TOMORROW! Join us at Sooner Park for the Summer Reading Program Grand Finale concert! Enjoy the Usual Suspects rock ‘n roll band, free balloons from Captain Armando Diego Lopez Guerra Garcia Benavides Lerman de la Garza, food & drinks from Shorties Grille, frozen treats from the Bartlesville Ice Cream, rock-painting and more! (NOTE ON THE WEATHER: If rain interferes, the whole party will be moved to the Bartlesville Public Library and the time will be changed to 6:00-8:00, with all activities and vendors still participating. We’ll keep you posted on the BPL Facebook page.)
The Bartlesville Public Library invites the public to help celebrate the close of the Summer Reading Program with a grand finale — a free rock concert at Sooner Park.
The event will be held at the Sooner Park band shell on July 28 and will feature the band “The Usual Suspects,” vendors and activities. Activities will start at 4 p.m. with the band playing from 5-8 p.m.
“The Summer Reading Program ‘Libraries Rock’ was a record-breaking success this year with more than 1,240 kids signed up,” said Youth Services Librarian Laura Pryce. “These were kids of all ages, from a few months old to 19.”
Pryce said the number of kids participating this season far surpassed previous years.
“I remember barely reaching 1,000 registrations once in my 20 years at the library,” she said. “We usually have anywhere from 600-800 kids participating, which is great, but the more young people we can reach out to, the better.”
Shorties Grille and Bartlesville Ice Cream trucks will be selling food, beverages and treats at the upcoming concert, and Captain Armando will be making free balloon creations. The library will provide other activities such as rock painting and a photobooth.
“The Summer Reading Program’s purpose is to encourage kids to continue reading throughout the summer in order to avoid the ‘summer slide’ while they’re out of school. Participants are accountable for their reading and get prizes for reporting what they’ve read, or had read to them, each week,” said Pryce.
Not only that, the library provides lots of fun events throughout the program, Pryce said.
“We’ve had everything from a juggler to a magician, storytelling to karaoke, big trucks to cool rocks, swimming and dancing to science and theater,” she said.
Pryce said the citizen volunteer group Bartlesville Friends of the Library has a lot to do with the program’s success.
“I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the Bartlesville Friends of the Library for funding our Summer Reading Program each year,” she said. “These are volunteers who work hard to raise money for the library through their annual membership drive and bookstore. Much of this program’s success is because of their ideas, support, enthusiasm and dedication.”
The bookstore is open during regular library hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30-5:30 p.m. on Sundays September through May. (The library is closed on Sundays during the summer months.)
The Bartlesville Public Library is located at 600 S. Johnstone Ave. in downtown Bartlesville. For more information, see www.bartlesville.lib.ok.us.
The Youth Services department has recently improved the Teen area by adding iPads, a Smart Table, and video games to check out. But we’re not stopping there! Future plans include expanding the space, adding new furniture and décor, establishing a separate BPL Facebook page for teens, and boosting programming and resources for our community’s middle- and high-schoolers. KIDS, WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The library will soon create a Teen Advisory Board, or TAB, made up of TEENS who are interested in becoming more involved with our community and our library. This group will work with Youth Services staff to decide what they would like to do. They will give input on the Young Adult collection, help create and lead programming, volunteer at library events, contribute to library publications and social media, and organize community service projects. The board will have regular meetings and greatly influence how BPL serves teens in the future!
Applications will be available at the Youth Services desk August 1. For more information, call 918-338-4170.
TONIGHT! Teen Library Program at “Level 8 VR”, 6-8pm! Teens (middle & high school age) who are signed up for the Summer Reading Program will take over our local Virtual Reality gaming place for two hours of fun & snacks. They may also register for the Summer Reading Program at the event. Don’t miss it!
SIGN UP NOW for the Jr. Master Gardeners Club for kids ages 8-12! Space is limited. The Washington County Master Gardeners will be facilitating this Jr. Gardeners Club. The flower bed right outside the window in the Youth Services department will be cultivated and planted by this group. They will meet on four different Saturday mornings (June 9&23, July 7&21). To participate, you MUST pre-register by calling 918-338-4170. We can accept a maximum of 15 participants and they must be willing and able to commit to attending all or most of the four sessions.
Look for us at Bartlesville Sunfest this weekend for Summer Reading Program registration, library information, and cool giveaways!
Join us Saturday, February 10th from 10:30 to noon, for the library’s monthly LEGO Club meeting.
Miss Jan will be reading us the true story of The Great Bridge-Building Contest, written by Bo Zaunders and illustrated by Roxie Munro.
Following that, you’ll break out into groups to design and build your own bridges!
Due to the library’s closing for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the monthly LEGO Club will meet Saturday, January 20 at 10:30am. We will resume the “second-Saturday” meetings in February.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9TH, 10:30 – NOON
Join us for timed LEGO-building challenges!