Bookworm Walk open through August

The Vinita library “Bookworm Walk” is open! A map is available at the Library and will be posted on the library’s Facebook page. The Bookworm Walk is a new fun and exciting way for children and families to experience the joys of reading together in the great outdoors. It begins at the library and following the signs, it ends in South Park.

Use the map for the Bookwalk. You can pick up a map at the library or find it on our Facebook page. We hope the community enjoys this event going on through July and August. Send us pictures on our Facebook page or by email to be entered into a drawing for a free copy of “Town Mouse Country Mouse” by Jan Brett.

Technology Brings a World of Reliable Information to the Library

Need to find a Time magazine article from three years ago? Want to research the horse industry? Need a refresher before that big test? Head to the Vinita Public Library.

Journals, Magazines, Articles and More Online

You can find millions of magazine articles, dozens of dependable reference materials, and a host of medical, scientific, consumer and business resources. All of it is available through Digital Prairie Research, the online databases that are available to the state.

Librarians have always helped people find the right books and periodicals to answer their questions. The Internet has made this mission even more critical. Anyone can be a publisher on the Internet, so you have to be careful to make sure the information is reliable. Is it from a reputable source, or is it just someone’s opinion?

That’s what makes Digital Prairie so useful. All of these materials are from respected national publications and reference resources to assure their accuracy. You can get to Digital Prairie from home or wherever you are. This is especially helpful if you need reference information for work, or if your child needs homework help. All you need is a computer with Internet.

What if you need something that the library doesn’t have?

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Online information is great, but it won’t help if you want to read your favorite author, check out a book on a certain topic, or find something to read to your children.

If we don’t have the book you’re looking for, we can borrow it from another library. Libraries have always borrowed materials from each other through Interlibrary Loan, but the new technology helps us do this faster and more efficiently since we can ask to borrow materials electronically.

If we can’t find the book in-state, the Department of Libraries can help us borrow a copy from libraries worldwide. You can also borrow DVDs, CDs, audio books, large print books, graphic novels, and government documents through Interlibrary Loan.

Our mission hasn’t changed. We’re still here to meet the informational and recreational needs of our community. But today, we can provide so much more.

For more information on Digital Prairie or Interlibrary Loan, drop by the Vinita Public Library, call 918-256-2115.

Summer Reading 2021

Readers of all ages will explore the animal kingdom this summer as the Vinita Public Library presents “Tails and Tales” during their summer library program. Activities may include story time, songs, group games, crafts, art projects, special programs, and more

The 2021 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, kindergarten through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, and more. 

Kickoff and Registration for “Tails and Tales” will be Friday, May 28 at noon. 

For more information, call the library at 918-256-2115 and follow us on Facebook for information and updates.

All programs are free of charge.

E-Magazines return and children get a boost on the OK Virtual Library

The Oklahoma Virtual Library is once again the beneficiary of grant funds through the Institute of Museum and Library Services provided by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Money received in September has allowed library patrons who rely on digital access for books, audios, and magazines to receive an influx of new titles.

Older magazine subscriptions expired in July, and new issues had not been available until now. Libraries were able to subscribe to a total of 35 magazines using grant funds. New titles not previously available include “The Economist,” “The Pioneer Woman,” “Rolling Stone,” The New Yorker,” “Bon Appetit,” and many others. Old favorites such as “Us Weekly,” “Reader’s Digest” and “Prevention” are still available.

To see a complete list, you can go to OK Virtual Magazines. All magazines are available for immediate download, and there is never a wait.

The children’s collection expanded by 1,885 volumes. Several of these were new titles, but many were replacements for expired copies. Due to publisher restrictions, most eBooks do not stay in the virtual library permanently, and patrons had holds on hundreds of titles that had expired. Grant funds have allowed libraries to lessen this backlog of demand while also adding fresh, new titles.

Keeping up with children’s demand is extremely important as so many are attending online school at this time. Children’s checkouts for all libraries belonging to the OK Virtual Library increased from 10,170 in September 2019 to 15,635 in September 2020. Some individual libraries doubled their children’s checkouts from the year before. While young adult checkouts saw a slight increase from 8,510 to 8,633, adult checkouts also increased substantially like children’s from 72,689 last year to 77,214 during September. Grant funds added 1,775 volumes to the adult and young adult collections.

In addition to new titles to try, OverDrive has added features on the Libby app. Readers can now easily share and recommend what they are reading on social media and save a copy of their reading history. These are accessible from users’ timelines in the app. To share a title once they have finished, users click on the title in their timeline, then click on “Reading Journey.” The “Actions” button will let users export reading data, or share the title. Users who want to save a list of their reading history should click on “See your timeline” at the bottom of their shelf, then click “Actions” to export their timeline.

For readers who use the OK Virtual Library out of convenience, necessity, or to keep safe right now, there are new titles and less waiting times for many people. Thank you to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries for making this possible!

Bag o’ Books Sale

Our semi-annual book sale began Monday, October 3rd. We’ve had a great week and now are ready to clear our inventory with our famous Bag o’ Books Sale!

Saturday, October 8th and Monday, October 10th – fill a paper grocery bag with your choice of book sale remainders for $5.00!

On Tuesday, October 11th the price drops to $4.00 for a bag, on Wednesday it’s $3.00, Thursday it’s $2.00.

Starting Friday, October 14th the price is $1.00 per bag until everything is sold!

If you just want a few items, they will sell for normal prices:

  • Hardcover, large paperbacks, DVD and Audio books are $1.00 each.
  • Small paperbacks are .25 each.

Come on over and find your next good read.