Fill the holiday break with winter reading at Stillwater Public Library

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Dec. 1, 2014) – Winter Reading at the Stillwater Public Library begins Dec. 8 with reading challenges, programs and prizes. This year both children and teens will have a program that will have them pulling out their books and eReaders throughout the entire winter break.

“After successfully completing several winter programs for children, we decided that young adults need encouragement too,” said Lynda Reynolds, Library Director. “Our goal is to help students of all ages keep up their reading over break. We want reading to be an everyday habit, just like brushing teeth or exercising—but more fun!” 

Children in fifth grade or lower are invited aboard the “Reading Express.” Each participant who “comes aboard” will receive a sheet to record the days that they read, as well as bonus challenge sheets about trains and railway travel. 

Children will earn incentives as they record their daily reading.  For every five days read, the participant will receive a prize such as a coupon to a local restaurant, stickers and pencils.  By recording twenty days of reading, each child will earn a train whistle and an entry into a drawing for two $25 gift certificates provided by the Friends of the Library.

“We’re rewarding kids for making reading a year round activity,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “The winter reading program is one way to give children a sense of achievement for reading beyond what their school requires.”

Children and their families are also invited to engaging events such as a “P.J. and Pillow” movie night, Lego building sessions, STEAM programs for students in K-3 grades and Monty Harper’s “Born to Do Science” programs for students in third grade and up.

While younger children are riding the rails, young adults in 6-12 grades can join the “Brace Yourself: Winter Reading is Coming” program where they can complete reading and  library related challenges for chances to win an iPad Mini and weekly gift certificates and books.

Participants will use a point tracker to log their activities, earning points for challenges such as reading for thirty minutes, trying out new library services, attending library programs and writing book reviews. Readers who reach 20 points become eligible for the drawings.

“Brace Yourself” wraps up on Feb. 12 with a “Cold as Ice” pre-Valentine’s party, while “Reading Express ends Feb. 13.

The winter reading programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Library programs are supported by The Friends of the Library and KOSU. Sponsors include McDonalds, Mazzio's and Texas Roadhouse.

For more information, please visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org, call 405-372-3633 or e-mail askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at1107 S. Duck St.(the corner of Duck and12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.