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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/

Library News April 25 2019

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 The Waurika Public Library’s annual Scholastic Book Fair starts 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/

Waurika Library News January 10, 2019

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How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.

 How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?

 What sort of future do you want? ‘Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’ empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.

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 held 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 January 3 2019

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The world’s oil supply is vanishing, the stock market is plummeting, and the key to saving the future seems to be a baffling historical mystery. Can the NUMA crew crack it in time? ‘Sea of Greed’ is the suspenseful new NUMA Files novels from the #1 New York Times-bestselling master of adventure, Clive Cussler.

After an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, Kurt Austin and the NUMA Special Projects Team are tapped by the President of the United States to find out what’s gone wrong. The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative energy field. Her goal is the end of the oil age; her company has spent billions developing the worlds’ most advanced fuel-cell systems. But is she an environmental hero…or a rogue genetic engineer?

The NUMA crew discovers that the oil fields are infected with bacteria that are consuming the oil before it can be pumped out of the earth–a bacteria originally lost decades ago when two submarines vanished in the Mediterranean.

With hired killers on his trail, can Kurt Austin locate a submarine that’s remained hidden for more than fifty years? And even if he can, can the biological terror that’s been unleashed be stopped?  Check out ‘Sea of Greed’ from the Waurika Public Library.

Christmas may be over but you can still use smile.amazon.com to support the Friends of the Waurika Library when you use Amazon throughout the year.  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.

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

Waurika Library News November 15, 2018

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Did you know your Amazon purchases can help support the library? AmazonSmile donates to Friends of the Waurika Public Library Inc when you do your Christmas shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0811372.  Just login with your regular Amazon account and a portion of your purchases will go to help programs like Santa’s Workshop and Summer Reading!

In addition to books, the Waurika Public Library has hundreds of movies on DVD and Blu-ray available for checkout.  New family-friendly releases added to our catalog this month include ‘Christopher Robin’ and ‘Incredibles 2’.  

In Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’, Winnie the Pooh and friends embark on a new adventure to help remind a grown-up, Christopher Robin, how to laugh again, for “sometimes doing nothing leads to the very best something.” 

Everyone’s favorite Superfamily is back in Disney-Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’!  Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, and Bob must juggle the day-to-day heroics of home life.  But when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot, the Parrs meet the challenge together with Frozone by their side.

Don’t forget, Story Time is held 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/