2022 Summer Reading Contest

This year’s Summer Reading Contest began on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022. and will continue through July 31st, 2022.

The contest is for all ages. Parents can read to the babies and younger children who can’t read on their own. Parents will need to keep up with their children’s reading logs.

Reading logs are still available to log your titles and number of pages read for each book, Audiobook, or E-Book. There will be 3 winners from each group: 0-3 yrs, 4-6 yrs, 7-9 yrs, 10-12 yrs, 13-17 Teens, 18-30 Young Adults, and 31+ yrs Adults.

The Summer Reading contest is a great way for children and teens to keep their reading skills sharp during the summer break plus have an opportunity to win prizes. Young Adults and Adults can read for fun and also win prizes.

American Rescue Plan Act Grant (ARPA)

Hobart Public Library Receives Grant for Pandemic Relief and Recovery.

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) has awarded an $8,268.00 grant to Hobart Public Library to address impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. ODL offered targeted grants to Oklahoma public libraries as part of the agency’s plan for use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

Tointigh says the grant will be used to purchase a new study carrel for the public computers to help with social distancing and privacy concerns. The library will also purchase a new wireless projector and books to facilitate education and programming purposes. The library will also purchase two new laptop computers to help bridge the technology divide and help job seekers. The library will also purchase earbuds and Personal Protective Equipment that will help remove the need for disinfect, which frees up staff time and will help keep the library clean.

Jackie Knopp, director of the Office of Library Development at ODL, said grants totaling $1.45 million have been provided to 93 municipal libraries and all eight of the state’s library systems.

“The grants are funding a diverse array of items and projects to protect public health and assure continued services,” Knopp said. “The process allowed for a variety of options so that individual libraries could request grant funds to meet their most pressing needs.”

Knopp said libraries could purchase PPE and easily-cleanable furniture, fund network enhancements and Wi-Fi expansion, purchase connectivity devices for social distancing and remote access to online resources, support video conference capabilities, order health and wellness materials for their collections, and even pay for temporary staffing to help in the recovery process.

The spending criteria was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and based on ARPA legislation.

In addition to the public library grants, ODL is using ARPA funds to also provide grants to adult literacy programs, museums, and tribal museums and cultural centers. Other ODL-sponsored ARPA projects in the works include High School pilot with six public libraries, the launch of a telehealth pilot program, online resources for homework help, an early literacy program for 30 small and rural public libraries, and procurement scanning stations for selected libraries.

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The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is the official state library of Oklahoma. The agency serves the information and records management needs of state government, assists with public library development, coordinated library and information technology projects for the state, and serves the general public through its specialized collections.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services works to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant-making, research, and policy development.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service offered by the Hobart Public Library through OCLC Worldshare Interlibrary Loan. This service provides access to library books that are not currently held in our collections.

Library staff will be happy to request a title on your behalf from another library within the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. The lending library will send it directly to your local library for you to pick up to read and enjoy. When finished reading, you will return it by the due date to your local library who will then send it back to the lending library.

If you have questions about the ILL process, ask your library staff for more information.

Read For Adventure

Would you like 4 FREE tickets to the OKC ZOO?

When you check out the new book Juniper’s Butterfly Garden: A Small Start for a Better World written by Autumn Heigle and illustrated by Nadia Ronquillo, you receive a voucher good for up to 4 FREE general admissions into the Zoo.

Stop by your library today to check out the book!

Visit https://www.okczoo.org/READFORADVENTURE for more details and a list of participating libraries.