2007 Library News

Library's Summer Readers Ready to Root for Redhawks!

Thousands of young summer readers will watch the Oklahoma Redhawks take on the Memphis Redbirds Tuesday, as the Metropolitan Library System hosts its annual Library Night at the Ballpark at The Brick, August 14.

The ballgame will culminate the library’s annual summer reading program.

Admission to the game is free for children and teens who completed the first two levels in the library’s summer reading program.

To ensure you have plenty of time to redeem your Summer at the Library prize coupons at the Redhawks box office (tickets are first-come, first-serve), readers and their families should be at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, by 6:30 p.m.

The library will conduct a short presentation at 6:55 p.m., and the game will start at 7:05 p.m.

“The stands will be filled with summer readers,” said Lisa Wood, MLS Children’s Services Coordinator.  “And Spoticus, the library’s popular mascot, will grace the sidelines.”

                Wood calls Library Night at the Ballpark one of the highpoints of the summer reading experience, which has changed a lot in recent years.

Not too long ago, librarians determined how many books a child had to read to win a prize, observes Wood.

In recent years, however, children and teens participating in the MLS summer reading program have set their own goals for the two-month program.  Teens can even listen to books-on-tape and still fulfill their reading contract.

“This structure for reading during the summer has been a rousing success for us and the kids,” said Wood.  “It’s win-win for everyone.”

One of the favorite prizes of the summer reading program has long been a pair of tickets to Library Night at the Ballpark and a chance to see an Oklahoma Redhawks game.

“Every year we hear from parents who are so happy for their children who read and won game tickets for their family,” Wood said.  “It may seem like such a simple thing to adults, but kids are really proud of themselves when they do something that benefits their parents and siblings.”

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