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! 

“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.     

The Chickasha Public Library is launching a health literacy bingo to encourage individuals to add healthy eating and activities into their daily routines. Bingo cards can be picked up at the library 527 W Iowa Ave. This program will go through July 2021. Once you complete your whole bingo card, bring it back to the library, and you will be entered into a drawing. 

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

Open book in front of book shelves.

As 2020 wrapped up many of my friends across social media lamented that they had not read as many books this year as they normally do. I had this problem as well. Very few books held my interest for more than a few pages.  Each time a friend asked for advice on what to read to help them through this slump I suggested reading a middle grade fiction or “chapter book”. 

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

I often pick up a chapter book when I need a palette cleanser between heavier books and this year that habit found me reading Front Desk by Kelly Yang. The Tang family recently immigrated from China and are struggling to find their place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Mr. and Mrs. Tang take a job as live-in managers at a small motel while Mia starts fifth grade.   The reason I always suggest middle grade fiction is in its simplicity.

Middle grade fiction touches on the topics that humans face on a daily basis like friendship drama, family relationships, physical changes, and encounters with a new grown up world, but in a simple, straightforward way.  The main characters are children who (hopefully) haven’t learned the adult art of ignoring their own feelings just to appease others so while they may not express themselves with finesse, they do it better than some adults in novels do.  Compare how Jane Eyre expresses her unhappiness by running away from Thornfield Hall in the night versus Ramona Quimby who simply shouts “Guts!!!!” as she swings at the local playground. Maybe we need more gut-shouting and less slipping away in the night. The guilelessness of young main characters is refreshing. 

Authors of middle grade fiction have to express complex topics like poverty in simple terms that their young readers will understand. Even though Mia is very intelligent she is still a 10 year old speaking English as a second language. She is not going to use five dollar words like penury and indigence when worrying about the hospital bill after Mrs. Tang is attacked. “But we’re dirt poor!” she exclaims to the hospital clerk after they deny the family relief. 

My absolute favorite thing about children’s books is how they end. All the themes of the book are wrapped up in a neat little bow at the end. I know that life doesn’t always end with a pool party, but it sounds better than some endings we are faced with in adult novels and especially life. 

Where Literature and Artistic Expression Meet

Art of Words 

Saturday, September 28 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.

The Library is hosting a one-day exhibition of art inspired by books. Scenes may be created in any 2 or 3-dimensional medium, but may not be larger than three feet. The show will be in the Meeting Room on Saturday, September 28th from 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M. The public will vote for their favorite piece. The Library Director will award “People’s Choice” ribbon end of the event. Please register for this event. A complete list of guidelines for this event is available at the Library. There is no cost to enter or attend the event.

Words Worth Sharing 

Monday, October 21 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

Would you like to bring your favorite literary passage to life? Words Worth Sharing is your chance to give your favorite literary character a voice. Individuals and duos are invited to prepare short (under five minutes) readings from written work and present it for the public. Entries must be taken directly from the text and be family-friendly. The presentation to the public is Monday, October 21st, from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. Please register for this event–space is limited. A complete list of guidelines for this event is available at the Library.​ There is no cost to enter or attend the event.

There are more events scheduled in 2020.

The Chickasha Public Library has recently begun receiving some new magazine subscriptions. These magazines are about a variety of interests, so you can choose your favorite or browse and find something new. House Beautiful and Veranda are both about architecture and design and can inspire home decorating and renovation projects. If you enjoy outdoor recreation, Backpacking, Bicycling, Golf, and Runner’s World might be just what you’re looking for. Rachael Ray Every Day and Cooking Light both have recipes and cooking advice for different occasions. Finally, if you want to read about celebrity, style, and fashion, you can find Esquire, Marie Claire, and People Style. The Library has many other magazines about current events, political commentary, fashion, health, cooking, science, history, and much more! The newest issues are available to read at the Library, and the older issues can be checked out for two weeks if you have a Chickasha Public Library card. Your Library card also gives you access to RB Digital an online e-magazine database.

If you have come to the Chickasha Public Library recently, you were sure to notice the new doors were installed! The new doors are automatic sliding doors that allow for hands-free entry to the Library.

Staff and customers are pleased with the change, “It’s so great to have these new doors. They are so quiet and give our library a new look.” said employee, Sandy Robertson. One parent noted, “The doors are much easier to use while holding children and books.”

 The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library purchased the new doors with proceeds from the Chocolate Celebration and donations.

City Manager John Noblitt and the City Council will recognize the Friends’ contribution at the City Council meeting on April 15th, 2019. 

The Chickasha Public Library is happy to announce that we have partnered with the Grady County Memorial Hospital to bring you a series of Health Literacy family orientated Lunch and Learn programs.  Dietitian Cindy Wilcox will present a variety of topics to help your family thrive.  Each month’s theme will focus on a different solution for today’s busy families. 


The Health Literacy Lunch and Learns to kick off April 23, 2019, at 1:00 P.M. with “Budgeting and Meals for Two.”

Ms. Wilcox will give students tools and ideas for creating meal plans and budgets for smaller households.  Lunch will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own. Lunch and Learns will be held in the Library’s large meeting room located at 527 W Iowa Ave, space is limited, and registration is required. Please call the Library at 222-6075 to register.

Planned future topics include, “Healthy Snacks,” “Introducing your Baby to New Foods,” “Packing a Healthy Lunch.” We also are planning a program for teens to show how they can prepare healthy snacks.

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

The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting its spring ‘$1 Used Book Sale’ fundraiser from Thurs. through Sun., April 11-14, 2019.  The Sale will be held in the community meeting room at the Library, located at 527 Iowa Avenue, Chickasha, OK.  The ‘$1 Used Book Sale’ will be open to the community on Fri., April 12, from 10am-6pm; Sat., April 13, from 10am-2pm; and Sun., April 14, 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., April 11, from 5pm-8pm. 

NOT A MEMBER? 

Annual membership fees are $5 for Students and College, $5 for Seniors (ages 62+), $10 Individual, $25 Family and for $50 or more you can become a Patron!  Thank you, in advance, for your membership and support of the Friends of the Library! When you purchase a Friends’ 2019-2020 membership at the door on Thurs. evening, April 11, you will be able to shop at the Preview Sale that evening, as well as at other Book Sales in the 2019-2020 year.

‘Bargain Day’

is Sat., April 13, with books on sale at half-price or $3 a bag and the Friends provide the bags.  The books on Sun., April 14, 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, Book CDs and Magazines.

Donations of books and other items for the ‘$1 Used Book Sale’ are accepted throughout the year and may be brought to the main desk at the Chickasha Public Library. Please contact the Library at 222-6075 if you can help set-up and/or work the ‘$1 Used Book Sale’. Proceeds from the 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.  

Friends of the Chickasha Public Library logo.

7th Annual Chocolate Celebration is Tues., Feb. 12

It’s almost ‘Chocolate Celebration’ time … so plan now to buy your ticket and join in the FUN!

The 7th annual ‘Chocolate Celebration’ fundraiser, sponsored by the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library, is Tues., Feb. 12, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Epworth Church Life Center, 4th and Iowa in Chickasha.  This event is open to the community.  Enter through the double doors by the north parking lot.

At least 18 tables of tasty chocolate treats will be ready and waiting for those looking forward to taking home a special gift box (or two or three or more!) of delicious and beautiful chocolate desserts.

Each of the table sponsors will provide approximately 200 individual servings of a variety of chocolate treats.

Tickets are on sale now!  Don’t miss out on your gift box of six individual chocolate dessert items selected personally by YOU!

Tickets are $6 and are available from the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library Board Members, the Table Sponsors and at the Chickasha Public Library.  Depending on advance sales, a few tickets may be available at the door.

Also, those attending will find tables filled with delicious ‘bake sale’ items, featuring whole cakes, pies, cupcakes, candy, and plates of cookies, brownies, and bars.  These food items will be individually priced.

Remember to stop by the Library on Sat., Feb. 2, from 10am-1pm to purchase your ticket and visit the bake sale – this will get you ‘ready’ for the BIG EVENT.

Table sponsors providing desserts for the ‘Chocolate Celebration’ include the AAUW, Altrusa Club of Chickasha, Bank of Commerce, CAS/CART (Chickasha Animal Rescue Transport), Chickasha Area Arts Council (CAAC), EPIC Charter Schools, First National Bank & Trust Company, Girl Scout Troup 3404,, Johnson’s Wreckers & Salvage, Library Tai Chi/Storytime, Lucile/Blue Bonnet OHCE, Pam Ratliff & Friends, P.E.O. Chapter FV, Shollie’s Sweets, Standley’s Systems, State Representative David Perryman, Sweet Creations and The Salvation Army.

The Friends of the Library are sincerely grateful for this year’s 34 Corporate Sponsors for their faithful and generous support of the Chocolate Celebration with financial gifts.  Gold Level Sponsors are Arvest Bank, Ben Milam Heat & Air, Bob Lowe, Inc., Century 21/Mosley Agency, Chickasha Rotary Club, First National Bank & Trust, Kiwanis, LaForge Properties, Lifeline Home Health & Hospice, Rick Johnston – State Farm, Standley’s Systems, Steagall Oil, and The Herbal Choice.

Silver Level Sponsors include Angel, Johnston & Blasingame, Charles Allen Ford, Chickasha Optimists, DeHart Heat & Air, Gina & Tyler Lowe, Grand Avenue Dental Studio, Grisham Construction, HSI Sensing, Ivy, Ratliff & Chasteen, PC, Joe Bob Bail Bonds, Johnston & Associates, McCalla, Brown & Patel, Mark Mettry, DDS, Mike Day – State Farm, P.E.O. Chapter CR, P.E.O. Chapter DV, Pollution Control, Corp., Richard’s Printing, Ross Seed & Grain, Stephens Oil, and Teague Body Shop.

Proceeds from the 7th annual Chocolate Celebration 2019 will be used to help purchase electric doors for the main entrance of the Chickasha Public Library.  These will provide much easier access for everyone visiting the Library.

Please contact the Library at 405-222-6075 for questions.