July Heats Up at the Library’s Summer Reading Program

July Heats Up at the Library’s Summer Reading Program
Monty Harper will perform for kids at the library on Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Story provided by our friend at the Stillwater Public Library, Emily States.
Monty Harper will perform for kids at the library on Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Stillwater Public Library’s 2024 summer reading program, “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” continues to offer exciting programs for all ages. The upcoming week includes a music jam for kids, teen campfire stories, a PG-rated rate movie about a family of ducks on vacation plus a StorySlam for adults.

Children’s summer shows resume on Tuesday, July 9, with a musical sing-along led by local singer-songwriter Monty Harper. Harper guides explorers on a captivating sing-along experience where music is a portal to a world of adventure, imagination and the joy of reading. There will be two presentations, one at 10 a.m. and a repeat at 2 p.m. “Sing Along Adventures” is best suited for kids entering kindergarten through the fifth grade. Adults must accompany their kids, and doors will be closed when the auditorium reaches capacity.

The following day, on Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m., teens in grades six through 12 complete the second of a two-part series in “Campfire Stories.” Teens will gather around a campfire motif to create spooky campfire stories to tell their friends and families based on characters they created at a previous program. With the assistance of author Jeff Provine and the OSU Museum of Art, teens will craft and test out these stories while enjoying s’mores. This event occurs indoors at the library, and attendance at the first session is not required.

On Thursday, July 11, summer reading fun continues with “Summer Cinema,” featuring two screenings, one at 10 a.m. and a repeat at 2 p.m., of a PG-rated animated film about a family of ducks dreaming of the perfect getaway vacation. The Friends of the Stillwater Public Library will provide complimentary popcorn. Librarians encourage bringing refillable water bottles as well as cozy pillows and blankets.

Then, at 7 p.m. on July 11, the library will cohost a StorySlam for adults at Everyman (615 S Main St). A StorySlam is more than a storytelling competition; it’s an invitation to share a part of your life in a room full of supportive people. Audience storytellers take to the microphone with real-life stories that fit the theme of adventure. Stories must be family-friendly, five minutes or less and told from memory. As a bonus, the top two stories will win prizes. The library requests registration at tinyurl.com/StorySlamEM.

Lisa O’Donnell, librarian, is looking forward to hosting another entertaining and inspiring StorySlam event. 

“I encourage everyone to come out and share their adventure story,” O’Donnell said. “The library has coordinated several slams, and we always have a great audience to cheer on the storytellers.”

There is still plenty of time left to register for the all-ages summer reading program. Learn more about summer reading and register at stillwaterok.gov/LibrarySummer or call the Help Desk at (405) 372-3633 x8106.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are Monday- Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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