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Bartlesville Public Library

600 S. Johnstone

Bartlesville, OK 74003



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Fri-Sat: 9am-5:30pm

Sun (Sept-May): 1:30pm-5:30pm

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The LEGOS are out! We now have a collection of LEGOS in the Youth Services department that may be used at any time. We will start our monthly LEGO Club events in November, after two kick-off parties during Fall Break! October 19th, at 2:00, we welcome participants under the age of 10. October 20th, at 2:00, we’re holding an event for those 10 and up. Join us for games, giveaways, and treats! These are free programs but you need to register by email ( or phone (918-338-4170). We need your name, age and phone number/email address.


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If you don’t mind creepy stories, and can leave your rational thought at the front cover, The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby is a great book for a rainy Saturday afternoon!
First, we have a family in turmoil (divorce) making a change (big move to inherited house) in the near countryside (Colorado) with daughter Shelby (12) and son Brian (9) protesting all the way.
Next, add in a possible haunting of not only the big house, but also two smaller houses up the road and then a very strange doll graveyard out back, and it’s time for full creep factor. One creepy problem is that the dolls won’t stay where they’re put! First they’re in the dirt, and then they’re in the attic in a doll house that’s the exact replica of the house.
Finally, toss in a possibly wicked former resident, a possible murder, and a possible wish by the dolls to do harm.
Stir in all sorts of little twists and turns, and come out with a satisfactory answering of all the questions that showed up along the way.
This was a Sequoyah Award nominee for 2017. It’s fun and quick and has a few really creepy pages!


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Reading Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt is like reading an old friend. The narrative is of a story spun by Keturah in order to stave off Lord Death’s intentions in her small village. It is reminiscent of the story of Scheherazade and the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.
Keturah is from a small village in Angleland, rich in poverty and characters. She has two very best friends, Gretta and Beatrice, who remain staunchly at her side throughout. She assists her grandmother as a midwife, but it is known that if the child or mother is going to die, Keturah absents herself from the room.
There is already an aura around her when she encounters Lord Death in the woods. She is to be taken by him, but she bargains with him – one, with a story which she must return to finish, and two – if she can find and marry her true love by day’s end, she will be allowed to live.
Each villager ultimately is touched by Keturah, including Lord Temsland’s handsome son, John, and finally, she does find her true love. The ending is sweetly predictable, but the journey is pleasant.
This is a National Book Award Finalist from a previous year, and can be found in the new book display at the front of the library.


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Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis combines several genres to make a really good book! Lewis mixes science fiction – especially robots – romance, and government resistance to form a narrative about a hidden princess.
Essie “ran away from home” at a young age and lived on the fringes of a mining community on the planet of Thanda. She makes her spare money by cage fighting, and has earned the wary respect of most of the miners who come into contact with her. Her love and her job is robotics, with the robots sharing duties in the mines and saving lives due to her expert “stitching.” “Stitching” is how she refers to the almost mystical task of programming and rewiring the robots.
She is kidnapped/rescued by, of course, a prince in disguise, Dane. Dane is a young man of many talents, and he assumes the role of Essie’s bodyguard. And thus their adventure together begins with the goal of reuniting the four planets of this dysfunctional world into their proper whole. In the process, they have to deceive not only Essie’s (Princess Snow) father, the king, but others in the royal palace. And they have to bring to light the hidden parts of the king’s wife, Princess Snow’s evil step-mother.
Only after reading the book does the meaning of the title come clear, and Ms. Lewis has been very clever in her choice. This is an engaging book and easy to like. It was one of the 2017 Sequoyah Award nominees, and is available in our library.

—Reviews by Jan Cravens, Youth Services Assistant


You may have seen the ad in the B-Monthly magazine regarding the author’s visit to Bartlesville this week. Unfortunately, due to hurricane & flight issues, all presentations planned this week by Patricia Polacco have been postponed until Spring. She will NOT be at the Bartlesville Public Library this Friday evening.

Thanks to generous donations of LEGO materials that the library received from our patrons over the past few months, the monthly LEGO club will begin very soon! Youth Services staff is currently in the process of cleaning and disinfecting the thousands of pieces that will be enjoyed by all. After a big kick-off event during school fall break, the club will meet one Saturday a month for building, creating, and designing fun! More details to come on the library’s website ( , Facebook page (, and local news media.

We enjoyed the eclipse presentations by Richard Kowalczyk of the Bartlesville Astronomical Society and storyteller Fran Stallings!




This Grand Finale party is for all summer reading participants who read every week during the program (or very close to it.) The Grand Prize winner will be announced at this event. You could win a family pass to one upcoming “Broadway in Bartlesville” production, graciously donated by the Bartlesville Community Center! The concession stand will be open for you to puchase snacks and drinks, and all kids will receive one free snowcone!


We will have reading prizes and fun events for both children and teens…see below.


Starting on June 5th, participants are asked to share with library staff what they’ve been reading each week, in order to be eligible for weekly prize drawings for books, local gift certificates & more. This can by done by showing your reading log to library staff, calling 918-338-4170, emailing, or using the Report Your Reading link on the library’s website. (

Completing an extra weekly reading challenge from the list in your packet will get you entered into the prize drawings twice!



Kids 7 and up who have registered for the Summer Reading Program are invited to On The Rock from 10am to noon.

Children 6 and under who have registered for the Summer Reading Program may come by the library’s booth at the Kiddie Park that evening at 7:00 and receive free ride tickets.

You may also sign up for the program AT the kick-off events.


Friday, June 9, 10:00 – Joseph Evans from Ambler Architects will show us basic design concepts and assist kids with their own architectural ideas.

Monday, June 12, 10:00 – Building a Better City – Learn about all the departments of the City of Bartlesville and how they work together to make our community a great place to live, learn and play! City vehicles and equipment will be parked at the Bartlesville Community Center for everyone to look at, touch, take photos and ask questions.

Monday, June 19, 10:00 – Science Museum Oklahoma presents “Science Unites!” Experience the wonder of collaboration and teamwork through amazing experiments and spectacular action.

Tuesday, June 27, 10:00 – Leonardo’s Rockin’ & Reading! – Rockers become big readers in this high energy, humorous music show featuring Leonardo, a Parents’ Choice Award-winning family entertainer.

Friday, June 30, Darkish – Join us for FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT at the new City Center Pavilion in Johnstone Park, featuring The Lego Movie!

Monday, July 17, 2:00 – Magician Kevin Wade will astound and amaze!

Friday, July 28, 6:30 – Final Reward Party at Frontier Pool.



The first 50 to sign up will get two free books. Be entered into weekly prize drawings by showing what you’ve been reading each week. This may be done in person, by phone (918-338-4170), by email (, or through the “Report Your Reading” link on the library’s website.(

Completing an extra weekly reading challenge from the list in your packet will get you entered into the prize drawings twice!


June 19, 2:00: Can You Take On Rube Goldberg? In this collaborative program presented by    “Science Museum Oklahoma,” help design, build, & engineer a delightfully complex machine with a nearly endless supply of materials!

June 30, Darkish: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT! See The Lego Movie at the new Johnstone Park Pavilion.

July 5 & July 7, 2:00: Two-day Improv Class presented by Maria Gus, member of “The Comedy Clinic.”

July 14, 2:00: Architecture/Design workshop presented by Joseph Evans of Ambler Architects. 

July 22, 10:00-4:00: ESCAPE ROOM AT THE LIBRARY! Designed and facilitated by staff from “Your Escape.”

July 25, 2:00: Robotics Workshop featuring Team 2165, Tri-County Tech’s robotics team, led by mentor George Halkiades.

July 28, 6:30-8:30: Final Reward Party at Frontier Pool, for children & teens who read for all eight weeks of the Summer Reading Program!

A special thank you to the Bartlesville Friends of the Library for supporting this program and to Sonic and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds this and other library programs through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.







Thirty-three participants, ages 5 to…ahem…middle-aged, entered projects into our 8th Annual LEGO Creations Contest!  Winners were Malachi Hakola, Jackson Gerber, Andre Lemay, Jonathan Glover, Sloan Hewitt, Ian Holdman, Melissa Rupprecht, David Glover, Christian Melton, and Camden Melton.  They received LEGO products which were funded by the Bartlesville Friends of the Library.  Judges were George Halkiades, Becca Hall, and Eric Randall.