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2009 Edition of MLS’ Summer @ the Library Set for a June 1 Start

There are three big reasons kids look forward to summer vacation every year: 1. No school.  2. No school.  3. No school.

May we suggest a fourth?  The Metropolitan Library System’s annual Summer @ the Library program will swing into full gear on June 1 and continue through the end of July.

And it’s not just for young children.  Teens have a program of their own which is entirely different than the one for young children.  

“This year's Children's Book Program is called ‘Be Creative,’” said MLS Children’s Services Coordinator Lisa Wood, “and children from birth are invited to sign-up and listen or read.”

“The 2009 Teen Summer @ the Library promises to be one of the best yet,” added MLS Young Adult Services Coordinator Emily Williams, who announced that the theme for teens is “Express Yourself.”

“Where else,” Wood continued, “could you get free gifts and prizes just for reading books or listening to books being read?

 “Where else could you see a free show performed by the Lucky Penny Players, Rhythmically Speaking, Sugar Free All Stars, Al Bostick, the Balcum Rancum Puppetry, and Joe Hayes?

“And where else could you take part in the Children’s Metro Music Fest?”

As always, MLS and the sponsors of Summer @ the Library have come up with a variety of incentives and prizes for everyone who signs up for the program.  These include a Sonic Brown Bag, which will be given to each child, and which includes a free pass to the Oklahoma Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, and the ScienceMuseum. 

Children will receive prizes for the reading and listening they do throughout the summer months of June and July. These prizes will include food coupons from El Chico and Whataburger, a ticket to a performance of the Oklahoma Children's Theatre, a Frontier City / Whitewater Bay ticket, and two coupons which can be exchanged for tickets to a Redhawks baseball game in August.    

After receiving these prizes children can continue to read and listen to receive more chances to win a drawing prize at the end of the summer. These include a Nintendo DS, VISA shopping cards, OK History Center Family Passes, OK ZooFriends Family Membership, a ScienceMuseum Family Membership, and gift cards from Sonic.

And the teens will be eligible to win prizes of their own, including a pass to the Sam Noble Museum just for signing up.

“The prizes are exciting this year,” Williams said.  “After eight books, eight hours of listening to audio books, or 800 pages read, you get El Chico and Whataburger food coupons, a Sonic coupon, and those Redhawks vouchers. 

“And the drawing prizes are some of the best we've had to date—a Flip Video Camera, Laser Quest passes, VISA shopping cards, Frontier City / Whitewater Bay tickets, and Sonic gift cards.”

In addition to winning prizes, teens can also participate in a variety of programs and activities. 

“We're really excited about this summer's lineup of teen programs: video games, henna,

graffiti art, hip hop dance, Chinese brush painting, face painting-- even a wizard rock concert!”

Williams added.

 “All of this is free, of course, and the classes are presented by professionals.” 

For more information about Summer @ the Library, call any of MLS’ seventeen libraries.

And did we mention that there’s no school?

Co-sponsors for the Summer @ the Library events include:

                Arts Council of Oklahoma City, El Chico, Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, Frontier

                City / White Water Bay, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Laser Quest, Library Endowment Trust, MECU (Municipal Credit 

                Employees Credit Union), Myriad Botanical Gardens, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Children's Theatre,

                Oklahoma City Redhawks, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma History Center, The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural  

                History, Science Museum Oklahoma, Sonic, and Whataburger.

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.