Our May/June newsletter is out now! Find out about Summer Reading, upcoming health & wellness classes, tutoring opportunities, the Memorial Day service, book clubs, how to reserve a meeting room, and much, much more.
Ashley Burson, Wellness and Aquatic Specialist and Coordinator at Phillips 66, is teaching a series of REFIT Exercise classes Wednesday nights from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Library’s upstairs meeting room. REFIT classes are scheduled for May 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31. REFIT combines several elements of fitness into one power-packed hour. While the focus is structured around Cardio Dance movements, toning and flexibility, strength training and stretching are also incorporated into the REFIT workout. The workout formula is easy to follow and will challenge both fitness enthusiasts and welcome beginners.
An Online Job Search Tips and Resources Class will be held on Monday, May 8, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room C. Nadine Hawke will show what the Library has to offer to help you with your job search including its subscription to JobNow and the Library’s Career Center.
She will also provide information on the most notable websites for different phases of your job search. Laptops will be available, but you are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet.
The class is free, but please register by contacting the Reference desk at 918-338-4169.
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.
A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
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
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan, is one of those books you wish you had never read so you could read it again for the first time! It is short and simply written.
The book begins with this quote: “Dogs speak words, but only poets and children hear.” The narrator is the poet’s (Sylvan’s) dog Teddy. Teddy was a stray, rescued by Sylvan. And Teddy in turn rescues a boy and girl who have become lost in the woods on a bitter, snowy day. He takes them home – and the children understand his words.
The children were left in their mother’s car when she went to find help after their car stalled in the storm. Teddy and the children weather the storm together, and through Teddy’s remembrances we learn of Sylvan’s work as a poet and teacher. When Sylvan died, it is his student, Ellie, who feeds and checks on Teddy – because Teddy could not leave their home, a cabin in the woods.
When the storm clears and Ellie comes, the children and Teddy wait for the parents to arrive. And the story ends there.
This is a thoughtful book, with little truths and little moments of poetry. MacLachlan is a writer of many children’s books – and winner of the Newberry Medal. Her books bear reading again and again. – Review by Jan Cravens, Youth Services Assistant
The Bartlesville Genealogical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 on Monday evening, May 8, in the Bartlesville Public Library’s upstairs meeting room (Conference Room A). The public is invited.
During the 6:30 Beginner’s Corner portion of the meeting, Rita Bibles, an experienced genealogist, will discuss “The importance of using maps and visiting locations in your genealogical search”. At the second portion of the meeting, about 7:15, the guest speaker will be Nadine Hawke, Head of Reference Services at Bartlesville Public Library. She will discuss “Navigating the Local and Family History Map Collection for Your Family Research.” Those in attendance will learn about the maps in the library and how to use them for genealogical research, as well as the new restructuring of your Family History room at the library.
Join us upstairs in meeting room A
on Thursday at noon with Bettye Williams to talk about the book, Hidden Figures—now a major motion picture! The book is a New York Times #1 best seller about the African American women mathematicians who defied discrimination to help the USA win the space race during the Cold War.