Peach Fundraiser Cancelled

The Okeene Public Library regrets that their annual peach fundraiser has to be cancelled for 2020.  The library received a letter from Cunningham stating “during the second week of April 2020 the Palisade, Colorado fruit valley experienced three absolutely brutal nights of freeze, frost and wind.  This weather destroyed the cherry and pear crops in our fields and damaged a significant portion of the peaches.”  The letter continued with “we do not expect to have enough peaches available to have fundraising teams participate in selling this year.

For your die-hard peach customers, with the current projections the Cunningham Peach truck will still be visiting a few select towns in the area but only project to visit these towns one time.”

The Okeene Public Library’s FLOK is looking at other options for fundraisers at the current time.  Thank you so much for your continued support.

Summer Reading Calendar July 2020

Summer Reading is about to begin at the Okeene Public Library!  Our Kick-Off Day is Wednesday July 8th with a visit by the Oklahoma Kid Marty Tipton.  The first week’s activities are arranged differently to give everyone a chance to get back from their July 4th activities.  The ages are flexible but the times no so much.   Please join us as each week as we “imagine our story” in a different way.

Rescheduled June Adult Book Discussion to July

The Okeene Public Library regrets it must reschedule  its adult book discussion to Sunday July 26, 2020 of Jiles’ book “News of the World”.  The discussion will begin at 3:00.

“In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. Army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.”

Books are available for checkout at the library now.  Come join us!


We’ve Moved Summer Reading to July

The Okeene Public Library has rescheduled all of the Summer Reading Program–Imagine Your Story–to July.  Now our theme is Reimagine Your Story.  Watch for the calendar of events to be posted on June 1, 2020.  The library plans to have live performers and animals with lots of stories, songs and crafts.  Keep watching and reading!

Hooray! The Library Is Opens. Hooray!

The Okeene Public Library  reopened to the public on Monday May 4th with these guidelines:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning hours will be for Senior Citizens (over 65) only.

Afternoon hours Monday through Friday for the general public.

Please continue to maintain social distancing–6ft apart.

Hand Sanitizer will be available and masks are highly recommended.

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.