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Waurika Library News December 19 2019

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The Waurika Public Library will be closed December 24th and 25th to celebrate Christmas.  We will reopen on Thursday, December 26th at 9:00 a.m.  We wish everyone has a Merry Christmas!

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In the instant #1 New York Times bestseller, ‘The Guardians’ by John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.

In the small Florida town of Seabrook, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead at his desk as he worked late one night. The killer left no clues. There were no witnesses, no one with a motive. But the police soon came to suspect Quincy Miller, a young black man who was once a client of Russo’s. 

Quincy was tried, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For twenty-two years he languished in prison, maintaining his innocence.  But no one was listening.  He had no lawyer, no advocate on the outside. In desperation, he writes a letter to Guardian Ministries, a small nonprofit run by Cullen Post, a lawyer who is also an Episcopal minister.

Guardian accepts only a few innocence cases at a time.  Cullen Post travels the country fighting wrongful convictions and taking on clients forgotten by the system. With Quincy Miller, though, he gets far more than he bargained for. Powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want Quincy Miller exonerated.

They killed one lawyer twenty-two years ago, and they will kill another without a second thought

Check out ‘The Guardians’ by John Grisham at your Waurika Public Library.

Many events and programs at the library are supported by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time is every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for children and toddlers.  Each week we read stories, and have games and puzzles for the children to play with after reading.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

Waurika Library News

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Come join us at the Rock Island Depot for Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, December 14th from 11:00 am to noon.  The Friends of the Waurika Library will have crafts and activities for children of all ages!

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown combines heart-stopping suspense and forbidden passion in the psychological thriller ‘Outfox’ about an FBI agent’s hunt for a ruthless conman turned serial killer.

FBI agent Drex Easton is relentlessly driven by a single goal: to outmaneuver the conman once known as Weston Graham. Over the past thirty years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure eight wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace, their families left without answers and the authorities without clues. The only common trait among the victims: a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence… except for one signature custom.

Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered, and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. But each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight.

Attractive and charming, Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he’s sought–and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity.

This is Drex’s one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice… or the next victim.

Check out ‘Outfox’ at your Waurika Public Library.

Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Friends of the Waurika Library when you use Amazon.  It works just like Amazon with your existing account.  When you login, simply choose ‘Friends of the Waurika Public Library’ as the charity you would like to support.  Many events and programs at the library are supported by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time is every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for children and toddlers.  Each week we read stories, and have games and puzzles for the children to play with after reading.

or information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

Waurika Library News October 17 2019

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 The Inn at Gloucester stands alone on the rocky shoreline. Its seclusion suits former Boston police detective Bill Robinson, novice owner and innkeeper. As long as the dozen residents pay their rent, Robinson doesn’t ask any questions. Neither does Sheriff Clayton Spears, who lives on the second floor.

Then Mitchell Cline arrives, with a deadly new way of doing business. His crew of local killers break laws, deal drugs, and bring violence to the doors of the Inn. That’s when Robinson realizes, with the help of journalist Susan Solie, that leaving the city is no escape from the reality of evil — or the responsibility for action.

Teaming up with Sheriff Spears and two fearless residents — Army veteran Nick Jones and groundskeeper Effie Johnson — Robinson begins a risky defense. The solitary inhabitants of the Inn will have to learn, before time runs out, that their only choice is between standing together — or dying alone.

Check out ‘The Inn’ by best-selling author James Patterson at your Waurika Public Library.

Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Friends of the Waurika Library when you use Amazon.  It works just like Amazon with your existing account.  When you login, simply choose ‘Friends of the Waurika Public Library’ as the charity you would like to support.  Many events and programs at the library are supported by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time is every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for children and toddlers.  Each week we read stories, and have games and puzzles for the children to play with after reading.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

Waurika Library News September 26 2019

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When Isaac Bell attempts to decipher the forbidding deaths of nine men, he encounters a secret so powerful it could dictate the fate of the world in the riveting thriller ‘The Titanic Secret’ by #1 New York Times-bestselling author Clive Cussler

A century apart, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt and detective Isaac Bell team up to unlock the truth about the most famous maritime disaster of all time.

In the present day, Pitt makes a daring rescue from inside an antiquated submersible in the waters off New York City. His reward afterwards is a document left behind a century earlier by legendary detective Isaac Bell–a document that re-opens a historical mystery…

In 1911, in Colorado, Isaac Bell is asked to look into an unexplained tragedy at Little Angel Mine, in which nine people died. His dangerous quest to answer the riddle leads to a larger puzzle centered on byzanium, a rare element with extraordinary powers and of virtually incalculable value. As he discovers that there are people who will do anything to control the substance, Isaac Bell will find out just how far he’ll go to stop them.

‘The Titanic Secret’ is available in both regular and large print at your Waurika Public Library.

Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com to support the Friends of the Waurika Library when you use Amazon.  It works just like Amazon with your existing account.  When you login, simply choose ‘Friends of the Waurika Public Library’ as the charity you would like to support.  Many events and programs at the library are supported by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time is every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for children and toddlers.  Each week we read stories, and have games and puzzles for the children to play with after reading.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

Waurika Library News August 1, 2019

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The 2019 Summer Reading Program wrapped up last week on Friday, July 26th.

Monday July 22nd, Ramona Johnson returned to take over coordinating the last week.

After Drop Everything And Read, the kids made abstract art with some craft sticks and paint.

Thanks to Pat McGriff for preparing chicken, fruits and vegetables for lunch. Thanks to Starr Heron and Melicia McFadden for serving.

On Tuesday, after Drop Everything and Read, the kids continued working on their craft sticks. They painted them the day before and then glued them together.

Next, the kids went outside. Some of the kids made sidewalk art with chalk while others played kickball.

Thanks to Pat McGriff for preparing and serving spaghetti and green beans for lunch.

On Wednesday, after Drop Everything And Read, Nicole Hill and Jacey Smith from the Medicine Park Aquarium and Natural Sciences Center came to talk to the kids.

Bill Eakin, Debbie Brandon, and Melicia McFadden serve pizza.

The kids each got a piece of lettuce to put in front of them while Franklin, a tortoise, went around and ate all of it.

After learning about turtles and tortoises, the kids made chimes out of small clay pots with nuts and bolts.

Thanks to Kristie Gaines and the Waurika Quick Mart for providing pizza for lunch. Thanks to the Waurika Lions Club for serving.

On Thursday, Heidi Townsend filled in for Ramona Johnson.  After DEAR time, the kids worked on making a book about what they had done over the summer. The covers of the books were coloring pages made from pictures of the kids.

As they finished up working on their books, the kids went outside to make sidewalk art with chalk and play kick ball.

Thanks to Mark Lehew and Susan Howard of Doc’s Place for providing chicken and french fries for lunch. Thanks to Carol Prewitt for serving.

Friday was the last day of the 2019 Summer Reading Program 🙁

After Drop Everything And Read, Ramona Johnson showed the kids how to churn butter with a family churner over 100 years old.

Once all of the kids churned the butter, they each got to taste a sample alone and on some bread.

Next, it was time for lunch. Thanks to Juan Alvarez and his team at Sonic for providing grilled cheese and tater tots for lunch. Thanks to Melicia McFadden for picking it up.

Thanks to Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend for planning activities last week. Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for her assistance. Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for all of her help.

Thanks to Jazmine Simon, Presley Parker, Merzedez Brown, Jon Campiche, Tye Kier, and Tegan Kier for volunteering to help with activities and serving lunch.

Thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors, local businesses and organizations that made the 2019 Waurika Summer Reading Program a great success!

Waurika Library News July 25, 2019

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The 2019 Summer Reading Program continues with reading, learning, activities, and lunch Monday through Friday.

Monday, July 15th kicked off Week 7 of the Summer Reading Program.  Our assistant Karlee Berthiaume is currently in school studying to become a teacher herself. So, in coordination with Sheila Hays, Karlee planned activities for the week.

After Drop Everything and Read, the kids learned about circus animals. Karlee brought pictures of different circus animals for the kids to pass around and look at.

Next, the kids made animals like lions and elephants using their hand prints as a framework.

Thanks to Pat McGriff for making spaghetti and green beans for lunch. Thanks to Starr Heron for serving.

On Tuesday, after DEAR time, Karlee Berthiaume continued teaching the kids about the circus with pictures of circus performers.

Next the kids made spinning color wheels. After that, they got to take their picture as either a monkey or lion.

Thanks to Jeri Nell and her team at Bill’s Fish House for providing chicken, fries, hush puppies, and fruit for lunch. Thanks to Pat McGriff for serving and bringing apple cobbler.

On Wednesday, The circus continued with Brittney Helterbran reading a story before Karlee Berthiaume started crafts with the kids. The kids colored circus animals and made train wagons for the animals to go in.

Thanks to Kristie Gaines and the Waurika Quick Mart for providing pizza for lunch. Thanks to the Waurika Lions Club for serving.

On Thursday, Brittney Helterbran read ‘Our Day at the Zoo’ to the children. The book was produced by the OKC Zoo and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries to promote the zoo. Each kid also received a voucher for up to 4 people to visit the OKC Zoo for free!

After reading, it was time for some games. Karlee Berthiaume setup a variety of games, including Ring Toss and a Can Knock Down game. The kids enjoyed playing and winning prizes.

Next, it was time for lunch. Thanks to Doc’s Place for providing corn dogs, french fries, and apple sauce.

Fridays are park days, so after Karlee Berthiaume read to the kids, it was time for some Fla-Vor-Ice and play.

Thanks to Nitschke Natural Farms (https://nnbeef.com/) for providing their 100% organic beef for burgers. Thanks to Gary and Lauren Nitschke for cooking and serving them for lunch. Nitschke Natural Farms provided all of the beef for this year’s burgers and it has been greatly appreciated!

Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for coordinating activities last week. She did an excellent job!   Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for her assistance.  Thanks to Alex Gomex, Jazmine Simon, Kayleigh Merritt, Jon Campiche, Hunter Rochelle, Adrian Simon, Tye and Tegan Kier,  and all of our older kids that volunteered last week to help with reading and activities.

The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we’ve raised funds to offer daily educational programs and lunches to help keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

All children attending the program must be registered. The program runs each weekday through Friday, July 26 – with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Reading and activities will start at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent, guardian or designee by noon each day. 

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend for children entering first grade through fifth grade in the fall. Age limits have been established and must be enforced to ensure one teacher can plan and successfully deliver a program for all. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers – as space allows, and all school-aged children are welcome to join us for lunch.

For more information or registration forms, please visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

Waurika Library News July 18, 2019

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The 2019 Summer Reading Program continues with reading, learning, activities, and lunch Monday through Friday.

Monday, July 8th kicked off Week 6 of the Summer Reading Program as Ramona Johnson took over coordinating activities.

After Drop Everything And Read,  the kids learned about eclipses. For crafts, they made their own eclipses and stars.

Thanks to Vicki Etheridge and Starr Heron for making and serving quesadillas for lunch.

On Tuesday, after reading,  local children’s author Katy Thomas (writing as Katy Jean) visited to teach the children about homesteading.

Katy brought a goat and chicken for the kids to pet. Katy’s daughter Allie helped handle the animals while Katy spoke to the children. She also brought some local spring and fall honey for the kids to try.

After Katy read from her book ‘The Adventures of Allie and Luna the Itty Bitty Chicken’, it was time for lunch.

Thanks to Dee Goss and her team at the Circle D Cafe for proving corn dogs, french fries, and drinks for lunch. Thanks to Katy Thomas for coming to speak to the kids and her daughter Allie Thomas for helping out.

Thanks to Richard McGriff for serving along with Gracie Hood and the other older kids that helped out serving lunch.

On Wednesday, the kids continued learning more about space. They recapped some of the things they had learned about the planets in our solar system.

Next, the kids painted foam balls to represent the planets and put stars on black paper for the background.

After reading and crafts it was time for lunch. Thanks to Kristie Gaines and her team at the Waurika Quick Mart for providing pizza. Thanks to the Waurika Lions Club for serving.

On Thursday, after Drop Everything And Read, the kids continued learning about the solar system.

Next, they finished up their craft from the day before, gluing the planets they had painted onto the starry backgrounds they had made.

Thanks to Manya Reid and the Hastings Baptist Church for providing and serving hot dogs, fruit, chips and drinks for lunch.

Friday wrapped up Week 6 of the Summer Reading Program. While Ramona read to some of the kids, the ones that missed the day before finished up their solar system craft.

Next, Tim Trow (Thank you, Tim!) came to talk to the kids about space and telescopes. Tim also brought pictures of astronomical objects like Haley’s Comet.

Thanks to Nitschke Natural Beef (https://nnbeef.com/) for providing their 100% organic beef for the burgers. Thanks to the Waurika Fire Department for grilling them. Thanks to Lauren Nitschke for serving.

Thanks to Ramona Johnson for setting up activities for Week 6.  Ramona will return for Week 8 as Sheila Hays returned on Monday, July 15th for Week 7.

Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for her assistance. Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for all of her help. Thanks to Presley Parker, Alex Gomex, Jazmine Simon, Lexi Feldman, Kayleigh Merritt, Landry Forsyth, and all of our older kids that volunteer to help with reading and activities.

The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we’ve raised funds to offer daily educational programs and lunches to help keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

All children attending the program must be registered. The program runs each weekday through Friday, July 26 – with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Reading and activities will start at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent, guardian or designee by noon each day. 

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend for children entering first grade through fifth grade in the fall. Age limits have been established and must be enforced to ensure one teacher can plan and successfully deliver a program for all. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers – as space allows, and all school-aged children are welcome to join us for lunch.

For more information or registration forms, please visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

Library News May 23 2019

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The 2019 Summer Reading Program is just around the corner.  The program kicks off on Monday, June 3. This year’s theme is ‘A Universe of Stories’ and a focus on space – with 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we’ve raised funds to offer daily educational programs and lunches to help keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

All children attending the program must be registered. The program will run each weekday through Friday, July 27 – with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Reading and activities will start at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent, guardian or designee by noon each day. 

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend for children entering first grade through fifth grade in the fall. Age limits have been established and must be enforced to ensure one teacher can plan and successfully deliver a program for all. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers – as space allows, and all school-aged children are welcome to join us for lunch.

For more information or registration forms, please visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

Waurika Library News May 9 2019

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The 2019 Summer Reading Program will kick off on Monday, June 3. This year’s theme is ‘A Universe of Stories’ and a focus on space – with 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we’ve raised funds to offer daily educational programs and lunches to help keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

All children attending the program must be registered. The program will run each weekday through Friday, July 27 – with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Reading and activities will start at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent, guardian or designee by noon each day. 

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend for children entering first grade through fifth grade in the fall. Age limits have been established and must be enforced to ensure one teacher can plan and successfully deliver a program for all. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers – as space allows, and all school-aged children are welcome to join us for lunch.

For more information or registration forms, please visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

Library News May 2 2019

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The Waurika Public Library’s annual Scholastic Book Fair starts this weekend!  The Book Fair will be located at the front of the Waurika News Journal and will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 2: p.m. Saturday, May 4th to coincide with Downtown Again.  At the Book Fair, you will find hundreds of books from new and favorite authors, popular series, cool posters, school supplies, and fun for everyone!  The Scholastic Book Fair brings to Waurika a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books kids want to read. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more!

Summer is right around the corner!  The Waurika Public Library invites elementary-aged children, those who will be entering 1st grade through 5th grade in September, to attend this year’s Summer Reading Program. A variety of weekday programming will be offered and lunch will be provided daily for any school-aged child.

The theme this year is A Universe of Stories!  Programming will run each weekday, June 3-July 26 with the exception of the July 4 holiday.  Reading and activities will be from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.  Children attending the Summer Reading Program must be picked up by their parent/guardian at noon each day.

Children must be registered to attend. For more information or registration forms, visit the Waurika Public Library or call 580.228.3274.

The Summer Reading Program is free to attend.  The public library, community organizations and individuals care about your children. Together we raised funds to offer daily educational programs and week-day lunches to keep your children’s minds and bodies fed this summer. Whether keeping track of the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they’ve read this summer, children who attend the Summer Reading Program keep their minds active and enter the new school year ready to succeed.

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/