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July 2, 2013

Ventriloquist bringing his puppet friends to city library

NORMAN — Gary Owen will bring a few of his friends — in the form of distinctive puppets — to show off a collection of stories via his ventriloquism skills in this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Owen will come to the Norman Public Library for a pair of performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 8.

Owen has spent more than 35 years perfecting his craft and will bring children stories and lessons through his interactions with his puppets. He’s added many stories from his experiences that will add to what he has to offer this summer in PLS hometown libraries.

“I just love what I do, and I’m always interested in picking up new things,” Owen said.

Owen’s career path started in his early years in southern California listening to legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully call Los Angeles Dodgers’ games. Later, Owen got a suggestion from a high school speech and drama teacher who heard his talent when he read during an assignment. That led him to a radio station in Elk City straight out of high school, which eventually led to bigger assignments in the Oklahoma City area.

He has introduced shows on PBS broadcasting on OETA.

Owen also has done voices for several characters in theme shows at Frontier City in Oklahoma City and is in his 18th year hosting a radio show on science and technology that is broadcast on several stations in the state.

Find out more about this summer’s activities from the summer edition of the Pioneer Library System’s WORD Magazine, online at justsoyouknow.us or by following the library system on Twitter @mylibrary2go or on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System.”

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