At the Library: `Magic’ events slated during summer ’99 reading program World’s own Service 06/20/1999 

 River Freudenrich, 5, helps magician “Brad “Bradini” Evans perform a trick at Suburban Acres Library.


Look. Nothing up my sleeves. Watch as I turn a balloon into a dove. Abracadabra! It’s magic!

The Tulsa City-County Library System’s 1999 summer reading program, “Yippee Yi Yo! Join the Read Stampede” is in full gallop. Children age 12 and under can participate in the free program by signing up at any of the 23 TCCL locations and the bookmobile. Simply visit the library four times and read eight books by Aug. 7 to earn a medal of achievement, plus coupons for a free game of bowling and shoe rental provided by the Greater Tulsa Bowling Centers’ Association; free admission to the Tulsa Zoo for “Sunset Safari;” and a free ice cream cone from Sonic Drive-In. Read a total of 20 books and earn a bonus prize — a bright orange yo-yo.

To complement the program, hundreds of free events for preschoolers and children are planned at libraries throughout the summer. Featured performers include magician Brad Bradini” Evans, cowboy storyteller Sky Shivers and his trick dog Miss Kitty, storyteller Tyrone Wilkerson, Native American actor Will Hill and many others.

Children ages 5 to 12 who finish the summer reading program are eligible to enter the end-of-summer drawing. Donated prizes include: four computers with printers provided by the Tulsa World, QuikTrip Corporation, the Williams Companies Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation; six bicycles with helmets provided by Thrifty Car Rental with special thanks to T-Town Bicycle; 10 $100 savings bonds provided by Bank One; four $25 bookstore gift certificates provided by KJRH 2NBC; 48 children’s authors card games provided by Thrifty; 24 disposable cameras provided by Target Stores; and four bowling parties for six at AMF Sheridan Lanes.

Teens ages 13 and older are invited to participate in TCCL’s new young adult summer reading program called “Reading Rocks!”

“I’m really excited about the reading programs, especially since we’re now offering one for young adults,” said Rosemary Moran, coordinator of the summer reading programs. “Year after year parents have asked if we would offer a program for teens, and now we’re finally doing it. It’s great.”

By visiting the library four times and reading four books, teens earn a CD provided by The Edge — KMYZ 104.5 and a Koozie provided by the Tulsa Library Trust. They are also eligible to enter a drawing for a computer and printer provided by the Tulsa World, a mountain bike and helmet provided by Thrifty and a CD player.

Children and young adults may join the reading programs by visiting any TCCL location. For more information, visit your local library or call Moran at 596-7931.