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7/12/2013 8:20:00 PM
Theater, commercials and film highlight "Summer @ Your Library" this week

The Stillwater Public Library features all categories of the performing arts this week including theater, commercials and fi lm. The performances are part of "Summer @ Your Library," an eight week reading club which lets participants earn prizes and chances into even larger prize drawings. The program is open to children and young adults of all ages and includes weekly activities and live performances.

On Tuesday, July 16, the Rana McCoy children's operetta gives its premiere performance of "Penny Ante Pirates," a tale about pirates who invade a quiet seaside village.

McCoy organizes and directs a yearly performance which is showcased at the library each summer. This year, McCoy had help from Highland Park librarian Diane Dean, who is also one of McCoy's operetta assistants. Dean wrote the original story and script, while McCoy provided the music and lyrics for the show.

"The operetta is filled with singing, dancing and fun," said McCoy. "The village in Diane's story has colorful and fun characters. The invasion brings the characters and pirates together for a surprising confrontation."

The highlight of each operetta is the characters which are played by children from the surrounding area. The operetta gives the children a chance to perform, while also learning the mechanics of stage production.

"The operetta is so much fun," said Keelyn Schafer, a cast member from the 2012 and 2013 performances. "It helped me get better at singing and acting. I also loved it because I got to meet new friends."

Other cast members agree.

"Some of the best summer memories in my life were being in the operettas," said Preston Prock, cast member in 2011-13. "I had great fun, learned so much, and I believe every kid needs to do this at least once. You'll be hooked."

"Penny Ante Pirates" will be performed at 10 a.m., 1: 30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 17 at 2 p.m., young adults will screen commercials they created in the library's first ever "Book Trailer Contest."

"One of the booming aspects of the publishing industry is book trailers," said Scott Freeman, teen librarian. "These are short commercials that illustrate the book, much like movie previews."

The young adults in the summer reading program have been working this summer to produce trailers for their favorite books. At the program, participants will screen all of the trailers, and then vote on their favorite entries.

"The Friends of the Library are providing a great prize to the winner," said Freeman. "The creator of the entry with the most votes will receive a $50 gift card and we will offer runner-up prizes too."

The deadline to turn in book trailers is 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16. Entries can be submitted on a disk to the Help Desk, via email or by posting the trailer on youtube.com and emailing the link to sfreeman@stillwater.org.

The young adult program is open to students going into 6-12 grades.

On Thursday, July 18, the last presentation of "Summer Cinema" features a 2012 animated film about a princess who defies tradition. Princess Merida's parents expect her to marry, but the young archer has other ideas. When Merida is granted one wish to help her change her mother's mind, she accidentally turns her mother into a bear and must use her archery skills to undue the spell before it is too late. The film is rated PG and will show at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

"Summer @ Your Library" is free and open to the public and made possible by Friends of the Stillwater Public Library, Chris' University Spirit, KOSU, OK Quality Printing and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the OK Dept. of Libraries. For more information, visit the library at http:// library.stillwater.org or on Facebook and Twitter.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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