MINECRAFT is at the Anadarko Community Library!

Children 18 and under are welcome to come play Minecraft at the Anadarko Community Library. Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, we have a dedicated person who can help the children learn minecraft. We have our own server for your children to play on so they will be safe from the outside world!

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination.

Creative Exploration

People learn naturally through a combination of observation, trial and error, and play-based practice. An open-learning environment like Minecraft allows students the freedom to experiment and challenge themselves. Much like in real life, there are no step-by-step instructions — students must try, fail, and try again to achieve the result they want.

Spatial thinking and pixel art in Minecraft create an excellent opportunity for students to work on mathematics and visual arts objectives in an engaging environment. Additionally, pixel art is a medium that’s already engaging to students and one that allows educators to take their first steps with the game without being the expert.



February Book Club

Book for February 2017 is the following:

Hard Country (Kerney Family Trilogy #1)
by Michael McGarrity

In the wake of his wife’s death while giving birth to their son, and the loss of his brother on the West Texas plains, John Kerney is forced to give up his ranch, leave his son behind, and strike out in search of the murderous outlaws and a place where he can start over. He drifts south until he meets a man who offers him work railing cattle to the New Mexico Territory and forever changes his life.

Spanning the years of 1875 – 1918. This is the first of a new trilogy cataloging the life of Kevin Kerney’s forefathers in the “Old West”.

Additional Information
Hardcover, 608 pages
Published May 2012 by Dutton
ISBN 0525952462 (ISBN13: 9780525952466)
Series: Kerney Family Trilogy #1

Book Club will meet next on February 27th, 2017 at Noon in the Hollytex Community Room.

Lunar New Year Delights

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chinese New Year is a spring festival that follows the Chinese lunar calendar and traditionally falls between mid-January and mid-February each year. The celebrations usually last for two weeks and represent a fresh start, rejuvenating family love and hoping for happiness in the year to come.

Image result for Chinese new year2017 marks the year of the rooster, the tenth sign in the Chinese zodiac.

The 2017 Chinese New Year will last from Jan. 27 to Feb. 11. This is the year of the rooster, the tenth sign in the Chinese zodiac. In the zodiac, hardworking roosters are happiest when surrounded by others and tend to make their careers a priority in their lives.

A great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year at your library is to host a great feast, decorate a door scarlet red and brighten up the space with glowing paper lanterns. Here are some resources and craft ideas to help you plan:


How to Decorate for the Chinese New Year: If you’ve never celebrated Chinese New Year before, start here. This is a great list to learn more about the traditions and celebrations.

Origami Rooster: This video tutorial makes it easy to create an origami rooster.

Confetti Poppers: Teens will enjoy making these fun noisemakers!

DIY Lucky Red Envelopes: Have teens create their own versions of the traditional lucky red envelope.

Paper Baubles: Follow this tutorial by Huran Robert (aka Mad Stuff with Rob) to make adorable baubles to use as decorations.

Koi Kites: These colorful fish kites are easy to make and look beautiful hanging in the wind.

Homemade Fortune Cookies: Try this recipe and add your own fortune to make them a really fun treat.

Easy Bake Spring Rolls: These spring rolls are super easy to make and very tasty to eat!

Sticky Rice Cakes: This steamed sticky rice cake symbolizes a long, sweet life with rising abundance for the forthcoming year.

For more fun craft and activity ideas, check out my Chinese New Year Pinterest board.

By Kimberli Buckley, Library Manager, Concord Library, Contra Costa County (Calif.) Library

Original Content found HERE.

Beautification 2017 – Annual Trash Poster Contest

Deadline for Trash Poster Contest Entries is the Last Business Day of January 2017

Approximately 14,000 students enter the Statewide Trash Poster Contest, annually, making this poster judging very competitive and certainly very interesting! In addition to other prizes, 12 chosen state winning posters will be featured in 35,000 printed calendars. 35,000 copies each of “one” additional state winning poster is also selected and will be reproduced in a large dynamic color poster format for display as the “Promotional Poster of the Year”. These items are distributed to Oklahoma federal, state, city, and county agencies, schools, libraries, municipalities and many other businesses, organizations, groups, and individuals, statewide, nationally, and internationally.

Entry Forms:
Entry Forms are available at the Anadarko Community library.

Entry blanks for the Annual Trash Poster Contest, printed copies of the display poster from the current year, and several calendars are mailed to each Oklahoma school principal and superintendent in November. Entry forms can also be obtained by contacting the ODOT Beautification Office (405) 521-4037, or by printing the Trash Poster Contest Entry Form(s) from your computer, here. The contest begins in December each year. Please do not submit poster entries prior to the month of December!
Entry Form information must be filled out completely, legibly, and in detail, and placed in the upper right corner on the BACK of the poster. Entries must be taken or sent to your local County Department of Environmental Quality Office (DEQ) by the last working business day of January each year. Late entries or entries sent to the wrong office will NOT be judged.

General Rules:

  • Use 12″ x 18″ OR 11″ x 17″ heavy paper or poster board ONLY.
  • Must be student’s original slogan and original artwork. No signatures on posters!
  • No syndicated, copyrighted or clipart images on poster entries!
  • No computer aided or copy machine poster entries.
  • No cusswords or sexual content or drawings of a suggestable nature allowed!
  • Attach COMPLETED ENTRY FORM on back “upper right corner” of poster.
  • Reproducible qualities factors into the judging, so use good lettering, high contrast and bright colors!
  • Entries must be received by your local County Department of Environmental Quality Office by the last business day in January.
  • Please follow poster contest rules or face disqualification of poster entry.


  • Poster must be an ORIGINAL concept.
  • Posters should be artistic, POSITIVE in approach and wording, and focus on solutions to Oklahoma’s litter problems.


Poster entries must be sent or delivered to your local County Department of Environmental Quality Office. The DEQ Offices judge each county’s posters and send the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place county winners in the four grade categories to the main DEQ Office in Oklahoma City by the end of February. The ODOT Beautification Office then coordinates the state judging in March. The posters are judged on:

  • Quality of design
  • Creativity and originality of the artwork
  • Creativity and originality of the slogan
  • Appropriate theme using “positive” approach and wording
  • Reproducibility
  • Age appropriateness for the grade category entered

Contest Divisions:
The contest is divided into four divisions by grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. All Oklahoma K-12 students are eligible and encouraged to enter.

Local Prizes – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place county winners receive a certificate. Some local sponsors also present other prizes, but those vary by county.
State Prizes – State judging is completed in early March. In April, each of the 13 state winners will receive a cash award for first, second and third places from each grade category, and for the “Promotional Poster of the Year”.

State winners also will receive a T-shirt with their design on it and a mounted poster board copy and laminated place-mat of their poster. Teachers of the 13 state winners receive vouchers for a two-night stay at an Oklahoma State Park and vouchers to purchase classroom school art supplies.

Awards Event:
State winners and teachers are honored at an April Awards Event at the ODOT Building in Oklahoma City. The winning students are also introduced to the Oklahoma State House of Representatives at the State Capitol that same day. All state winners and their teachers receive proper notification prior to the awards luncheon.

Love is in the Air

February will be highlighting our Regency Romance Novel collection.

Regency romances are a sub genre of romance novels set during the period of the British Regency (1811–1820) or early 19th century. Rather than simply being versions of contemporary romance stories transported to a historical setting, Regency romances are a distinct genre with their own plot and stylistic conventions.

Come check out a book and experience these unique stories of romance.

George Washington University Native Teens Initiative Scholarship Application

2017 INSPIRE summer application is now live here: https://inspire.naplp.gwu.edu/inspire-pre-college-application

The INSPIRE program offers full scholarships to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students to student applied American politics as part of a three (3) week summer program at George Washington University. Funded by a generous grant from AT&T, the scholarship includes tuition for one course in Native Politics and the American Political System, on-campus room and board, round-trip air travel, and all required textbooks.

The students who have received the INSPIRE scholarship overwhelmingly report returning to their schools and communities with fresh perspectives, knowledge, and skills about the political process and community organizing. They find themselves better prepared to give back and take a leadership role in their communities.

We are asking that you help spread the word about this opportunity by:

If you would like physical promotional material mailed to you, you can fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LBBHYHV

28th Annual Oklahoma Book Awards

Yep! It’s that time of year again.

The Oklahoma Center for the Book is ready to accept your entries for the 28th Annual Oklahoma Book Awards, scheduled for April 8, 2017.

Books considered for this award must have an Oklahoma-based theme, or entrants (authors, illustrators, photographers, or book designers) must live or have lived in the state.

Books must have been published between January 1 and December 31, 2016. Entries must be received by January 6, 2017.

Read about the book award program, and download your entry form.

Original article can be found at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries website at the link provided HERE.

2017 Sequoyah Book Awards Competition

2017 Sequoyah Book Awards Competition

Believe it or not, this Oklahoma Library Association reading competition is in its 59th year! The Sequoyah Book Awards program is the third-oldest youth-choice literary award in the nation.

Sequoyah encourages Oklahoma students to read books of literary quality. OLA’s Sequoyah Reading Teams release masterlists of titles for each annual round. Then classrooms and libraries across the state are encouraged to promote the program with their young readers. Here’s how it works:

  • Students in grades 3-5 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Children’s Masterlist are eligible to vote for the Children’s Sequoyah Book Award.
  • Students in grades 6-8 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Intermediate Masterlist are eligible to vote for the Intermediate Sequoyah Book Award.
  • Students in grades 9-12 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the High School Masterlist are eligible to vote for the High School Sequoyah Book Award.

Voting happens from February 1 to March 15 in classrooms and libraries throughout Oklahoma—and online. (We’ll let you know when voting opens!) The winning titles are announced in April.

For the past five years, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries has partnered with OLA and other sponsors to provide Sequoyah posters and lessons through The Oklahoman’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) service. The Sequoyah Book Award week promotion begins early in the school year each fall.

From 2012 to 2016, more than 2,100 individual classrooms and school libraries around the state signed up with NIE to receive the posters and lesson plans. More than 55,000 posters have been distributed to schools and public libraries for posting and for sharing with individual students. ODL also provides bookmarks for each masterlist, and this year we also gave away reading logs, reading certificates, and “I voted” stickers.

Check out the two-sided poster and lessons for the 2016-2017 Sequoyah promotion.

OK, young people, get readin’! We can’t wait to find out what books win this time around!

Original Article can be found at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries Website, at the link provided HERE.

Letters About Literature


The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with Affiliate State Centers for the Book, invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest.

For rules and more information click here: lal16-guidelines

Original article can be found at the (ODL) Oklahoma Department of Libraries.  The following link below is provided courtesy of ODL.

Letters About Literature


James Kueter Large Print Book Memorial Collection