Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer reading fun for children, teens, adults at Oshkosh Public Library

Visit a place this summer where tales of all kinds pave the road to treasure. Where brave warriors engage in epic battles for Guitar Hero supremacy. Where young artists can experiment with metal tooling or the ancient tradition of henna art and where even the dogs appreciate a good story.

Explore, experience and enjoy the world through books, activities and special events during the Oshkosh Public Library’s 2011 summer reading program. Children, teens and adults can sign up for summer reading starting Monday, June 6. The program runs through Aug. 12.

Readers of all ages can earn prizes for reading – restaurant coupons, books and Timber Rattler prizes for children; music CDs, DVDs and gift cards for teens; books and other reading-related treasures for adults. Each program has its own theme and activities:

One World, Many Stories (Pre-K to age 12)

The library presents Walk-In and Read, a special summer reading kick-off event for children on June 13. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., children can sign up for the summer reading program and read their first 20 minutes at the library to receive a free pass for Pollock Community Water Park (while supplies last).

The library offers opportunities throughout the summer to explore the world, through hands-on activities and weekly family programs featuring music, magic, storytelling and puppets. Children can boost their reading skills through the Read to a Dog program. Summer readers also are rewarded with a juggling show at the Grand Opera House and a special concert at the Paine Art Center and Gardens. Details and registration information is available at the Children’s Desk or at

Families are the focus of a special new activity at the library this summer – the One World, Our Story community collage project. Participants can pick up a kit at the Children’s Desk and create a collage that tells their family’s story. Collages will be displayed in the library’s lower level throughout the summer.

You Are Here (grades 6-12)

This program gets high marks for teen appeal. Join the Teen Book Club - the first ten members at the meetings get a free copy of the following month’s book. Special Saturday events are all about games – from Xbox to board games and water games. Teen Tuesday nights feature Henna art and Wii games and Movie Madness celebrates super heroes and fairy tales, with teens voting for the movie they want to watch.

Novel Destinations (adults)

Read best sellers, the classics, graphic novels, histories, travel guides – even magazines and newspapers count. Summer is a great time to check out the library’s collection of downloadable e-books and audio books at Write a quick book review for additional chances to win summer reading prizes.

OPL is again working with Oshkosh Transit System to offer free city bus rides for kids to the library when they show their library card. Visit the customer service desk on first floor or the lower level to pick up a ticket for a free ride home. Buses leave downtown from 6:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. For more information call the Oshkosh Transit System at 232-5340 or visit

Having trouble keeping track of all of the programs, events and activities happening at the library this summer? Join OPL on Facebook and follow the library on Twitter.

The library will be closed from Saturday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 21 for a carpeting project. During that time, the public can continue to return materials to the drive-up drop boxes on Mount Vernon Street. No materials will be due during the week of the closure.

For more information about library programs and services visit or call the 236-5200.


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