September 2021 Newsletter

September is Library Card Sign-Up month!

The library will be posting information about how to use your library card all month long on our social media pages. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a
bookish gift basket. Forms are at the service desk. You must have a library card to win. Don’t have an Enid Public Library card? Visit the service desk or drop by through Curbside Delivery to sign up for free! A photo ID and proof of mailing address are required. The winner will be announced on Friday, October 1st.

Banner Book Week is September 26-October 2.

The theme of this year’s Banned Books Week is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” This week highlights banned and challenged books, displays, programs, and other items in all types of libraries across the country. We’ll be highlighting banned book facts from September 26-October 2nd on our social media pages.

Health Literacy at the Library

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries has awarded a health literacy grant to fund health and
wellness programs to the Enid Public Library. Programs will be offered throughout the year. The Oklahoma Health Literacy Project is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

There’s Something New at Champlin Park

A temporary book walk has been installed in Champlin Park. The featured book is The Lost Words, written by Robert Macfarlane and beautifully illustrated by Jackie Morris. Book pages are placed on panels along the park’s walking path. The path is fully accessible to strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers of all ages. This project is a partnership between the Public Library of Enid and Garfield County and Enid’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Book walks are a great way to combine reading, art appreciation, and exercise,” explains the library’s Adult Programs and Development Coordinator, Margo Holmes. “We have focused our 2021 adult programming around the Norwegian concept of Friluftsliv, an outdoor living concept, and this seems like a great way to get folks of all ages out to visit one of Enid’s premier parks while building literacy skills.” Visitors to the book walk will view 16 panels with acrostic poetry and an illustration on one side and a double spread illustration on the other side. Each panel celebrates both the beauty of language and nature. The walk is expected to remain in place for one month but will be temporarily removed on mowing days (usually Tuesdays). One lucky person who takes the survey at the end of the walk will win The Lost Words Card Game set. Champlin Park is located at 1198 Sequoyah Drive.

Book Club News

The Second Tuesday Book Club meets at 6:00 p.m. on 9/15 to discuss Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People. A charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place. A would-be
bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Books are available for check out at the service desk. All are welcome.

Marshall Islands History and Culture

Learn about the history of the Marshall Islands with local leader Terry Mote. Participants will learn about the establishment of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the relationship between the islands and the United States. Classes meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. All ages are welcome

Conversational English

Drop-in English classes will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursdays. We will cover vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar. Childcare is not available. All skill levels are welcome.

Choctaw Language and Culture

Join us in the Great Plains Room each Thursday evening at 5:00 learn about the Choctaw language and culture. This beginner-level class is open to anyone who is interested.

Summer Reading Wrap-up

Join us on Facebook Live at 3:30 p.m. on September 1 for a summer reading wrap-up virtual party! We will announce winners and prizes and sharing your awesome summer reading stats!

Beanstack Reading Challenges

Have you entered the 12 Books in 12 Months or 52 Books in 52 Weeks reading challenge in Beanstack? Prizes for both challenges are available at the service desk. More information may be found on our website.

Fall into Fitness

Are you ready to shape up? Want to shed a few COVID pounds? Join fitness instructor Megan every Thursday in September at 10:00 a.m. for Fall into Fitness. This class will guide you towards your fitness goals. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. This project is funded through the Oklahoma Department of libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of
Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.

Seed Saving Workshop

Learn best practices for seed saving from master gardener Cathy Thomas at 6:00 p.m. on 9/9. No registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring stems with seed pods. Find
more information on seed saving here:


Need help with a tablet, phone, or computer? Want to download one of our digital libraries? Book an appointment with Sarah at 580-616-7196.

Friends of the Library News

The Friends of the Library is a group of citizens who are committed to making the library better. They do this by volunteering and sponsoring events. They support the library financially through donations, purchases for the library, and community advocacy. Does this sound like you? Friends are looking for help in many ways. The first thing you can do is JOIN. See any library employee for more information. Upcoming projects include a December event with local authors, baked goods, and book crafts. More information on this will be forthcoming.

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