Get on the move with workout offerings

YogaThe Moore Public Library seeks to stress both the mental and physical well-being with its continuing series of workout classes.

The schedule for February classes features:

Zumba - 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The workouts feature high-energy Latin and International music that combine dance and exercise movements. Teens ages 12 and up or adults may participate.

Tai Chi for Health9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Classes introduce basic Tai Chi principles and movements integrating mind and body. Ages 12 and up may participate.

Beginner’s Yoga - 6 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The classes are taught by a certified YMCA instructor who will be leading the group in learning various yoga poses. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel for comfort, although there will be a limited number of mats provided. The classes are for teens age 12 and up or adults.

A signed waiver is required before each class, and anyone under age 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

The classes are made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Bring the kids for activities during February

boy readsThe Moore Public Library welcomes families with children for a variety of story times and other age-appropriate programs and activities during February.

The schedule features:

Family Story Time11 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 3 and Feb. 17

Barks, Books & Buddies - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20

Preschool Story Time10 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Lapsit Story Time10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Pre-K Play 10 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22

Kid’s Club4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12

Story Time at The Boxcar3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Dragons Love Tacos Party2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19

Sensory Story Time - 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21

Tween Scene: Storyboard That4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26

Seusstacular - 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27

Group providing free income tax assistance

Tax calculatorThe Moore Public Library again welcomes local volunteers that are helping taxpayers get through the income tax filing season.

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will be at the library beginning in February through the final date for filing person income tax returns in mid-April.

VITA volunteers will be at the library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 3 and from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 7. The last returns will be started 30 minutes prior to the end of each session.

The service is available for taxpayers with an income of less than $56,000, and volunteers will help those taxpayers prepare their basic federal and state income tax returns.

Taxpayers are encouraged to bring: a copy of their 2016 tax return, if it is available; Social Security cards for the worker, spouse, and children born before Dec. 31, 2017; W-2 forms from all jobs; 1099 forms for any other income; IRS notices received during 2017; and Statements received from a mortgage company during 2017 (these are for itemized returns).

Returns must be filed or postmarked by Tuesday, April 17, and the final session of the VITA program at the library will be Saturday, April 14.

Teens are celebrating Valentine’s, flying Quadcopters

QuadcopterThe Moore Public Library welcomes teens in sixth through 12th grades to visit anytime, but in particular for the following program opportunities in February.

Cocoa and Cards, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 – Teens will be making Valentine’s Day cards and a hot cocoa in a jar gift to take home for a loved one for the holiday. Supplies are provided.

Teen STEAM: Quadcopters, 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 – Get an introduction to the library’s Quadcopters and using the Python programming language to help make it fly.

(And, if mom or dad want to try the Quadcopters themselves, they’ll get a chance the following week, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in a version of the program for ages 18 and up.

Registration is required separately for each of the activities.

PLS Big Read looks to “Five Skies” in discussion

Five Skies coverFor a 12th consecutive year, the Pioneer Library System will be celebrating literature with its PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts’ initiative, The Big Read.

The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the NEA as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature. The featured book selected by PLS representatives for this year is Five Skies by Ron Carlson.

The Moore Public Library's Open for Discussion group will present a scholar-led discussion of the book at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the library's Conference Room. Those who wish to "virtually" attend may do so via Google Hangouts.

Leading the discussion will be scholar Carolyn Cole, retired professor of literature from Oklahoma Baptist University. Copies of the book are available from the library’s Information Services Desk.

Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote Five Skies after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. It tells the story of three men from different backgrounds brought together for a summer construction project in the Rocky Mountains. It builds a story from how their collective pasts intertwine.

The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS:  The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.

Sponsors for this year’s activities are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Norman Arts Council, Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.