BPL will roll out a great new resource during Spring Break! We now have a STEM Cart and a Maker Cart, which will both be used in many ways, both for library programming and for use by patrons and local groups and organizations! During the week of Spring Break, we will be featuring these Carts at three different STEM workshops for kids!
March 18th, 6:30pm – TCT’s FIRST Robotics Team 2165, Robot Demo, All Ages
March 21st, 2:00pm – Project using BPL’s STEM/Maker Carts, 3rd – 5th graders
March 22nd, 10:00am – Projuect using BPL’s STEM/Maker Carts, PreK – 2nd graders
Assisting with these events will be our local Robotics Competitive Team, mentored by George Halkiades.
Don’t forget to come cheer on your team at the Annual Battle of the Books, to be held at the Central Middle School auditorium this Thursday March 7th, at 7:00pm! Participating schools are Central Middle School, Madison Middle School, Osage Hills School, Dewey Middle School and Bowring School.
BPL is thrilled to introduce our new Teen Advisory Board! (Pictured are just a few of the members.) The board, made up of teens in the Bartlesville area, is dedicated to improving the collection, programming, services, and more in order to help the library serve the teen community better. “This age group has been hard for us to connect with in the past”, said Laura Pryce, head of the Youth Services Department, “so we were really excited to have such a great turn out at our first meeting and we really look forward to getting their feedback.”
Even though the board has only met 3 times, they already have big things planned. Renovations of the teen area have been discussed at their meetings along with plans for a children’s birthday party for Dr. Seuss. They’ve established a teen Instagram account (teensofbpl),taken over the design and maintenance of a monthly library book display, planned some great library events for their age group and more! All it takes to be on the TAB is filling out a short application, attending one meeting a month, and volunteering at BPL for two hours per month. Pryce says that “we are still accepting applications for anyone who is interested in joining. We have a great team so far but the more the merrier!”
To learn more about what the Teen Advisory Board does or how to join, contact Laura Pryce at:
918-338-4170 OR email@example.com
BPL has five Storytime sessions each week for babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children…every Wednesday at 10am and 11am, then every Thursday at 10am, 11am and 1pm. We spend 20-30 minutes reading, singing and moving, after which we have some playtime with puzzles, coloring, Legos & Duplos, and iPads! This is also a great time for parents and caregivers to visit with each other. No registration is required. Just show up ready to have some library fun!
Santa and Mrs. Claus have found time in their very busy Christmas schedule to come visit BPL! On Wednesday, December 19, all ages are welcome to drop in between 10:00 and 11:30 to hear stories, visit with the Clauses, take pictures and get treats! This fun event will be held in Meeting Room C, which is in the Reference department at the rear of the library’s first floor. Can’t wait to see you there!
Saturday, November 10, 10:30am – Noon
This month is the 1-year anniversary of BPL’s monthly LEGO Club! The traditional 1-year anniversary gift is something made of paper and the modern 1-year anniversary gift theme is clocks. Therefore our challenge will be to build a clock or something usually made of paper (books, deck of cards, or postage stamps, for example)!
Win this “Incredibles” Prize Package! Enter the drawing at the library’s Youth Services desk. Winner will be drawn on Halloween Wednesday at high noon!
TOMORROW! Join us at Sooner Park for the Summer Reading Program Grand Finale concert! Enjoy the Usual Suspects rock ‘n roll band, free balloons from Captain Armando Diego Lopez Guerra Garcia Benavides Lerman de la Garza, food & drinks from Shorties Grille, frozen treats from the Bartlesville Ice Cream, rock-painting and more! (NOTE ON THE WEATHER: If rain interferes, the whole party will be moved to the Bartlesville Public Library and the time will be changed to 6:00-8:00, with all activities and vendors still participating. We’ll keep you posted on the BPL Facebook page.)
The Bartlesville Public Library invites the public to help celebrate the close of the Summer Reading Program with a grand finale — a free rock concert at Sooner Park.
The event will be held at the Sooner Park band shell on July 28 and will feature the band “The Usual Suspects,” vendors and activities. Activities will start at 4 p.m. with the band playing from 5-8 p.m.
“The Summer Reading Program ‘Libraries Rock’ was a record-breaking success this year with more than 1,240 kids signed up,” said Youth Services Librarian Laura Pryce. “These were kids of all ages, from a few months old to 19.”
Pryce said the number of kids participating this season far surpassed previous years.
“I remember barely reaching 1,000 registrations once in my 20 years at the library,” she said. “We usually have anywhere from 600-800 kids participating, which is great, but the more young people we can reach out to, the better.”
Shorties Grille and Bartlesville Ice Cream trucks will be selling food, beverages and treats at the upcoming concert, and Captain Armando will be making free balloon creations. The library will provide other activities such as rock painting and a photobooth.
“The Summer Reading Program’s purpose is to encourage kids to continue reading throughout the summer in order to avoid the ‘summer slide’ while they’re out of school. Participants are accountable for their reading and get prizes for reporting what they’ve read, or had read to them, each week,” said Pryce.
Not only that, the library provides lots of fun events throughout the program, Pryce said.
“We’ve had everything from a juggler to a magician, storytelling to karaoke, big trucks to cool rocks, swimming and dancing to science and theater,” she said.
Pryce said the citizen volunteer group Bartlesville Friends of the Library has a lot to do with the program’s success.
“I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the Bartlesville Friends of the Library for funding our Summer Reading Program each year,” she said. “These are volunteers who work hard to raise money for the library through their annual membership drive and bookstore. Much of this program’s success is because of their ideas, support, enthusiasm and dedication.”
The bookstore is open during regular library hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30-5:30 p.m. on Sundays September through May. (The library is closed on Sundays during the summer months.)
The Bartlesville Public Library is located at 600 S. Johnstone Ave. in downtown Bartlesville. For more information, see www.bartlesville.lib.ok.us.
The Youth Services department has recently improved the Teen area by adding iPads, a Smart Table, and video games to check out. But we’re not stopping there! Future plans include expanding the space, adding new furniture and décor, establishing a separate BPL Facebook page for teens, and boosting programming and resources for our community’s middle- and high-schoolers. KIDS, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The library will soon create a Teen Advisory Board, or TAB, made up of TEENS who are interested in becoming more involved with our community and our library. This group will work with Youth Services staff to decide what they would like to do. They will give input on the Young Adult collection, help create and lead programming, volunteer at library events, contribute to library publications and social media, and organize community service projects. The board will have regular meetings and greatly influence how BPL serves teens in the future!
Applications will be available at the Youth Services desk August 1. For more information, call 918-338-4170.