Paws n’ Claws: Summer’s End

Ms. Jennie and Ms. Lyndsey would like to thank the community for participating in the 2021 Summer Reading Program!

Volunteer’s of the Summer

In collaboration with the Friends of the Hennessey Library and the Helen Cline Scholarship, the Library offers volunteer opportunities to Hennessey youths (ages 13-18) in the pursuit of a $500 academic scholarship. Our volunteers often assist staff with Summer programs by supervising, interacting with children, and providing assistance to staff. Other volunteer activities may include non-program related tasks, such as shelving, circulation, and assisting in staff projects.

This summer we would like to acknowledge five teen volunteers, two of which who will soon be eligible for the Helen Cline scholarship.

  • Ashland Crites volunteered 11 hours this summer, primarily assisting staff with children’s programs.
  • Sammy Sosa volunteered 7 hours this summer, also assisting staff with children’s programs.
  • Samir Sosa volunteered 7 hours this summer assisting staff at the front desk with preparations for future programs.
  • Michael Pacula volunteered 2 hours this summer assisting with children’s programs.
  • Rachel Miller volunteered 2 hours this summer, aiding staff at the circulation counter and preparations for the End of Summer Pizza Party.

Summer Achievements

While many of the in-house activities can be fun and lighthearted, our main objective is to educate and encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer. Furthermore, our goal is to encourage the Hennessey and surrounding community to be life-long learners and engage with books and information throughout their lives — be it recreational or for academic purposes. As such, we would like to recognize the achievements of our Summer participants.

Most Active Summer Participant
This award is presented to participants who attended and engaged with as many programs as possible.

  • 1st Place: Martin Robinson
  • 2nd Place: Elizabeth Robinson and Tony Valles
  • 3rd Place: Stephanie and Dahlia Valles

Most Number of Books Read
This award is presented to participants who read the most number of books through June and July.

  • 1st Place: Benny Letchenberg
  • 2nd Place: Dahlia Valles
  • 3rd Place: Stephanie Valles

Most Time Spent Reading
This award is presented to participants who spent the most time reading through June and July

  • 1st Place: Stephanie Valles
  • 2nd Place: Martin Robinson
  • 3rd Place: Dahlia Valles

Best Parent/Child Partnership
This award is to acknowledge our younger readers who are engaging in books with their parents and older siblings throughout June and July.

  • 1st Place: Lauren and Ginger Cox
  • 2nd Place: Hannah, Henly, and Katlyn Weaver
  • 3rd Place: Giovanni and Maribel Valles

Adult Readers

We would like to acknowledge our adult participants in the 2021 Summer Reading program. While we do not currently incorporate Adult-focused programming in our Summers, we strive to encourage adult readership in the community and would like to recognize two of our adult participants.

Jennifer Ullery, a fellow librarian in Hennessey, read 22 titles in June and July. Jennifer is always an enthusiastic participant and supporter of the library.

Maribel Valles, community member and mother of some of our most active participants, read 15 titles in June and July, on top of reading with her young children.

Paws & Claws: Summer Reading 2021

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

This summer we’ll be learning about various animals, habitats, carrying capacity, the food chain, and much more! Along with interactive, educational activities, participants of all ages can engage in fun summer activities such as water balloons, yard games, animal-themed yoga, and charades. Decorate and build birdhouses for your yard, make an wild-life or ocean-themed diorama, and create beautiful tie-dye t-shirts this summer!

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 profess between school semesters. Your health and safety are our 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 illness and keep you and your family healthy.

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

  1. Register

Registration for the program will begin Tuesday, June 1st and continue until June 4th.

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 information worksheet to help develop your personal summer reading goals.

2. Sign Up for Activities

Some activities will be limited to a capacity of 15 youth participants. Registered participants will take priority and can sign up for these activities in advance 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, it is recommended that any child under the age of 9 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 on Monday June 7th at 2pm. We will introduce the overall program as well as our behavioral expectations while participating in activities. Following the introduction, participants will be invited to play Frozen Critters – an educational version of freeze tag to get kids excited to learn about the food chain and life in the wild. This event is open to all registered participants of all ages.

At the end of the summer we will be hosting a Pizza Party for all participants and family Friday July 30th 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 much be turned in by5:30pm Monday, July 26th.

All activities begin at 2:00pm and end at 3:00pm. All children below the age of 9 must have an adult or older sibling present following the activities. Participants are asked to wear clothes and shoes appropriate for playing outside or using art supplies such as paint.

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

Summer 2021 Activities

  • Week 1
    • Monday June 7th @ 2pm: Quick-Frozen Critters (all-ages)
    • Tuesday June 8th @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday June 9th @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday June 10th @ 2pm: Art Day: Birdhouses (all-ages)
    • Friday June 11th @ 2pm: Tween Funtivities Club (ages 7-12)
  • Week 2
    • Monday June 14th @ 2pm: Ecosystems Activity (all-ages)
    • Tuesday June 15th @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday June 16th @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday June 17th @ 2pm: Lego Camp (all-ages)
    • Friday June 18th @ 2pm: Tween Funtivities Club (ages 7-12)
  • Week 3
    • Monday June 21st @ 2pm: Animal Charades and Yoga (all-ages)
    • Tuesday June 22nd @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday June 23rd @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday June 24th @ 2pm: Art Day: Animal Painting (all-ages)
    • Friday June 25th @ 2pm: Tween Funtivities Club (ages 7-12)
  • Week 4
    • Monday June 28th @ 2pm: Head in the Clouds (all-ages)
    • Tuesday June 29th @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday June 30th @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday July 1st @ 2pm: Lego Camp (all-ages)
    • Friday July 2nd @ 2pm: Tween Funtivities Club (ages 7-12)
  • Week 5
    • Monday July 5th: CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
    • Tuesday July 6th @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday July 7th @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday July 8th @ 2pm: Art Day: Tie-Dye (all-ages)
    • Friday July 9th @ 2pm: Tween Funtivities Club (ages 7-12)
  • Week 6
    • Monday July 12th @ 2pm: Animal Scavenger Hunt (all-ages)
    • Tuesday July 13th @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday July 14th @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday July 15th @ 2pm: Lego Camp (all-ages)
    • Friday July 16th @ 2pm: Tween Funtivities Club (ages 7-12)
  • Week 7
    • Monday July 19th @ 2pm: Web of Life (all-ages)
    • Tuesday July 20th @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday July 21st @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday July 22nd @ 2pm: Art Day: Wildlife Dioramas (all-ages)
    • Friday July 23rd @ 2pm: Tween Funtivities Club (ages 7-12)
  • Week 8
    • Monday July 26th @ 2pm: Yardgames and Water Balloons (all-ages)
      • All reading logs due by 5:30pm
    • Tuesday July 27th @ 4pm: Teen Funtivities Club (ages 13-18)
    • Wednesday July 28th @ 10am: Littlest Patron Playtime (ages 0-5)
    • Thursday July 29th @ 2pm: Lego Camp (all-ages)
    • Friday July 30th @ 3:30pm: Pizza Party w/ Award Ceremony to follow

Paint While You Sip!

The Friends of the Hennessey Library will be hosting a 21+ Painting Party September 19th, 2020 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Vernost Wine Co.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase at the Hennessey Public Library. Tickets are $35 per person and limited to 50 guests, so reserve your spot early! Ticket price includes canvas, painting supplies, instruction by the Okie Craft Co of Enid, and snacks.

Appetizers and water will be provided. Wine, beer, and soda will be available for purchase. Attendees must be 21 or older to participate. Outside alcohol is prohibited.

All proceeds go toward supporting the Library.

For more information, please contact the FOL at hennesseyokfol@gmail.com or Library staff at (405) 853-2073.

Location:
Vernost Wine Co.
110 N. Main St.
Hennessey, OK 73742

Book It to the Library: July Report

A Journey’s End: The Conclusion of the 2020 Summer Reading Program

articipants of A Hero’s Quest concluded their adventure July 17th with a pizza party and awards ceremony, sponsored by the Friends of the Hennessey Library. All participants received a Participation Award with collectible button and several participants received prizes for achievements such as Most Books Read this summer, Most Time Spent Reading, Most Active Participant in activities, and Best Partnership for the parent-child duos. Prizes included a 185-piece art set, the complete Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, a Trojan horse stem kit, and a 3D crystal dragon puzzle, just to name a few. While it was a short summer program, we tried to make it the best and safest program possible for our patrons. We thank all the families, volunteers, supporters, and, most of all, the youths who participated for all the fun we had this summer.

Looking Ahead: Programming during a Pandemic

School has just begun and the Hennessey Public Library wants to support our students, parents, and teachers as much as possible. As a part of our outreach with the Hennessey Elementary School, Jennifer Moreno often does Storytime with Pre-K in partnership with Kate Ladwig, school librarian. This outreach will be paused for the Fall semester as the school is taking every precaution to keep our students safe and healthy. In-house Little Patron Playtime and other youth programs are currently being discussed and may begin as soon as September.

As always, the Library provides free wi-fi for the community, as well as computers and Chromebooks to support students and teachers in their education. For digital resources, you can access various eBooks and audiobooks on apps such as Overdrive and Libby using your Hennessey Library card.

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.

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

Our Doors Are Open

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

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.

Cooking Lessons

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.

Public Computers

We now have three desktop computers for public use as well as five laptops plus a visually impaired/handicap workstation.

WiFi access is being updated, and come summer we will have faster speed internet! This is your taxpayer dollars hard at work.