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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Libraries slate activitities

  • Pioneer System library locations schedule a number of activitities.
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  • Create a stepping stone in Shawnee library programs
     
    “Step on Out” at the Shawnee Public Library at a craft program for tweens and teens. Participants will create a stepping stone using their own creativity.
     
    There will be two programs offered – tweens ages 9-11 will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, while teens ages 12-17 will have their program at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, each in the Community Room of the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.
     
    Participants will make their own design for their stepping stone, which they will be able to take home at the end of the program. All supplies will be provided by the library.
     
    As supplies are limited, registration is encouraged but not required.
     
    The programs are part of the library’s Summer Reading program theme, “Beneath the Surface.”
     
    For more information, visit the library, call 275-6353 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/shawnee.
     
     
    McLoud to host summer Lake Bash
     
    The McLoud Public Library and Oklahoma Department of Wildlife invite local teens to an annual favorite of the library’s Summer Reading Program, its Lake Bash, starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Wes Watkins Reservoir.
     
    Those attending will need to have their own transportation to and from the lake. Attendees must be between ages 14 and 18.
     
    Oklahoma Department of Wildlife representatives will show off knot tying, fish identification and how to cast before the group takes part in some fishing at the lake.
     
    Lunch and fishing poles will be provided for those who attend.
     
    Space is limited, so registration is required to attend.
     
    For more information on this or other programs and services taking place during Summer Reading in McLoud, visit the library, call 964-2960 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/mcloud.
     
     
    Dive in and Dig It with Stephen Fite’s musical talents
     
    Stephen Fite’s high-energy songs and skits have entertained hundreds of thousands of children across the country.
     
    And now, he’s bringing those musical sounds to the Pioneer Library System for a chance for children to “Dive in and Dig It!” during this year’s Summer Reading Program. Performances are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20 at the McLoud Public Library, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at the Tecumseh Public Library, and 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at the Shawnee Public Library.
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    Fite has performed children’s music since the early 1980s, with his work geared primarily to ages 3 to 7. While his start in the business wasn’t necessarily glamorous, he’s developed into an award-winning performer.
     
    “The short and sweet of it is, I needed a job and my grandfather had this company,” he said of Melody House, an Oklahoma City-based company specializing in children’s books and music. “I started off in the shipping department of the company, and he said ‘since you’re doing this, why don’t you start writing tunes.”
     
    Since then, Fite has quite a collection of songs he’s written and performed. He has written and recorded more than a dozen CDs and also given teacher workshops and many concerts.
     
    He said while the positive message of the genre of family-friendly music hasn’t changed, the sound of it really has.
     
    “A parent told me the other day,’ I really enjoy your music, because it’s not kiddie music. I kind of recoil from that term, even though it’s geared for kids, because this is stuff we can listen to.
     
    “That’s the difference between today and 15 years ago. It’s geared for children but from an audio standpoint, it doesn’t have to be twinkie sounding.”
     
    That’s evident in the efforts of Fite and peers like the Sugar Free Allstars, who have been part of past SRP tours.
     
    Fite has more experience with large-venue shows of 500 to 2,000 children in attendance and is excited about performing for slightly smaller audiences in the library this summer.
     
    “I like the large venue stuff, but you don’t get to know as many of the kids individually as well,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to this.”
     
    This year’s Summer Reading Program is presented with the support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Computer Products of America, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System.
     
    Find out more about this summer’s activities from the summer edition of the Pioneer Library System’s WORD Magazine, online at www.justsoyouknow.us or by following the library system on Twitter @mylibrary2go or on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System.”
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    Teens can learn “Steampunk style” in Shawnee
     
    The Steampunk genre brings Victorian style and science fiction together for a style of writing and subculture popular with many readers.
     
    And Kiona Millirons has taken her love of art and Steampunk and combined them into a passion for designing Steampunk jewelry and accessories. She will share many of her ideas and methods with teens as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program. She comes to the Shawnee Public Library at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 with a presentation for teens.
     
    Participants also will learn a little more about the Steampunk movement itself.
     
    “In all the classes I do I always try to tie in the history part of it,” Millirons said.
     
    The items in Steampunk designs tend to be metallic and based on the era’s tradition of steam-powered machinery, and Millirons’ creations bring that sort of general look, even though each item is truly a unique creation.
     
    One of her favorite pieces started from an old bullet her husband had found. She added some metallic “wings” to it with pieces from a hardware store, hooked it to an old necklace and had a reborn creation.
     
    Millirons will bring the jewelry making supplies, as well as some pieces for making charms or necklaces. But teens are encouraged if they have any sorts of pieces of their own they might want to incorporate into a new jewelry creation to bring them to the program.
     
    “It could be things like old watches, broken pieces of jewelry, anything they have an idea of something creative to do with it,” Millirons said.
     
    She said putting together Steampunk pieces can really bring out an artistic side in teens.
     
    “It’s kind of like doing a puzzle,” Millirons said. “You look over pieces and see what would look good together.”
     
     
    Dig reading with Shawnee story time
     
    The Shawnee Public Library wants its young readers to say “I Dig Books” and invites them to the library for a special Summer Reading Program storytime at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, in the Community Room of the library.
     
    The program is geared to ages 3 and up, and will feature stories, rhymes, music, crafts and more, in keeping with this year’s Summer Reading Program theme “Dig Into Reading.”
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    Registration is not required to take part.
     
    For more information on this or any of the programs and services offered in Shawnee, visit the library, call 275-6353 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/shawnee.
     
     
    Learn to preserve family stories with expertise of Oklahoma’s Poet Laureate
     
    Special family stories can live forever, but only if they’re written down somewhere to preserve them.
     
    That’s the message behind the program “Family Stories: How to Begin” offered in hometown libraries in this year’s Summer Reading Program. And one of Oklahoma’s most heralded writers will be sharing his expertise on it.
     
    Nathan Brown, the 2013-14 Poet Laureate of Oklahoma, will lead the workshops, giving tips on how to get started in research and recording of family stories in a way to make them live for generations to come.
     
    Brown will be at the Shawnee Public Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29.
     
    Brown was appointed as Poet Laureate for the state last December by Gov. Mary Fallin. The poet laureate selection is facilitated through the Oklahoma Humanities Council, which reviews nominations for the position on behalf of the Governor and coordinates the Poet Laureate’s appearances during his term.
     
    Brown is the author of eight poetry books, including Two Tables Over, which won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry from the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
     
    Brown also has worked as a professional songwriter and musician and performed around the world. He has a Ph. D in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and has taught in the Human Relations and Liberal Studies departments at OU. He also has served as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma.
     
    This year’s Summer Reading Program is presented with the support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Computer Products of America, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System.
     
    Find out more about this summer’s activities from the summer edition of the Pioneer Library System’s WORD Magazine, online at www.justsoyouknow.us or by following the library system on Twitter @mylibrary2go or on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System.”
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    Quilters invited to series on the underground railroad in Tecumseh
     
    The Tecumseh Public Library begins a three-part series of classes for quilters “Unlocking the Secrets of the Underground Railroad” at 6 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the library, 114 N. Broadway.
     
    The workshops will continue at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 8 and 22.
     
    The first portion of the class will explore the underground railroad and its history through a book discussion. After that, participants will make blocks from the underground railroad quilts.
     
    Participants are encouraged to bring their own sewing machine and sewing tools if they have them.
     
    Space is limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.
     
    For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/tecumseh.
     
     
     
    Teens can “Get Down to Dance” at the library
     
    Tecumseh-area teens can “Get Down to Dance” this summer with the guidance of an experienced and energetic Modern Dance instructor.
     
    Rachel Hendricks, who has about 10 years teaching across a range of ages and ability levels, will work with teens at PLS hometown libraries this summer to instill a few things they can quickly learn and handle.
     
    The program takes place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the Tecumseh Public Library.
     
    “We’ll work on how to isolate different parts of the body in dancing, things they can take to social settings,” Hendricks said. “We do it in a way of seeing what dance is and what it can be. Dance can be a real confidence builder.”
     
    And that confidence can come even from just an hour or two, which is what teens will have during their programs this summer at the library. She recalled a story from one of her classes last summer when she was instructing children and teens at the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy in Ada.
     
    “I had a girl this past summer who had never exercised at all,” Hendricks said. “And by the end of the week she was just excelling. Dance is tapping into a side that people may be too scared to even try.”
     
    And while she is an accomplished dancer and instructor today, she knows how those who may be hesitant feel.
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    “I was really, really shy as a child – I talked to trees,” she said. “But I was really imaginative. My mom thought I needed a hobby and she started me in dance when I was 5. And it really worked out.”
     
    In addition to teaching at the Summer Arts Academy, Hendricks is an instructor at Modern Dance Arts in Norman, where she teaches 19 classes a week. She also has done choreography for several theatrical productions and for pom teams during the summer.
     
    She is a native of Ada and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Modern Dance.
     
    This year’s Summer Reading Program is presented with the support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Computer Products of America, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System.
     
    Find out more about this summer’s activities from the summer edition of the Pioneer Library System’s WORD Magazine, online at www.justsoyouknow.us or by following the library system on Twitter @mylibrary2go or on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System.”
     
     
    “Magical Michael” returning to Tecumseh
     
    The Tecumseh Public Library invites children of all ages to see Magical Michael and his magic act, set for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the library, 114 N. Broadway.
     
    Magician Michael Stephanic brings nearly three decades of experience as a magician, performing acts for live audiences and on various television broadcasts, as well as past performances during the Summer Reading Program in Tecumseh.
     
    His program is for families and children of all ages. Registration is not required to attend.
     
    The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tecumseh Library.
     
    For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/tecumseh.
     
    Plant exchange, gardening tips presented in Tecumseh
     
    The Tecumseh Public Library hosts a Plant Exchange for teens and adults at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the library, 114 N. Broadway.
     
    George Driever, Extension Agent with the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Service Office, will provide gardening tips before gardeners have a chance to exchange seeds, plants of seedlings with each other.
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    Registration is required to attend the presentation and plant exchange.
     
    For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/tecumseh.
     
     
     
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