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Monday, July 2, 2018

Escape Room @ the library!

Next week, the library will be presenting its own version of an escape room. An escape room is a real-life, physical space where a group of players search for clues and then solve puzzles and riddles in an attempt to break out of the room. In our case, you will be trying to break INTO a room, but it is the same concept.

I became obsessed with escape rooms over ten years ago, before they were physical and when they were mostly just Japanese and eastern European produced flash games on websites that would end up loading your PC with massive numbers of adware and viruses. Those viruses seemed to regularly thwart even the best of security programs.

When tablets and apps came out, escape rooms seemed to become more digitally safe, because in theory your big name app stores like Apple, Google and Amazon will vet apps before making them available, right? Unfortunately, it is still very, very important that you take security precautions, just like you should have been doing with your PC. 

Not only do you want to scan your apps, but more importantly, you need to read and find out for which “permissions” the apps you want to download are asking. If you download apps without reading about them, you very well could be giving them permission to take some very insecure actions like recording audio, reading your texts, accessing your location and more. 

A lot of time, the permissions for which the apps ask sound really, really technical and scary and important, but are in fact harmless. At other times, the requested permission sounds innocuous, but could actually have far reaching effects. If you aren’t sure whether one of these “permissions” is harmful, then check it at a site like Carnegie Mellon’s to find out.

But—to stay really safe—just sign up for the library’s escape room being held at various times throughout the day July 9-14. To register, visit Up to five people can register together during one of the 45 minute escapes. If you are on your own or don’t have five people, just sign up for one of the slots with a few people registered. You must be an adult or a student going into at least sixth grade to attend.

The slots are filling up pretty quickly, so it is a good idea to sign-up as soon as you can. If you can’t get a slot, then there are plenty of other exciting happenings at the library next week: 

Tuesday, July 10 (10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) – Juggle Whatever. Lights! Music! Circus! Kids and their families will be dazzled by a glow-in-the-dark circus show set to fun music with a variety of high-tech LED props including hula hoops, juggling, unicycling and much more.

Wednesday, July 11 (2:30 p.m.) Geology Rocks! The OSU Geology department will bring fascinating hands-on geology demonstrations to SPL. Teens will have a chance to interact firsthand with different types of rocks and participate in activities involving the different minerals. The geology group will present information on other facets of geology and answer questions posed by the teens.

Thursday, July 12 (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) –Summer Cinema. This PG rated film tells the imaginative story of a young girl and a friendly giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. 

Friday, July 13 (1 p.m.) – Friday Musicals. In this rated G film based on The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy is a shy Harlem kindergarten teacher who is transported to the land of Oz during a blizzard. There she meets up with assorted characters who accompany her on her journey down the yellow brick road.

Friday, July 13 (6:30 p.m.) – Fribrary. The Anime Club for young adults meets to watch anime, eat Japanese snacks and draw.

As a reminder, the library will be closed all day Wednesday for Independence Day, but we still have several fun events this week:

·       Tuesday (10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) - Hill's Irish Dancers
·       Thursday (10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) - Summer Cinema
·       Friday (6:30 p.m.) – Teen Advisory Committee

For more information on any of the upcoming programs, visit

Monday, June 4, 2018

Exciting second week of library's summer program

For a quick recap of Stillwater Public Library events this week:
·         Tuesday - A Thoroughly Modern Rapunzel (Children’s Operetta) at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
·         Wednesday – Teen program (Lunar Sooners and their pop-up planetarium) at 2:30 p.m.
·         Thursday – Summer Cinema at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
·         Thursday evening - Wine and Music Pairings with wine expert Clayton Bahr at 6:30 p.m.
·         Friday – Musical movie at 1 p.m.

And on to next week! Our next week, might be one of the most amazing summer slates of programs we’ve ever had!

On Tuesday, June 12, at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., all of my life’s hopes, dreams and wishes come true when Denise Gard brings in her dogs, Sienna and Joey, for “Doggie Dance!” This talented trio will tell stories set to classical, rap, country and pop music.

Denise is a professional storyteller from Colorado, who has also started writing stories for Sienna and Joey, filled with strong characters, funny situations and memorable dialog. Their book, “Trash Land: a Sienna and Joey Tale about Recycling,” is currently available as a Kindle edition on

Sienna, a red and white Border Collie, loves performing for audiences.  Her favorite trick is playing dead which she does whenever she needs a "break."  Sienna loves treats, her mom Denise and belly rubs.  From her webpages, it appears Sienna also loves dressing up, so I imagine we are going to see some fancy doggie duds too.

Joey is Sienna’s a blonde Border Collie brother.  He enjoys doing tricks, but as is true for all little brothers, his favorite thing is to annoy his sister by stealing her blanket and toys.  He also loves giving hugs and kisses to audience members.

This will be a popular program, so please arrive early and consider attending the 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. performances, as they usually are the ones with the most room.

On Wednesday, June 13, at 2:30 p.m., teens should meet at the OSU Colvin Center (near the corner of Hall of Fame & Cleveland) for an afternoon of rock wall climbing. The program is open to students going into 6-12 grades. It’s a free event, but tennis shoe are required, as well as a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. You may download one at or pick one up at the Help Desk.

On Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., enjoy popcorn and a movie at Summer Cinema. The film is rated PG and reveals the story of a koala impresario who stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater and bring it back to its former glory.

On Friday, June 15 at 1 p.m., Friday Musicals features a PG film about a teenage girl who pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation in her native Baltimore.

That evening at 6:30 p.m., teens can pop in for a PG-13 blockbuster from last year about an Amazonian warrior in training who leaves home to fight a war and discover her full powers and true destiny.

And on Sunday, June 17, from 2-4 p.m., men and the kids in their lives will work together during “DIY Music” to create their own working instruments out of pipe, springs, boxes, wood and lots of other materials. Registration is limited and required at or the Help Desk. Projects include cigar box guitars, music boxes, rain sticks and PVC horns.

For more information on any of the upcoming programs, visit

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summer starts today @ Your Library!

A very full calendar of fun summer events has started at Stillwater Public Library.

Today, anytime between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., drop into the story time room for the WONDERtorium's "WONDERjam" and have a musically good time. Come see what can happen with found objects and how they can be transformed into musical instruments. Also enjoy building a musical marble run and play a huge piano with your feet.

Incidentally, on Father's Day, we'll be holding an expanded build-you-own musical instruments event. If you have clean PVC pipe scraps or fittings, we'd love to have them. Just drop them at the Help Desk, and if you are part of a kid/father figure team, then be sure to sign up for the program on our webpage.

On Thursday, join in on "Kindness Rocks" anytime from 10a.m. - 5 p.m. in the story time room. Spread joy and kindness throughout Stillwater by painting a rock or two for others to find. Learn more about the Kindness Rocks Project at

Oktoberfest in June will be celebrated at Saturday's "Polka Party" from 1-2:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Bring chairs or blankets to jam out to some hot Polka tunes, then enjoy root beer floats and bubble run at this all age family event.

On Tuesday, June 5, local kids will perform "A Thoroughly Modern Rapunzel" in Rana McCoy's annual children's operetta. Shows take place at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium on the second floor of the meeting room building. Please note there will be no evening show.

Since this is the first auditorium performance of the summer, Ms. Elizabeth wants to remind everyone about a few guidelines that will help the event run more smoothly:

1. Performances have limited seating and are available on a first come, first served basis.
2. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. 
3. The 3:30 p.m. performances usually have the most open seating (or the 6:30 p.m. shows).
4. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult in the performance room.
5. Children ages 6-8 must have an adult present in the library building.
6. Doors will close when we reach capacity.
7. We are unable to let people exit and re-enter once the doors have closed.

On Wednesday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m., The Lunar Sooners will show teens how "Astronomy Rocks," with their portable planetarium. Teens will learn about the stars in the planetarium through hands-on astronomy demonstrations.         

Summer Cinema starts on Thursday, June 7, with a 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. screening of Coco, which is rated PG.

That evening at 6:30 p.m., the adult program begins with "Music & Wine Pairings" presented by Clayton Bahr, wine expert and host of “Tasting Notes” on The Spy FM. No wine will be served, but you will have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card, and everyone will go home with the gift of knowing how to pair music with different types of wine to make dinners and get-togethers a success! Before the program, be sure to stop by Emily's very interesting display of book and drink pairings.

And last, Friday Musicals begins on, you guessed it!, Friday (June 8) with a 1 p.m. showing of everyone's favorite musical, Grease, rated PG.

After that, maybe keep your research questions simple and easy for a few days while the librarians recover from this VERY packed start to "Summer @ Your Library!"