Explore the great outdoors with a good book

Join us in our Summer Reading Program by exercising your mind and body in the great outdoors! Click here to get a look at all of the awesome events you can attend this summer at the library.

Find inspiration with the outdoorsy reads and media listed below or check out our digital magazine database, Flipster, to find nature and outdoor magazines like Runner's World, Travel & Leisure, and more!

Happy Camper The Happy Camper by Kevin Callan

Let a professional show you how to plan your trip properly, whether for a day or a few weeks: how to take only what you need and pack it to best effect, how to read a map and compass, select a campsite, stake a tent, beat the bugs, build a fire, cook a camp meal, ward off unwanted wildlife, paddle a canoe or kayak, camp with kids and dogs, administer first aid, photograph a landscape and much, much more.

Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide

The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka

Whether you're a first-time backpacker, an occasional weekend warrior or a seasoned long-distance trekker, you'll love this guide. Learn exactly what you need to carry - both on your back and between your ears - for all seasons and circumstances through a show-and-tell of clothing, footwear, backpacks, shelter and sleep systems, and more, as well as through detailed articles on foot care, campsite selection and hiking efficiency. Skurka's practical and priceless recommendations give you all the tools and techniques you'll need to hit the trail.

Great American Camping Cookbook

The Great American Camping Cookbook by Scott Cookman

Bad cooking ruins more camping trips than anything else except rain. Here is the delectable remedy: a camp cook's guide to the fresh, natural comfort foods that are essential to eating well in the great outdoors.


Outdoor Adventures


Outdoor Adventures! by Lynn Maslen Kertell

Jack and Anna go on a hike. On their adventure they see animals. Can they have an adventure in the yard, too?


Great American Camping Cookbook

The National Parks: America's Best Idea [NONFICTION DVD] directed by Ken Burns




Find fantastic places to camp, hike and explore the great outdoors in Oklahoma:

Chickasaw National Recreation AreaBeavers Bend & Hochatown State ParkGreenleaf State ParkLake Murray State Park & LodgeSequoyah State Park & LodgeWichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitors’ Center, and Illinois River.

Summer Reading is back with kickoff event

srp 2016The Summer Reading Program brings thousands of readers into the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, and this year’s activities once again provide opportunities for all ages to experience the library.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library gets its Summer Reading Program festivities started with its SRP Kickoff, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the library.

The afternoon features a variety of activities for all ages, healthy snacks, health and wellness information from local community partners, information on this summer’s variety of programs and the first chance to sign up for this year’s SRP reading goals.

This year’s Summer Reading Program takes a look at exercise, not just of body but of mind as well, as both mental and physical activity are featured for those who come inside the library. The themes for SRP in 2016 are “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” for children; “Get in the Game: Read!” for teens and “Exercise Your Mind. Read! for adults.

A slate of performers will tour throughout the 11 hometown libraries in the system, and activities are set nearly every day as SRP hits its peak during June and the first part of July.

Sponsors for this year’s edition of the Summer Reading Program are Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesOklahoma College Savings PlanSonicThe Oklahoman Newspapers in Educationthe Oklahoma Department of Librariesthe Pioneer Library System FoundationFriends of the Library groups and the Pioneer Library System.


Sports Digital Book Display

swimKick off the Summer Reading Program with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library at 4:30 p.m June 2nd! This even will include amazing sports, health and fitness crafts, games and activities for all ages.There will be library tours, healthy snacks, health & wellness information from local community partners, and so much more at this come and go event! Children, teens and adults can also sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

The Pioneer Library System invites you to stay active and have fun this summer with tons of Summer Reading Program Touring Programs! Stay tuned to our website for fun events for all ages.


Test your sports knowledge with this question:

What pro basketball player holds the record for the most NBA career points with 38, 387? 

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find the answer! cheeky


Want more of this sporty fun? Check out our catalog for books about sports or look below for some suggestions!

Ripley's SportsRipley's Believe it or Not!: Sports by Geoff Tibballs

A uniquely fun Ripley's Believe It or Not! way of looking at traditional subject matter with a Ripley's twist! Dive into this eye-popping collection of mind-boggling facts and incredible photographs about all your favorite sports. From snow boarding to strongmen and basketball to BMX, it's all here alongside the wacky sports stories from the wonderful world of " Ripley's Believe It Or Not! "


Twice as Good

Twice as Good: the story of William Powell by Richard Michelson

To nine-year-old Willie Powell, there was no prettier sight than the smooth grass lawns of Edgewater Golf Cource. He had been so eager to see them that he'd run seven miles to where the course was situated outside of town. But his elation didn't last. When he asked two golfers if they'd teach him the game, one man responded by saying, 'Son, didn't anyone ever tell you that your kind is not welcome here?' In the 1920's there was no place for Willie, or any black person, on a golf cource. It was a game for white people only, at least in America. But his enthusiasm for golf and his belief in what he knew to be right drove Willie Powell to change that, and to change minds.


Strange but True Sports

Strange but true sports by Lori Polydoros.

Ironing on a mountainside. Chasing after cheese. These are not your ordinary activities. Get ready to learn about some of the world's strangest sports.





Kareem Abdul Jabbar


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!