'A Universe of Stories'

The Will Rogers Library is ready to blast off into ‘A Universe of Stories’ during the 2019 Library Summer Reading Program! Beginning June 1stchildren and teens can sign up to take part in the library’s largest event of the year, ready to read, win prizes and attend special weekly summer reading events.

The library’s Summer Reading Program is actually 3 programs in one, with an early literacy program for kids 5 and under, the core reading program for kids ages 6-11 and another for teens 12-17. Sign-up begins June 1st, but kids can sign up any time throughout the summer as the entire program runs through July. To enroll, participants must have a Will Rogers Library card. If they do not currently have a card, they will need to bring a parent or legal guardian to the Library to fill out a Library Card application to sign up.

“The program is updated every year, and designed to go along with the annual theme designated by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. This year the program is a space-oriented theme, which should be really fun for kids and teens” said Sherry Beach, Library Director. Teens will have more opportunities to win gift card prizes by playing the new ‘book bingo’ format, and kids 6-11 who complete the program will win galaxy book bags and be entered into a drawing for an Orion Telescope. Complete program details may be found on the library website atwww.willrogerslibrary.org .The “Universe of Stories” theme is part of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries state-wide reading event. “The ODL supports Summer Reading across the state with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Science” explained Beach, “and we also have great support from local sponsors such as the Claremore Rec Center, Boom-A-Rang Diner, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, What-a-Burger, Chili's and Sonic, who all donate coupon prizes for the final prize drawings.”

The Friends of the Library will help kick off the program with a special children's book sale in the library lobby. The Friends have been collecting children's book donations for the past several months, and will feature this special sale while they last. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library for future contribution to the Library collection.

“A Universe of Stories” Program Outline

 Kids 6-11 years old

Bring your Library Card to the Will Rogers Library to pick up your Summer Reading Packet. Keep track of books read over the summer in the Reading Log, and bring the log to the library when you visit for stamps. Kids who read 8 books and list them on their Reading Log, and have 3 stamps from their library visits, will get to choose a prize from the Prize Box!

Kids who read 12 more books (total of 20 books) and have a total of 5 visit stamps will receive a special Certificate of Achievement, a Galaxy Book Bag, and a chance to enter the drawing for an Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Equatorial Reflector Telescope Kit. (Available while supplies last.)

The Library will also be presenting special weekly programming for kids 6-11 throughout June and July, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Children must be signed up for the Summer Reading Program to attend. Information on these programs will be available in the Summer Reading Packet.

Teens 12-17 years old

This year teens can play Book Bingo! At sign up, each teen will receive a Book Bingo card. Choose a bingo square, and read a book that matches the description. When they have completed 5 squares (read 5 books) and turned in their Bingo card, they will be eligible to enter drawings for a variety of Gift Cards awarded every week beginning Friday, June 14th. Entrants are eligible to win one prize per person. Any Teen not selected as a winner will automatically be entered into the next prize drawing.

“The Summer Reading Program is always the most popular library program of the year, and we’re excited to be able to make it better each year.” said Beach. “We’re ready for the kids to come in and check it out!”

Please note the Will Rogers Library will be closed Saturday through Monday, May 25 - 27 for Memorial Day Weekend. They library will be open again Tuesday, May 28.

For more information on what’s happening during this and every month, be sure to check out the Library website at www.willrogerslibrary.org, follow our Facebook page, drop by the Circulation Desk or call 918-341-1564 for information.