September 2017

Dear Readers,

Summer is over and it’s time to step up the programming at the library! Our September calendar is filled with activities for all ages. I hope you’ll take a moment to look it over.

The library offers free knitting and crochet lessons on Saturday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. Let volunteer Jody teach you the basics or help you with a project that has you stumped.

Book Talk @ the Library will be held on Sept. 12 at 6:00 pm with a discussion of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who’s always taken orders quietly, but lately she’s unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She’s full of ambition, but without a husband, she’s considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town…      -Amazon.  Copies of the book are available at the service desk.  If all of the copies are checked out, please ask to have the book put on reserve for you.

The Enid Public Library is thrilled to join forces with the OSU Library to bring One Book, One Community: Enid Reads Prairie City by Angie Debo” to our community. One Book, One Community is an engaging series of public programs designed to foster a sense of community through a shared reading and arts experience, to encourage literacy, to highlight the humanities through regional history and literary heritage, and to expand and appreciation for Angie Debo as a writer and interpreter of Oklahoma and Native American history. All programs are free and open to the public. Angie Debo grew up in Marshall, Oklahoma. In her early career she taught history at Enid High School. Debo began writing American Indian history and learned that much of eastern Oklahoma was dominated by a criminal conspiracy to cheat Indians out of their property. Her book And Still the Waters Run: The Betrayal of the Five Civilized Tribes is based on this research. Prairie City: The Story of an American Community is the history of a fictional town, modeled after her hometown of Marshall, OK. This book tells the story of a community from the land run of 1889, the coming of the railroad and statehood, the oil boom, World Wars I and II, the uprising of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Great Depression.

The series of events will kick off on September 21st at 7:00 at the Enid Public Library with guest speaker Dr. Ron Schaefer, former resident of Marshall, OK who will present “Remembering Miss Angie.” His presentation will be followed with the film screening of “Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo”. One free copy of the book Prairie city [while supplies last] will be given to participants who register to attend one of several facilitated book discussions held in October. Can’t make it on September 21? Stop by the library for a noon screening of “Indians, Outlaws, and Angie Debo”. This will be another opportunity to pick up a copy of the book and register to attend a book discussion.

Other events in the series include:

  • “Angie Debo’s Childhood: Growing Up in Marshall” presented by Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Professor, UCO History Dept. Chair. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Enid Public Library
  • “Angie Debo and Transportation in Early Oklahoma” presented by Dr. Roger Hardaway, Professor, NWOSU History Dept. Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Enid Public Library
  • Angie Debo: The Legacy of ‘Oklahoma’s Greatest Historian’” presented by Dr. Kurt Anderson, Research Professional, OSU Library Archives Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Enid Public Library
  • Guided tours of the OSU Library Archives including the Angie Debo Room, Maps Room, and Literary Landmark Exhibit. {Transportation is not provided; carpool or travel individually].
    • For registration or questions, contact Dr. Karen Neurohr, OSU Library Professor phone: 405-744-2376, email:
  • “Legends Nagonagogee” is a delightful presentation of the rich, oral tradition of America’s first peoples. Filled with song. Legends, and language, this one-man show features Will Hill, a full blood Musogee-Creek Indian. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m. at Enid Symphony Hall, 301 W. Broadway, Enid OK

Please visit EnidReads page on the library’s website for dates, times, and locations of book discussions.

Sponsors for this series: Enid Public Library, Oklahoma State University Library, Union Pacific Foundation, Park Ave. Thrift, Oklahoma Humanities, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Partners for this series: Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Railroad Museum of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Arts Council, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Visit Enid, and University of Oklahoma Press.

Tai Chi continues at 4:30 on Wednesdays, except for the second Wednesday of each month. This class is designed to allow everyone to participate, even those who use walkers, wheelchairs, or scooters. Through gentle stretching and strengthening exercises we will work to improve balance, strengthen muscles, and prevent falls. This series is presented by: Lesa K. Rauh, Garfield County OSU Extension.

Unwind on Friday afternoons with Sit and Stitch, an opportunity to knit, crochet, cross-stitch, or quilt in the library while enjoying the company of like-minded crafters every Friday from 3:30-6:00 p.m.

 Does Climate Change your Plate?  is a 3-part series that explores how climate change affects beef prices in the grocery store.  Based upon a multi-state nine-year research effort, The Great Plains Grazing Project traces the effects of our changing weather patterns upon cattle, forage, crops, rainfall, temperature, and ultimately the consumer’s wallet. Study participants include Oklahoma State University, Kansas State University, NOAA, and other acclaimed research groups. With mild, wet Augusts and hot, dry Februarys, the ultimate change is seen by price shock at the meat counter.   Learn ways to purchase beef based on per serving cost, instead of per pound.  Discuss ways to incorporate more vegetables, less tender cuts, and smaller portions into a healthy, flavorful diet.  Taste test a different recipe at each session! Lesson 1: Beef and the Environment, Sept. 22 at noon; Lesson 2: Adapting to Higher Prices: Eating Recommended Amounts, Sept. 29 at noon;Lesson 3: Adapting to Higher Prices: Ways to Cut Costs, Oct. 6 at noon. This series is presented by OSU Extension Educator Lesa Rauh.

On September 23 at 10:00 a.m. the library will host an information and training session for Let’s Fix This, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating Oklahomans on the laws, policies, and other political issues that affect them the most and creating meaningful ways for the public to interact with their elected officials. This Oklahoma group encourages bipartisan cooperation, inspiring leadership, and common-sense policy for the prosperity of all Oklahomans.

I hope you’ll find something that inspires you to visit your library soon!