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Monday, August 20, 2018

Top Ten List of New Things to do at LexiCon




LexiCon4 is just a few days away! Our “mini” comic convention this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. is a whole lot less “mini” this year with activities to do in three locations along Duck street.  To make sure you get to see and do it all, check out our list of the top ten new highlights at LexiCon.

10. Superhero Storytime. Mr. Incredible will be in the library storytime room at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. so that comic-con tots and their families can take pics and hear superhero stories. It’s a good way to start your little ones on their path to master-geekdom!

9. Foam Weapon Sparring. The Tripoint Sparring Association will be set up in the library courtyard for interested swordsters to test their skills – with safe, light foam weapons, of course. Rounds are priced at $1 and $5.

8. Super Smash Bros. tournaments. Join Game X Change in the library’s room 119 for their free SSB tournaments or join the champion’s tournament for $5. Test your skills against other SSB enthusiasts.

7. Shop ‘til you drop! With almost double the number of vendors and artists, there will be something that everyone will want at the community center. Be sure to bring some spending money for original art work, buttons, toys, t-shirts and other collectibles.

6. Use your library card! Make sure to have your Stillwater Public Library card on hand and you may just be visited by the Library Fairy! Our fairy has gifts for people who can produce their SPL card.

5. Learn to draw. Artists at the Prairie Arts Center will be giving free instruction on drawing. A new Nintendo character will be featured every hour. While you’re there, screenprint your own LexiT ($10 kids; $12 adults) or join in on their other fee based crafts.

4. Anime Theater. Head over to the community center if you love anime or want to see why it has become such a hit. We’ll be showing family friendly anime programs throughout the whole day.

3. Actually venture outside. In years past, LexiCon days have been scorchers and you daren’t step outside. Right now the radar looks clear and the temp should be in the mid-90s, so you’ll still be hot walking between the venues. But, the Stillwater Medical Center nurses have your back! Visit their zombie quarantine themed first aid hut at Tenth and Duck for free water or to report heat related illness. Be sure to dress in cool clothing and wear sunscreen!

2. Eat up! Two food trucks will be located at the Stillwater Community Center: I Don't Know, I Don't Care (with an array of dishes) and D's Down Home Bar-B-Que. In addition, Prairie Arts will be selling drinks, popcorn and popsicles and candy and drinks will be available for purchase in the library lobby.

1. Get more chances to win! Once again attendees will have a chance to win tickets to the Tulsa Wizard World comic con just for showing up, but this time the ticket package is huge and worth approximately $320. You’ll get more chances to win by filling out a drawing entry at all three LexiCon locations (the library, Prairie Arts Center and the community center). The winner will be announced immediately after the cosplay contests in the library auditorium.

For more information on LexiCon, visit us at http://library.stillwater.org/lexicon.php.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Local Harlequin author discusses creativity at Aug. 18 workshop


On Saturday, August 18, at 1 p.m., the Stillwater Writers and Stillwater Public Library will host “Creating Your Inner da Vinci” with local author Liz Tyner. The program is free and part of the Stillwater Writers’ series of programs on writing and publishing.

Tyner is the author of eight books published through Harlequin, a division of HarperCollins. Her latest book, “Saying I Do to the Scoundrel” came out Aug. 1. Tyner writes in the Regency romance genre, which includes novels set during a very narrow time period in early 1800s England when the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent after King George III was declared unfit to rule. The category was made popular by authors like Georgette Heyer and Mary Balogh, and more recently, Christina Dodd and Amanda Quick.

“While Regency is a popular genre, Harlequin is a difficult market to break into,” said Judith Sexton, Stillwater Writer President. “The authors must follow strict guidelines while having original stories and a fresh, creative voice. Liz will discuss creativity, a topic of interest to writers in all areas. It will be inspiring to hear how she gets her ideas and how she keeps herself motivated.”

According to Tyner, participants at the program will learn how to reduce writer’s block and how to keep writing despite a lack of motivation.

Without creativity, a writer is lost,” said Tyner. “The answer to this problem might lie in creative research, both for your novel and your life. This workshop will help you visualize your successful path and take the steps you need to keep the stories flowing.”

Tyner will answer questions following the presentation. Sexton advises hobby writers and those interested in getting published to take advantage of Tyner’s experience.

“Liz always finds time to write, while continuing to work full time, said Sexton. “The discussion period after the program, when Liz will answer questions, is a great opportunity to visit with a writer who is selling in the current market.”

Tyner’s novels and other popular Regency titles will be on display in the library and available for check out. Links to Tyner’s books are located on the library’s Local Author webpage at http://library.stillwater.org/local_authors.php. With the assistance of author Susan Walker, the library keeps a list of published Stillwater and Payne County writers and details about their books on the site. Books from these authors, including Tyner’s, are located on a special shelf across from the Help Desk.

For more information on the program, contact the library at (405) 372-3633 x8106 or email askalibrarian@stillwater.org.

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 http://privacygrade.org 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 http://tinyurl.com/splescape. 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 http://library.stillwater.org.

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 Amazon.com.

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 http://library.stillwater.org/docs/Colvin_Waiver.pdf 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 https://tinyurl.com/splfd18 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 http://library.stillwater.org.