Families get set for exciting additions to this year's ´Summer @ Your Library'

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / May 10, 2016) – “Summer @ Your Library” is just around the corner with reading, learning, and fun for everyone. The whole family can get involved this summer by signing up for a reading club, earning prizes and attending entertaining programs each week. This summer, Stillwater Public Library has added even more fun reading opportunities for families to enjoy.

“This summer the library is highlighting ways for all ages to stay physically and mentally healthy and active with a wide range of activities,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “We can’t wait for our readers to check out our newest children’s reading additions like evening programs during June and an exciting new partnership with OSU.”

Sign up for the reading clubs begins on May 16, while events begin on Sunday, June 5, from 2-4 p.m. with the annual Family FunFest presented by the Young Professionals of Stillwater. The FunFest includes a variety of fitness demo classes, craft activities, plus healthy snacks and prizes. In case of rain, this outdoor event will be cancelled.

Children in the “On Your Mark, Get Set. READ!” reading club can earn food and activity coupons and a free book, as well as a chance to win $20 Wal-Mart gift cards from Sylvan Learning Center and Monty Harper classroom visits. Children who read 30 hours will be entered into a drawing for a bicycle provided by District Bicycles.

Kids have more chances to win prizes when they wear their summer reading t-shirts to the weekly programs. Each child who registers for the reading club will receive a coupon from Chris’ University Spirit. Just take the coupon and a t-shirt to the store and the summer logo will be added for free.

Weekly programs take place on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Attendance is limited by fire code, so please be sure to arrive early to get a seat.

From June 14-28, Tuesday programs will be repeated at a 7 p.m. performance.

“We have so many parents who work during the day and can’t attend daytime programs with their children,” said Elizabeth Murray. “But reading is a family affair and we want the whole family to be involved which is why we decided to try out evening programs during June.”

Weekly programs for the summer, with evening programs noted, include:

  • June 7, Rock & Roll Operetta – Take a musical trip back in time to find out where and when Rock and Roll began with local Stillwater children singing and dancing classic rock and roll songs. This program will also take place Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m.
  • June 14, Read All About It – Richard Renner, the Vodvill Klown takes the audience on a comic tour of characters who explore their favorite books.  Each character brings the books to life with circus skills to give children the thrill of reading a good book and the effect it can have on a lifetime of learning. Includes a 7 p.m. performance.
  • June 21, Gary Owen, Ventriloquist – With lots of audience interaction and participation, puppets will grab kids’ attention about “healthy choices” and how laughter is good medicine. Includes a 7 p.m. performance.
  • June 28, Jump Rope Master – Jump ropes, a unicycle, audience participation, and motivational speaking is what Peter Nestler is all about.  The program is designed to capture children’s attention, inspire them with jaw dropping skills and build a lasting memory of what it takes to be a champion. Includes a 7 p.m. performance.
  • July 5, Hill’s Irish Dancers – Talented student dancers present a spirited and entertaining Irish dance experience. Set your toes to tapping and hands to clapping and enjoy the colorful costumes and fast-moving feet of these award-winning step dancers as they showcase both traditional and modern dances of the Emerald Isle.
  • July 12, Ready, Set, Read! – Monty Harper gives an energetic performance of original songs that will have the audience moving and grooving in celebration of books and reading!
  • July 19, Magician Kevin Wade – Kevin Wade returns to the Stillwater stage to mystify and amaze with his bag of magic tricks and love of reading.  

The Award Ceremony will take place Tuesday, July 26, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Children who read ten hours or more will be invited to the program which will feature performer “Professor B. Looney.”

 “Summer Cinema @ the Library” returns again each Thursday, June 9-July 21, with two free shows at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All ages are welcome to enjoy popcorn and watch the G and PG rated shows. For specific movie titles, please check the library’s website.

Families can make it a double feature by attending “Summer on the Plaza” each Thursday evening, May 19-June 30. The event, featuring live music, water fun and craft activities, takes place outside the OSU Student Union from 6-8 p.m. Recent, popular children’s movies are shown at 8 p.m. inside the Student Union.

The library will have an outside booth each week with fun activities based on each of the films and families can also pick up a free book.

“We are so pleased that the OSU Office of Arts, Culture and Entertainment has chosen to add a literary element to their activities this summer,” said Reynolds. “Each Thursday, the library will be distributing free copies of ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ with discussion questions to enjoy together. We have 150 copies to hand out.”

At the June 30 screening, humanities scholar Dr. Harbour Winn, English Professor and Director of the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature at Oklahoma City University, will provide commentary on “Bridge to Terabithia” and discuss the process of transforming a book to film.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.

Major “Summer @ Your Library” sponsors include Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Chris’ University Spirit, KOSU, U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Arvest, Cockrell Eye Care Center, Monty Harper, Sonic, Sylvan Learning Center and Young Professionals of Stillwater. Please visit the library website for a full list of sponsors.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). For more information, contact the Stillwater Public Library by phone at (405) 372-3633 or by e-mail at askalibrarian@stillwater.org or visit the web site at http://library.stillwater.org.