Kick off summer with events in and out of the library

SRP BannerSummer Reading kicks off in June at the McLoud Public Library with a pair of events to get young readers launched on their way to a summer of reading and activities at the library.

The Summer Reading Kickoff for children is at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1. It’s a chance for ages 11 and under to get signed up for summer, participate in a book walk, photo booth, meet special guests and more, including popcorn provided by the Friends of the McLoud Library.

An annual favorite for teens is the library’s Lake Bash, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 7 at Wes Watkins Lake, Pavilion 2. In partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, staff will help participants with learning to tie knots, casting and fish identification. Fishing poles will be provided, and participants also will get lunch at the event.

This event serves as the kickoff for Summer Reading for ages 12 to 17, and registration is advance to participate. Transportation to the lake is not provided by the library.

This year, Summer Reading explores ways to “Build a Better World” through a variety of programs that build community, inspiration and in some cases, help participants build actual things.

Activities are planned throughout June and July for children, teens and adults, as well as several intergenerational events for all ages.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Celebrate two anniversaries in one big library event

CakeThe McLoud Public Library invites the community to a celebration of decades of library service to McLoud with its “Happy 20-40 Anniversary” event, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24.

The library this year commemorates 40 total years of library service as well as 20 years in its current location at 133 N. Main St. A celebration for all ages will look back at memories and also feature light refreshments for those who attend.

McLoud’s first library service began in 1977 with the use of a Bookmobile, a book station and then to a storefront location in 1991 as the first McLoud Reading Center. In May of 1997, library services relocated to the current location as the McLoud Public Library.