Kids Corner: Aussie animals prowl libraries World’s own Service 05/29/2000 

Brad “Bradini” Evans uses magic tricks to show 11-year-old Zach and 8-year-old Rachel how reading is fun. You can catch Bradini’s magic act at several Tulsa City-County libraries in June as a part of the library’s summer reading program for children. A. CUERVO / Tulsa World


Wombats, kookaburras, culture Down Under featured in story and song through summer.

The animals have started their own Olympics; a dodo bird is telling silly tales; and billabongs, kookaburras, wombats and singing snakes are everywhere. Never fear! It’s all part of the fun happening at Tulsa City-County libraries this summer.

Hundreds of free action-packed events for preschoolers and elementary-age kids are scheduled at TCCL libraries as a part of the children’s summer reading program called “Read for the Gold Down Under!”

Designed around the Olympic theme, the reading program continues through Aug. 5 at all 23 libraries and bookmobile stops. By reading and visiting the library, you can earn a medal of achievement, coupons for free admission to local attractions and for free food items, plus the chance to enter a drawing for computers, bicycles and other prizes. You also will receive a free ticket to “Library Summer Reading Program Night” at the Tulsa Drillers on Aug. 4. The night at the ballpark is sponsored by the Drillers, Oklahoma’s News Channel 8 and Case & Associates. Ask your librarian for more details about the summer reading program.

Several events are scheduled at two or more libraries this summer. Among these events are the following performances:

  • “Magician Brad `Bradini’ Evans — The Great Bradini” shows you how reading is fun with amazing tricks, comedy and audience participation.


  • “Dinkum Chinwagger’s Australian Stories” — Hear Dinkum Chinwagger, alias Kareth Bodman, tell Aboriginal stories from the old and new Dreamtime. 
  • “Legends: Nagonagogee With American Indian Actors” — Nationally known actors Will Hill and Geninne DeMarco share American Indian legends in this comedic performance that involves the entire audience.
  • “My Favorite Stories with KJRH-2NBC” — KJRH-2NBC personalities share their favorite children’s books.