Supervillains are taking over the library for an afternoon

The Oklahoma Museum Network is becoming as much a part of the Pioneer Library System’s Summer Reading Program as great books and reading goals.

The Outreach wing of the multi-museum network primarily offers programs generated by Science Museum Oklahoma. Each year they combine science and reading in a way where participants are able to have fun and, before they know it, learn something that could be useful for them down the road in school.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes the museum network for the teen program “The Science of Supervillains,” at 2 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the library.

“One of the things we pride ourselves in is being able to find the science in anything, regardless of what the topic or the theme is,” said Eileen Castle, Outreach Coordinator for the Oklahoma Museum Network and Science Museum Oklahoma.

And that’s the case this year with the theme “Unmask!” focusing on heroes of this world and beyond. Programs mix in some literature with a dash of storytelling and all wrapped up by the theme of science and learning while having fun.

In this program, participants will learn about how the origins of many supervillains has a scientific basis, from the beginnings of Dr. Freeze and manipulating the cold to the magnetic control held by Magneto. Several hands-on experiments will give participants to find their own inner villain and the science that could make them unique and powerful.

Programs are geared to students going into 7th through 12th grades.

The Oklahoma Museum Network is part of a group of facilities across the state that works together to provide hands-on learning for families. In addition to Science Museum Oklahoma, it features the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Leonardo’s Children’s Museum in Enid, Museum of the Great Plains in Lawton, and the Tulsa Children’s Museum.

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