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Annual Summer at the Library Events Gearing Up

For many students, the school year seems to drag by because there’s just not enough time to do everything they want to do.  Then summer vacation arrives, and sometimes the days of summer can drag by, too.

But that’s where the Metropolitan Library System comes to the rescue.

MLS’ annual Summer at the Library program will swing into full gear on June 1 and continue through the end of July.

And this summer, MLS is not starting the program alone.

The Morning Show crew from KMGL, Magic 104.1, will be on hand at The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania, on Monday, June 2 from 8:30 to 10:00am, to help kick start the annual summer event off right.  Join Steve O’Brien, Shawn Carey, and Jeff “The Magic Man” Roberts as they add their own special kind of excitement and fun to the library system’s biggest event of the year.

“KMGL has been one of Summer at the Library’s biggest supporters for years,” said MLS Marketing and Communications manager Kim Terry, “and we’re thrilled to have with us Oklahoma City’s most popular morning show personalities in person.

“People who want to sign up for Summer at the Library can go to any library location to do it and not just to The Village Library,” Terry added.  “Getting the chance to meet Steve, Shawn and Magic Man is just a bonus for anyone who drops by The Village Library during the morning of June 2.”

Summer at the Library is 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 Program is called ‘Catch the Reading Bug,’” Terry said, “and children of all ages – even from birth -- are invited to sign-up and listen or read.”

“The 2008 Teen Summer at the Library promises to be one of the best yet,” Terry added, who announced that the theme for teens is “Metamorphosis.”

“Where else could you get free gifts and prizes just for reading books or listening to books being read? Where else can you see a free show performed by the Lucky Penny Players, Joe Hayes, Rhythmically Speaking, Adam Ledbetter, the Sugar Free All Stars, Al Bostick, and the Big Magic Book?”

As always, MLS and the sponsors of Summer at the Library have come up with a variety of incentives and prizes for everyone who signs up for the program.  Children will also earn prizes for the reading and listening they do through out the summer months of June and July.

After completed each goal, children can continue to read and listen to receive more chances to win drawing prizes, from $25 VISA shopping cards, OK History Center family passes, a ScienceMuseum family membership, an OKC Zoofriends family membership, and a $10 Sonic gift card.

 And the teens will earn great prizes, too, after completed each goal. Teen drawing prizes include a Nintendo DS, Laser Quest passes, a $25 VISA shopping card and gift cards from Sonic.

“The prizes are exciting this year,” Emily Williams, MLS Young Adult Services Coordinator said.  “After eight books, eight hours of listening to audio books, or 800 pages read, the prizes start pouring in.” 

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

  “They can learn how to turn junk into sculptures, how to create odd creatures out of neckties, and how to show off their moves while playing a variety of video games at our Gamefest events,” Williams added.

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

For more information about Summer at the Library, call any of MLS’ seventeen libraries or visit the website at www.metrolibrary.org.

Sponsors for the Summer at the Library program include:  The Arts Council of Oklahoma City, El Chico Cafes, Home Town Buffet, Laser Quest, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Daily Oklahoman, The Redhawks, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Pops, The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Sonic, The Science Museum of Oklahoma, Whataburger, The Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Library Endowment Trust, and the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System.

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