Science Museum welcomes teens for summer challenges

SRP logoScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at the Shawnee Public Library for multiple programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Events are for ages 12 to 17 and take a look at science while also incorporating literature and a theme that seeks to appeal to teens. This summer’s programs and dates for teen events are:

Rube Goldberg Challenge, 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 – Rube Goldberg was famous for developing overly complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, and participants will do the same by combining their engineering and logic skills in a collaborative activity.

Escaping the Wormhole, 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 – Participants will use teamwork and their wits to try find their way out of an “alternate dimension” in an escape challenge.

Read more about the Museum and its programs this summer here.


Stories focus on the value of choice

EarthIt’s an afternoon of stories with the Shawnee Public Library and the presentation Choosing Wisely: Stories for a Better World, at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29.

Storyteller Valerie Kimble will share ancient tales about how choice can work for better or for worse, depending on the choice one makes.

Kimble has more than 30 years of experience as a storyteller and is a longtime member of the Territory Tellers of Oklahoma, the Tejas Storytelling Association and the National Storytelling Network. She lives in Norman and is employed by the Pioneer Library System as a children's librarian and storyteller.

Registration is not required to attend the program, which is geared to children but can be for all ages.

Get ahead with some "Life Hacks"

SRP bannerThe entertainment and education Science Museum Oklahoma brings to its events during the Summer Reading Program in hometown libraries isn’t just limited to children or teens.

There also is a chance for adults ages 18 and up to take in an activity just for them. The Shawnee Public Library presents the SMO program “Life Hacks,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 1.

This hands-on session will show how using a little science can help people engineer easy, low-cost shortcuts to help negotiate the day’s pesky obstacles and improve their everyday lives. Space for the program is limited to 30, so registration in advance is required.

Learn more about the Science Museum and its summer activities here.


Critter Tales bringing the wild to life

BirdThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes representatives from Critter Tales Inc. for the program “Bring the Wild to Life,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 6, in Community Rooms A and B.

The program will feature a presentation of live animals and artifacts for the audience to learn about and touch.

Critter Tales Inc. is an Oklahoma City-based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote awareness of wildlife and conservation through educational programs.

Registration is not required to attend the program, which is geared to children ages 11 and under.