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Quarterly Newsletter, April 2023
Stay updated on current Library events by following the Chickasha Public Library on Facebook and Instagram, and by checking out the Library's event calendar

Ongoing programs and announcements:
  • Preschool Storytime is every Wednesday at 10 am.
  • Teen Anime Club meets once a month. Check the event calendar for specific days and times.
  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance Continuation is every Monday and Friday at 10 am.
  • Chapter Chat is at 6:30 pm on the last Monday of each month.
Do you have thoughts and ideas about Chickasha's future? Are there issues that you want addressed, improvements to existing infrastructure, or new businesses or attractions you want to see? Here is your chance to be involved in the city's comprehensive plan!

There will be a display with information at the Chickasha Public Library, including current data, surveys, and ways to contribute your thoughts about how to improve this community, that will be updated regularly. 

You can also sign up online at Onward Chickasha to stay updated on what's happening. Library staff will be happy to assist you and to answer questions so that everyone can have input in Chickasha's future.
Books Come Alive and the Friends of the Library's Local Author Festival were both held on Saturday, March 25! Thank you to the presenters for sharing their creativity and love of reading, the Friends of the Library for sponsoring the Local Author Festival, and the authors who shared their books. Here are some photos of the presenters and authors who participated!
The distinguished Sequoyah, Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards have long served as a guide to finding some of the best content published for young readers. These winners are the books that allow a child’s imagination to grow, give them the skills needed to succeed, and cultivate a lifelong love of reading.  
This year’s winners are:
The John Newbery Medal
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera (TEEN FICTION Higuera)

The Randolph Caldecott Medal
Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin (CHILDREN PICTURE BOOK Wang)
Coretta Scott King Book Award
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper (CHILDREN 976.6 Weatherford)
2022 Sequoyah Book Award Winners
Zeus, Dog of Chaos by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (CHILDREN FICTION Tubb)
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (TEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL Jamieson )
High School
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (TEEN FICTION Deonn)

The Donna Norvell Award
The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright (CHILDREN PICTURE BOOK Bright) 

Stop by the Chickasha Public Library and check one of these amazing books out today.  
Look for a special Summer Reading edition of the newsletter in May with information about sign-ups, events, weekly programs, and more!

For more information, call Youth Services Librarian Drew Cooper at 405-222-6075.
Have you downloaded Libby yet?

Important information for ebook readers - The Overdrive app will be discontinued on May 1. Download the free Libby app to continue reading ebooks from the Oklahoma Virtual Library. Libby can be found on the App Store for iphones, and Google Play for android devices.

Library staff will be happy to help you answer questions about how to download Libby, or anything else related to downloading and reading ebooks on your phone, computer, or tablet. 

Do you ever wonder about how the library's book collection began back in 1905? The initial collection of 475 volumes were all donated to the library by individuals and organizations who volunteered their time and resources to help grow and maintain the library.

The first 100 books came from Kate H. Biggers (c1850-), who moved to Chickasha from Pennsylvania in the fall of 1899.  A newspaper article reported that “One of her pet hobbies which she has advocated through thick and thin (together with other kindred spirits) was a public library.”  She solicited book donations from her home in Pennsylvania to donate to the Carnegie Library in Chickasha.  Her initial donation made up over 20% of the Carnegie Library’s original collection.

The first book to be recorded in the library’s accession records was Bob, Son of Battle, a children’s book written by Alfred Ollivant in 1898 and published by Doubleday in 1900, which was acquired by an anonymous donation. Library board president Stella Brown donated 20 volumes and 50 pamphlets, Harriet Stiles of Minnesota donated 26 volumes, and Mary Smith, who was the first person to receive a library card, donated 8 volumes to the library.

Some historic documents from the library's history have been preserved and can be seen in the historic display case in the library, or online through Images of Oklahoma. Some of these items have lasted for over 120 years, and they tell bits and pieces of the history of this library and how it began.

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April 2023, Chickasha Public Library Newsletter

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