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Library welcomes Science Museum Oklahoma for teen event

The programs from the Oklahoma Museum Network’s Outreach department are becoming yearly favorites during the Summer Reading Program, and this year’s slate from the museum group doesn’t disappoint.

“We always try to find several programs per age group, based on a literary theme or book series,” said Eileen Castle, coordinator of outreach programs with OMN, which includes Science Museum Oklahoma and five other facilities in the state.

“Using science to explore literature is a way to really bring the literature alive.”

The McLoud Public Library will host the program “An Overlander’s Underland Survival Guide” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the American Legion Hall, across the street from the library, 133 N. Main St. The program is for teens.

Based on Suzanne Collins’ Underland Chronicles, which is most known for the book Gregor the Overlander , this program takes participants through a series of survival tests as the library is transformed into an underworld replica.

They’ll also get to learn about and see up-close several real-life underground critters, such as cockroaches, spiders and snakes.

“Like Gregor in the book, they’ll come across creatures like he has to work with in some of the activities they encounter,” Castle said. “We have some live animals they’ll see to match those both above and below the ground.”

This year’s Summer Reading Program is presented with the support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Computer Products of America, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System.

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