September Adult Book Discussion

The Okeene Public Library continues its adult book discussion with Wiseman’s novel “What She Left Behind” on Sunday September 27th starting at 3:00 in the library meeting room.  This novel weaves together riveting stories of past and present, exploring the strength of women in two different times as they face adversity in two very different ways. Go inside the horrifying walls of a 1920s New York asylum as a wrongly imprisoned woman fights for what is most important to her—and meet the young woman confronting the pain and mystery of her own family’s mental illness two generations later.
“Ten years ago, Izzy Stone’s mother fatally shot her father while he slept. Devastated by her mother’s apparent insanity, Izzy, now seventeen, refuses to visit her in prison. But her new foster parents, employees at the local museum, have enlisted Izzy’s help in cataloging items at a long-shuttered state asylum. There, amid piles of abandoned belongings, Izzy discovers a stack of unopened letters, a decades-old journal, and a window into her own past.
Young flapper and suffragette Clara Cartwright is caught between her overbearing parents and her desire to be a modern woman. Furious when she rejects an arranged marriage, instead finding love with an Italian Immigrant, Clara’s father sends her to a genteel home for nervous invalids. But when his fortune is lost in the stock market crash of 1929, he can no longer afford her care—and Clara is committed to the public asylum.
Even as Izzy deals with the challenges of yet another new beginning, Clara’s story keeps drawing her into the past. If Clara was never really mentally ill, could something else explain her own mother’s violent act? Piecing together Clara’s fate compels Izzy to re-examine her own choices—with shocking and unexpected results.”

Books are ready to be checked out at any time during the library’s regular hours.  Please some join us!

Juniper’s Butterfly Garden

OKC ZOO AND OG&E LAUNCH STATEWIDE LIBRARY PROGRAM–READ FOR ADVENTURE

Community literacy program features new book, provides Oklahomans with a family-fun activity and free Zoo admission

Read for Adventure, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s statewide literacy program, continues for its fourth year with an exciting change that will have participants all a flutter! Sponsored by OG&E, this year’s program features a new, original children’s book, Juniper’s Butterfly Garden–A Small Start for a Better World.

Beginning in July, Oklahoma library card holders are invited to check out Juniper’s Butterfly Garden, from any participating public and tribal library location within the state, to receive a voucher redeemable for free general admission to the OKC Zoo for up to four people (child, adult or senior).

This community program was created to provide an engaging activity for Oklahoma families that inspires a deeper appreciation for connecting with and caring for wildlife and wild places. Since its inception in 2017, more than 30,000 Oklahomans have had the opportunity to the experience the OKC Zoo at no cost through the Read for Adventure program.

“Together with OG&E, we are proud to bring this rewarding program to all Oklahomans, providing them with a unique opportunity to build relationships through reading while learning about local conservation,” said Dwight Lawson, OKC Zoo’s executive director and CEO. “We hope this year’s new book and focus will encourage participants to take steps to conserve our state’s most iconic pollinator and native habitat for future monarch populations.”

“We’re honored to partner with the Oklahoma City Zoo to show young Oklahomans the difference they can make through conservation,” said Brian Alford, OG&E’s director of corporate affairs. “OG&E’s service area falls directly along the monarch’s annual migration path, and we’ve made a commitment to support their journey by planting flowers and native grasses and adapting mowing practices at our facilities among other efforts. The Read for Adventure program provides a creative, fun way to inspire readers statewide to take care of their environment and the animals with whom we share it.”

“We are always looking for new opportunities to promote Oklahoma libraries, and we found it with Read for Adventure,” said Bill Young, Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ public information manager. “As the popularity of this program continues to grow, we hope it will encourage more Oklahomans to discover all that their community library has to offer.”

Read for Adventure’s new book, Juniper’s Butterfly Garden was written by Oklahoma City resident and OKC Zoo’s marketing coordinator, Autumn Heigle, and illustrated by Nadia Ronquillo. The story follows a child’s journey as she learns about monarch butterflies and how she can help conserve this important pollinator in her own backyard. Additionally, readers will find information about planting a garden for monarchs and other pollinators and their migratory path through Oklahoma in the back of Juniper’s Butterfly Garden.

The monarch butterfly population has dropped by over 80 percent in the last 20 years. The main reason for this is habitat loss throughout the monarch’s migration and breeding range. Each spring and fall, millions of monarch butterflies funnel through Oklahoma as they make their annual migration from from central Mexico to southern Canada. Both the OKC Zoo and OG&E recognize the importance of these pollinators and the urgency of restoring their population and seasonal habitat.

Read for Adventure begins in July and continues through March 31, 2021. Zoo admission vouchers are redeemable through June 30, 2021. To learn more about the program and for a list of participating libraries, visit www.okczoo.org/readforadventure

Preschool Craft and Storytime Returns!

Hello preschoolers!  Story and craft time will be Wednesday September 16, 2020 at 10:00 in the meeting room of the Okeene Public Library.  All preschoolers ages 1 to 5 are welcome as well as their baby brothers and sisters.  Of course parents, grandparents  and/or caregivers are always welcome.

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.