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Summer Reading Kicks Off At the Capitol Hill Library

Take a deep breath and say it along with every kid in Oklahoma County—“At last!” 

Must be the beginning of summer vacation, and for thousands of children that means the return of the Metropolitan Library System’s Summer at the Library Program.

Sign-up for the program began on June 1 and the program continues through July 31. 

Several libraries are throwing parties to begin the festivities, but one of the biggest of the Library Bashes is the one planned by the Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26th at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 2 at the Oklahoma Opry, 404 SW 25th.

“That’s right,” said Capitol Hill Manager of Library Operations Phil Tolbert, “we’re expecting so many people to attend our kick off performance, we’re moving it from the library to the Oklahoma Opry.”

The special performance is the popular children’s theater troupe, Lucky Penny Players.  Their performance of the original play “The Clueless Bug” begins at the Opry at 1:00pm.

“The story of the play,” Tolbert continued, “sounds like a lot of fun.  The theme for

Summer at the Library this year is ‘Catch the Reading Bug,’ so a clueless bug should fit right in.  In the play, a grasshopper named Hoppette doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.  But after she helps out some friends, she finds her true calling.

            “I’ve been watching Lucky Penny Players shows for longer than I can to admit and they never fail to amuse children and their parents alike.”

            Everyone is encouraged to enroll in Summer at the Library before or after the show.  Children and teens can actually sign up when the library opens at 9:00a.m. Monday, June 2.  Sign-up prizes will be awarded to all who enroll, and as the summer progresses and members reach their reading goals, they will earn more prizes.  To reach each goal, the child must read or listen to eight books, read or listen for eight hours, or read 800 pages.  Even children too young to read can join in the fun by listening to an adult or older sibling read aloud.

            “The prizes this year are just great,” Tolbert said.  “With the list of sponsors we’ve put together, they’d have to be great, and it all wraps up with a voucher good for tickets to an Oklahoma Redhawks home game in August.  Every year we hear about kids who are proud of themselves for earning tickets for a family night out.  I know that’ll happen again this year.”

            The Lucky Penny Player production of “The Clueless Bug” at the Oklahoma Opry is free and open to the public.  For more information, call the Capitol Hill Library at 634-6308. 

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.