Martial Arts Grand Master Earl Gilkey to present program on bullying

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent

This afternoon at 1:30, Martial Arts Grand Master Earl Gilkey will present “Be Your Own Hero: Awareness, Bullying, and Self-Defense” at the Pawhuska Public Library. The program is one in a series of specially designed programs for the Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Assistant Librarian Yvonne Rose said, “While our programs have been designed for preschool through high school, students of all ages are welcome. Preschool story-time sessions are held each Tuesday at 10 a.m. All other programs are held daily at 1:30 p.m. in the Library’s conference room.

“Earlier this week, Dale Christianson, Jr., rodeo cowboy and entertainer, presented a delightful program on cowboys and rodeo heroes. Throughout June, the library staff is hosting a contest where youthful participants can use their creativity with our Lego contest.”

Gilkey’s program on bullying will bring awareness to his youthful audience of a nationwide problem facing our schools and communities. An award-winning martial arts instructor, Gilkey has a school at 138 East Main Street in Pawhuska.

A calendar of all activities is available at the Public Library which is located at 1801 Lynn Avenue in Pawhuska. On Tuesday, June 23, renowned international storyteller Fran Stallings will present “Heroes and She-roes.” On Friday, June 25, a special program titled “Citizen Soldier” will be presented by retired National Guard Commander Donnie Smith. Smith will be accompanied by several National Guard soldiers who will demonstrate some of their equipment, such as nigh goggles, a hummer, their weapons system, etc. Rose said, “Children eight years old and under need a parent/guardian with them because of safety around the equipment.”

The Library’s big finale will be the return of magician Steve Crawford on July 1 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 918-287-3989.