Library’s Summer Reading Program Spreads Activity for All Ages

The Pioneer Library System is famous for its entertaining yet educational program offerings during its annual Summer Reading Program. This year, the library is making safety a topic with two activities that are among nearly a dozen special programs touring the system through early August.

“Stop, Go and Tell,” developed by a licensed therapist and presented by a trained educator, is designed to equip parents and children with vocabulary, permission and courage to prevent sexual abuse. The words “sexual abuse” are not used in the children’s presentation, which focuses on personal space and boundary rules. As part of the activity, which is presented by Bethesda Inc., each child will receive a free hula hoop as a teaching tool and take-home toy.

The program “Stop, Drop and Roll” plays on the longtime catch phrase on fire safety but goes well beyond that. Professional firefighters will give a lesson in fire safety, offering advice and actions for children and their parents or guardians to follow to protect against fires, what to do if there is a fire and what to do if your clothing should catch on fire.

The activities comprise part of the Safe Kids series of programs and are geared to children age 11 and under and their caregivers.

This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” and it brings the chance to study literal rocks or rock out to musical offerings.

The usual fun and games of summer and learning also are present in libraries, with performances by cellist/storyteller Erin Yeaman, animal-themed presentations by the Oklahoma City Zoo and Extreme Animals, science presented in a unique way by Science Museum Oklahoma and a T-shirt screen-printing workshop for adults that shows off one of the library’s maker kits.

Check each library’s calendar for exact dates, times and signup information.