Building Resilience Through Playfulness

Join Virginia Savage, LCSW, Art Therapist, on Saturday, July 23, from 10 AM – 12 PM and continue our conversation about mental health as we engage playfully with art materials. Then, using found objects and our imaginations, we will create a three-dimensional figure that will serve to invite us to be more light hearted and have fun this summer.

We will talk about the importance of self-awareness for improving our feeling state. You may not know it, but what you say to yourself, what’s called our inner dialogue, can make a big difference in how we feel and act in the world. We will look at some common cognitive distortions (thinking errors) that can create unnecessary inner turmoil and then will use a method called re-framing to reword our negative inner dialogue to a more balanced way of thinking. This process promotes peace of mind. 

We will be using some art materials to create visual reminder to be more self-aware of how our thoughts impact our feelings.

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

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.

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.

Beginner Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Looking for a low impact healthy activity to add to your routine? The Chickasha Public Library will offer a new session of Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance on Mondays and Thursdays. The class is for beginners and will be held at the library 527 W Iowa Ave, on Mondays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm beginning on February 28. Library Director Lillie Huckaby will teach the classes. There is still space available in this session, if you are interested in joining the class, please register by calling 405-222-6075 or emailing lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org. 

Tai Chi movements help older adults reduce their risk of falling while also increasing balance and flexibility. Participants learn ways to improve their overall mind, body, and spirit through a series of slow, continuous movements. It does not matter how strong, flexible, or active you are Tai Chi is designed for people at all levels of health.

Have you taken Tai Chi at the library before? Then you are welcome to join the Tai Chi Continuation classes at the library on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:00 pm. If you are interested in joining the class, please call 405-222-6075 or email lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org.


Building Resilience

Spring is a great time to pause and consider our goals for the year. Join Virginia Savage, LCSW, Art Therapist, at the Chickasha Public Library on Thursday, March 17 at 6 pm to 8 pm to continue our community conversation about mental health and how we can improve our resilience to whatever life brings.

The Building Resilience program is free of charge, however, space is limited and registration is required. To register, call 405-222-6075 or visit the library at 527 W Iowa. 

In this program, you will learn a smart method to create achievable goals and then use two-dimensional materials to create unique vision boards for 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on the process. 

All necessary materials will be provided, however, participants may want to bring images of their own for the vision board. 

Bring your imagination, and join us!

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

Chickasha Public Library to Host Sing a New Song 2: Changing Lives Through Music

On Saturday, July 17th, the Chickasha Public Library will be hosting Sing a New Song 2: Changing Lives Through Music. Designed for adults and teens and presented by Peter Markes, the goal of this workshop is to develop techniques for songwriting lyrics through a process called sensory writing. The free, one-hour program will begin at 10 a.m., and registration is required due to limited seating. 

Peter Markes (pronounced Marcus) is an award-winning music educator and performer based out of Oklahoma City. Audiences are mesmerized by his one-man band live-looping performances where he takes his 5-string electric violin to create and build pop hits from scratch! Also a guitarist and singer-songwriter, Peter has written and released numerous songs in the folk-pop genre, and his debut solo album, I Have A Dream, can be heard digitally worldwide. He is also a member of the band Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road and has performed and taught in over thirty countries.

Workshop attendees will learn about the process of lyric writing and how that can be used to create songs. The information will be accessible to everyone, regardless of the amount of previous musical experience. 

“Music is an essential part of the human experience,” said Michelle Skinner, a Chickasha Public Library employee. “It is a universal language that connects us all together, as well as a powerful means of communication and self-expression.”

Learning musical skills has many mental and physical health benefits as well. According to researchers from Johns Hopkins University, listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. Learning and creating new music, such as songwriting, keeps the brain active, helps to preserve memory function, and helps with language and verbal literacy. By engaging the brain in a variety of ways, music enhances both emotional and cognitive functioning. This workshop is a great way to learn about and explore new forms of self-expression while also having fun and developing new forms of creativity.

This program is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program will be in person at the Chickasha Public Library, located at 527 W. Iowa. Registration is required due to limited seating. For more information and to register for Sing a New Song: Changing Lives Through Music, visit or call the Chickasha Public Library at 405-222-6075.