DIY Hummingbird Feeder Fun!


Great fun!

WOW! What a great time we had today at our first ever hummingbird feeder workshop! Everyone left with a smile and their own feeder; armed with new knowledge of hummingbird migration and behavior, ready to enjoy countless entertaining hours watching the hummingbirds at the feeders plus the added benefit of reduced insect population.

Thanks to all that came out and made this such a great success! Enjoy!


“Whale of a Tale” Artisan Sale posters!


We are so excited to see everything coming together for the event! We have finished the design and ordered our posters, have fresh new signs and banners coming, fun new and returning artisans and musicians applying!

Exciting, I say!

The first of several nation wide and 100 mile radius press releases has been published and promotional items are in the works! 

We are anxious to see everyone event day, or enjoying the show!

Artists and Vendors – Time to get those applications in!

We are so excited to be watching this event come together! We are going to have a great show! Lots of great artists and crafters will be there! We have triple the space we did last year, so we have space for you! Don’t be shy — get those applications in! We are going to go talk to folks at the Utica Square Art Show this weekend to talk to artists. We are seeking out the very best — hand selecting even! This event will be off the hook — one classy act!!! Check out our event page and facebook page…we even tweet! If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. We are eager to hear from you! Thanks and have a fabulous day! Kat & the FOL Gang

It’s a "Whale of a Tale" Arts and Crafts Sale and it is almost here!

“Whale of a Tale” Arts and Crafts Sale

Catoosa Public Library and Community Center:

105 East Oak Street
, Catoosa, OK  74015

Google Map Link to Event Location:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Event Time:

10AM – 4PM

Man, oh man, have we ever been busy planning our “Whale of a Tale” of an event — it’s gonna be a whopper!  One bite at a time, that is how you eat a whale, I keep telling myself.  We have been working hard and getting the word out all over town and beyond!  I am so excited to see things coming together and getting more excited with each passing day.  Our final week brings us to the finishing touches – our banners and signs have been delivered and look great!

We have some exciting artisans and craftspersons that are joining us! Everything from jewelry and quilts to beautiful privacy stained glass, doll clothes and tutu’s for your little darlings and handmade soap and household cleaning products to clean up the aftermath of her Princess Party at the local event planning center!  I am truly pleased with the quality of our vendors – too many to list!  There will be a Vendor Directory provided.  You’ll be able to find your favorite artisans and make note of others you found to add to your list of favorites!
Other fun things to note are that several vendors, as well as local businesses, are donating items to raffle; there will also be a 50/50 pot; and a bake sale of goooooood ole fashion home baked yummy goodness!  Something for all ages — even crafts for the kiddos!  Concessions will be available.  
Hope to see many of you with a friend or three in tow visiting us at the Library and Community Center on Saturday, October 15th.  We will be open for business at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  This is a one day event, so don’t miss out!
Come out and support your local artisans — your library will thank you for it! 

“Whale of a Tale” Arts and Crafts Sale Artist/Vendor Application Form

Form embedded within this post is the actual Application.  Simply fill it out and click submit at the bottom of the form.

If you prefer to see the form separately, click here: “Whale of a Tale” Arts & Crafts Sale Artist/Vendor Application Form

Thank you for your interest!
Kathryn Bolen
Event Coordinator, “Whale of a Tale” Arts & Crafts Sale
Vice President, Friends of the Catoosa Public Library Foundation
P.O. Box 1283
CatoosaOK 74015

A few words from our Secretary, Joetta Russell…

noun /-brərē/ /ˈlīˌbrerē/  
libraries, plural
  1. A building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to
    • – a school library
    • – a library book
  2. A collection of books and periodicals held in such a building or room
    • – the Institute houses an outstanding library of 35,000 volumes on the fine arts
  3. A collection of films, recorded music, genetic material, etc., organized systematically and kept for research or borrowing
    • – a record library
  4. A series of books, recordings, etc., issued by the same company and similar in appearance
  5. A room in a private house where books are kept
  6. A collection of programs and software packages made generally available, often loaded and stored on disk for immediate use
To the world, the term “Library” is defined as a building housing a collection of books kept for use, but not for sale.  But, to me, it means much, much more!

So many people get a picture of a library being stuffy, quiet, boring, school related, hateful librarians, or the MTV show, ”Silent Library”.  Libraries are quite full of resources, entertainment, movies, music, etc.; via both media and/or a live person.  There is internet use, tutoring over many, many subjects, competitions, and so much more.  The greatest part is that it is all absolutely FREE!  Have you priced books lately?  How about the cost to rent a movie?  Even Red Box adds up over time.  What about going to a movie theater?  The cost of admission is enough to rent twenty movies from Red Box or four movies via Pay Per View.  We haven’t included the cost of concessions yet.  The news states our economy is heading for another recession, then it’s time people revisit what has been available all along, free resource use with friendly staff and volunteers to help guide you along if you have questions.

I know of people over the past two years that have lost jobs, homes, cars, etc.  They are trying to rebuild their lives and for some learning to budget for the first time in their lives.  For others, they never quite make enough money to get ahead, let alone afford entertainment of any kind.  In both instances, and all in between, your local library can offer the expensive internet use, job searches, resume help, story time for young children, movies to check out and watch from home, and so much more.  Recently when talking to our local Catoosa Librarian, she shared stories about people that truly touched my heart.  Patrons have come to the library in search of dreams, hope, inspiration, and a caring, supportive voice.

There are other opportunities offered at our local Catoosa Library that have went unmentioned, such as, volunteer opportunities, membership to the Friends of the Catoosa Public Library Foundation, Summer Reading Program, and so much more, I am sure I have failed to mention.

Being part of the Friends of the Catoosa Public Library Foundation, gives a person opportunity to have a voice and help our library grow.  In return the Catoosa Community and surrounding areas can prosper, thrive, flourish, and excel.  FOL helps support local libraries when their budget comes up short, when there is a need for new books, growth, and so many other areas of need.  Our local Catoosa FOL group currently is working on fundraisers:  Arts & Craft Sale in October, Breakfast with Santa in December, Book Sale in April.  They also help put together cultural events/classes:  Basket weaving and jewelry making both in September.  FOL are always open to new members, new ideas, and new perspectives.

We do a lot for our children, tweens, and teens, BUT we have other groups with needs as well:  People with vision and/or hearing challenges, language barriers, literacy challenges, etc.  If we are able to meet all of these needs, plus some, then the library’s need are more books, audio media, building expansion, storage, staff, and needs I cannot fathom since I do not work there.

On a personal note, my children and I have always enjoyed visiting our local library.  They become excited over what they have found.  Always new books they didn’t realize existed.  With new books comes new knowledge.  In fact there are more times than not, that my children, well my teens/young adults, become quite giddy with what they find at the library.  Recently my daughter found a book of 14,000 quotes.  We I finally located her in the library; she was criss-cross applesauce on the floor reading away.  My son, by the time I found him, he had already checked out two movies and moved on to the internet.  For me, this time around, I was there helping the FOL.  Normally I find and check out more books than I can read in the time period allowed.  I try to write down what books I want to get next time and yet go back and do the routine all over again.  If that isn’t bad enough, I get books on audio in addition to what I check out to read!  My dad went with us one time, interesting story.  He was looking over the Louis L’Amour books and an older gentleman came over and struck up a conversation because the man said, “I donated those books”.  My dad and he talked for quite a while.  I was glad for him since it is hard for my dad to get out and about at times.

My point to all of this, just visit your local library again.  Look at it with new eyes.  Look at the opportunities waiting for you, your children, tweens, teens, young adults, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, neighbors, the list is endless.  Reading or listening to a book helps your imagination.  Your imagination works your brain.  Remember, your brain needs to be exercised as well.  But that is another blog on another day.  In the end, communicate your needs to the Catoosa Library, your local library, or a Friends of the Library member; so that we may all better serve you.  Please take time to volunteer, whether for a day/event or for a lifetime, any volunteered time is appreciated.

Until next time…