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 info@hennessey.lib.ok.us

Steampunk Writing Workshop

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)

Welcome to 2020!

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 …

Clanker or Darwinist?

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.

Join us in the Afterlife

This month’s book club pick is The Afterlife by Gary Soto. Chat about a senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder and create decoupage boxes with Miss Lyndsey. Teen Funtivities Club meets every Tuesday at 4 pm.

Will you make a Sacrifice?

Find out what happens when five friends discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest … Join Miss Lyndsey in the Teen Funtivities Club this month as they explore The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart. Teens attending also will get to do craft projects like paint pumpkins and decoupage boxes.

Teen Funtivities Club begins

The first Tuesday in October will kick off our Teen Funtivities Club! Teens ages 13-17 are invited to join Miss Lyndsey every Tuesday at 4 pm for book club discussion, creating and crafting, and just fun chatting about whatever. No pre-registration is necessary.