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Saturday, August 24, 2019

New Polices at the Waurika Library


The Waurika City Council on March 12th voted to approve policy changes for the Waurika Public Library as recommended by the Library Board of Trustees.

Due to these new policy changes, all patrons will need to sign the updated Internet Access Agreement  before use of electronic equipment (E.g. computers or tablets).  All patrons under 18 will need to have their parent/guardian register them under the new Library Policy and Internet Access Agreement before using the library.

Summary of Policy changes:

* Age requirements for unattended children: Patrons under 12 or in 4th grade and below must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person over the age of 18.

* Unattended children are restricted from using southern room of library

* Patron computer usage limited to a total of 90 minutes/day

* Children/minors in the Library Policy are defined as patrons under the age of 18.

The following sections of the Library Policy have been amended to reflect the approved changes.  A full copy of the updated Library Policy is available at the Waurika Public Library.

III. Patron Responsibilities and Conduct

Paragraph 2 Young children:

Therefore, it is library policy that all children under the age of 12 and/or in the Fourth Grade and under must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person over the age of 18 while in the library.  Also, if the young a child under 12 is attending a library program, we may require the parent/responsible person to remain in the library throughout the program.  Some exceptions to this rule may include  attendance at the Summer Reading Program, Santa’s Workshop and Dr. Seuss Day. No child under the age of 18 will allowed in the South Room of the library without adult supervision.

XIII. Equipment Use Policy

Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions for operating hardware as displayed near the computer. There is no charge for use of the computer; however, in order to make the service available to as many patrons as possible, a time limit for usage has been imposed. That time limit is one hour. Once the one-hour limit is reached, if there are no patrons waiting for the computers, a 15- minute extension may be allowed by library staff.  Total usage time will not exceed 90 minutes in a calendar day. Library staff are available for general assistance in using the computer.  However, staff are not expected to train patrons in the use of application programs. Tutorial manuals will be provided when available.

XIV. Internet Use Policy


As with all library resources, the library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. There is no age limit for use of any materials provided on the Internet. Parents or legal guardians who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use and must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s Internet service; prior to being granted access to the Internet, a parent must sign the Internet Use Agreement for children under 18 years of age.


Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 18 years.

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


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.

Recently added to the library’s collection is ‘The Good Fight’ by Danielle Steel.  Against the electrifying backdrop of the 1960s, Danielle Steel unveils a gripping chronicle of a young woman who discovers a passion for justice. The daughter and granddaughter of prominent Manhattan lawyers, Meredith McKenzie is destined for the best of everything: top schools, elite social circles, the perfect marriage. Spending her childhood in Germany as her father prosecutes war criminals at the Nuremberg trials, Meredith soaks up the conflict between good and evil. When her family returns to the United States, Meredith is determined to become a lawyer, despite her father’s objections. 

As her grandfather rises to the Supreme Court, Meredith enlists in the most pressing causes of her time, joining a new generation of women, breaking boundaries socially, politically and professionally. But when the violence of the era strikes too close to home, her once tightly knit family must survive a devastating loss and rethink their own values and traditions. ‘The Good Fight’ by Danielle Steel is an inspiring, uplifting story of a woman changing the world as she herself is changed by it.

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

Waurika Library News


The Waurika Public Library’s annual Scholastic Book Fair starts Saturday, May 5th 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 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.

Library News


Story Time Returns! Each Wednesday morning at 10:00 am, we read stories to pre-k children. After Story Time, we have Legos, puzzles, games and computers for the children to play with. We hope to see you here!

The theme for this year’s Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma book discussions is ‘Working to Survive: Surviving to Work’.   On November 7th, at 5:30pm, Dr. John Morris visits to discuss our next book ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’ by Herman Melville.

A scrivener was a person who could read and write and wrote letters to courts and legal documents. Scriveners were people that made their living by writing or copying written material. This usually included secretarial and administrative duties such as dictation and keeping business, judicial, and history records for kings, nobles, temples, and cities. Scriveners later developed into public servants, accountants, lawyers and petition writers.

Bartleby is a scrivener, “who obstinately refuses to go on doing the sort of writing demanded of him.” During the spring of 1851, Melville felt similarly about his work on Moby Dick. Thus, Bartleby can be seen to represent Melville’s frustration with his own situation as a writer, and the story itself is “about a writer who forsakes conventional modes because of an irresistible preoccupation with the most baffling philosophical questions.” Bartleby can also be seen to represent Melville’s relation to his commercial, democratic society.

Discussions for Let’s Talk About It begin at 5:30 p.m.

November 7th

Bartleby the Scrivener:  A Story of Wall Street

by: Herman Melville

John Morris

December 5th

The Cliff Walk: A Job Lost and  a Life Found

by: Don J. Snyder

Bruce Treadaway

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


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