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A Hero’s Quest: Summer Reading 2020

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.


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

Spring Break Camp 2020

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.

Dr. Seuss Day

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.

Summer Reading: A Hero’s Quest

Mark your calendars for the 2020 summer reading program! Join us in May, June, and July on A Hero’s Quest.

Kids ages 7 and up are invited get pumped up and prepared for their journey with Finer Physiques trainers on Monday, May 18 at 10 am. Each kid also will receive a map to guide them on their quest.

For 10 weeks, kids will be assigned a task to complete and there will be rewards along the way.

On Thursday, July 23 at 10 am, everyone will participate in a Hero’s Tournament to show off the skills they learned all summer during their quest.

Sponsored in part by a grant from Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Youth Game Night

The second and fourth Fridays at 4 pm are game nights! Youth of all ages are welcome–bring your friends and your siblings! We have classic board games, multi-person card games, interactive games like Twister, and Nintendo Switch games.

Laptop and Tablet Gaming

Youth ages 9 and older who wish to play games on the public computers are required to use Chromebooks issued by the Children’s Librarian. They must present their Library card to access a laptop–no exceptions.

Public computer use specifically for gaming by minors is limited to a maximum of one and a half hours (90 minutes). However, there is a limit of 30 minutes per session when other minors are waiting to use the laptops.

Youth needing a computer to do homework may use a desktop computer. However, they must get approval and sign in with the Circulation Librarian before accessing a desktop computer.

Parents with kids under the age of 7 may request to checkout one of the educational and entertaining Playaway tablets from the Children’s Librarian.