Summer @ Your Library kickoff events for children and teens on May 16-17

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / May 5, 2015) – This summer promises to be “super” at the Stillwater Public Library’s “Summer @ Your Library” programs. The library’s superhero themed reading programs will kick-off with events on May 16-17.

“This summer’s series will be incredibly popular with kids,” said Lynda Reynolds, library director. “Each of the programs is based around superheroes. Parents can be our community’s biggest superheroes by bringing their kids out to read!”

On Saturday, May 16, from 2-4 p.m., the ‘Unmask!” teen program starts with a “Superheroes vs. Villains” registration event. Young adults will start the day constructing their own marshmallow launchers, followed by an exciting tag game where teens will work in teams of heroes and villains to see who has more members standing at the end.

“This event gives teens a chance to have fun and meet brand new friends for the summer,” said Emily States, young adult librarian. “But the main purpose is to get them ready for the exciting reading they’ll do over the next several months.”

Before and after the event, young adults can sign up for the “Unmask!” reading program taking place June 3 to July 29 and featuring reading challenges, weekly programs and reading prizes.

“At the end of the summer, our Friends of the Library will be giving one of the readers their choice of an Xbox One, Play Station 4, laptop or a gift certificate to Daddy-Os.” said States. “With stakes this high, we’ll be challenging the teens to read more than they have ever before.”

Registration for the “Superheroes vs. Villains” event is required and is available online at http://library.stillwater.org, by calling 405-372-3633 x8106 or by emailing askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

The first 75 teens to register may choose to select a free graphic novel or book of short stories courtesy of a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association and Dollar General Stores.

The “Superheroes vs. Villains” event and the teen summer program are free and available to students entering 6-12 grades. In the event of rain, the program will be moved to Saturday, May 23, from 2-4 p.m.

On Sunday, May 17, from 2-3 p.m., it is children’s turn for fun. The Children’s Department and the Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals of Stillwater will host “FunFest 2015” to get kids excited about the “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program taking place June 2-July 23.

The event will feature some of Stillwater’s own heroes like policemen and firemen and the vehicles they use on their jobs. Kids and family members can explore the vehicles and meet their local heroes in person. Stillwater Police will be making child IDs for parents to take home and use in case of an emergency situation.

“We are proud to have our local community helpers at the event supporting reading,” said Elizabeth Murray, children’s librarian. “And we are grateful to the work the Chamber’s Young Professionals are doing. Volunteers like these are some of the other community superheroes that we do not always hear about.”

“FunFest 2015” will take place in the library’s north parking lot. There is no registration for the event, but registration for the “Every Hero Has Story” summer reading program will be available inside the library.

Registration packets include a full listing of weekly events, reading lists, activity sheets and a coupon for the “Every Hero Has a Story” logo from Chris’ University Spirit. Children can take their own t-shirt and the coupon to Chris’ to have the summer logo applied for free.

In case of rain, “FunFest 2015” will be moved into the auditorium with activities for children.

Summer registration will be available inside the library beginning Monday, May 11. This summer, adults will also be able to register for their own program, “Escape the Ordinary,” which includes completing reading challenges for chances at weekly prizes and several grand prizes at the end of the summer.

For more information about the summer programs, visit http://library.stillwater.org/summer_@_your_library.php.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at1107 S. Duck St.(the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.).