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Library News March 8 2018

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You,” – Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss.

Children enjoy celebrating Dr. Seuss

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’ Birthday.  Born in 1904, he would have been 114 this year.  Last Thursday, March 1st, the Library welcomed Terral Public Schools grades K-4 to celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday.  I read ‘Ten Apples Up on Top’ before the kids participated in games and activities.  The following day, Friday, March 2nd, the Waurika and Temple Head Starts visited.  Thanks to the Waurika FCCLA for helping on Thursday and to Vickie Etheridge and Starr Heron for helping on Friday.  Thanks to all of the teachers, parents, and children that attended.

FCCLA Volunteers (l-r) Olivia Ralls, Hope Cummings, Landry Forsyth, Kameron Zaicek, Brooklyn Barnes, and Madison Christian

The Story Of The Boot was a display of family stories in Jefferson County created to compliment the Smithsonian Institute exhibition at the Rock Island Depot this summer.

These stories have been compiled into a hardback book.  Copies of ‘The Story of the Boot’ are $25 and take 2-3 weeks for delivery to the library.  If you would like the copy mailed to a location other than the library, please add an additional $5 for shipping and allow for an additional week for mailing.

‘Your Hometown’ is a DVD compilation of videos from the local community.  The DVD includes the opening of Veteran’s Park, Brickstreet Classic Car Show, Interviews with residents of Jefferson Co. and more!  Copies of the DVD are available at the library for $10 with proceeds going to the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time has a new day!  Story Time is now on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Each week, we read stories to pre-k children.  After Story Time, we have games, puzzles, and children’s computer games available.  If you would like to see Story Time on a different day and time, just let us know.

Many events and programs at the library are supported and funded by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  The Friends have started their sponsorship drive for 2018.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information, to become a sponsor, or volunteer, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

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

Waurika Library News July 5 2018

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Week 4 of the Summer Reading Program wrapped up on June 29th. Kim Clampitt setup activities for the week.  

On Monday, June 25th, after Drop Everything And Read, the kids began working on making drums. They started by painting cans. The kids also started decorating paper plates to make elephants.  Thanks to the Hastings Baptist Church for providing and serving lunch today. They brought hot dogs, strawberries, grapes, chips, cookies, and lemonade.

On Tuesday, after DEAR time, the kids finished making their drums by putting balloons over their painted cans to make the drum head. They finished up their elephants attaching party horns to make the elephant’s trunk.  Thanks to Patricia McGriff for making sandwiches for lunch. Along with sandwiches the kids had chips, grapes, and fruit cups

On Wednesday,  after DEAR time, the kids talked about insects. For their craft, they made ‘buzzing bees’ with index cards, craft sticks, rubber bands and string.  After making their ‘buzzing bees’, the kids headed over to the park to try them out. The ‘bees’ buzz when the kids swing them around by the string. Thanks to Kristie Gaines and her team at the Waurika QuikMart for providing pizza for lunch. Thanks to the Waurika Lions Club for serving.

On Thursday, after DEAR time, the kids learned about butterflies.  Thanks to Georgia Spoonemore for coming and teaching the kids about how butterflies grow and how to identify species like Monarchs.  Thanks to Jeffco Helping Hands Food Pantry for providing lunch. Thanks to Carol Prewitt and Jessica Coody with the Waurika Alumni Association for serving.

Friday, after DEAR time, the kids learned about bees. Thanks to Dannie and Janie Ramming for telling the children how bees are raised, what bees do, and how they behave. Dannie and Janie also brought bees for the kids to look at.  After learning about bees, it was time for lunch. Thanks to Gayle Austin for grilling burgers. Thanks to Carol Prewitt for serving. Thanks to Kimberly Morris-Kirkland and the Waurika 4H for cleaning up.

Thanks to Kim Clampitt for coordinating the week. Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for all of her assistance. Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for all of her help. Thanks to Destiny Foster, Abby Taylor, and Presley Parker for volunteering this summer.

Thanks to all of the people in our community that support this wonderful program.

It’s not too late to sign your child up! Programming runs each weekday, June 4 – July 27 – 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 by noon each day.

Denise Linzman, Melicia McFadden and Debbie Brandon serve at the Waurika Library Summer Reading Program.

Children must be registered to attend. In addition to registration, age requirements include children entering first grade in the fall through those entering fifth grade in the fall. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers. For 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/

Library News October 11 2018

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In addition to books, the Waurika Public Library also has movies on DVD and Blu-ray available for checkout.  Recently we’ve added ‘God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness’ to our collection.  This third installment of the popular God’s Not Dead series follows Rev. Dave Hill as he faces an unexpected setback when his beloved church burns down — prompting the officials at the adjoining university to try and kick his congregation off campus. Battle lines are quickly drawn between the church and the community as the reverend now finds himself at odds with his longtime friend — the president of the school. Facing a legal battle, Hill soon seeks help from his estranged brother — a big-city lawyer and atheist — in a fight to help rebuild the church.

The FRIENDS of the Waurika Public Library Fall Used Book Sale is almost here!  On Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., we will have a wide selection of used books for sale at the annex across from the library.  Hard cover books are $1, paperbacks are $.50, and movies start at $2.  Proceeds from the Used Book Sale support programs like Summer Reading, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Santa’s Workshop and more.  If you would like to volunteer for events and programs or make a donation, visit the library or call us at 580-228-3274 for more information.

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/

Library News June 22 2018

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Week 2 of the Summer Reading Program started on June 11th. Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend took over setting up activities for the week.  

On Monday, after Drop Everything And Read, Ramona talked about the importance of books and then had the kids make their own books using rubber bands and craft sticks to bind them.  After reading and crafts the kids went outside to draw on the bricks with chalk while lunch was made. Thanks to Vicki Etheridge and Starr Heron for making and serving PB&J with a side of fruit.

On Tuesday, after DEAR time, the kids talked about seeds and growing plants.  After the discussion, the kids got to plant some flower seeds in cups. Next, they drew flowers in the books they had made yesterday.  For lunch, we thank Dee Goss and her team at Circle D’s for providing corn dogs, french fries and drinks. Thanks to Richard and Patricia McGriff for serving lunch.

On Wednesday, Ken Smith and members of the Comanche Masonic Lodge came to help out and donate to the Summer Reading Program. The Comanche Masonic Lodge makes a sizable donation each year that really helps support the Summer Reading Program.

After DEAR time, the kids learned about recipes. Then, they added the recipe for Rice Krispies Treats to the books they made.  Next, the kids proceeded to make Rice Krispies Treats for themselves. The kids had fun mashing and shaping the treats and of course eating them.  Wednesdays are pizza day! We thank Kristie Gaines and her team at Waurika Quick Mart for providing the pizzas and thanks to the Waurika Lions Club and Comanche Masonic Lodge 41 for serving.

On Thursday, after DEAR time, Ramona Johnson read ‘Our Day at the Zoo’ to the kids. ‘Our Day at the Zoo’ is a children’s book produced by the OKC Zoo. The book is part of a promotion by the OKC Zoo giving free passes to those that read the book. Kids attending received free passes to the zoo! If would like free passes to the OKC Zoo, you can come by the library and have your child read the book or read it to them.

Ramona Johnson reads to students at the summer reading program.

After reading, Madison with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden came to talk about animals with the kids. She also brought along a tenrec, a Savannah monitor lizard, and some Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The kids had a great time. 

Thank you, Madison!

After the visit from the zoo, it was time for lunch. Thanks to Adam Brinson and Jeffco Helping Hands for providing pancakes, sausage, fruit, potatoes and milk for lunch. Thanks to the Waurika Alumni Association for serving.

Friday wrapped up Week 2 of the Summer Reading Program. Fridays are park days and after Drop Everything And Read, the kids headed outside for some fla-vor-ice and play.  Once the kids came back inside, it was time for lunch.  Thanks to the Waurika Fire and Police Departments for grilling hamburgers. Thanks to Carol Prewitt and Melicia McFadden for prepping and serving lunch.

Thanks to Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend for coordinating this week. Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for all of her assistance. Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for all of her help. Thanks to Destiny Foster and Presley Parker for volunteering this summer.

Thanks to all of the people in our community that support this wonderful program.

It’s not too late to sign your child up! Programming runs each weekday, June 4 – July 27 – 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 by noon each day.

Children must be registered to attend. In addition to registration, age requirements include children entering first grade in the fall through those entering fifth grade in the fall. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers. For 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 April 12 2018

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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 Libraries Rock!  Programming will run each weekday, June 4-July 27 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 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 June 28 2018

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Week 3 of the Summer Reading Program started on June 11th. Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend continued setting up activities for the week.  

On Monday, Paul Shults visited to play the guitar and sing with the children. Thanks Paul!  After singing and working on crafts, the kids went outside to start preparing the tires for plants.  Thanks to Manya Reid and the Hastings Baptist Church for providing lunch today. They brought hot dogs, watermelon, lemonade and dessert.

Paul Shults entertaining at the Library

On Tuesday, after DEAR time,  the kids made tambourines. Monday, they had started by drawing on paper plates. Tuesday, they sewed the paper plates together with yarn, placing jingle bells along the edges. Thanks to Bill’s Catfish for providing chicken strips, fries, hush puppies, and grapes for lunch. Thanks to Richard and Patricia McGriff for serving.

Richard and Pat McGriff

On Wednesday,  after DEAR time, the kids started making wind chimes. They painted clay pots that had washers attached to strings for the chimes.  Thanks to Kristie Gaines and her team at the Waurika Quick Mart for providing pizza for lunch and thanks to the Waurika Lions Club for serving.

On Thursday, after Drop Everything And Read, the kids continued to work on their wind chimes. They added beads to the strings the washer were attached to.  Thanks to Jeffco Helping Hands Food Pantry for providing lunch on Thursdays. The kids had ham sandwiches, fruit and milk. Thanks to Rachel Lewis and Amy Watkins with the Waurika Alumni Assoc for serving.

Friday wrapped up Week 3 of the Summer Reading Program. After reading time, Heidi Johnson Townsend took the kids outside to continue working on the tire planters.  After working on the plants, the kids headed over to the park for some play.

Thanks to the Waurika Volunteer Fire Department and Waurika Police Department for grilling hamburgers for lunch. Thanks to Carol Prewitt for helping prep.  Thanks to Lauren Nitschke and Kim Morris for serving.

Thanks to Ramona Johnson and Heidi Townsend for coordinating this week. Thanks to Karlee Berthiaume for all of her assistance. Thanks to Brittney Helterbran for all of her help. Thanks to Presley Parker for volunteering this summer.

Ramona Johnson

Heidi Townsend

Thanks to all of the people in our community that support this wonderful program.

It’s not too late to sign your child up! Programming runs each weekday, June 4 – July 27 – 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 by noon each day.

Children must be registered to attend. In addition to registration, age requirements include children entering first grade in the fall through those entering fifth grade in the fall. Older school-aged children are welcome to participate as helpers. For 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 September 27 2018

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The FRIENDS of the Waurika Public Library Fall Used Book Sale is less than a month away!  On Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., we will have a wide selection of used books for sale at the annex across from the library.  Proceeds from the Used Book Sale support programs like Summer Reading, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, Santa’s Workshop and more.  If you would like to volunteer for events and programs or make a donation, visit the library or call us at 580-228-3274 for more information.

Among the books added to the Waurika Public Library this week is ‘The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein’s creator Mary Shelley” by Catherine Reef.

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, comes this riveting biography of its author, Mary Shelley, whose life reads like a dark gothic novel, filled with scandal, death, drama, and one of the strangest love stories in literary history.

The story of Frankenstein’s creator is a strange, romantic, and tragic one, as deeply compelling as the novel itself. Mary ran away to Lake Geneva with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was just sixteen. It was there, during a cold and wet summer, that she first imagined her story about a mad scientist who brought a corpse back to life. Success soon followed for Mary, but also great tragedy and misfortune.

Catherine Reef brings this passionate woman, brilliant writer, and forgotten feminist into crisp focus, detailing a life that was remarkable both before and after the publication of her iconic masterpiece.

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/

Library News for January 25 2018

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Tonight, the FRIENDS of the Waurika Public Library will have their quarterly meeting at 4:30 pm at the library.  Many of the programs at the library are sponsored by the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.  The Friends have started their 2018 sponsorship drive.  Sponsorship of the Friends starts at just $10.  For more information or to become a sponsor, please visit the Waurika Public Library.

On January 11th, the First Baptist Church of Waurika Pre-school class visited the Library. After reading ‘Hide and Snake’, the children did activities including ‘ice-fishing’ and a ring-toss.  Next, we toured the Depot museum. The kids had a lot of fun pressing keys on the typewriters. Thanks to Sharon Morgan and Jan Farris for visiting us. We always enjoy field trips!

The Story Of The Boot was a display of family stories in Jefferson County created to

compliment the Smithsonian Institute exhibition at the Rock Island Depot this summer.

These stories have been compiled into a hardback book.  Copies of ‘The Story of the Boot’ are $25 and take 2-3 weeks for delivery to the library.  If you would like the copy mailed to a location other than the library, please add an additional $5 for shipping and allow for an additional week for mailing.

‘Your Hometown’ is a DVD compilation of videos from the local community.  The DVD includes the opening of Veteran’s Park, Brickstreet Classic Car Show, Interviews with residents of Jefferson Co. and more!  Copies of the DVD are available at the library for $10 with proceeds going to the Friends of the Waurika Public Library.

Story Time has a new day!  Story Time is now on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Each week, we read stories to pre-k children.  After Story Time, we have games, puzzles, and children’s computer games available.

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

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