12th Annual Chocolate Celebration is Tues., Feb. 13

by the Friends of the Library

The 12th annual ‘Chocolate Celebration’ fundraiser, sponsored by the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library, is Tues., Feb. 13, 2024 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Epworth Church Life Center, 4th and Iowa in Chickasha. 

Tickets are available NOW and are $6 for a gift box of six individual servings selected by YOU!  A box of chocolate treats is a tasty and thoughtful gift for someone special!

Chocolate-lovers can purchase tickets at the Chickasha Public Library, from the table sponsors as well as the Friends’ Board of Directors.  A few tickets may be available at the door.

This FUN event is open to the community.  Park in the north parking lot and enter through the double doors on the north side of Epworth Church.

To date, fourteen individuals, groups, and businesses have volunteered to be table sponsors and provide approximately 200 individual servings of chocolate treats at their tables.

If you would like to be a 2024 table sponsor, contact Angie at 405-779-6969 ASAP and let her know so we can reserve a space for you to be a part of this special event.

Also, if you are not a table sponsor but would like to help, the Friends are welcoming donated items for the Bake Sale.  These sweets are priced and sold individually as whole cakes, plates of cupcakes, cookies, brownies, candy, etc.  Please contact Angie and let her know you will be donating to the Bake Sale.

Corporate sponsorships are always appreciated, too! To be a corporate sponsor please mail a check to the ‘Friends of the Library – Chocolate Celebration’, 527 W. Iowa Ave., Chickasha, OK 73018.

THANK YOU to these Corporate Sponsors for 2024:  Arvest Bank; Bob Lowe, Inc.; Century 21/Mosley Agency; First National Bank & Trust Co.; LaForge Properties; P.E.O. Chapter FV; Rotary Club of Chickasha; Standley Systems; American Association of University Women; Angel, Johnston & Blasingame; Chickasha Kiwanis Club; Chickasha Optimist Club; Churndashers Quilt Guild; DeHart Air Conditioning; Liberty National Bank; Onin Staffing; P.E.O. Chapter CR; P.E.O. Chapter DV; Richard’s Printing; Rick Johnston Insurance Agency, Inc.

Proceeds from the 12th annual Chocolate Celebration 2024 will be used to purchase new interior signage for the Chickasha Public Library. 

Coming Soon: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

This fall, the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library will begin enrolling children residing in Grady County into Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.  This program is designed for children from birth to age five and will provide a new, free, age-appropriate book monthly to the enrolled child.  Books are mailed directly to the child’s home until their fifth birthday.

“We are pleased to be able to initiate this program for young children to help foster a love of books and reading,” stated Jana Dabney, a former reading teacher.  Dr. Jeanne Mather, a former professor of Education at USAO reports, “We are focused on improving the educational reading experience of all Grady County children.”

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book gifting program in the world.  The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation has mailed well over 186 million free books in Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.  The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age five.  Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading, inspiring them to dream. The impact of the program has been widely researched and results suggest positive increases in key early childhood literacy metrics.  Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  For more information, please visit imaginationlibrary.com

More details on the official launch of this program and enrollment will be coming soon.

Friends of the Chickasha Public Library

Press Contact:  Susan Gearhart