Join us for children’s activities during January

Kids readingThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library presents a variety of age-appropriate activities for children and their families throughout the week.

The list of scheduled activities during January includes:

10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25Toddler Story Time & Play

10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 8, 22 and 29Family Story Time

10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26Baby Lapsit

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the activities.

Get on the move with Pilates, Tai Chi classes

Exercise mind and body with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its recurring exercise classes offered during January.

Classes, times and dates for the month include:

Tai Chi for Health, 6 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 – Certified instructor Chock Petchprom will teach basic forms of Tai Chi to boost health and wellness. The classes are best for ages 7 and up.

Pilates, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 – Classes will seek to build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance. Ages 12 and up may attend.

Registration, as well as a signed waiver, are required in advance.

The series 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.

Teen book group looks at “Bone Gap”

Bone Gap coverThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s teen book discussion group, Teens Reading Terrific Literature (TRTL), hosts its next monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the library.

This month’s discussion will be on the novel Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. Copies of the book can be checked out in advance at the library’s Information Services Desk.

The group is for ages 12 to 17 and will be meeting on the third Saturday of the month for discussions of books read by group members.

Registration is encouraged but is not required in advance to participate.

Judge Me By My Cover: Digital Book Display

Looking for a new book to read in the new year?

Sometimes, judging a book by its cover is OK. We have gathered up some of our favorite book covers that also happen to be awesome books, and we have something for everyone!

Language of Thorns by Lee Bardugo

Teen Fiction & OverDrive eBook

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Scwab

Science/Fantasy Fiction, OverDrive eBook & OverDrive Audiobook 

Red London is rife with magic. Grey London has none at all. White London may soon destroy itself in its attempts to steal the powers of its rivals. Traveling between these very different dimensions is Kell, ambassador for Red London's royal family. However, unbeknownst to his employers, he's also a smuggler, transporting forbidden artifacts from one world to the next. When his illicit activities land him in serious trouble, Kell must depend on street thief Delilah Bard if he wants to survive and save his home world from destruction.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Teen Fiction, OverDrive eBook & OverDrive Audiobook

Believing that she will never be allowed to participate in the annual Caraval performance when her ruthless father arranges her marriage, Scarlett receives the invitation she has always dreamed of before her sister, Tella, is kidnapped by the show's mastermind organizer.


Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Teen Fiction, OverDrive eBook & OverDrive Audiobook

Given a chance to resume a deferred dream years after raising her troubled siblings, Isma worries about the influence of a powerful politician's son who drives the family to choose between love and loyalty, with devastating consequences.


The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

Teen Fiction & OverDrive eBook

Sage Fowler, the apprentice to a matchmaker, becomes a spy for the army to uncover a treasonous plot and finds herself entangled in a romance with a soldier.


A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo

Teen Fiction & OverDrive eBook

When Chinese American teenager Jess Wong's best friend Angie falls in love with a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess expects heartbreak. But when everybody's secrets start to be revealed, the stakes quickly elevate from love or loneliness to life or death.


The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Children's Fiction & OverDrive eBook

Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.

Read more: Judge Me By My Cover: Digital Book Display

Friends of the SOKC Library to host first Book Bazaar

Book saleFind some good deals for your book collection while also supporting the Friends of the Southwest Oklahoma City Library as the group presents its first Book Bazaar, taking place Thursday. Jan. 25, and Friday, Jan. 26, at the library. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day.

Books for all ages will be available for purchase, and attendees can take their loot home in a provided tote bag for only $3.

Proceeds go to benefit the Friends group in its support of library events throughout the year. The SOKC Friends are part of the Pioneer Library System Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

For more information about becoming a member of the SOKC Friends group, or for any information about the sale itself, contact the library.