Discussion group reads Unbroken

station 11It's that time of month again! The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society meets next at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, for its monthly book discussion series for adults.

This month’s featured title is Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand. Copies of the book will be available in advance at the library’s Information Desk.

The Penn Ave. group is for ages 18 and up and typically meets the second Thursday of the month.

Registration is required to attend.

Learn the basics of embroidery with free class and resources

craftJoin us at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library for an awesome upcoming event Beginning Embroidery for Adults. This program takes places 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, and will allow you to learn some basic embroidery stitches and go home with your own little sampler! Registration is required. You do not want to miss out on this event.

Want to learn more about embroidery? Stay tuned to the PLS Youtube channel for a video tutorial, or check out some of these library sources:

The Needlecraft Book The Needlecraft Book by Maggi Gordon, Sally Harding, & Ellie Vance

 From knitting to needlepoint, quilting to crochet, embroidery to appliquZ, The Needlecraft Book is the most comprehensive step-by-step guide to every needle, thread, and yarn technique. Packed with tools,  terminology, and easy-to-follow techniques to create truly personal pieces, The Needlecraft Book brings traditional, artistic, and practical crafts up to date with advice on contemporary styles and new materials, and  introduces all needle crafts to a new generation.


Sewn by Hand

 Sewn by Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle & Thread by Susan Wasinger

 Part nostalgia, part modern "slow movement," Sewn By Hand celebrates the gentle comforts of creating beautiful pieces the old-fashioned way. This contemporary collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and  mobile, as they carry their projects along with them just as knitters do. And with more than 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and aprons to practical totes and pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results  while they experience the simple joys of traditional sewing.


Heart-felt Holidays

 Heart-felt Holidays: 40 Festive Felt Projects to Celebrate the Seasons by Kathy Sheldon & Amanda Carestio

Celebrate--and craft--from the heart! The same team that brought you the top-selling Fa la la la Felt now offers another adorable book of fresh, easy-to-make felt decorations--this time with festive and fun  holiday themes for the rest of the year. Using readily available store-bought felt sheets, crafters can have year-round enjoyment creating 40 charming projects for Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Mother's  Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more.


The Quick and the Thread (Book 1 in the Embroidery Mysteries series) by Amanda Lee

Marcy Singer opens an embroidery shop in a small Oregon town. The day after it opens she finds the man who leased the shop to her lying dead in the shop's storeroom. Now Marcy is the suspect in a murder, and she needs to find the real murderer before she becomes the next victim.


  Also check out magazines Craft Ideas and Just Cross Stitch on Flipster, our service for free downloadable magazines!

Library to present Writers' Conference

RevenantGenslerCoverThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites authors at all stages of their writing journey, from those just starting out to those working on a manuscript to those with multiple published works to its free, One-Day Writers' Conference, on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Rooms A and B of the library.

The event will feature sessions on a variety of topics, including self-publishing, writing query letters and more.

The keynote speaker for the event is Sonia Gensler, author of the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award-winning Young adult novel The Revenant, as well as The Dark Between and Ghostlight.

The event will feature breakout sessions led by the following authors:

Pati Hailey, author of Te Ata: Oklahoma Cultural Treasure, who will present on “Solving Story Problems through Creative Visualization.”

Ashley Nixon, author of the Cutlass series, who will present on self-publishing.

Kim Ventrella, author of the 2017 release The Skeleton Tree, who will present 10 novel writing tips and elements of a query letter.

The event also will feature panel critiques on first pages and query letters. A potluck lunch also will be provided for attendees.

The conference follows a three-part series the library has conducted this winter and spring for aspiring authors. Teens ages 12 and up and adults are invited to participate, but space will be limited so registration is required to attend.

Gear up for summer with plenty of events for children

kidsThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes children and their families into the library for an assortment of age-appropriate programs for children offered at the library.

While things get really busy in June as the library’s Summer Reading Program kicks into full gear, the schedule for May still has quite a bit to offer, including:

Children’s Story Time and Craft, for ages 2 to 5 – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23

Lego Quest, for ages 5 to 124:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3

Baby Story Time and Play, for ages 2 and under10 and 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 12, 19 and 26

After School Kids (ASK), for Pre-K through 3rd grade4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5Registration is required. 

Sensory Story Time, for children up to age 11 – 10 a.m. Friday, May 6

TweenScene, for ages 7 to 124:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10Registration is required. 

Family Play Time/la hora de jugar, for ages 5 and under – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28

Unless otherwise noted, registration is not required for the programs. We hope to see you there!