Libraries aren’t just about books anymore.
That’s certainly true at the Ada Public Library, which offers a variety of programs and services for kids and adults.
The library has planned a number of events for this fall, including the “Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma” book club for adults. This fall’s book club theme is “Mysterious Fears and Ghostly Longings,” which focuses on 19th-century and contemporary horror novels including Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Robin Cook’s “Mutation” and Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot.”
Other upcoming events for children and adults include:
• Preschool story time for children ages 3 to 7 at 10:30 a.m. or 1;30 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Lapsit story time for infants through 36-month-old children at 10:30 a.m. Fridays.
• Lego Club for children ages 6 through 14 at 4 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
• The fall book sale, set for Oct. 2-6.
• A six-week Financial Fitness course, sponsored by Oklahoma Friends of the Library. The class will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 4 through Nov. 8, and lunch will be provided.
The library is looking at ways to add even more programs to the schedule, Director Jolene Poore said recently.
“We are definitely always expanding our programming,” she said.
Library staffers also put on programs at local schools, Ballard Nursing Center and McCall’s Chapel.
The library is still a haven for books and reading, with a wide variety of materials — audiobooks, magazines and ebooks — available to meet people’s needs. In addition to those materials, the library offers the following items:
• Preschool kits containing books, movies and toys focusing on a single topic, such as feelings or shapes. Poore described the kits as “a lesson in a bag, so to speak.”
• Book club kits, which contain several copies of the same book along with a film version if one is available. Poore said library staffers would be glad to work with teachers who would like to use the kits in their classrooms.
• Library in a Bag kits: These collections of large-print books can be checked out to institutions such as nursing homes and assisted-living facilities — someplace where residents cannot travel to the library.
People who are looking for entertaining and educational programs — or even just a good book — should drop by the Ada library when they have some free time. We think they will enjoy discovering just how much the library has to offer.