Kick off Summer Reading with activities for teens, children

SRP logoSummer is almost here, and that means the annual Summer Reading Program bringing a jolt of activity to the community through the activities of the McLoud Public Library.

This year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” is giving a chance to explore literal rocks with the Museum of Osteology or PLS Maker Mobile staff to “rocking” with music and art programs led by a variety of local performers.

Begin the summer with two events. First, teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to the library’s annual Lake Bash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Wes Watkins Lake.

Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife will present a finish clinic that will include lessons in fish identification, how to cast and tie knots, and how to be good stewards of the water. Fishing poles and lunch will be provided.

Registration and a signed waiver are required in advance, and attendees need to provide their own transportation to the lake.

The next day, the library kicks off SRP for children up to age 11 at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at the McLoud American Legion Hall across the street from the library. The event features a book walk, photo booth, popcorn and a first chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Activities are presented thanks to the support of the Friends of the McLoud Library.

Summer programs get started in earnest in early June with programs lasting to early August.

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.