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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Old World Puppetry at the library next week

Next week marks the halfway point of Stillwater Public Library’s “Summer @ Your Library” program with weekly programs, reading challenges, prizes and much more. You still have plenty of time to get enrolled, just visit to get started. Programs next week include:

Tuesday, June 27, a new program debuts featuring Richard Elsenpeter’s Marionettes in a retelling of “Tom Sawyer” at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and at the special new all-family friendly program time at 6:30 p.m.  Elsenpeter is a strong believer in fantasy. Without fantasy, he feels children miss a vital part of their development. 

"The fantasy world is as necessary to the development of the mind as crawling is to walking,” said Elsenpeter. “If a child is denied the freedom to pursue a fantasy, he is deprived. It serves
a very important purpose."

Elsenpeter’s Marionettes is a professional full-time performing Marionette company which has entertained millions of school children. The Elsenpeter’s Marionettes tradition of puppetry started in Elen, Germany approximately 139 years ago, by Elsenpeter's great grandfather. Their traditional form of puppetry has been handed down through four generations and is described as "old world style of puppetry." It is rarely seen any more in America because of its technical difficulties.

Each program is especially written for the Marionettes theatre, and every detail has been carefully designed to achieve a perfect dramatic production in miniature. Elsenpeter’s skillful manipulation of the Marionettes transforms the two foot tall, hand carved, wooden dolls into living characters with definite personalities.
The Elsenpeter program delights the young and the young-at-heart while stressing the importance of education and reading. His goal is to give children an outlet for their fantasies while making a lasting impression on them.

As an early reminder, the library will be closed Tuesday, July 4, so no programs on that day.

On Wednesday, June 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m., young adults in 6-12 grades will be growing a better world with OSU Payne County Extension. Inside, attendees will make seed bombs, learn about plants and explore plant pathogens. Outside, teens will tour several blocks near the library, identifying plants and learning more about botany in Oklahoma. Participants are advised to wear shoes comfortable for walking and clothing appropriate for being outside.

On Thursday, June 29, “Summer Cinema” features “Secret Life of Pets” at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The hilarious PG film uncovers the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Max, a terrier, has his favorite-pet status turned upside-down when his owner takes in a stray named Duke. Popcorn will be provided. Please bring a water bottle.

Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. is the second program in the “Let’s Talk About It” series featuring Dr. Harbor Winn and the short poetry book, Native Guard” by Natasha Tretheway. The program includes Dr. Winn’s presentation, small group discussions and refreshments from the Civil War era.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

He shoots! He scores! He's fouled!

Hurray! We’re headed back to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament! And though we’ve made it quite a few times in the last years, it feels like the first in a very long time. I went to the OSU-Kansas game with hub last week. The first time in many years. While we did lose, it felt like we won. The arena was packed; my ears were buzzing; and at the end of the game my throat was so sore I couldn’t talk.

It took me right back to the days when we didn’t always win, but always seemed to get significantly better. Back to feeling that we always had a shot to make it all the way.  Back to the frenzy of being on the sidelines when Big Country made his infamous half-court shot against Missouri (Jason Sutherland is still the player I most despise, though at this point I couldn’t even tell you why). Back to the excitement of camping out all night to get tickets to the Final Four in Seattle (and later learning that the ticket office wasn’t supposed to sell us those tickets and wanted them back!).

Back to the deafening roars of the Cincinnati game in the new arena (probably I remember this one so clearly not so much because it was the very loudest time I’ve ever been in GIA, but because everyone who attended got sparkly silver pom-poms). Back to those Sunday afternoons, driving home from Kansas City, listening to the tournament selection show, hoping superstitiously to get put into an East Rutherford, NJ, region.

And that is what watching this team feels like—hopeful. If you want to brush up on the historic Cowboy Basketball tradition, come by for these titles:

·         “Oklahoma State University: history-making basketball” by Michael McKenzie. Read about the events and people who created the tradition of Cowboy basketball. The book starts pre-Iba and follows the program through Kurland, Haskins, Hartman, Hansen, Hamilton, Starks and Houston up to the beginning of the Sutton era.

·         “Mr. Iba: Basketball's Aggie Iron Duke” by John Paula Bischoff. Bischoff relays Iba’s career in Stillwater as a national championship winning coach and athletic director. Included are discussions of his innovative basketball plays that are still in use today.

·         Track 8 of “Voices of Oklahoma” where you can hear a 1972 interview of Coach Iba discussing Olympic strategy. He sounds tough, just like his teams were.

A few titles have either been retired due to condition or not ordered for the library, so if you have a copy of the following books, please consider donating them to the library:

·         “He Got It! My Life with Bill Teegins” by Janis Teegins and Bob Burke
·         “Living My Dreams: 1965 OSU Cowboy’s Big Eight Basketball Champions” by Gene Johnson
·         “Tournament Town Kansas City: Where the Basketball Madness Began”  by Blair Kerkhoff

See you in Phoenix! (I have just knocked on both a piece of real wood and my head, so I am allowed to say that. However, this does also take me back to the one downside of OSU basketball fanaticism—the rigorous and detailed actions hub and I had to take during each and every game and the words we were and were not allowed to say during the season, so as not to tempt fate. OH! And the hoarding! Didn’t like my frenetic hoarding of every scrap of OSU basketball memorabilia. This hopeful feeling is still worth it, though!