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Shawnee Public Library will be closed Tuesday, April 25th through Thursday, April 27th, for maintenance work. We plan to resume normal hours of operation on Friday, April 28th.

Free Pilates series continues on Tuesday evenings

Workout matThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library exercises mind and body through its extensive collection of materials, as well as its continuing free Pilates series. The classes are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in May, on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. Ages 12 and up are invited to participate in the program, and registration is not required in advance.

The program is 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.

Find good options for summer volunteering

Volunteer signLooking for places to volunteer in the community to use on applications for college scholarships? Or are you an adult just wanting to spend some time lending a hand with an organization to better your community?

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is bringing many of those ideas together in one place at its Volunteer Opportunities Fair, set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the library.

The event provides a chance for either adults or teens to get ideas on volunteering in the community, which often is important for college applications or scholarship opportunities.

Numerous local groups will be participating, and a complete list is available here.

Registration is not required in advance to participate and it is offered for either teens or adults.

Don’t forget about your pets during storm season

PuppyFor families in Oklahoma, the travails of spring storm season are a way of life. And it’s a challenge that also can be difficult for the pets that are an important of many families.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library has those important family members in mind with its upcoming program “Preparing Your Pets for Storm Season,” hosted at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27.

Local dog trainer Heather Rhodes will present on ways to keep pets safe during storms, including basic first aid and medications a pet may need, how to train a large dog to get in and out of a storm shelter and tips for getting smaller animals into their crates or kennels.

She also will provide information pet CPR, and one attendee will receive a pet first aid kit as a door prize for attending.

The event is for ages 18 and up. Registration is not required in advance.

Busy slate of events on the way for children in April

Reading bykaenieThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes families with children for a variety of age-appropriate programs to go along with its vast collection of books and materials for checkout.

Activities scheduled at the library during April, by age group, include:

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25

Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 6 and April 20 (Registration required in advance)

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia (for ages 5 and under) – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 and April 25 (Registration required in advance)

Wizard/Star Wars Party, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13

Sensory Story Time (ages 11 and under, geared to children prone to sensory overload, on the autism spectrum or have trouble with big crowds) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19