BY JESSICA LANE

Staff Writer

The Summer Reading Program at Chickasha Public Library aims to take children on a literary world tour.

The Chickasha Summer Reading Program, which had its Kick-off on June 2, will take place each Thursday of June and July at 10 a.m. at the Chickasha Public Library at 527 W. Iowa. All of the programs for the children are free.

There will be a different cultural theme each week, according to Lillie Huckaby, Children's Librarian at Chickasha Public Library. She said that most cultures have the same story just told in a different way.

This Thursday's theme is Africa. Local artist Carolyn James will tell tales as she draws pictures. The children will be making masks and drums for the occasion and to celebrate African culture. James has done a variety of performances for the program.

There will be two special guests this summer. The first will be storyteller Marilyn Hudson on June 23. Huckaby said that Hudson will be bringing a suitcase full of costumes and that she is very interactive. Contact the Chickasha Public Library to make reservations for this event.

The music group Arabesque will be coming to the library on July 14 to play folk tunes from around the world on a variety of instruments from around the world, according to Huckaby.

On Thursday afternoons there will be boys' and girls' book clubs for older children age 9 through 11. Rather than assigning a specific book to be read, the girls' book club will focus on writing, while the boys' club will include drawing and graphic novels. Huckaby said these book clubs will be very informal, but are intended to provide a more intimate environment for kids that want to discuss reading and books.

On Tuesdays, at 10 a.m., there will be storytime for 4-6 year olds and storytime for toddlers at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

A "homemade" puppet show, in which children make puppets and put on a puppet show themselves will take place on June 30.

"We want to encourage children to keep reading during their school vacation so they continue to read well into the next school year," said Huckaby.

The Summer Reading program at the Chickasha Public Library is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Collaborative Summer Reading Program, Sonic, Pizza Hut, the Chickasha Public Library, Friends of the Chickasha Public Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

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