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.
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.
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.