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Bartlesville Public Library

600 S. Johnstone

Bartlesville, OK 74003



M-Th: 9am-9pm

Fri-Sat: 9am-5:30pm

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

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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!

Tuesday, July 25th at 2:00pm!

Tri-County Technology Center’s robotics team, Team 2165 (pictured below), regularly competes in international FIRST Robotics competitions! This event will be hosted by team members, along with mentor George Halkiades.

Local business YOUR ESCAPE will be hosting a two-room escape competition titled “Race for the Cure” on Saturday July 22nd at the library located at 600 S Johnstone Avenue.  Each room will be competing the other to find and assemble DNA strands in their attempt to find a cure for cancer.  The rooms may have a max participant number of 10 people.  There will be six hour-long sessions throughout the day. This is a great chance to experience an escape room at no charge!

Book your time slot NOW at the YOUR ESCAPE website:  This is at the bottom of their homepage under “Special Event.”

Nothing But the Truth by Avi

Nothing but the Truth by Avi is self-described as a documentary novel.  An older book, this is a Newbery Honor Book that investigates truth – truth in the individual, truth in politics, truth in the news media – truth. So although older, this book is as timely as today’s headlines.

The premise is this – 9th grader Philip Malloy wants to be moved from Ms. Narwin’s English class so he can participate in the spring track season.  His grade in her class is holding him back.  He hums along with the National Anthem at the beginning of the school day and is sent to the office by Ms. Narwin for breaking the school rule of standing at ‘respectful, silent attention’ during the anthem.

From this small beginning, his action escalates into a national campaign celebrating Phillip’s patriotism, condemning Ms. Narwin for her unpatriotic response, and supported by politicians and talk radio who latch onto this as a signature issue.

All the reactions are fueled by small “untruths” that compound into a plausible but compelling climax.

This is a good book to read as a group, exploring each turn of events by weighing it against the known facts, as an excellent exercise for teens who are being met with ‘alternative’ facts in the real world.

Nothing but the Truth is found in the Young Adult section of the Youth Services department, among many of Avi’s other excellent books. Check ‘em out!


Day of Tears by Julius Lester>%200&query=&page=0&searchid=3

Public voices in recent times appear to have minimized terrible truths of American slavery and the horror of the Holocaust.  Julius Lester’s Day of Tears should be required reading for those who have forgotten the reality of slavery in the years before the Civil War.

Lester’s book is based on a true event, the largest slave sale in the history of America, held March 2 and 3, 1859.  Between 429 and 436 slaves – men, women, children, complete families – were sold those two days, in the midst of torrential rain storms.  The storms were said to have plagued the entire sale, with the sky clearing only after its conclusion.  The sale netted $303,850 for the plantation owner. He had bankrupted himself through gambling, and saw the sale as his chance to escape indebtedness.

The book is a series of short narratives from all perspectives.  Slaves, the plantation owner, his daughters, the slave seller – all have a piece to say. Most telling are the owner and slave seller who are assured that the slaves have no real feelings, physical or emotional.  The “masters” have no sense of the tragedy they cause by considering these human beings to be chattel.  The book follows its characters through several generations, giving resolution to their paths.

This is a sobering book but needs to be read, along with similarly truth based books such as Night John by Paulsen, and histories such as Growing up in Slavery by Diouf.


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Gracefully Grayson is another book that should be read – so many times we have to remember that it is critical for each of us to find stories about us – who we are and how we see ourselves.  This book by Ami Polonsky is one which fills a need for those children who are struggling with gender issues.

Grayson looks in the mirror and doesn’t see a sixth grade boy – he sees the beautiful princess he wants to be.  He wears his sweatshirts tied around his waist to feel that he is wearing a skirt.  But there is no one in the world with whom he can share these thoughts.

Following a fatal car accident which takes his parents away, Grayson lives with his Aunt Sally and Uncle Evan in the suburbs. His cousins Jack and Brett are just down the hall.  His mother’s mother is in a nursing home – his only surviving relative on his mother’s side.  When she dies, she leaves Grayson three letters written by his mother to his grandmother.  In these he discovers that his parents suspected, and were supportive of Grayson’s gender questions.

Grayson tries out for the annual school play, The Myth of Persephone. He decides to try out for and is chosen for the title role, that of a woman kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld.  His fellow cast members support his efforts as lead – because he is excellent in the role!  But his decision brings troubles along, both in his family and at school.

This is a strong, non-judgmental narrative, with believable insights into Grayson’s mind and emotions.  For those of us who can only imagine the painful struggles some young people endure, this is an eye-opening book. The reader is left feeling sympathetic to and understanding of the struggles in Grayson’s life.

—Reviews by Jan Cravens, Youth Services Assistant



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.

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Padma Venkatraman’s A Time to Dance is a tale of a dancer in India who rediscovers herself after a serious accident leaves her with only one leg.  It is hard to feel sorry for Veda, because she fights so hard to not feel sorry for herself!

Veda has been studying the traditional dance Bharatanatyam for 10 years, and after winning the Bharatanatyam dance competition, the bus taking her back to her studio is in an accident – she has lost her right leg.  But her dream of dancing has not been shattered, and with the help of Jim, who creates a special prosthetic (artificial) leg tailored to the remainder of her knee, and the help of an amazing dancing teacher, she learns about herself and her strengths and dances once again.

What has made the difference is understanding the spiritual part of the dance as well as the physical.  She begins to teach little ones and watches what the dance does for each.  There is a difference in knowing and seeing and understanding.  Along the way, we suspect she has found someone worthy of her love.

The story is based loosely on the author’s memory of dancer Shoba Sharma who was injured and became a dancer, as well as several other dancers, Indian and other nationalities, who overcame much to dance.

This was a 2017 Sequoyah Intermediate nominee.  The author has written two other books, Island’s End, available in our library, and Climbing the Stairs. – Review by Jan Cravens, Youth Services Assistant