Start summer with the library and our Lake Bash, children’s kickoff

srp 2016The Summer Reading Program brings thousands of readers into the McLoud Public Library and each of the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, and this year’s activities once again provide opportunities for all ages to experience the library.

The library will present a pair of age-appropriate events to get this summer’s festivities rolling.

Tweens and teens, ages 9 to 17, are invited to the annual Lake Bash, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 1, at Wes Watkins Lake. The event features a fishing clinic presented by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and lunch provided for all who participate. Those who attend will need transportation to the lake, have a parent sign a waiver and register for the event.

Children up to age 11 are invited to the first day to sign up for SRP during a morning of activities starting at 11 a.m. the following day, June 2, both inside the American Legion Hall across from the library, and on the lawn of the Legion Hall. Registration is not required for this event.

This year’s Summer Reading Program takes a look at exercise, not just of body but of mind as well, as both mental and physical activity are featured for those who come inside the library. The themes for SRP in 2016 are “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” for children; “Get in the Game: Read!” for teens and “Exercise Your Mind. Read! for adults.

A slate of performers will tour throughout the 11 hometown libraries in the system, and activities are set nearly every day as SRP hits its peak during June and the first part of July.

Sponsors for this year’s edition of the Summer Reading Program are Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesOklahoma College Savings PlanSonicThe Oklahoman Newspapers in Educationthe Oklahoma Department of Librariesthe Pioneer Library System FoundationFriends of the Library groups and the Pioneer Library System.

Toddler Time takes over twice in May

readThe McLoud Public Library welcomes families with youngsters to its Toddler Time story time, offered at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, May 10 and 24, in the Milburn Room of the library.

Activities are geared to children ages 1 to 3 and their caregivers and feature activities including listening to books, singing songs and other hands-on projects. Registration is not required to attend.

The program generally is offered the second and fourth Tuesdays of most months.