Friday, June 14, 2013

Haynie Public Library in Prague OK Wows 'em again

JUNE is an exciting time for children and patrons of the HAYNIE PUBLIC LIBRARY in Prague, OK.  We started taking sign-ups for children of all ages for our summer reading program for 2013. The children were excitedly anticipating the beginning of the program scheduled to start on June 1, 2013.  We presently have approximately 150 eager participants.

Our first adventure of this summer reading program was EXTREME ANIMALS hosted by  our Prague Library and presented by Shana Witt from EXTREME ANIMALS  on Wednesday June 5th.  Most of the children were curious and excited to get a close-up look at several animals including Charlotte, the rose haired tarantula; Titan, the albino Burmese python; Rooie, a red kangaroo; Romeo, a ring-tailed lemur, and Chomper, a dwarf Caiman crocodile, and many other interesting species.  The children got "up close and personal" and enjoyed it immensely.  Overall, the children seemed to be most impressed with Titan the python.

The Prague Library Summer Reading Program has each participant set his or her own goal.    They are all busy working towards their goal.  We have some participants that had already completed their goals by mid-way through the month of June. Whenever the child completes 5 books or 5 hours of reading, they bring in their tally booklet and they receive their prizes.  These prizes are always bright, colorful and something that most children love!  They can choose a prize out of the container that is categorized for their earned  award.  Their tally sheet is then marked according to their accomplishment.  They are always ready to start working towards the end result.  If a child reaches his or her goal at any time before the end of the program,  he or she may set another goal and can receive more prizes to match their accomplishments.  Their smiling faces and their sense of accomplishment means so much to them. Their self-esteem, confidence and responsibility increases as they learn to meet their goals and then are rewarded for their efforts. 

The second week into the program, children learned how to make "dirt babies". This event was given by Gordon-Cooper Vo-Tech.   They had a great time. Not to be outdone by the older children, each toddler had his or her own time spent by listening to a story read aloud to them by Ashley, an employee of the Haynie Public  Library in Prague OK.  The older children gathered at the  Prague Community Center where they were given their supplies needed for the construction of their "dirt baby".  A dirt baby is a project that is similar to the well-known Chia pet, made from seeds being placed in the toe of the hosiery" and dirt being poured over the seeds and then  placed tail end down in a cup of water after tying the toe of the hose above the level of the dirt leaving a "tail".  Then the "baby" is placed in a cup of water as required by the amount of dirt that was put into the hose.  The "tail" absorbs the water and feeds the seeds and WOW!  The seeds start to grow in "hair" at the top of the dirt, growing from inside the hosiery.  In a short time, they have their own Chia pet that they made themselves and then decorated the outside of the cup however they wished.  Some of the children named their "pet" a favorite name to be cherished while watching how nature transforms a small seed into an amazing experiment.  We don't know if the children delighted in what they had accomplished or enjoyed the grown-up sponsors and the fun they had completing their own project more!

Our next adventure planned for Wednesday 19 at 10:30 at Prague Community Center is "Magical Michael".  This program was popular last year and we are glad that he is coming to entertain us again this year. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013


On Wednesday, May 15th, Haynie Public Library hosted a training workshop for several libraries across the state. The training was on how to use the Cisco Video Conferencing System the library recently acquired through funds received from the BTOP Grant. BTOP stands for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.  With these funds, the library is able to offer video conferencing. Video Conferencing leverages telecommunication technology to allow two or more locations to interact live two-way simultaneous, video and audio. Some potential uses of video conferencing would be Education, Distance learning (K-12), college, continued education; NASA and other government/business; real-time streaming video programs; health- tele-consultation, remote health monitoring, remote health training and certification, Employment-remote job training, job interviewing; Economic Development-Enhance communication with remote business partners and investors; Egovernment-Communication with loved ones in military, town-hall meetings, streaming government speeches. The library has adequate space with conference table, seating and lighting in order to accommodate the equipment which includes a 52” screen. Richard Anderson, Anderson Corp LLC is the technician that is in charge of the installation and all technological issues.

Lance Ford with Cisco Systems was on hand to teach the class.

Library director Pam Batson and library assistant Carol Hunter attended this workshop.


This Friday, May 24, kids can start signing up for the summer reading program. This year's theme is "Dig Into Reading!" Any child age 5 and up can join.  When you come in to sign up you will receive a reading log, bag and a bookmark. You set a goal on how many books you would like to read and as you reach certain areas of your goal, you will be rewarded with a prize. Once you reach your goal, you will receive a ticket to attend the Family Fun Day which will be held the last Wednesday in June at the Prague park. Each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., for the month of June, we will have a program for the kids to enjoy which will be held at the community center. The programs that we will have on hand are as follows: June 5th, Extreme Animals; June 12th, Gordon Cooper Community Center will host a program on gardening; June 19th, Magic Michael and June 26th, Family Fun Day at the Prague park. At each program there will be door prizes awarded!

For children ages 2 -5 we will have a Toddler Time with a story & prizes each Wednesday from 9:30=10:00 a.m. at the library.

Come and join up!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Haynie Library Homework Help Center

Haynie Library now offers a new homework help center for all students of all ages. The new technology is Brainfuse. This new innovative technology provides online homework help through its unique HelpNow service—a blend of one-to-one homework help, skills-building, test preparation, and writing assistance. Prepare for SAT, ACT, and other tests for FREE.

Brainfuse technology integration provided by AndersonCorp LLC, fostering innovation in online learning.

For personalized coaching and help getting started with the  Haynie Library Homework Help Center. Learn more here.

More About Brainfuse:

Expert Help: Get live online homework help, skills building, writing assistance, and more from Brainfuse-certified tutors.

ON-DEMAND, ONE-TO-ONE HOMEWORK HELP: Students draw or type their question in our online classroom and receive live homework assistance online from a Brainfuse-certified tutor. Tutors are trained to not simply provide answers but to help students master the homework assignment’s underlying academic concepts.

SKILLS BUILDING: The Skills Building service helps students address academic needs that run deeper than homework help. With Skills Building, Brainfuse tutors help students master core academic skills through the same lessons developed for school-based programs.

COMPREHENSIVE WRITING ASSISTANCE: The writing service is unique in that Brainfuse does not merely proof or edit a student’s writing. Drawing from an experienced staff and research-based methodologies, Brainfuse offers students two high quality options:
  • Live Writing Assistance: Patrons receive live writing assistance from Brainfuse tutors via our online classroom, which features intuitive copy/paste technology and secure file sharing. Live writing assistance is particularly helpful during the preparatory stages of the writing process when students need help organizing outlines and developing general themes.

  • Premium Writing Lab: Our premium writing lab offers students an unmatched level of analysis. Patrons submit papers via our secure file sharing feature (no email address required) and our writing experts carefully analyze each paper with respect to voice, word choice, content, sentence fluency, and organization. Papers (complete with constructive comments) are returned to patrons within 24 hours.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE LAB: On-demand homework help and other resources for students who are taking a foreign language class. Spanish is currently supported with other languages to follow.

24/7 QUESTION CENTER: The 24/7 Question Center is ideal for patrons who require a detailed, extended explanation of a difficult concept. Library users simply submit their question and a tutor will respond usually within 24 hours.

ADULT LEARNING CENTER: The Adult Learning Center provides foundational, career-enhancing skills to job seekers. In addition, the Adult Learning Center offers test preparation (including the GED and the USCIS citizenship test), and a unique academic skills center featuring live, online tutors. Help is offered in resume and cover letting writing as well as MS Office skills.

TEST CENTER: The Test Center provides 24/7 access to an ever-expanding library of tests designed for elementary through adult learners. They  include the ACT, SAT, state standardized tests, and more. After completing one of the online assessments, users receive a customized learning plan that suggests specific skills to review with a Brainfuse tutor.

FLASHBULB: Students enjoy 24/7 access to an extensive library of online flashcard sets in hundreds of subjects. Students can also create their own flashcards for efficient self-study.

MEET: Form study groups and meet online with the innovative classroom that features chat, drawing, and audio tools.

BRAINWAVE: Record a movie of your activity on the Brainfuse Notepad, archive it for note-taking purposes, or share it with others. Brainwave is ideal for recording solutions to math or science problems, class projects, or any other concepts that require motion, sequence, or animation.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Hot, Hot, Hot!

August 1, 2012

Talk about having a heat wave. This weather is starting to feel like last year's! Triple digits continue for our state.
So what is a great way to beat the heat? Why, come on in to the Haynie Library and check out a good book, kick back in our lounge area & read under the A/C! We do keep it cool in here. If not, no one would be able to tolerate working with me, because I cannot handle the heat!

We wrapped up our Summer Reading Program at the end of June with an astronomy program. Many kids turned out for the program that was held at the Prague park complete with an astronomer & high powered telescopes for the kids to look through. We also had hot dogs, drinks and door prizes galore. All of the kids and parents both ejoyed looking at the craters on the moon.

During the month of July, we held movie time complete with snacks for the kids every Wednesday morning.

School will be starting soon, so we are hoping to get even more people signed up for library cards.

Friends of the Library have been discussing a fundraiser for the Prague Fall Festival, which is held the first saturday in October. We are thinking maybe holding a raffle for some gift baskets. Plans are still in the making.

Hopefully soon our temperatures will start to cool down.
Have a nice August!

The Library Lady

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Happy New Year!

Okay, so I am only a month late on that greeting! Better late than never.

I do have some sad news to share....while I was getting ready to write a new post, I was cleaning up my draft list and accidentally deleted all of my former posts. I had no idea if you delete drafts that it would delete your actual posts too! So I guess we will just be starting out fresh with this post.

Getting to Know your Librarian, part 4
A few months ago I was writing about each of the assistant librarians that work here at library. Now I am going to write a little about Pamela Batson, who is the head librarian and director of the library.

Pam grew up in West Virginia, with her twin sister Pat. After graduating from high school she moved to Virgina and had a son, Monty and daughter, Heather.
Pam lived in Vermont and Arizona, eventually moving back to Virginia where she went to work for IBM for twelve years. Pam then moved to New Mexico and took a job with Intel where she stayed thirteen years. Shortly after moving to Oklahoma to be closer to her daughter, Pam took the job as Director of the Prague Library, where she has now worked for six years.

She has 4 grandkids, Jacob and Michael Owens and Morgan and Logan Lunceford. Some of Pam's hobbies are swimming, flower arranging and antique shopping.

Next time I will be writing about our two high school volunteers.

Computer Class
Haynie Library is offering another free computer class on February 17th from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. The topic on this class is "Learning About New Websites". You may call 567-4013 to sign up. Laptop computers are available but if you have your own, please bring it.

Friends of the Library
If you have not ever been a FOLmember, please consider joining this wonderful and fun group. The fee to join is $10 for individual membership or $15 per year for family membership. Corporate dues are $25 for Bronze; $50 for Silver; $75 for Gold and $100 for Platinum.  We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 12 noon, at the library's meeting room. The meetings generally last an hour or less. Feel free to bring a lunch with you. The FOL usually has about 2 fundraisers a year, one being our annual mum sale we have at the Pumpkin Festival each year and another being a book and garage sale combined. We could sure use more people to join up with some fresh ideas. Please consider joining soon!

Here are just a few new books and DVD's that have arrived at the library

Larry Crowne
New Moon
The Shunning
Roy Rogers, 4 DVD set: Under the Nevada Skies, My Pal Trigger, King of the Cowboys and Roll on the Texas Moon
The Roy Rogers Show, 4 cowboy classics: Loaded Guns, Carnival Killer, M Stands for Murder and Unwilling Outlaw
Season 1 of Grey's Anatomy

All I Did Was Shoot My Man by Walter Mosley
Home Front by Kristen Hannah
Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
Guilty Pleasures by Laura Lee Guhrke
Out of Sight by Stella Cameron
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
Raylan by Elmore Leonard
Eve, (book 1 of Eve, Quinn and Bonnie) by Iris Johansen
Claim of Innocence by Laura Caldwell
Two Truths and a Lie (book 3, Lying Game) by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard
Lenobia's Vow by P.C. Cast