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.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Independence Day!
We are excited to announce that renovations are complete,
and the Friends book store has reopened!
Stop in today and find some books to take home!
TONIGHT! Teen Library Program at “Level 8 VR”, 6-8pm! Teens (middle & high school age) who are signed up for the Summer Reading Program will take over our local Virtual Reality gaming place for two hours of fun & snacks. They may also register for the Summer Reading Program at the event. Don’t miss it!
The new BPL “Library of Things” Collection begins checking-out
Monday, June 11.
Enjoy this sneak peak of the Youth Musical Instruments.
Adult Musical Instruments are available also.
Click here: http://www.bartlesville.lib.ok.us/ho…/new-and-noteable-books, to view the “Library of Things” Collection.
Also, you may now place a hold on any item found in the catalog;
some items are still processing, so please be patient with us.
Check out our May – June newsletter, The Bartlesville Bookmark, hot off the press!
Click the link above to view the entire newsletter including events and classes, Summer Reading Program events, and much more!
Join us Saturday, February 10th from 10:30 to noon, for the library’s monthly LEGO Club meeting.
Miss Jan will be reading us the true story of The Great Bridge-Building Contest, written by Bo Zaunders and illustrated by Roxie Munro.
Following that, you’ll break out into groups to design and build your own bridges!
The Doll Graveyard by Lois Ruby
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!
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
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.
Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis
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.