Waurika Library Policy Update

The Waurika City Council on March 12th voted to approve policy changes for the Waurika Public Library as recommended by the Library Board of Trustees.
Due to these new policy changes, all patrons will need to sign the updated Internet Use Agreement before use of electronic equipment (E.g. computers or tablets). All patrons under 18 will need to have their parent/guardian register them under the new Library Policy and Internet Use Agreement before using the library.
Summary of Policy changes:
* Age requirements for unattended children: Patrons under 12 or in 4th grade and below must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person over the age of 18.
* Unattended children are restricted from using southern room of library
* Patron computer usage limited to a total of 90 minutes/day
* Children/minors in the Library Policy are defined as patrons under the age of 18.
The following sections of the Library Policy have been amended to reflect the approved changes.
III. Patron Responsibilities and Conduct
Paragraph 2 Young children:
Therefore, it is library policy that all children under the age of 12 and/or in the Fourth Grade and under must be accompanied by a parent or designated responsible person over the age of 18 while in the library. Also, if the young a child under 12 is attending a library program, we may require the parent/responsible person to remain in the library throughout the program. Some exceptions to this rule may include attendance at the Summer Reading Program, Santa’s Workshop and Dr. Seuss Day. No child under the age of 18 will allowed in the South Room of the library without adult supervision.
XIII. Equipment Use Policy
Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Instructions for operating hardware as displayed near the computer. There is no charge for use of the computer; however, in order to make the service available to as many patrons as possible, a time limit for usage has been imposed. That time limit is one hour. Once the one-hour limit is reached, if there are no patrons waiting for the computers, a 15- minute extension may be allowed by library staff. Total usage time will not exceed 90 minutes in a calendar day. Library staff are available for general assistance in using the computer. However, staff are not expected to train patrons in the use of application programs. Tutorial manuals will be provided when available.
XIV. Internet Use Policy
As with all library resources, the library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. There is no age limit for use of any materials provided on the Internet. Parents or legal guardians who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use and must assume responsibility for their children’s use of the library’s Internet service; prior to being granted access to the Internet, a parent must sign the Internet Use Agreement for children under 18 years of age.
Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)
Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 18 years.
The updated Waurika Library Policy which includes the Patron Registration and User Agreement Form and Internet Use Form are available at the library and online here.

Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma!

Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma book discussions are starting at the library. To go with the theme of the Smithsonian Exhibit, this year’s theme is ‘Working to Survive: Surviving to Work’. Our first discussion will be August 8th at 5:30 pm. Our first book on this year’s list is ‘The Jungle’ by Upton Sinclair. The book depicts working class poverty, the lack of social supports, harsh and unpleasant living and working conditions, and a hopelessness among many workers. These elements are contrasted with the deeply rooted corruption of people in power.

Discussions for Let’s Talk About It begin at 5:30 p.m.

August 8th
The Jungle
by: Upton Sinclair
Rebecca Jacob-Pollez

November 7th
Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street
by: Herman Melville
John Morris

September 5th
The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
David Fennema

December 5th
The Cliff Walk: A Job Lost and a Life Found
by: Don J. Snyder
Bruce Treadaway

October 3rd
Nickel and Dimed – On (Not) Getting By In America
by: Barbara Ehrenreich
Margery Kingsley

For information about events, activities and more, visit our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/WaurikaPublicLibrary/

The Way We Worked

Opening weekend for the Smithsonian Exhibit ‘The Way We Worked’ was a great success!

But don’t worry if you couldn’t make it over the weekend, the Exhibit will be at the Rock Island Depot until September 8th and open to the public during library hours (M,W,Th,F 9a-4:30p / Tu 9a-7p / Sat. 9a-noon).

Supplementing the Smithsonian Exhibit are displays and information from the state, county and local community. Be sure to come by and check it out!

Thanks to Monica Bartling and the army of volunteers that put this all together!

Author Gary D. Conrad

May 10th at 6:00 p.m., the Waurika Public Library welcomes author Gary D. Conrad. Mr. Conrad will be giving a presentation about his writing experiences and have books available for purchase. We will have snacks and Mr. Conrad will be available to sign books.

Gary D. Conrad lives with his wife, Sheridan, and their dogs, Inky and Karma, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Mr. Conrad is an emergency and integrative physician, and his interests include Tibetan rights, meditation, the music of Joseph Haydn, organic gardening, choral work and wilderness hiking.
Gary Conrad

Murder on Easter Island Oklahoma Is Where I Live The Lhasa Trilogy

Donate using Amazon Smile

Did you know that when you shop through Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchases can go to benefit the Friends of the Library?  Use this link to login with your Amazon account and .5% of your purchases will be automatically donated to the FRIENDS.

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Summer Reading Program 2016

Summer Reading Program

This summer we’re all about fitness.

Waurika Public Library will again join with other local organizations, groups and businesses to offer daily summer programming and lunch for children.

Children who have completed Pre-K – entering 5th grade in the fall are invited to participate in programming and ANY school aged child is invited to come eat lunch.

This year’s Program is scheduled to begin June 6th and conclude July 29th.  The Program will be held M-F, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  There will be no programming on July 4th.

You can get more information, including registration forms, by clicking here.

National Reading Month

The month of March is National Reading Month! Tuesday, March 2nd, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, the Waurika Public Library will be inviting local Head Start children from Waurika and Temple. The Friends of Waurika Public Library will be providing cupcakes for the children as well as reading and Dr. Seuss related activities. The event will begin at 10:00 am. Children that would normally be attending Story Time are welcome to participate as well.


Meet and Greet!

Please join us at the Waurika Public Library at 5 p.m. on January 19th as we welcome our new librarian, Darren Biby. Darren grew up in Waurika and graduated from Waurika High School in 1992. After graduation, he attended Oklahoma State University and majored in Computer Science. Previously, Darren was the Purchasing Supervisor and Project Manager for Manheim Auto Auction in Ft. Worth Texas.

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading Begins June 1!

every hero has a storyThis summer we’re all about heroes. And every hero has a story.

Waurika Public Library will again join with other local organizations, groups and businesses to offer daily summer programming and lunch for children.

Children who have completed Pre-K – entering 5th grade in the fall are invited to participate in programming and ANY school aged child is invited to come eat lunch.

What are your Superpowers? Can you:

  • Lay magical eggs
  • Roar like a lion
  • Jump over tall buildings
  • Fly real high
  • Catch lightning bolts
  • Become as small as an ant


Get signed up soon!

Children must be registered to attend. It’s free to participate.

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair a success!

Despite unpredictable weather, and the cancelation of other planned events, the first Friends of Waurika Public Library Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! We appreciate the support of those who attended and found fabulous books for the little ones in their life.

The book fair grossed over $1,700.00. 40% of those profits will allow the library to shop scholastic and order new books for children and young adults. Woo hoo!