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Are you ready for SUMMER?

We are! And we have a lot planned for you this summer. Below are some highlights:


  • As it has for the past thirty-one years, this year’s Summer Reading Program – that’s SRP from now on – will start with a Turtle Race for ages 4 – 12! That will be on June the 4th, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. New this year is the parade of turtles, but don’t worry: you don’t have to teach your turtle to walk on a leash (we’ve talked to some turtles and they are very against being walked on a leash.) Instead, bring your child’s trike, bicycle, wagon, or anything else on wheels (non-motorized, please). Decorations optional but encouraged! And of course, bring your turtles – just make sure they’re not snapping turtles, since we want to keep everyone’s fingers intact.
  • Through the rest of June and July, we’ll be offering special SRP performances every Tuesday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. We’ve invited magicians and storytellers and puppeteers and so many others … you’ll just have to show up to see everything we have in store!
  • For those already signed up for the Bulldogger’s Club (registration is already closed for this, sorry), they will meet every Monday (starting May 30th) at 2:00 pm for read-alouds from the book The Bulldogger’s Club by Barbara Hay and related events.
  • For ages 12-17, make plans to join our Teen SRP and check back here for more details on how to get chances to win a Kindle Fire or an iPod Shuffle. We’ll also be offering some exciting teen programs on Thursdays in July – again, check back soon for more information!
  • And for the littlest guys, our 10:00 am Wednesday Toddler Storytime continues throughout the summer.

We hope to see you all many, many times throughout the summer!


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2012 Sequoyah Nominees

You may have seen new stickers on the spines of some of our young adult and children’s books lately: “Sequoyah Masterlist 2012.” What’s that all about? Let us tell you!

The Sequoyah Book Awards are named after the Native American leader Sequoyah, who chose 85 symbols to represent the sounds in spoken Cherokee, allowing his people’s language to be written down and preserved.

There are three Sequoyah Awards – one each for children, intermediate and high school level books. Each year masterlists of outstanding books in these categories are created by Sequoyah Reading Teams (made up of Oklahoma Library Association members from across Oklahoma). Then Oklahoma students are invited to read or listen to books from the lists and vote on their favorite!

(Trivia: The very first Sequoyah Children’s Book Award was given in 1959 to the book Old Yeller.)

Voting doesn’t start until next February, but now is the time to start reading! Look for the display of Sequoyah nominees in the Young Adult and Children’s areas. You can find the lists of nominees for 2012 here.

And if you’re just looking for a really good book, why not check out one of the past winners?

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