Children's Summer Reading Program

Sign up for Summer Reading 2019 here.

In Mid-May each year, the library will open registration to its summer reading program.  Children or their parents may register online or at the library.  Once the form is complete pick up a summer reading club packet at the library.  All reading prizes will be handed out at the library and hours will only be counted for registered participants. 

summer reading childReading Program

Children are encouraged to read during their summer vacation and can earn prizes by doing so.  Readers will keep track of how much time they read on logs provided in their packet.  Each log has icons that should be marked for every 15 minutes a child reads or is read to by a caregiver. 

Need additional logs? Click here.

Logs should be turned in at the volunteer table for the following rewards:

  • Every 5 hours read (or read to) - receive a food or activity coupon (while supplies last).
  • Completing 10 hours - receive a certificate of achievement and a free book at the Awards Ceremony in July. Member’s name will also be sent to school principal notifying him/her of member’s accomplishment.
  • Completing 15 hours or more - member's name will be entered in an end of summer drawing for a classroom visit from Monty Harper.
  • Completing 20 hours or more - member's name will be entered in an end of summer drawing for a certificate for a week of summer camp at StillyArts!
  • Completing 30 hours of more - member's name will be entered in an end of summer drawing from the grand prize list.

The Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony will be held on July 23, 2019 at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.  Children who have read 10 or more hours (and turned in at least 2 logs) will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony. We ask that families with last names starting with A-L attend the 10 a.m. ceremony and last names starting with M-Z attend the 1:30 p.m. ceremony.

Live Performances

summer reading theaterLive performances by children's entertainers such as theater troupes, clowns, magicians, storytellers, dancers and more.  Performances are held each Tuesday in June and July at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and take place in the Auditorium on the second floor of the meeting room building.

Evening performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. There will be no evening performance of the operetta.

Please observe these guidelines for performances:

  • Performances have limited seating and are available on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes early.  3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. performances usually have the most open seating.
  • Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult in the performance room.
  • Children ages 6-8 must have an adult present in the library building.
  • Doors will close when we reach capacity. We are unable to let people exit and re-enter once the doors have closed.

2019 Summer Performers

June 4: Red, White, & Blue. NO 6:30 PM SHOWING. Local children perform in the annual operetta.

June 11: An Astronomers Guide to the Galaxy! This program features puppets such as "The Sun" - he's a BIG star! Also "Mother Earth" - she's so old she has snow on her roof and the "Moon" - a kid at heart who loves to surf because his gravity affects the tides! Children will learn new words such as "rotate", "revolve" and "orbit".  Audience volunteers will be utilized in an original magic trick which will help teach the order of the planets from the Sun. They'll also hear a story "Caroline's Comets" which is about the first PAID female astronomer, Caroline Hershel of England, and see Caroline come to life with Margaret's brilliant ventriloquism skills.  

June 18: Magician Kevin Wade's Reach for the Stars Magic Show. Kevin returns to the Stillwater stage to mystify and amaze with his bag of magic tricks while also expressing a love of reading. 

June 25: Animal Constellations. Hop, slither or crawl into our EXTREME spaceship for an out of this world adventure where we will explore animal constellations! In this highly entertaining and interactive program learn how many animal constellations make up space, the legends and meanings behind them, where you can search for them and MORE! Also, learn about the first animals that went into space to explore uncharted territories, how cool is that?! A hoppin' kangaroo, glowing scorpion, slithering snake and playful fox are just a few ambassadors who will steal your hearts, so mark your calendars for this expedition and join us in SPACE!

July 2: Magic is from Mars, Juggling is from Jupiter. In a high energy performance, Ann uses comedy, magic and juggling as tools to emphasize the importance of reading, continuing to learn and the “universe of stories” available at the library. The kids will hear these messages often while watching an outer space themed show filled with as much laughter and as many awesome magic and juggling routines as possible. 

July 9: Destination: Moon Destination: Moon blasts off with the moon in sight. Mad Science explores how vacuums make a cuddly stuffy shrink, but vacuum seals keep an astronaut safe. Kids train to be an astronaut by learning how they eat, work, and exercise. Kids get set to blast off with a deep space breathing race and a lunar obstacle course complete with space suit. Once the astronauts are trained, we figure out exactly what is needed to land on the moon. The kids reach the stars with stomp rockets then they finally get to their destination- the moon.

July 16: Monty Harper gives an energetic performance of original songs that will have you moving and grooving in celebration of books and reading!

July 23: Books Alive Award Ceremony.  This is a special celebration for children who reached their 10+ hour reading goal. It is by "invitation" and held at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.


Family friendly films (rated G or PG) will be shown on the big screen in the auditorium on Thursdays at 10am & 1:30pm. One bag of popcorn per person will be provided. We encourage everyone to bring a water bottle which we can refill with ice water. Movies will start on June 7, 2018  and run through July 19, 2018. 


The library issues a free T-Shirt Logo Coupon with each reading packet.  The Chris' University Spirit coupon is good for one free logo that will be professionally ironed on to your own T-shirt.   Children should wear their current summer t-shirts to the programs to be eligible to enter drawings for a prize (only one drawing entry per day).

Weekly Drawing

A weekly drawing will be held at closing on Fridays. All summer reading club members are encouraged to visit the library each week to enter the drawing. Winners will be notified by phone each week.


Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Arvest Bank, Chris' University Spirit, Cockrell EyeCare Center, Monty Harper, Sonic, StillyArts

Chick-fil-A, Freddy's, Frontier Lanes, Insomnia Cookies, McDonalds, OnCue, Texas Roadhouse, What-a-burger, Youth Fitness Zone, Zaxby's