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.

Immigration and Citizenship Forum scheduled

LectureThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will present an Immigration and Citizenship Forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Room B.

Jesus Ramirez, Community Relations Officer with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, will present information on laws pertaining to citizenship and immigration. Also part of the discussion is immigration attorney Amir Farzaneh who will be available to answer questions.

The event also will be aired online via Facebook Live on the Pioneer Library System’s Facebook page.

The program is for ages 18 and up. Registration in advance is required for those wanting to attend in person.

Pilates series moves outdoors to the patio during April

PilatesThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library takes its popular Pilates series outdoors during April, with weekly sessions of "Pilates on the Patio," at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays this month, with events on April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

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.

In case of inclement weather, the class may be moved indoors.

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.