Book your next travel adventure!

After a year of staying home, cabin fever has set in and many people are thinking about their next trip, whether real or imaginary. Traveling to different parts of the world is one of the best ways in which to interact with and learn from the many cultures, languages, beliefs, and histories that make up the varied experiences of our shared humanity. Unfortunately, travel can also be expensive, but you can always plan and learn about different travel experiences for free by exploring some of the many books at the Chickasha Public Library!

Do you find yourself wondering about faraway people and places that you have not had the chance to visit? How about a place you know absolutely nothing about or a place you have always been interested in? The great thing about the Chickasha Public Library’s collection is that there are no limits to what you can learn and discover. If you are interested in browsing through geographical Dewey decimal categories, look in 914 (Europe), 915 (Asia), 916 (Africa), 917 (North America), 918 (South America), and 919 (Australia and New Zealand). If you read one book from each continent, it can be an easy way to take a mental trip around the world. Reading about the cultural attractions and historic landmarks from different countries and continents can help you plan a future trip, learn more about the languages and history of different places, and find the most beautiful scenery.

Traveling within Oklahoma is relatively accessible and inexpensive for many people, which makes it easy to explore for both quick getaways, as well as longer vacations. It can also be a fun way to experience your familiar home state with fresh eyes. Oklahoma: off the beaten path (917.66 Palmer) can help you discover new and interesting places close to home. Find your next outdoor adventure with Oklahoma hiking trails (917.66 Frates), explore history with Historical atlas of Oklahoma (911.766 Goins), or plan a spooky trip with Weird Oklahoma: your travel guide to Oklahoma’s local legends and best kept secrets (133.109766 Treat).

For road trip enthusiasts, Drives of a lifetime: 500 of the world’s most spectacular trips (910.202 Bellows) describes some of the world’s most beautiful places in which to drive. If you are looking to find pockets of various cultures while embarking on a road trip closer to home, Abroad at home: the best international travel in North America (917.304 Abroad) will help you to visit some of those places without having to buy a plane ticket.

If you want to further immerse yourself in learning about someplace new, there are also language books and dictionaries, biographies and memoirs written by people from various countries, books about how various cultures interconnect with one another, and history books that can give insight into how and why the past continues to affect current events. Reading about different perspectives can give valuable insights into others’ experiences and develop an understanding and appreciation of diversity both at home and around the world. It is never too late to learn about someplace new, or to find new information about somewhere you have already visited. And reading travel books can also give you new ideas about where you might want to go next!    

Finally, if you are feeling creative and would like to start your own country, you can find some examples in An atlas of countries that don’t exist: a compendium of fifty unrecognized and largely unnoticed states (911 Middleton). Imaginary countries can be delightfully whimsical, and they require an incredible amount of ingenuity and problem-solving skills to develop and maintain. Learning about some of these geographical quirks can also spur interest in how communities, states, and countries govern themselves, as well as the many ways in which borders are drawn. 

No matter where you want to go, there is a book for you here at the Chickasha Public Library!

Chickasha Public Library presents Using Art to Build Resiliency with Virginia Savage, LCSW

Join Virginia Savage, LCSW, with over thirty years of experience in the field of mental health on Saturday, June 19th from 10:00-11:30am at Chickasha Public Library located at 527 W. Iowa Ave. for a community conversation about the state of our mental health. The event is free. We do ask that you pre-register due to limited seating, call the library at 405-222-6075 to reserve your seat. This program is geared toward adults and older teens. “We’ve all been through so many struggles this past year and a half. Now is a good time to reflect on our strengths and challenges to assess how we’ve done and how we might do better”, said Savage. We all need to learn healthy ways to successfully roll with Life’s ups and downs. Being resilient helps us have peace of mind. During the presentation we will flesh out the meaning of mental health, talking about what contributes to and detracts from it. We will use some expressive arts exercises that will help us with our ability to be resilient. Join us.

Chickasha Public Library has been focusing on mental health in their Health Literacy Program this year. This program, Using Art to Build Resiliency, is brought to you by the Chickasha Public Library through a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Readers’ Advisory

Even though my current Want-To-Read list is embarrassingly long I still continue to look for more titles to add to that list. I use many sources from wandering the aisles to scrolling through my Facebook feed, but one of the most recent ways that I have been adding to my list is by listening to podcasts. Podcasts are audio programs that are broadcast via the Internet. They are similar to radio programs without the limitations of signal strength. 

You may be familiar with podcasts like True Crime All the Time, Casefile, and True Crime Garage that delve into criminal investigations around the world. Or other podcasts like Secretly Incredibly Fascinating which dedicates each episode to exploring one topic. But did you know that there is a wide selection of podcasts that focus on books? 

The website broadcasts several podcasts that focus on general book recommendations like All the Books and Get Booked. They also host other shows specializing in genre recommendations. SSF Yeah! is dedicated to helping spread the word about great new Science Fiction and Fantasy titles. For Real spotlights non-fiction releases across interest levels. Past topics on this show include religious memoirs, love stories, and authors with Asian or Pacifc Islander heritage. 

 Some of your favorite authors may be producing podcasts as well. Gretchen Rubin author of Better than before : mastering the habits of our everyday lives and Outer order, inner calm : declutter & organize to make more room for happiness hosts uses the platform to share insights into how she manages to stay sane in today’s crazy world and advises her listeners on how to establish healthy habits that lead to happiness. Dan Savage transitioned his radio show Savage Love Live to the podcast Savage Lovecast. While his listenership may have grown, Savage still uses his platform to discuss religion, gay rights, politics, and pornography.

But who better to source for book recommendations than a library? The New York Public Library hosts a podcast called The Librarian is In. Each episode two librarians with the NYPL system discuss books and what to read next. The Brooklyn Public Library also has a podcast, Borrowed,  that highlights stories that center around the people of Brooklyn and how they use the library. 

Most podcasts are available through multiple audio streaming apps like Spotify, Overcast, or Stitcher. Some apps may have a premium option that allows you to listen to the back catalog or bonus content, however most new episodes are available at no charge. 

No-Cost Meals program

The Chickasha Public Library is again partnering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide no-cost meals to kids ages 1-18. The Summer Food Program will kick off June 1. This year there will be two locations children and their caregivers can pick up meals in Chickasha. 

Meals can be picked up Monday through Friday at the following times and locations: 

  • 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Washita Valley Park, located at 1500 S. Henderson St.
  • 12 to 1 p.m. at the Chickasha Public Library, located at 527 W Iowa Ave. 

There is no income verification or proof of residency required to receive meals. For additional information, call the Library at 405-222-6075. 

Preschool Storytime Schedule

The Chickasha Public Library is currently offering virtual Storytime in-person Storytime sessions at the library and Storytime at the park! These programs are geared towards caregivers and the children 5 and younger. The calendar below has details on each Storytime session you can register by clicking the link in the calendar’s event description, or by calling 405-222-6075.

July 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Teen Time Camp Chickasha Lake Book Busters Book Club 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
  • SR Lil' Campers Storytime ages 0-3
  • SR Campfire Tales Storytime ages 4 & up (families)
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Teen Time Camp Chickasha Lake Survival 101: First Aid Basics@ 2pm
  • Friends of the Chickasha Library Board Meeting 5:00 P.M.-6:30 P.M.
  • SR Lil' Campers Storytime ages 0-3
  • SR Campfire Tales Storytime ages 4 & up (families)
  • Happy Campers Let's Get Geeky Campers: Things that Glow 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Happy Campers Let's Get Geeky Campers: Things that Glow 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Teen Time Camp Chickasha Lake Anime/Manga Club Meeting 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
  • Teen Time: Social Media Safety 3:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.
  • Chickasha Public Library Board Meeting 5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • SR Lil' Campers Storytime ages 0-3
  • SR Campfire Tales Storytime ages 4 & up (families)
  • Happy Campers I Survived Book Club 2:00 P.M. -3:00 P.M.
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Blood Drive 2:00 P.M.-5:30 P.M.
  • Book Flowers Crafting 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Teen Time Camp Chickasha Lake FINALE Tiger Safari in Tuttle @ 2 p.m.
  • SR Lil' Campers Storytime ages 0-3
  • SR Campfire Tales Storytime ages 4 & up (families)
  • Happy Campers & Lil' Campers FINALE Snider Family Exotics at the library 2:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Tai Chi Continuation 10:00 A.M.-11:00 A.M.
  • Chapter Chat 6:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Happy Campers & Camp Chickasha Lake Teen Summer Reading Awards
  • Camping Storytime @ 10 a.m. followed by Summer Reading Program awards ceremony (All ages)

Have you signed your little one up for the Chickasha Public Library’s Raise Readers 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge? You can sign up today using Beanstack, or by visiting the library at 527 W Iowa Ave. For additional information please call 405-222-6075.

Chickasha Public Library Summer Reading 2021

The Chickasha Public Library is offering programs for all ages throughout the summer. Mark your calendars preregistration begins May 10th, with programs kicking off in June. You can register for the Summer Reading program using Beanstack or in-person at the Chickasha Public Library located at 527 W Iowa Ave. All programs are free, and there will be a variety of program types for all ages. Participants will set a reading goal, track their minutes spent reading, and earn incentives over the summer. The tracking can all be done online or by using the Beanstack mobile app. There is also an option to track minutes using paper and sticker logs.

The Chickasha Public Library will have programs for everyone this summer. There will be in-person programs (registration required each week), stories on the radio, take and make activities and virtual program. The Summer Reading program will also include virtual and in-person performers. 

Please note that in-person events held at the library require registration, with multiple days to choose from each week. Details for each age group are linked below. If you have any questions, please call 405-222-6075.

Summer Reading Program age groups

New Readers Summer Reading for ages 3-5

Children Summer Reading for ages 6 – 9

Tween Summer Reading for ages 10 – 13