Adults read this summer for chances to win OSU Men's Basketball season passes

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / May 10, 2016) – A full adult reading program, “Exercise Your Mind: READ!” returns to the Stillwater Public Library this summer with programs, chances to win weekly prizes and an end of summer drawing for grand prizes. Final prizes include two men’s basketball season tickets and a Fitbit.

The season passes have been donated to the library by the OSU Athletic Department’s Orange and Black Gives Back program.

“Orange and Black Gives Back is built on the foundation of service with an emphasis on improving the lives of those in the Stillwater community,” said Emma Kelley, OSU Athletics Director of Marketing. “We are excited to partner with the Stillwater Public Library to encourage people of all ages to learn more about a healthy lifestyle and to emphasize the importance of reading.”

Library Director Lynda Reynolds says the donation is an important component in the success of the adult program.

“The number of local businesses and organizations wanting to support adult reading has been astonishing,” said Reynolds. “With the chance for readers to win basketball season passes from OSU and all the other weekly prizes, we expect many adults to be signing up to read.”

The adult program is being reintroduced to keep adults reading throughout the summer and to help them show the children in their lives how important reading is.

“After several years hiatus, the library is bringing back a full adult summer reading program,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “While the program will be enjoyable and rewarding for anyone who joins, one of the most important reasons for signing up is to show the young people in your life how much you value reading.”

According to Reynolds, research indicates that children repeat behaviors and attitudes they see in adults.

“We can use this phenomenon to reinforce positive habits in children. When your children and grandchildren see you reading, they will want to read as well. You have a huge impact on the kind of reader the children in your life will be.”

The adult series is open to readers 16 years and older and includes programs emphasizing physical and cognitive wellbeing. In addition, participants who read at least 15 minutes for at least four days of the week will be entered into a weekly drawing for prizes.

“We want adults to experience the benefits of fitting reading into their busy schedules,” said Reynolds. “It’s okay if you don’t have hours of free time to read. Just pick up a book whenever you can. In a waiting room? Read! Have a 15 minute break at work? Read! Waiting for the microwave to go off? Read! Getting in your reading at even 15 minutes at a time has significant health benefits.”

Weekly prizes provided by area donors include:

  • A free Kayak rental from Boomer Lake Paddle
  • $30 gift certificate from Green Acres Market
  • $25 gift certificate from Good Little Eater
  • One hour facial from La Ritz Salon and Spa
  • One hour personal training session from YMCA
  • City of Stillwater gym bag stuffed with exercise goodies
  • $25 gift certificate to Panera
  • $30 gift certificate to Hastings

Readers who meet their weekly goal will be entered into the end of summer drawing for the basketball season tickets and FitBit. Chances into the final drawing can also be earned through completing library challenges like reading to children and trying out different library services. Reading goals and challenges can be tracked on the library’s “LitBit,” an online program called Wandoo that tracks summer reading.

In addition to reading, adults are encouraged to attend programs that highlight healthy living. The schedule of adult programs includes:

  • Friday, June 10, 1 pm - Your Amazing Brain - Blake Hopiavuori, Neuroscience Doctoral Candidate at OU Health Sciences Center will explain the fascinating science behind how the brain works and what it is doing during reading, exercising, stresses, or just being lazy.
  • Tuesday, June 14, 7 pm - Laughter Therapy - Taryn Cordell is a certified laughter leader who will have participants rolling on the floor in laughter while showing them how to de-stress, funny-style. Parents are welcome to take their children up to the evening performance of the children's reading program, juggler Richard Renner.
  • Wednesday, June 15, 1:30 pm - Housing Designed for Aging in Place
    Retirees can get an early start on healthy aging when expert Louise Schroeder discusses aging in home at OSU Emeriti’s monthly program, “Making the Most of Retirement.”
  • Friday, June 24, 1 pm - Tai Chi - Experienced instructor, Dr. Marty Heitz, will introduce the Zen of Tai Chi, leading participants through Tai Chi movements and explaining the history and benefits of this centuries old exercise that is gaining popularity across the nation.
  • Friday, July 8, 1 pm - Smoothie Soiree - Resident foodie librarian, Emily States, will show participants how to make healthy and tasty smoothies that everyone gets to sample to sample.
  • Tuesday, July 12, 7 pm - Book Club Basics - Librarians and local book club leaders will show explain how to start and maintain a vibrant and rewarding book club. Learn about all of the free resources and tools available to book clubs and maybe even join a book club at the event.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 10:00 am – DEEP: Diabetes Empowerment Education Series - Each session of this six week series will take participants through activities and training to learn how eating, exercise, stress management and medication management help prevent or delay the complications that stem from uncontrolled blood sugar. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m., July 13th – August 17th. Registration is required.
  • Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m. – Concussion Facts for Parents – Dr. Steve Nedbalek, from the OK State Dept. of Health’s Injury Prevention Service will explain how to keep children safe from concussions in sports, in play and at home. Parents are welcome to take their children up to the “Summer Cinema” during the program.
  • Wednesday, July 20, 1:30 pm - Iceland, Land of Ice and Fire - Armchair travel with Arletta and Jim Webster on a magical tour of Iceland during OSU Emeriti’s monthly program, “Making the Most of Retirement.”
  • Friday, July 22, 1 pm - Home Remedies - Naturopathic Doctor, Julia Fetter, will show participants how to make natural remedies to feel better and live healthier.

For more information, contact the Stillwater Public Library by phone at (405) 372-3633 or by e-mail at or visit the web site at

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