Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: June 1, 2012
Summer in central Oklahoma means hot days and cool fun. Kids and Teens can combine both elements when the Metropolitan Library System’s Summer Reading Games begin on June 1.
“I hope everyone’s ready to saddle up and ride,” said MLS Director of Outreach Services Dana Morror,” because this year we’re breaking the record with three series of Summer events at three different age levels. The program for Early Childhood participants, from birth to preschool, is called ‘Dream Big—Read!’That’s also the name for activities and contests aimed at older kids, K-6th grade. The Teen program, ‘Own the Night,’ is for grades 7-12.”
As in years past the programs run from June 1 through July 31. Kids and teens can sign up for their separate programs on June 1 and on any day after that through the end of July.
“And,” Morrow added, “the summer will be loaded with gifts and prizes—the more you read (or are read to, or listen to recorded books), the better your chances of winning one of the Drawing Prizes in August.”
At registration, everyone receives a Gameboard. When Goal 1 is reached, they get a Coupon Book with coupons for food and tickets to area events and cool places to visit. To reach Goal 2, they can read some more or take advantage of the feature that allows them to do special activities that move them along. At Goal 2, they get a free book and an entry into the Prize Drawing at the end of the summer.
Wait. Did someone say “Prizes?" Early Childhood participants can receive Gift Certificates. Older kids can win Gift Certificates, a telescope, or a membership to Science Museum Oklahoma or the OKC Zoo. Teens will be eligible to win Gift Certificates, a membership to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, or a netbook.
“We have some incredibly awesome sponsors this year,” Morrow said. “We could never put on one program this big without them, and this year we’re putting on three! I’m blown away by their good will and desire to do what they can in order to keep kids and teens using the library during summer vacation.”
For full details, check out the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org, Sponsors include:Andy Alligator Fun Park, Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, Frontier City, Gatti-Town, Institute of Museum and Library Services, IPGI, Laser Quest, Library Endowment Trust, Lyric Theatre, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, The Oklahoman, OKC Philharmonic, Science Museum Oklahoma, Sonic, Whitewater Bay, ZooFriends, Barnes and Noble, Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, Golden Corral, Green Bambino, Jump Zone Party and Play Centers, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Oklahoma City Ballet, OKC Boathouse Foundation / OKC Riversport, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Sara Sara Cupcakes, Toy and Action Figure Museum.
For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, 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.