Build a Better World
Summer Reading Program at the Oxford Public Library

  • Highlights of the first two thirds of Summer Reading!

The first week’s program featured the trial-and-error of building and design.  We read about the “Three Sodhouse Swine” (three little pigs set in Oxford) and worked on the challenge of building the tallest structure with craft sticks and clothespins.  Way to go, Mikayla Tong, for your seven story structure!

The second week, we looked at the machinery and some principles of building with exploding cobra sticks, a petting zoo (graciously by our city workers) and excerpts from the funny futuristic book MOTEL OF THE MYSTERIES by David Macauley.

The week of June 12th featured the awesome performance by  the Trash Can Band from Oxford Elementary School.  We also had a display of percussion instruments from around the world shared by Sharon Short.  Thanks band members and Sharon!

The week of June 19th, was all about quilting at the library.  The programs on Tuesday, June 20th, were about the historical aspects of quilts in America.  Connie Ruyle was our guest speaker for the 9:30 program.  The quilts were on display until the end of June.  Thank you to all of the quilters who shared their work and Connie for your amazing presentation!

On Tuesday, June 27th, the Sedgwick County Zoo came to visit and talk about homes and habitats of animals.    Over 50 children and adults enjoyed this interesting presentation. We want to thank RCB Bank and Sign & Stitch for sponsoring this program!  This blue-tongued skink was a popular part of the show.

The July 5th program was attended by a small but mighty group and featured interesting presentations as we learned about recycling and composting.  Debra Schwyhart, master gardener, talked with the attendees about composting.  All participants got to make a plant man from recycled materials.  Thanks to Debra for the awesome presentation and Primarily Plants for working with us to have plants this late in the season!

On July 11th, the Bug Lady presented a fun and interesting program to over fifty children and adults.  She not only brought bugs (spiders and such), but also lizards, snakes, and a hairless rat!  Oh My!




On July 18th, over 50 children came and experienced math activities with Exploration Place.  Lots of hands on activities at this program.

You may have heard that Oxford rocks!  As our final activity this summer, participants are making RAK rocks and placing them around town.  This has been a fun activity.  Hope you get one!



Special Drawings and Prizes

As seen in our earlier post, Gage Lewellen was the winner of the Royals’ tickets.  We want to give a huge SHOUT OUT!  and thanks to the Royals for this contribution to our summer program.  The second drawing was to the Sedgwick County Zoo. Chyler Walker won those two tickets donated by a friend of the library. Pearson Rush and Madison Ferguson each one four passes to Strataca, the Salt Mine Museum in Hutchinson.  Thank you, Strataca, for this awesome contribution to our program!

Casey’s have their popsicles back in stock.  If you have a certificate, you should go cool off with a popsicle.  If you haven’t received one yet, come by the library and tell me what RAK (Random Act of Kindness) is and you can get a certificate for a Casey’s popsicle

  • July 25th        9:30 is PIRATE DAY!!   Lil Builders will meet at 9:30 at the Library for Pirate Day!
    10:30 Kansas Mascots!   All are invited to the 10:30 program at the Lion’s Club.  Jordan Poland from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame will present about Kansas Mascots!
  • Closing Program.  Monday, July 31st at the Lion’s Club.
    THERE IS A CHANGE IN SCHEDULING!  Because of a conflict, the closing program will be on Monday, July 31st, at 6:30 p.m. at the Oxford Lion’s Club.  Like last year, we will give certificates and prizes and recap the highlights of this year’s summer reading.  Light refreshments will be served.


The last day of reading records is July 21st.  That will give everyone time to come and collect their book bucks and shop before the closing program on the 31st.

Come by the library for more information or call us at 620 455-2221.

Business partners are helping us create this special summer program.  We would like to thank Wickman Chemical, RCB Bank, Sign & Stitch, Emerald Bank, Casey’s, the Kansas City Royals, the Oxford Lions Club, the City of Oxford, the Kansas City Chiefs, Strataca, Kansas Power Pool, and private donors for  giving their support. We couldn’t have done this without you!