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A one-of-a-kind children’s theater, Connor’s Cove is Tulsa County’s destination for high-quality children’s and teen programming.
With generous funding from, local businessman, Roger Hardesty, Connor’s Cove opened in the fall of 2008 to rave reviews. The theater which is named for Mr. Hardesty’s grandson, Connor Cleary, features seating for 420. This impressive space was designed to promote a love of books to children, teens and families in a fun, informative way by providing FREE performances for area young people. These free performances encourage audience members to discover the joy of reading through live productions including music, storytelling, author visits, puppet presentations, nature and science made fun, historical reenactments and more.
Since its opening, Connor’s Cove has entertained and educated thousands of children, teens and families. In 2012, Hardesty Regional Library was chosen by Livability.com as the Third Best Library for Children in the nation. Connor’s Cove was cited as Hardesty’s “wow factor” as a result of the consistently high-quality programming that takes place in the nautical-themed theater. Artists and performers are chosen on their ability to engage the imagination, foster creativity and impart the joy of learning and reading. Program sets range from 45-minutes to one hour. And don’t forget to stop by the children’s department to pick up an armful of books so you can continue your adventures at home.
“On behalf of Briarglen Elementary, I would like to extend our gratitude for the opportunity you provided for our students to attend a field trip at Connor’s Cove. Events like this are paramount for our children to experience life outside the confines of the neighborhood. No doubt this was a monumental undertaking, but be assured the impact on the students is equally as monumental.” Tamra Bird, Briarglen Elementary principal
“I've travelled all over Oklahoma performing for kids, so I can say this - Connor's Cove is hands down the best performance venue for children in the state. It's just the right size - large enough to seat a good crowd, but small enough to feel intimate. The lighting is spectacular. The acoustics are spectacular. The design is perfect.” Monty Harper, award-winning children’s songwriter
Funding to bring in nationally known storytellers, musicians and performers is provided by the Tulsa Library Trust. To make a donation ensuring Connor’s Cove remains a destination for lifelong learning, contact Larry Bartley, development director, 549-7363, or via email.