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Summer @ the Library for Teens Continues Through July 31

You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a Summer @ the Library program.  Your Metropolitan Library System developed a unique series of events for teens seven years ago and the program has been growing in popularity since the beginning.

“This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’,” said MLS Young Adult Services Coordinator Emily Williams, “and we’ve revived some tried and true events, and come up with some new ones, to help teens do just that.

Sign-up for the event began on June 1, but teens wanting to participate can enter the program at any time.

“To get the sign-up prizes,” Williams continued, “teens just need to come to whatever library is closest to them and register for the program. To reach each goal they read eight books, or read for eight hours, or read 800 pages. For every goal they reach, they get entered into the drawings for some great prizes, and the more goals they finish, the more chances they have to win a Flip Video Camera, Laser Quest passes, VISA shopping cards, Frontier City / Whitewater Bay tickets, and Sonic gift cards.”

Teens who have completed grades 6-12 are eligible to enroll in the program, complete the goals and take home prizes.              

“I can’t wait to see people’s reactions to our other exciting teen programs: video games, henna art, graffiti art, hip hop dance, Chinese brush painting, face painting.  It looks like too much fun,” Williams said.

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

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

The remaining “Express Yourself” programs include


Chinese Brush Painting

6/23 1pm The Village

7/5 2pm Downtown

7/14 7pm Edmond

7/23 6pm Choctaw

7/30 2pm Bethany


Face Painting

6/25 2pm Bethany

7/16 6pm Choctaw



6/23 1-4pm Belle Isle

6/24 1-3pm The Village

6/25 6-7:30pm Choctaw

6/28 2-4pm Southern Oaks

6/30 6-8pm Del City

7/6 3-5pm Midwest City

7/7 1-3pm Edmond

7/8 2-4pm Capitol Hill

7/16 6:30-8pm Warr Acres

7/26 2-4pm Southern Oaks


Henna Body Art

6/24 3pm Ralph Ellison

6/25 6pm Downtown

7/6 11am Southern Oaks

7/15 2pm Capitol Hill

7/23 3pm Del City

7/24 2pm Midwest City



7/8 4pm Midwest City

7/9 6pm Choctaw

7/14 4pm The Village

7/19 2pm Downtown

7/22 4pm Ralph Ellison


Hip Hop Dance

7/15 6:30pm Midwest City

7/16 2pm Bethany

7/21 7pm Edmond

7/22 2pm Capitol Hill

7/23 6:30pm Warr Acres

7/24 11am Southern Oaks

7/25 3pm The Village

7/30 6pm Choctaw


Sidewalk Chalk

7/8 3pm Ralph Ellison

7/17 2pm Midwest City


Trick My Booktruck

7/27 2-4pm Midwest City

7/29 3-5pm Ralph Ellison

Co-sponsors for the teen “Express Yourself” 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.