Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Thanksgiving is upon us again. We at Hartshorne Library have so much to be thankful for. First and foremost we are thankful to our patrons. Without them we would not be able to have a library that is inviting and welcoming. The fact that people of all ages feel comfortable and safe coming in here is a credit to their tolerance and understanding. I feel that we have a place that equally serves the old and young with the same amount of respect.
We are thankful for the city that is always there when we need assitance. They feel a responsibility to this library to keep it beautiful as well as functional.
We are thankful to the system we belong to for being supportive. We live in a very changing world and they try very hard to keep up with things, while still trying to uphold the Library's ideals.
Finally, I am thankful to my co-workers and my colleagues. Without their support and imput I would be lost.
As you can see we have a lot to be thankful for. We hope that everyone and their families enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Library Hours

Hartshorne Library will be opening at 8am Tuesday through Friday. We are participating in a pilot project to study the usage of different hours of business. Hartshorne is exploring early hour usage, while McAlester Public Library will be opening on Sundays 1:30-5:00. We will be conducting this project until June. At the conclusion we will study the feasibility of the new hours.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Greg Rodgers visits Library

Choctaw storyteller, Greg Rodgers, visited the Library Saturday Oct, 24. We were pleased with the good turn-out. Several of the students from nearby Jones Academy was in attendence. Greg spoke about how he gathered his stories and how he got started. Telling how he apprenticed under Tim Tingle, another Choctaw storyteller. He then told a couple of scary stories, very apropos for this time of year. The kids were very attentive and at the end of the presentation they had a few stories to share with him. We were very honored to have him and we are considering inviting him back for the Summer Reading Program next year.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FOHL Annual meeting

The Annual FOHL meeting was held on Sept. 27. Virgina Barlow called the meeting to order and reported on the projects the FOHL did in the last year. Shirley McBee gave a treasurer's report. Election of Officers were held, with the motion made to keep the existing officers. There was discussion concerning money to be given to the Library's Chidren's Summer Reading Program as well as money given to Chamber of Commerce for Christmas bags for the children.
The meeting was very well attended in large part because of our very special guest speaker, Barbara Smitherman. She is the author of "Engaging the Sons of Darkness". A fictinal book that is set in the Jack Fork Mountains. This is her first book. She related that she wrote it is 36 days. She lives in McAlester with her husband, Doug and is currently working on her second book. The FOHL as well as the Hartshorne Library would like to thank Barbara for coming and sharing her story.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

New Addresses for website(s)

We now have a new website address. It is It is a part of the Southeastern Library System website, We are still adding to it so check back for additionl information. Also our catalog address has changed to I hope that everyone enjoys the change and if you have any questions contact me at

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tae Kwan Do Exhibition

Saturday as our last Teen Program the McAlester Tae Kwan Do came to exhibit their talents. We had a great turn out for the program and all that attended enjoyed themselves. Several boards were broken by all the students. The black belts spent time showing us how they could even brake cement blocks. (don's try this at home)LOL Thanks to the class for takeing time to entertain our community. Click to see a video of one of the exercises.

To see other videos on You Tube. Just enter Tae Kwan Do Mcalester.
Master Harp (McAlester TKD 6th Dan Sabum Nim) Breaking Concrete Block With Side Kick
Master Harp (McAlester TKD 6th Dan Sabum Nim) - Flying Side Kick And Board Break Over Chairs

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kirsten the Queen of Theatre visits Hartshorne Library

On the 16th Kirsten the Queen of Theatre put on two programs, one for the children and one for the Kids. We had a great turnout and the kids had lots of fun. The idea was to get the kids to act out scenes from their life and get them to be creative.
Our next program is the 23rd at 10:30am.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Trip to NYC

At the end of May I, along with four other librarians went on a trip to New York City to attend the BookExpo of America. The conference gave us a chance to meet many famous authors as well as a few celebrities, such as Kathy Lee Gifford. We stood in many lines to get autographs and pictures of our favorite authors. Some of the more well know ones were David Baldacci, R. L. Stine, Lisa Scottolini, Heather Graham, James Patterson, Ridley Pearson, Nicholas Sparks and the list goes on and on. We were also honored to see and get an autograph from Chesley Sullenberger “Sulley” the pilot who heroically landed a plane in the Hudson River. The whole experience was awesome and sureal.
We did do a little site seeing. We visited Time Square, the Statue of Liberty as well as Ellis Island. We opted out of going to the top of the Empire state building, but we did go inside. We went to Rockefeller Center and several other tourist attractions. We went on a couple of tours that took us across the Hudson river into Brooklyn and then we toured Manhattan and was able to get off in China Town, Central Park and of course Ground Zero where we got an awesome picture. All in all I am very grateful Iwas able to go, but I was glad to be back home.

Monday, May 04, 2009

ODL Class to be held at Hartshorne Pubic Library

5/13/2009 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Management Skills, Advanced
Each class must have a minimum of 5 with no more than 25
Sponsor: Oklahoma Department of Libraries
Location: Hartshorne Public Library
720 Pennsylvania Ave - Hartshorne OK
Contact: Cathy Van Hoy 405-522-3321

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Book Sale Big Success

We are proud to announce the Friends of the Hartshorne Library was able bring in over a thousand dollars at the Book Sale held Febrary 27th and 28th. We appreciate the community for all ther support. The money will be used for children's programing and other items that cannot be purchased throught the library system. I would like to everyone who helped in making it possible. I would like to especially thank Virginia Barlow and Jim Kurilko for all the hard work they have and are continuing to do. There are still many books left. THANK YOU1111