Free Composting Workshop

The Okeene Public library will host the Okeene Historical Group on Sunday, September 23, 2018 as they present a free composting workshop.  Part of the OHG grant to Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, everyone who attends will learn the do’s and don’ts of composting.  If you have success stories or horror stories please come and share with the group.  A composting bucket will be created at the workshop by each participant.  Happy Gardening!

September Book Discussion

The Okeene Public Library will hold its next book discussion on Sunday September 30, 2018 starting at 3:00. Dr. Richmond Adams, NWOSU professor, will open the discussion on Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman”
“From Harper Lee comes a landmark novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.
Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.”
Books may be checked out at the Okeene Public Library Monday 2:00 to 5:30; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 5:30 and Friday 2:00 to 5:00.

Free Crochet Class Returns!

The Okeene Public Library is again offering free crochet classes each Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 pm beginning September 18, 2018. If you are experienced, feel free to come and finish a project, learn a new stitch, or create something new. Our project will be a scarf. Several scarf patterns will be available. Yarn that has been donated will be provided free of charge to participants, or feel free to bring your own. A size J crochet hook will be required and not provided. Hope to see you there.

 

Financial Fitness For Adults

How can I better manage my money?”
“How can I safely invest?”
“How do I buy a house?”
“Is my credit rating important?”

Are you feeling lost when comes to your finances? Want to figure out how to plan for your future? Free Financial Fitness programs are being held at the Okeene Public Library starting Tuesday September 18, 2018. This series is designed to teach people about personal finances. The Financial Fitness program is a FREE interactive financial education workshop series that can help anyone learn about money, develop a budget, save for college, plan for retirement and much more. The adult curriculum was developed by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma. Each of the six sessions will begin with a free light meal at 5:30 and the workshop will begin at 6:00. Joy Rhodes, OSU Extension Agent, will lead the workshops. Registration is required (in order to plan for the meals). Please contact the Okeene Public Library at 580-822-3306 or reading@okeene.lib.ok.us. Child care not provided.  This program is made possible with the help of the following: FOLIO received a grant from FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the American Library Association (Smart investing@your library® Financial Fitness Series) to provide financial fitness programs around Oklahoma. The project will expand a successful financial education model across the state, giving primary attention to meeting the needs of military personnel and their families, senior citizens, young adults and low-income households. The Financial Fitness series prompts participants to make concrete changes to their personal finance practices and helps them gain control of their financial fundamentals while positioning them to begin investing for longer-term goals. The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is providing in-kind services for Financial Fitness, including developing and hosting the project’s website, and assisting with promotional materials and activities.
This program is made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the American Library Association.

Are You Part of the Great American Read?

Are you part of
The Great American Read?

“THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode (broadcast on May 22, 2018) in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

How were the top 100 books chosen? PBS and the producers worked with the public opinion polling service “YouGov” to conduct a demographically and statistically representative survey asking Americans to name their most-loved novel. Approximately 7,200 people participated.

How did you narrow that list to the top 100? The results were tallied and organized based on our selection criteria and overseen by an advisory panel of 13 literary industry professionals. The criteria for inclusion on the top 100 list were as follows:
Each author was limited to one title on the list (to keep the list varied).
Books published in series or featuring ongoing characters counted as one eligible entry on the list (e.g. the Harry Potter series or Lord of the Rings) to increase variety.
Books could be from anywhere in the world as long as they were published in English.
Only fiction could be included in the poll.

What books are included on the list? The list contains a broad range of fictional titles, authors, time periods, countries, genres and subject matter. The list includes books from as far back as the 1600s and as recent as 2016. From beloved world literature to contemporary best sellers, many categories are represented: 20th century American classics, thrillers, young adult novels, sci-fi/fantasy, adventure, historical fiction, romantic stories, and books that represent the human experience told from a diverse range of perspectives.

How does the voting work? Voting is open online and on social media with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode and continues throughout the summer, leading up to the finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers can vote online and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their votes by using SMS and toll-free voting.”

The Okeene Public Library currently has 49 of the top 100 books ready to check out so you can join the nation as we explore The Great American Read.

Our Day at the Zoo

We have a WILD opportunity for you!  The Oklahoma City Zoo and Metropolitan Library System are excited to roll out a new, statewide literacy program called for Read for Adventure. This program aims to promote literacy within families, increase their contact with the outdoors and provide an outlet for invaluable, nature-inspired discoveries.  Educating Oklahomans about wildlife and wild places has always been central to the OKC Zoo’s mission and through this partnership, we are inspiring children to read about wildlife and connect with those same animals and plants here at the Zoo.  Read for Adventure enables any Oklahoma resident to check out “Our Day at the Zoo” from any library located in the state and receive one (1) voucher good for general admission for four (4) people to the Oklahoma City Zoo.  The voucher is good through March 31, 2019.

Read for Adventure runs May 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.  The program is free to participate and open to any Oklahoman with a valid library card.

 

Notary Services to be Offered at the Library

The Okeene Public Library is proud to announce a new service being offered at the library.  Notary services will now be available  Monday through Thursday from 2:00 to 5:30 free of charge.

Help the Library and the Earth

The library is asking for your help.  Please save your aluminum cans for the library and not the land fill.  The Okeene Public Library is collecting cans and taking them to be recycled.  There is a collection container on the southwest corner of the 4-way stop. Thank you for your continued support of the Okeene Public Library.