Weekly Children’s Programs at the Library

Raise Readers Early Literacy come and go activities

Tuesdays from 10 AM – 1 PM

Visit the library and explore different Early Literacy and Sensory Centers!

The program is free, and geared towards children five and younger and their caregivers. We welcome you to come learn and play together as they explore each center.

Preschool Storytime

Every Wednesday morning 10:00 am

Preschool Storytime is for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers.

Children must be accompanied by an adult for these programs.

For additional information, please call 405-222-6075

Let’s Talk About It – Arc of Justice (October 6, 2022)

The third Let’s Talk About It program will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Library’s meeting room. Several copies of the book are available for checkout. Below is some information about the book and the speaker for September.

About the Book
In 1925, Detroit was a smoky swirl of jazz and speakeasies, assembly lines and fistfights. The advent of automobiles had brought workers from around the globe to compete for manufacturing jobs, and tensions often flared with the KKK in ascendance and violence rising. Ossian Sweet, a proud Negro doctor-grandson of a slave-had made the long climb from the ghetto to a home of his own in a previously all-white neighborhood. Yet just after his arrival, a mob gathered outside his house; suddenly, shots rang out: Sweet, or one of his defenders, had accidentally killed one of the whites threatening their lives and homes. And so it began-a chain of events that brought America’s greatest attorney, Clarence Darrow, into the fray and transformed Sweet into a controversial symbol of equality. Historian Kevin Boyle weaves the police investigation and courtroom drama of Sweet’s murder trial into an unforgettable tapestry of narrative history that documents the volatile America of the 1920s and movingly re-creates the Sweet family’s journey from slavery through the Great Migration to the middle class. Ossian Sweet’s story, so richly and poignantly captured here, is an epic tale of one man trapped by the battles of his era’s changing times. Arc of Justice is the winner of the 2004 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

(Summary from amazon.com).

About the Speaker
Teaching has been the passion of Professor Lloyd K. Musselman, who, after receiving his Ph.D. degree, came to Oklahoma City University in 1969 and has taught there ever since. An historian by trade, Professor Musselman has inspired students in all majors to seek the full development of their interests. In recognition of his teaching skills, Dr. Musselman was appointed the Darbeth-Whitten Professor of American History in 1978, presented the Sears Roebuck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence in 1990, and named the school’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year in 2002. As part of a survey Oklahoma City University made of its past graduates, responders consistently named Dr. Musselman as one of the teachers who inspired them, including a former national social studies teacher of the year. Lloyd Musselman has also served as Department Chair, the Director of the Robert A. Taft Institute of Government, and the Acting Dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences. He has been notable for enriching the cultural life of the state by his participation in the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Let’s Talk About It program sponsored by the Oklahoma Libraries Association.

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


Why Libraries Matter: Essential Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently created an infographic titled How Public Libraries Adapted to Serve Their Communities at the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here are some highlights.

  • 93% continued to provide services to the public even while their buildings were closed.
  • 88% of libraries provided “outside” service for checking out physical materials (e.g., books, DVDs) while buildings were closed to the public.
  • 65% increased the electronic materials available to the public (e.g., e-books, downloadable audiobooks).
  • 68% offered electronic library cards, more than twice as many as before the pandemic.

The Chickasha Public Library adapted and expanded many services during COVID-19, including all of those listed above.

Additionally, the Chickasha Public Library continues to offer virtual cards to Grady County residents. These allow access to the library’s virtual services, databases, and ebooks through the Oklahoma Virtual Library. Curbside service is also still available. To receive curbside service, park in the designated spot and then call the library and let staff know what you need (pick up holds, have a document notarized, print a document that was sent to the library’s printing email address, etc.).

In other library news, here are two stories about national library organizations providing technology access to rural and underserved communities:

FCC and IMLS Sign Agreement to Promote Broadband Access
PLA awards $1.1 million to 160 public libraries to conduct digital literacy workshops 

This is important because internet access is needed for so many life tasks – job applications, finances, communication, and more – and libraries provide that access to everyone. In addition, digital literacy is becoming more important because of the vast amounts of information available online. Libraries help to connect people with information in its many and ever-changing formats.

Working with JobNow

Are you looking for employment, wanting to change careers, or need to write a resume? The Chickasha Public Library has a database that can help with a variety of job searching needs! Brainfuse JobNow is dedicated to all things job related. The Resume section includes several templates, resources, and an option to submit your resume and receive expert feedback. The Job Interview section includes tips, online resources, and a live interview coach. The Career section has several general options, including applying for unemployment assistance, job searching resources, career and skill assessments, and a live job coach that can help you navigate the process. These options can help to make the job searching experience less intimidating by providing help and feedback with specific areas.

Also, just as a reminder if you are looking for continuing education credits or to gain new job skills, the library also offers Universal Class, with over 500 free courses on various academic subjects, technology, and more. Certificates are provided at the end of each course that can demonstrate competency in that area to an employer or organization.

JobNow is brought to you by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and can be found by visiting the E-Resources page on the Chickasha Public Library website.

Beginner Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance – Beginning Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance – Beginning will start a new session for those who have not taken Tai Chi before on Monday, September 19. It will be held on Mondays and Thursdays in the library’s meeting room at 2:00 pm. Space is limited and registration is requested.

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.

If you are interested in joining the class, please call 405-222-6075 or email lillie.huckaby@chickasha.org.