Children's Summer Reading Program

In Mid-May each year, the library will open registration to its summer reading program.  Children or their parents may fill out an enrollment card, return it to the Children’s Reference Desk/Volunteer’s Table, and pick up a summer reading club packet.

summer reading childrenReading Club

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 minute minutes a child reads or is read to by a caregiver.  Logs should be turned in at the volunteer table for the following rewards:

  • Every 5 hours read (or read to) - receive a food 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 gift card sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center.
  • Completing 20 hours or more - member's name will be entered in an end of summer drawing for a classroom visit from Monty Harper.
  • Completing 30 hours of more - member's name will be entered in an end of summer drawing for a membership to Oklahoma Wondertorium.

The Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday July 28th at 10 am & 1:30pm.  Children who have read 10 or more hours will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony. We ask that families with last names starting with A-L attend the 10am ceremony and last names starting with M-Z attend the 1:30pm ceremony. Entertainment and a light refreshment will be provided.

Summer FunFest

Young Professionals of Stillwater host a special event to get the children of Stillwater excited to start summer reading. FunFest 2015 will be May 17th from 2-3 p.m. in the north parking lot.  This will be a "touch-a-truck" type of event where local community helpers and their vehicles will available to be seen up close. 

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., and 3:30 p.m. and take place in the Auditorium on the second floor of the meeting room building.  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. 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.

2015 Summer Performers

June 2 Comedic magician, Ann Lincoln
June 9 The Granny Awards Operetta
June 16 The Spoon Man
June 23 Mad Science
June 30 Animal Tales
July 7 Magician, Kevin Wade
July 14 Musician, Monty Harper
July 21 The Queen & the Bard

Movies

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 4 and run through July 23.

T-Shirts 

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.