Summer reading explodes at the library; Registration begins May 12

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / May 6, 2014) – Science is exploding at the Stillwater Public Library’s summer reading program.  Area children are encouraged to “Fizz! Boom! Read!” while the teens will “Spark a Reaction” all summer long.  “Summer @ Your Library” will offer free programs such as the Reading Club, weekly programs, movies, and great prizes. Registration for the free programs begins Monday, May 12.

animal tales“We have another summer full of reading and a schedule of some of the best children’s programs in the state,” said library director Lynda Reynolds. “We have a wide variety of incentives to help get children reading.”

According to Reynolds, parents have an even bigger reason to enroll their children in the library’s program. 

“Summer reading benefits children all year long,” said library director Lynda Reynolds.  “The program reduces “Summer Slide,” which is the loss in learning children have during their three month break.  Summer entertainment reading reduces that loss by a third.”

(Photo left: John Ham with Animal Tales thrills children with his zoo of live animals.)

By joining the Reading Club, participants will receive a free information bag with activity sheets, bookmarks and reading logs.  Children will also receive a coupon for a free “Fizz! Boom! Read!” logo which they can take to Chris’ University Spirit.  A t-shirt may be purchased or brought from home and the logo will be applied at no charge. Children who wear their “Fizz! Boom! Read!” t-shirts to the programs will be eligible for prize drawings each week. 

Members who read (or are read to) for ten hours or more will qualify for the Awards Ceremony on July 24.  The Awards Ceremony is by invitation and this year string-master and storyteller David Titus will entertain families following the awards.

Members who read additional hours will also qualify for the following drawings:

  • 15 hours - five $20.00 gift cards provided by Sylvan Learning CenterGary Owen
  • 20 hours - seven classroom performance by Monty Harper 
  • 30 hours – the Grand Prize, a one year Level One family pass to the Oklahoma Wondertorium, valued at $150

The Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals will start off the summer with a bang on Sunday, June 1, from 2-3 p.m. with a science themed Summer FunFest.  The event will include crafts, experiments, pictures with a costume character, presentations by OSU scientists, popcorn, prizes and more.  Activities are geared toward children ages 5-10.  Parents are asked to remain with their children throughout the event.

(Photo Right:Ventriloquist Gary Owens has been featured on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ in Time magazine.)

“Fizz! Boom! Read!” programs after the kick-off will be held Tuesdays from June 3 through July 22 with three presentations at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Stillwater Public Library Auditorium.  Children will be entertained by professional artists with storytelling, music, magic and theater.  The line-up includes:

  • June 3 – Richard Holmgren of Flying Debris is juggling jokester with an arsenal of zany stunts and fun. 
  • June 10 - Local students will entertain audiences with a unique rendition of “Cinderella” in a fabulous Rana McCoy Operetta.
  • June 17 - The Oklahoma Science Museum will present “Chemistry in Action” which is a dynamic exploration of chemical reactions and controlled explosions.
  • June 24 – Gary Owen, ventriloquist, along with a crew of critters will provide nonstop giggles for all ages.
  • July 1 – “Ooh! Aah! Mad Science Show” will thrill children with the various amazing and jaw dropping chemical reactions.
  • July 8 – Animal Tales presents animal science classifications, featuring a live bird, reptile, amphibian, mammal and invertebrate from all over the world.
  • July 15 - Wonder, humor and delight characterize Monty Harper’s interactive sing-along concert with songs all things science related.
  • July 22 – Magician Kevin Wade will astonish his audience with magic, music and crowd participation.

Monty HarperSeating for the children’s programs is limited to 300 people at each performance on a first come, first serve basis. The 3:30 p.m. program often has the most open spaces, so families are encouraged to consider attending the afternoon performance.

(Photo Left: Stillwater favorite and science enthusiast Monty Harper will entertain audiences with wacky fun science songs.)

The “Spark a Reaction” Teen Summer Reading Program will be held each Wednesday at 2 p.m., in the library’s Auditorium.  The program is for any young person entering 6-12 grades in the fall.

The Young Adult Reading Club features prizes for members who read throughout the summer.  Anyone reading ten hours or more will receive a kinetic toy or a flashlight keychain. The first 100 young adults who read at least twenty hours will receive a “Spark a Reaction” t-shirt. For every ten hours read, participants will receive one entry into the end of summer grand prize drawing.

“We are ecstatic with the prizes the Friends of the library are offering this year,” said Emily States, teen librarian. “We have two iPad Minis to give away and the more the teens read, the better the chance they have at winning one.”

The summer activities for teens kick-off on Saturday, May 17 at 6 p.m. with a special teens-only after-hours laser tag tournament. Registration is limited to 60 participants and registration and a waiver form from a parent or guardian are required.  To register, visit the library’s webpage at, email or call 405.372.3633 x8106.

The teen event schedule for the remainder of the summer includes:

  • June 4 – Richard Holmgren presents “Dangerous Debris,” an hour of juggling with an edge packed with comedy, stunts, and lots of audience participation.
  • June 11 – “Physics Funhouse” by the Oklahoma Science Museum includes wondrous feats of science, designed to amaze the mind and challenge the senses.  Includes a hands-on activity.
  • June 18 – At “Domo Arigato Mr. Robotics” teens will learn the elements of robotics.  They will also construct their own brushbots and race them.
  • June 25 – “Mega Mash-up Comedy Improv” with OKC Improv is an interactive show including the World's Fastest Paper, Rock, Scissor Tournament, suggestions turned into songs and raps, story mash-ups, the Fictional Celebrity Reality Show and more.
  • July 2 – Teens will challenge myths using science in “MythBusters.”  Solve the questions, can paper support a book? Can a substance liquid and solid at the same time? Do Pop Rocks and cola make your stomach explode?
  • July 9 – “Animal Science” by Animal Tales includes meeting and learning about birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates.  Teens are guaranteed an up-close and personal experience.
  • July 16 – In “Cosmic Crafts,” teens will meet at Multi-Arts and make galaxy t-shirts, so make sure to bring a black t-shirt from home. Afterwards, make a cyanotype with a constellation design.
  • July 23 – This year’s finale includes a celebration feast and drawing for two iPad Minis.

“Summer Cinema @ the Library” returns again each Thursday, June 5 through July 17 in the Stillwater Public Library Auditorium 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. Children under five must be accompanied by an adult.  Check the Summer Cinema posters in the library or call for the specific movies being shown.

“Summer @ Your Library” is free. Sponsors include Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, Chris’ University Spirit, KOSU, OK Quality Printing and Oklahoma Wondertorium.  The programs are supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the OK Dept. of Libraries.  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.).