June 15 – July 17, 2020

Join us at the Hennessey Public Library for a fun, creative, energetic program this summer!

This summer, learn about various cultures, customs, and mythologies throughout history, from around the world. From Mexico to Ancient Greece, the deserts of Egypt to the icy Nordic countries, and across the Pacific to Japan and China – we explore the legends, the Pantheons, the fantastical creatures, and the Heroes who fought them.

Above all, we’ll be encouraging patrons of all ages – from infants to the elderly – to pick up a book each day and engage their minds and imagination. Reading or being read to provides countless benefits for all ages – its exercise for the brain, exposing it to new vocabulary, perspectives, information, and concepts. Reading promotes empathy and emotional intelligence as well as reduce stress and provide a reprieve from the uncertainty of life. It is especially important for children – of all ages – to engage in books throughout the year to avoid losing their developmental progress between school semesters.

Your health and safety are out top priority this summer. We encourage our patrons to continue to participate in social distancing. We will be taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep you and your family healthy.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

1. Register

Registration for the program will begin June 8th and continue until June 12th.

Patrons of all ages are welcome and required to register to participate in the Summer Reading program.

Pick up a registration form from a member of staff at the circulation desk.

Upon submitting a registration form, you will receive a calendar of events, a reading log, and informational worksheet to help develop your personal summer reading goals.

2. Sign-up for Activities

A majority of activities will have a limited capacity of 15 youth participants. Registered participants may sign-up for activities at any time at the circulation desk.

While many of our activities are open to all ages, some activities will have age restrictions. Ages will be listed on the calendar and sign-up sheets. Please ask staff if you have any questions or concerns.

Please note, for your child’s safety, any child under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult while attending an activity.

3. Track your reading and participate in activities and events to win prizes

We’ll kick off the program with a Call to Adventure, Monday June 15th at 2pm. We will introduce the overall program as well as the necessary precautions we will be taking to keep all participants safe and healthy. Following the introduction, participants will be invited to play games with Ms. Jennie. This event is open to all registered participants of all ages.

At the end of the program we’ll be hosting a Pizza Party for all participants Friday July 17th at 3:30pm with an awards ceremony to follow at 4:30pm. Prizes and giveaways will be determined by participation in activities, reading logs, and drawings. Each participant will be given one reading log but you can pick up additional logs at any time. All reading logs must be turned in by 5:30pm Thursday July 16th.

As always, keep up to date on all our adventures on Facebook and Instagram. Just search for “Hennessey Public Library”. For more information, please call us at 405-853-2073 or email us at info@hennessey.lib.ok.us

Per the Town of Hennessey’s Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan, the Hennessey Public Library is officially open to the public with circulation and business services and the return of programming. We continue to encourage our patrons to practice social distancing. Masks are not required. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will continue to be available for patron use.

HAVE ITEMS CHECKED OUT? You may continue to return your materials in the blue drop box on the north side of the building or come inside to return them in person. Starting June 1st, regular circulation policies, including late fees and fines for lost or damaged materials, will resume as usual. We encourage patrons who checked out materials between March 1st and May 31st to please return all overdue items as soon as possible.

NOT READY TO GET OUT BUT NEED BOOKS TO READ? Download the OverDrive app to your smartphone or tablet. You can check out e-books and audiobooks using your Hennessey Public Library card number!

NEED TO PRINT, FAX, OR MAKE COPIES? We can help you with that at the Library!

NEED TO USE THE COMPUTER? We currently have two desktops available for business and school purposes. Chrombooks will be limited to two devices for school or business purposes only at this time.

HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS? WE ARE HERE! Call 405-853-2073 (between 9 am-6 pm M-F). Or email us at info@hennessey.lib.ok.us

Pre-registration has begun for Spring Break Camp! Set for the week of March 16-20 from 1-3 pm daily, kids will participate in an outdoor activity, eat a snack, and make a craft just like they would at camp! Admission is free–open to ages 7-18. We are also accepting applications for teen volunteers for Spring Break Camp and the Summer Reading Program.

Join us for an hour of adventure through the world of Dr. Seuss on Monday, March 2 from 4-5 pm. There will be readings, crafts, and prizes for all who attend!!! Admission is free and open to kids of all ages.

While reading about Clankers and Beasties in Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan, create your own fantastical alternative universe that mixes nature, mechanics, and alternative history in our writer’s workshop. The challenge: Writing your own steampunk story based on an image provided by Miss Lyndsey. Join us Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 4 pm in the Study Area. (Open to teens ages 13-17)

Teen Funtivities Club resumes Tuesday, January 7 at 4 pm with a brief orientation, interest survey, and games! Teens ages 13-18 can look forward to future activities such as crafts, creative writing, movie nights, book discussions and more in 2020 …

January’s Book of the Month is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Join Darwinist Midshipman Deryn – sorry, Dylan Sharp and Clanker Prince Alek explore the world of walking machines and fabricated animals as Europe breaks out in the greatest war the world had ever seen – World War I. Discuss Westerfeld’s unique take on steampunk fiction with Miss Lyndsey Tuesday, January 28 at 4 pm.

Starting in January 2020, you can attend FREE cooking lessons taught by OSU Extension nutrition expert Lindy Hoel!

  • MEAL PREP 101 / JAN. 9
  • SKILLET MEALS / JAN. 23
  • MICROWAVE MEALS / FEB. 13
  • SNEAKING IN THOSE VEGGIES / FEB. 20
  • CROCKPOT & INSTANT POT MEALS / FEB. 27
  • COOKING SUBSTITUTION HACKS / MAR 12

Lessons begin at 6 pm in the Library’s Brick Cafe.

Attending any (or all) Healthy Hennessey Hero cooking lessons gets your name in the pot to earn great prizes such grocery shopping gift cards, cookware, and more.

The Healthy Hennessey Hero series is part of the Health Literacy Grant from Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Institute of Museum and Library Services. Sponsors include OSU Extension and 4Ts Family Market.