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Explore Middle Earth with teen library program in Shawnee

round blue door in side of hillThe 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.

The Shawnee Public Library hosts “Tolkien’s Middle Earth Exploration” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. The program is for teens.

“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.”

This year, the Pioneer Library System is targeting museum programs to teens as part of their Summer Reading Program schedule and offers some unique options, including this program, which features activities from “The Hobbit.”

It wasn’t hard for Castle, as a big fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien series, to come up with great ideas for putting this program together.

“It helps make people want to read, and we try to put as many subjects from the book in our programs as we can,” she said

The Hobbit program features an obstacle course, a chemistry experiment in which participants will turn pennies into “gold,” and of course, a dragon. Participants also will recreate versions of some of Tolkien’s “famous foods.”

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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