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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Library partnering with IFYR

  • The International Youth Finals Rodeo is back for its annual run in Shawnee and that means good things for the library.
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  • Rodeo, library partner up for special opportunities in Shawnee
     
    The International Youth Finals Rodeo is back for its annual run in Shawnee. And that means the event’s partnership with the Shawnee Public Library is continuing, as some of the country’s top young rodeo stars will share about their passion with the local library audience.
     
    “Ridin’ and Ropin with the IFYR” comes to the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave., at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. The IFYR’s Youth Directors will be present to demonstrate some of their rodeo skills and pose for photos and sign autographs for those in attendance.
     
    Everyone also will have a chance to take part in a chuckwagon-style snack after the event. All ages are welcome, and registration is not required to attend.
     
    The next morning, at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, the rodeo will host the library. The first 100 library cardholders to show their card at the gate will receive free admission to that morning’s session of the rodeo, taking place at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo, 1700 W. Independence St.
     
    For more information on this year’s International Youth Finals Rodeo, call 275-7020 or go online to http://www.shawneeexpo.org/ifyr/.
     
    For more information on everything going on during this year’s Summer Reading Program at the Shawnee Public Library, call 275-6353 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/shawnee.
     
     
    Move to the music at Shawnee children’s program
     
    The Shawnee Public Library gives youngster a chance to “Wiggle Like Worms” at its upcoming program, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9.
     
    The library continues its “Dig Into Reading” Summer Reading Program theme with children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers invited to the creative movement program, where they’ll listen and dance to a variety of kid-friendly music.
     
    Registration is not required to take part.
     
    For more information, call the library at 275-6353 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/shawnee.
     
     
    Explore Middle Earth with teen library program in Tecumseh
     
    The programs from the Oklahoma Museum Network’s Outreach department are becoming yearly favorites during the Summer Reading Program, and this year’s slate from the museum group doesn’t disappoint.
     
    The Tecumseh Public Library hosts “Tolkien’s Middle Earth Exploration” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. The program is for teens.
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    “We always try to find several programs per age group, based on a literary theme or book series,” said Eileen Castle, coordinator of outreach programs with OMN, which includes Science Museum Oklahoma and five other facilities in the state.
     
    “Using science to explore literature is a way to really bring the literature alive.”
     
    This year, the Pioneer Library System is targeting museum programs to teens as part of their Summer Reading Program schedule and offers some unique options, including this program, which features activities from “The Hobbit.”
     
    It wasn’t hard for Castle, as a big fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien series, to come up with great ideas for putting this program together.
     
    “It helps make people want to read, and we try to put as many subjects from the book in our programs as we can,” she said
     
    The Hobbit program features an obstacle course, a chemistry experiment in which participants will turn pennies into “gold,” and of course, a dragon. Participants also will recreate versions of some of Tolkien’s “famous foods.”
     
    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.”
     
     
    Ventriloquist Gary Owen coming to local libraries
     
    Gary Owen will bring a few of his lovable friends – in the form of a number of distinctive puppets – to show off a collection of stories via his ventriloquism skills in this year’s Summer Reading Program.
     
    Owen will be in Pottawatomie County for three upcoming performances – 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11 in McLoud at the McLoud Board of Education Building; 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the Tecumseh Public Library, and 2 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Shawnee Public Library.
     
    Owen has spent more than 35 years perfecting his craft and will bring children stories and lessons through his interactions with his puppets. He’s added many stories from his experiences that will in turn add to what he has to offer this summer in PLS hometown libraries.
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    “I just love what I do and I’m always interested in picking up new things,” Owen said.
     
    Owen’s career path started in his early years in southern California listening to legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully call Los Angeles Dodgers’ games and enjoying his distinctive voice. Then later Owen got a suggestion from a high school speech and drama teacher who heard his talent from how he read during an assignment. That led him to a radio station in Elk City straight out of high school, which eventually led to bigger assignments in the Oklahoma City area.
     
    Many will hear Owen’s voice and think “I’ve heard that somewhere before.” If you’re a fan of PBS broadcasting on OETA in the metro area, then you’ve heard Owen’s voice introducing shows on the network.
     
    Owen also has done voices for several characters in theme shows at Frontier City in Oklahoma City and is in his 18th year hosting a radio show on science and technology that is broadcast on several stations in the state.
     
    He’s also been featured for his work on “Good Morning America” and in Time Magazine and is a member of the Oklahoma Speakers Bureau.
     
    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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