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.
All Young Readers can Discover A Universe of Stories at the Library this summer!
Space is the theme for Chickasha Public Library’s 2019 Free Summer Reading Program, which officially kicks off May 30th with sign-ups from 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. Summer Reading programs will be at the Library located at 527 W Iowa Ave, Chickasha Ok 73018. Children and teens who enroll in the program will receive reading logs to track their reading adventures this summer. A variety of programs and activities will also keep young minds learning over the vacation months.
New Readers Summer Reading
New Readers Summer Reading is for youth ages 4-6 it will be held every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. There will books, crafts, and games. Children, age 6 and their adult can pick which program they wish to participate in the New reader or the children’s summer reading program on Thursdays.
Children’s Summer Reading Program
Children’s Summer Reading is for youth ages 6-11 it will be held every Thursday at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm. The sessions are the same; we ask that you pick on to attend each Thursday. All programs are an hour long and there will books, crafts, and games. Children, age 10 & 11 and their adult can pick which program they wish to participate in the children’s summer reading program or the Tween Summer Reading program at 4:00 pm.
Tween Summer Reading Program
Tween Summer Reading is for youth ages 10, and up it will be held every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. During the program, youth will discuss books, and there will be an activity.
For more information on Chickasha Public Library’s plans for summer reading, you can visit the Library’s Facebook page. Questions can also be answered over the phone at 405-222-6075 or in person at the Library located at 527 W Iowa Ave.
An adult must accompany children ages 8 and younger, and children ages 9 – 12 maybe at the Library for two hours unaccompanied.
Summer Reading Sponsors
Oklahoma’s statewide Summer Reading Program serves more than 100,000 preschoolers, children, and teens each year. Statewide sponsors are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Sonic Drive-In, and The Oklahoman. Local sponsors include The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library and the City of Chickasha.