'Summer @ Your Library' 2012 programs for children and teens announced

Twitter Status: #stwok Summer@Your Library underway. Kids programs on Tuesdays; Teens on Thursdays.

(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Updated June 12, 2012) –This summer, dreams come alive as children and teens celebrate the night during the Stillwater Public Library’s summer reading program.  “Summer @ Your Library” will offer free movies, weekly programs, and a Reading Club. Registration for the free program begins Thursday, May 17.

“Research has shown that children maintain or improve their reading skills if they participate in some kind of summer reading program,” said library director Lynda Reynolds.  “The library’s program is a free and fun way to get your children to incorporate reading into their busy summer.  The program is also a great way for entire families to spend time together.”

By joining the Children’s Reading Club, participants will receive a free information bag with games, puzzles, recommended reading and reading logs.  Children will also receive a coupon for a free “Dream Big-READ!” logo.  Participants take their own t-shirts to Chris’ University Spirit and the logo will be applied at no charge. 

Members who read (or are read to) for ten hours or more will qualify for the Awards Ceremony on July 26 which will include a special performance by karate expert, William Pierce of Three Points Karate.  Members who read additional hours will also qualify for the following drawings:

  • 15 hours-five $25 gift cards from Sylvan Learning Center
  • 20 hours-a classroom performance by Monty Harper. 
  • 30 hours-a mystery Grand Prize which will slowly be revealed each week at the programs during July.

The “Dream Big-READ!” programs will be held Tuesdays from June 5 through July 24 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.   Seating is limited to 300 people at each performance on a first come, first served basis.  Children who wear their “Dream Big-READ!” t-shirts to the programs are eligible for prize drawings each week. 

The children’s summer line-up is as follows:

  • June 5-The Oklahoma Children’s Theatre will return with an outstanding production of the beloved classic, “The Ugly Duckling.”
  • June 12-“Mad Science’s” Derick Brock helps children “Dream Big” using his wacky gadgets and ways of making science fun.
  • June 19-The Oklahoma Kid lassos children’s imagination with stories of the Wild West and his amazing roping feats. 
  • June 26-Monty Harper’s “Sing-Along Slumber Party” will have children singing and dancing into a night-time adventure.
  • July 3-Award-winning children’s author Tammi Sauer will share some of her greatest stories.
  • July 10-World champion rope skipper Peter Nestler will perform astonishing tricks with his ropes and demonstrate the skills he has perfected across the globe.
  • July 17-Local students will entertain audiences with “Jack and the Beanstalk” in a fabulous Rana McCoy Operetta.
  • July 24-Magician Kevin Wade will astonish his audience with magic, music and crowd participation.

The “Own the Night” Teen Summer Reading Program will be held each Wednesday, June 6 through July 25, at 2 p.m. in the Stillwater Public Library, Room 119.  The program is for any young person entering 6th to 12th 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 keychain flashlight and those who read at least twenty hours will receive an “Own the Night” t-shirt, while supplies last.

“This year, reading will be especially beneficial for the teens,” said Reynolds.  “For every additional ten hours of reading completed, members will earn more and more entries into the end of summer drawing.  They are going to want to read a lot, because we will be giving away two Amazon Kindle Fires.”

“Own the Night” will feature programs designed for young adult readers, including:

  • June 6-The Oklahoma Science Museum will present “Light up the Night,” which will unlock the mystery behind the intriguing glow of chemiluminescence.
  • June 13-Agent Michael Dean of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations will present a real-life case and the audience will have to follow the clues just as the agents did to solve the crime.
  • June 20-Teens can take their crafting to the next level with “Glow in the Dark Crafts.”
  • June 27-Zombie Barbies will take over the library when teens come up with their very own terrifying creations.  Participants will also learn how to apply zombie face paint.
  • July 4-The library will be closed for Independence Day.
  • July 11-The Oklahoma Science Museum returns with “Vampires 101,” which includes a hands-on exploration where participants will investigate the science behind vampire lore.
  • July 18-Three bands visit the library for “Wizard Rock.” The Whomping Willows, Lauren Fairweather, and Seen and Unseen will give live performances with songs about wizards and magic.
  • July 25-The summer finale, “Nighttime Diversions” will feature games and end of summer drawings. A special “Buzzworthy Bistro” just for young adults will give the participants an update on all the hottest teen titles to keep them occupied for the rest of the summer.

Summer Cinema @ the Library returns again each Thursday, June 7 through July 19 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.

Major “Summer @ Your Library” sponsors include Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater Public Library Trust, Chris’ University Spirit, KOSU, OK Quality Printing, Inc., U.S. Institute of Museum & Library Services, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Sonic Corporation.  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 library.stillwater.org.