Summer Reading at Pioneer Library System’s hometown libraries will feature storyteller and musician Ryan Bellgardt with his Big Magic Book Bugventures. The storyteller and musician presents a live, interactive puppet show with a core group of puppets engineered by Amy Bellgardt, Ryan’s wife, backed by a soundtrack of Ryan’s music.

This summer’s children’s reading program theme is “Catch the Reading Bug!” Bellgardt’s Bugventures will lead children into the creepy, crawly, stinky world of bugs. All the familiar puppet characters and new ones will join in the adventure full of music, laughter and audience participation.


Summer Reading at Pioneer Library System’s hometown libraries will feature storyteller and musician Ryan Bellgardt with his Big Magic Book Bugventures. The storyteller and musician presents a live, interactive puppet show with a core group of puppets engineered by Amy Bellgardt, Ryan’s wife, backed by a soundtrack of Ryan’s music.

This summer’s children’s reading program theme is “Catch the Reading Bug!” Bellgardt’s Bugventures will lead children into the creepy, crawly, stinky world of bugs. All the familiar puppet characters and new ones will join in the adventure full of music, laughter and audience participation.

The Big Magic Book Bugventure will play in the Purcell Public Library, 919 N. Ninth, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. at the Shawnee Public Library, 101 N. Philadelphia. June 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, will host the program. June 10 Blanchard Public Library, 300 N. Main, will have the program at 10 a.m., and Moore Public Library, 225 S. Howard, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Bugventure will be at the Noble Public Library, 204 N. Fifth, June 11 at 10 a.m. and at the Newcastle Public Library, 705 NW 10, at 2 p.m. June 12 the program will be at McLoud Public Library, 133 N. Main, at 11 a.m. and at the Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, at 2 p.m.

The programs are free and open to the public. The Children’s Summer Reading Program is part of a state-wide reading initiative developed by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funding from Institute of Museum and Library Services and offered with the support of Sonic Inc., America’s Drive In. Touring programs in the Pioneer Library System are made possible through the support of Hitachi Computer Products (America) Inc., and Oklahoma Arts Council.

The Pioneer Library System serves more than 300,000 residents in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties. For more information about any of the Summer Reading Program activities for children, teens, and adults, call or visit your hometown public library or log on to www.justsoyouknow.us.