ave. This training is open to Adults and Teens, and participants will receive an American Heart Association Certification from Canadian Valley Technology Center.

Space is limited, and registration is required—Call 405-222-6075 to enroll today.

This free CPR Training & First AID is made possible through a partnership with CV Tech. It is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL)

A new Staying Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) session presented by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) will start in April. SAIL is a fitness program for older adults that can be done sitting or standing. Performing exercise that improves strength, balance and fitness is critical for staying active and reducing the risk of falls. The SAIL program was designed with these principles in mind. Each class includes a warm-up, stretching, cardio, balance, and strengthening exercises, as well as a cool down. Registration is now open for this class. 

Are You Ready To:

• Improve balance and posture

• Strengthen muscles

• Improve your quality of sleep

• Enhance stamina

•Increase energy levels

• Relievestress

• Improve cardiovascular functions

• Lower high blood pressure

Classes are Free and will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 PM – 2 PM.

To register for a class or for more information, call 405-271-2290 or email tarin-clark@ouhsc.edu. You can also call the Chickasha Public Library at 405-222-6075.

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

Youth Cooking Classes

We are excited to announce a partnership with Grady County 4-H to provide free cooking classes! Youth ages 10 to 16 can register for the cooking classes, which will be held at the Library on Tuesday afternoons in May and June. These classes are free and will last about an hour. Additional information about the classes will be sent in April to those registered.

In these beginner cooking classes, youth will learn basic cooking techniques, cooking and food safety, and how to create a recipe.

The classes are free, however space is limited, so registration is required. Call (405) 222-6075 or email library@chickasha.org to register for a program.

Through partnerships with Grady County 4-H and Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE), and funds through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services the Chickasha Public Library is able to offer this free program.

Building Resilience using Poetry at the Chickasha Public Library

In celebration of  April as National Poetry Month, we will look for signs of hope and poetry in our everyday lives as a way to develop both our imagination and our resilience. 

Join Virginia Savage, LCSW, Art Therapist, on Wednesday April 13th from 2:30-4:30pm and continue our conversation about mental health and how we can increase our ability to bounce back in these times.

We will talk about how having a well-developed imagination and finding satisfying ways to express ourselves is at the heart of what it means to be human.

Using several methods, we will discover and create our own poetry.  Please bring your imagination and join us!

This program is free, however space is limited, so registration is required.

Call (405) 222-6075 or email library@chickasha.org to register for a program. 

This programs are funded in part through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Friends of the Library announce Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting a 2-week spring ‘Used Book Sale’.  The sale begins Mon., March 28, 2022 and extends through Sat., April 9, 2022.   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 sale will be held in the Library’s community meeting room at 527 Iowa Avenue, Chickasha, OK. 

Visitors will be able to browse through tables filled with Children, Teen, and Adult fiction books, Reference Materials, non-fiction Books, DVDs and Book CDs.

Those purchasing items are asked to make a financial donation rather than paying individual prices on their selections.  The suggested donation is $1 per book, except for children’s books.

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

Memberships in the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library as well as financial donations to the Friends may be made at any time at the Library or mailed to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 265, Chickasha, OK  73023.   

With your membership or donation, please 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 405-222-6075.  

Ready2Read@YourLibrary Preliteracy Storytime and Training at the Chickasha Public Library

The Chickasha Public Library will host a Ready2Read@YourLibrary storytime and training on Tuesday, March 22 at 10 am in the library meeting room 527 W Iowa Ave. Ready2Read is a preliteracy initiative to encourage parents and caregivers to read to their children. In addition, ready2Read provides training to maximize reading readiness during storytimes. This free program will last about 40 minutes and is open to children, parents, caregivers, library staff, and volunteers. For additional information, please call 405-222-6075. Valerie Kimble, past children’s librarian at Pioneer and storyteller extraordinaire, has volunteered to do training across the state to maximize preliteracy skills during storytimes.

Valerie Kimble is a retired children’s librarian. She has told stories in schools, libraries, churches, treatment centers, daycare centers, Head Starts, and performing art centers to audiences of all ages for over 40 years. In addition, she trains other librarians and storytellers in doing storytimes with young children. Valerie lives in Norman and is the co-author of several articles on early literacy programming in Oklahoma.

The Library agrees to be part of the Ready2Read project, sponsored by Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Rescue Plan (ARPA).

Line Dancing at the Library

Let’s learn to line dance! Emily Hector Godwin from Love to Dance Studio is teaching three FREE line dancing classes at the Library this Spring! The classes are for ages ten and up and will be held in the library’s meeting room on the following Saturdays.

  • March 12, 2022
  • April 16, 2022
  • May 14, 2022

Registeration is required due to limited space, so save your spot today.

To register for one or all of the line dancing classes, call 405-222-6075, or email library@chickasha.org.

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

Black History Month 2022

Feb 1, 2022 – Mar 1, 2022

There are multiple ways to celebrate Black History Month with the Chickasha Public Library.

You can join the Black History Month 2022 Beanstack challenge. A description of the Beanstack challenge can be found below, along with a link to register.

Celebrate Black History Month! Learn about the history of Black health and wellness in the U.S. and explore mental, emotional, and physical health resources created by and for the Black community. For further reading, check out book recommendations honoring the Black experience. Log your reading and activities to earn badges all month long. Registration is now open.

You can also check out one of the books from our Black History Month display, and children can grab a free Black History Month take and make activity.

Library Programs and Services for Young Children

The Chickasha Public Library now offers various early literacy services for children and their caregivers. In addition, we have Storytime Kits available for checkout and grab-and-go craft bags available for those that visit the library.

The library meeting room is transformed into a pop-up come-and-go early literacy, and sensory exploration space on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Multiple stations will be set up for children and caregivers to explore, play, and learn together.

Storytime at the Park are Wednesdays at 9:30 am at Centennial Park, located at 801-899 7th St., Chickasha. Youth Service Librarian Courtney Mayall will present a program full of songs, stories, and activities for children five and younger and their caregivers. Weather permitting, this program will occur every Wednesday morning through the fall.