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The Winter Read 2017 January 1-February 28

Beat the winter blues by registering for the Winter Read, where participants “read to earn” entries into a contest. Participants will receive one entry for every five hours of reading (or listening to an audio book). Registration will count as an entry, so be sure to stop by the service desk to register and pick up your bookmark reading log. Registration will begin December 27. The first 20 registrants will receive a free tote bag. Four winners will be selected at random from all entries received and will win a reader’s gift basket, filled with books and gifts sure to please. The drawing will take place during the Winter Read dinner 5:30 pm Feb. 28, 2017. Be sure to RSVP for the dinner to or leave a message at 616-7183. This contest is open to adults 18 & up.

 The Enid Author Fest January 14, 10:00-3:00

Come celebrate books and the authors who create them at our inaugural author festival. The festival will host 40 authors with ties to Oklahoma and will feature readings, book selling and signing, and wonderful opportunities to network with readers and authors.

Quilting for Charity meets January 6th from 10:00-12:00. We are hand-quilting a quilt for Compassionate Quilters of Enid, an organization that donates quilts to patients going through chemo and other treatments.  If you’ve never hand-quilted, this is a great opportunity to give it a try, and if you’re more experienced we welcome your help.

The Relaxed Book Club meets at 6:00 on January 10 to discuss My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. A limited number of books are available at the service desk for checkout.

The Adults Play, Too Coloring Party on January 11th from 5:00-7:00 is a great way to relax. Coloring sheets and pencils will be provided. Supervised children are welcome to join us.

The Enid Public Library is pleased to host The Cowboy, a “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” scholar-led book discussion series. This five book series features readings on the historical cowboy and includes reminiscences from “real” cowboys and fictional depictions—from Owen Wister’s romantic idealization to Larry McMurtry’s sometimes-humorous realism.

Participation is free. All events take place in the library’s Great Plains Room at 10:00 a.m. The books may be checked out from the library before or after each discussion. Although recommended, books do not have to be pre-read to participate.

The schedule of events for this series is as follows:

1/28       Cowboy Life: Reconstructing an American Myth edited, with an introduction and afterword, by William W. Savage, Jr.

This anthology contains views of the historical cowboy by nineteenth and early twentieth-century observers, with a bit of cowboy autobiography for comparison, supported by dozens of photographs. This work will be presented by Dr. Hugh Foley.

2/11       The Virginian by Owen Wister

Published in 1902, The Virginian is archetypal cowboy fiction, although its author was an Easterner who knew very little about his subject. The hero, known only as the Virginian, is foreman of a cattle ranch in Wyoming, a cowboy who made good but who now must police the activities of ambitious former peers. This work will be presented by Dr. Harbour Winn.

2/25       The Log of a Cowboy by Andy Adams

The Log of a Cowboy (1903) is a former working cowboy’s literary response to people like Wister. Adams attempts to portray cowboy life accurately as he recounts a trail drive north from Texas, and it abounds with descriptions of stampedes and river crossings. This work will be presented by Dr. David Oberhelman.

3/11       Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer

 Schaefer, in this fictional biography of a lone cowboy, pays attention to the concerns of Andy Adams but adds a note of cynicism that leaves a stronger sense of the reality of the historical cowboy’s life. This work will be presented by Dr. Sara Jane Richter and will be followed by a light lunch and the movie Monte Walsh.

3/25       Lonesome Dove Miniseries Marathon 10:00 am-4:30 pm, a light lunch will be provided.

4/1         Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

McMurtry’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel sets the modern standard for cowboy fiction, where realism overwhelms whatever ballistic or pugilistic activity might otherwise be taken to represent heroic effort. Though written in the best Wister tradition, McMurtry still separates cowboys from cows to weave a sad narrative about people who spend their lives loving other people who cannot or will not (but in any case do not) reciprocate.

“Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma” is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities with generous funding from the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.


Upcoming Programs:

We have two new adult education series beginning in early February.

Fundamentals of Sustainable Living, a “Great Courses” video class will meet each Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00 beginning 2/2/2017. Become a more thoughtful consumer, save money, and reduce your ecological footprint with this course that teaches you how integrate sustainable practices into your everyday life. By learning techniques for working more efficiently with the energy, water, and food you consume, you can live a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle positively impacting the world around you.

Wonders of the National Parks, a Geology of North America is the title of this year’s Great Courses Lunch & Learn series held each Thursday at noon beginning 2/2/2017. Bring a sack lunch and discover awe-inspiring natural landscapes and explore the geographical histories and mysteries of your national parks with National Geographic.

For more information of these or other adult programs please contact or call Margo at 580-616-7183.