Stop, Go and Tell: A lesson in keeping kids safe

Stop signStop, go and tell.

That’s the literal title but more importantly the main idea for the McLoud Public Library’s upcoming Summer Reading Program for children. “Stop, Go and Tell,” is a Safe Kids series program and takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 19 at the McLoud Board of Education Building.

The goal of the presentation, developed by a licensed therapist and presented by a trained educator, is to equip parents and children with vocabulary, permission and courage to prevent sexual abuse. The words “sexual abuse” are not used in the children’s presentation, which focuses on personal space and boundary rules.

As part of the activity, which is presented by Bethesda, Inc., of Norman, each child will receive a free hula hoop as a teaching tool and take-home toy.

Since attending children must be accompanied by an adult, no large groups will be allowed to attend this program. There is no registration required in advance.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Make unique music at SMO presentation

Musical notesMake music in a new way with the help of the McLoud Public Library and Science Museum Oklahoma, in the museum’s presentation “Science Recital,” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the McLoud American Legion Hall across the street from the library.

The event looks into how the frequency of vibrations make different sounds in music, and will look at a variety of musical instruments and even give participants a chance to make their own instrument.

Teens in 6th through 12th grades may attend. Space is limited so registration is required in advance to participate.

SMO will be in local libraries with presentations for multiple age groups this summer. Check at any library or online for dates and times of SMO activities.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Fancy Dancing performance shares Native American culture

Fancy DancersGet an inside look at Native American culture with a presentation by Zack T. Morris,  hosted by the McLoud Public Library at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the McLoud American Legion Hall across the street to the east of the library.

Mr. Morris is a member of the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers and the Sac & Fox Tribe of Oklahoma, and is a traditional educator in Native American history and culture.

The event will be a mix of traditional Native American dances and music intertwined with stories about lives and histories of the American Indian tribes. 

The program is geared to children age 11 and under and their caregivers. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Channel artistic talent at painting workshop

PaintingThe McLoud Public Library is giving teens and adults a chance to create their own masterpiece at its Summer Reading program activity “Library Leonardos,” set for a pair of presentations.

The adult program for ages 18 and up will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, while the teen program for ages 12 to 17 is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, each taking place in the Milburn Room of the library.

The program will be led by Norman’s “Be Wild for Art,” and participants will go through all the steps to paint their own acrylic painting from a provided sample. Professional art instructors will lead the group, helping them in each step of the process.

All supplies will be provided and no previous skill in painting is necessary.

Each class will be capped at 20 painters so registration is required in advance to participate.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Learn screen printing process in teen activity

STEAM logoGet a look at the Pioneer Library System’s Screen Printing Maker Space Kit as the McLoud Public Library presents the summer teen activity “Screen Print Teen Ts,” taking place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at the McLoud American Legion Hall across the street from the library.

Participants will learn the basics of screen printing, choose from a collection of designs and print one onto a shirt they then can take home for themselves or as a gift.

Curtis Jones, fine arts professor at the University of Oklahoma, will lead the classes, which are for ages 12 to 17 and part of this year’s series of Summer Reading Program activities for teens.

All supplies will be provided but space is limited, so registration in advance is required to participate.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.