December 2020

Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author, has released a new novel titled Elsewhere in which the primary characters, a father and his eleven-year old daughter, live an ordinary life until they discover the secret of an extraordinary object given to them by a local eccentric.  Koontz is author of many bestsellers with over 500 million copies sold in 38 languages. 

To Sleep in Sea of Stars is the first adult science fiction novel by YA author of Eragon and its three sequels, Christopher Paolini. 

Accused of murder, Tabitha works form the isolation of a correctional facility to prove her innocence in a new thriller titled House of Correction by Nicci French.

Nora Roberts newest novel, The Awakening is Book 1 of The Dragon Heart Legacy.  Roberts has written hundreds of novels and also writes under pen name J. D. Robb.

Eartheater by Dolores Reyes tells the story of a woman who eats earth and then sees visions of those who have been murdered or disappeared.  Set in a slum in Argentina Reyes is a story that explores loss from a woman’s perspective.

The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull; Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman; and All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny are also new on the fiction shelf. 

New nonfiction includes The AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss by Hope Edelman explains that grief is a lifelong process that is as individual as the person who is experiencing it and offers advice to help readers cope with their emotions and reframe their story of loss.

New magazines have been added to Overdrive interface.  New ebooks and audiobooks are also added frequently.  Audio books and ebooks can be downloaded to you phone or other device–get the Libby app and start reading right away. Click here to get started. Copies of popular titles can be requested by calling the library if there are long wait lists for ebooks.

The library staff will continue to offer virtual reading programs for children and adults this Fall.  Simply register at watongareads.readsquared.com to set up your account. 

The library is open temporary hours 9-4 M-F until further notice.  Customers can call for a computer appointment during these hours.  Customers can search for and select books in person at the library or online at watongapl.okpls.org.  Place the selections in a book bag and reserve them and the library staff will pull them for you and bag them up so they are ready to go.  We are striving to provide as much service as possible while still observing social distancing recommendations.  Hand sanitizer and masks are provided by a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Please call the Library if you have questions about any of the services that we provide.

New Movies

New dvd’s include Yellowstone: Season 3. Call the library to reserve.

New Library Apps and Tools

New at the library is Universal Class which offers 500 classes to take online free of charge.  Customers can choose from classes in Pet Care and Grooming, Alternative Medicine, Computers, and Crafts and Hobbies and many more.

For easy access to the Library catalog, download the Librista app, available for Apple and Android.

The Libby app is available for ebooks and audio books making download easy and fast.  Watonga now has an Advantage Plan for ebooks and audio so if long wait lists are a problem let us know and we can move our customers at the top of the list!

Customers can register for a Library Card online.

We’re here to help.

The Library staff is available M-F 9-6 to answer any questions you may have.  Call us at 580-623-7748 or email bookwoman@watonga.lib.ok.us or childrens@watonga.lib.ok.us or sbarnes@watonga.lib.ok.us for assistance.

Watonga Public Library is a department of the City of Watonga.