Pictured are LEGO Contest winners, judges, and just a few of the fantastic projects that were entered! Thanks to the Bartlesville Friends of the Library for funding this event.
If you are looking for assistance in tracking your family information, experienced genealogists will be available on Saturday, May 20 from 9 to 4 in the Local and Family History Room of the Bartlesville Public Library. Volunteer genealogists will be there to guide you, whether you are beginning family research or need suggestions to further your research. It is helpful to bring the family information you already have, along with the questions or family information you need answered. All genealogy assistance is a free service provided by the Bartlesville Genealogical Society.
A free class on how to use your Kindle to check out e-books and e-audiobooks from Overdrive will be held Wednesday, May 17 in the Library’s Meeting Room C from 2 pm to 3 pm.
Overdrive is a service offered by Bartlesville Public Library that lets patrons borrow e-books, e-audiobooks, and more from their digital collection for free.
You are welcome to bring your charged and registered Kindle device to the class. Class size is limited so please call to register at 918-338-4169.
Erin K. Moritz, PA-C will be giving tips on preventing skin cancer. May is Skin Cancer Awareness month and this will be an opportunity to be reminded of how to have safe fun in the sun. Come join us at 10:30 a.m. upstairs, meeting room A, on Wednesday, May 24.
Individuals and businesses can now use any of the Library meeting rooms for a fee. Do you need a classroom like space for an employee training session? Need space for a staff meeting? Want to host a birthday party or baby shower? The Library has three rooms to accommodate a variety of meetings and events. Non-profits can still use any of the rooms free of charge.
The rooms are available to all on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Click the About BPL Tab for meeting room guidelines and applications.
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