String Art Digital Book Display

via Etsy—our projects will be on unstained wood

Our next Pinterest Club Program: String Art will meet on Thursday, September 1st at 6 p.m.  We'll be creating art using wood, nails, and string! Participants will make an Oklahoma string art wall hanging to take home. Our projects will be used on sustained wood. This program is for adults and registration is required.

We realize that many people may not know what string art is, and we wanted to re-introduce you to this art form! We have a list of books in our catalog and a YouTube video that show you step-by-step how to create the art. 


Take a Ball of String : Beautiful Projects for Your Home, by Jemima Schlee.
Everyone has at least one long-forgotten ball of string lurking at the back of a drawer. 'Take a Ball of String' shows us how to transform this everyday mundane item into an array of exciting makes. The pleasingly tactile nature of string makes it perfect for creating some crafty treasures. From rustic garden twine to soft cotton braid, these eye-catching projects will inspire you to get knitting, crocheting, coiling and knotting.


Make! : over 40 fantastic projects with 16 exclusive designs, by Cath Kidston
Over 40 fantastic projects with 16 exclusive designs!
Over forty fantastic projects with sixteen exclusive designs!



Raw + material = art : found, scavenged and upcycled, by Tristan Manco
Get an idea of how artists use their skills to create sustainable resources. Around the world are inspiring and innovative artists that create art out of things you wouldn't think of ever using. 



Upcycled Chic and Modern Hacks : Thrifty ways stylish homes, by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell ; photography by Simon Brown
"Whatever your style, 'Upcycled Chic and Modern Hacks' will inspire you to look at your home in a new way and transform something mundane into something fabulous."--Dust jacket.



DIY, Dammit! : A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting, by Joselyn Hughes
Doing it yourself always seems so simple. Only 3 steps! Just 5 supplies! Less than 30 minutes! Yeah right.The truth is, craftin' ain't easy. But it also doesn't have to be an exasperating lesson in your own clumsiness.Joselyn Hughes knows the struggle. She's lived it. And now, with DIY, Dammit!, she offers up foolproof craftables that deliver maximum cute with minimal effort. There are easy-to-follow instructions and realistic shortcuts—because waiting for paint to dry is as boring as...well, you know.With Joselyn by your side you'll laugh, learn, and end up with handcrafted creations that will impress your friends, family, and strangers you accost on the street. She's already made all the mistakes, so you don't have to. What are you waiting for? 

If you'd like to see this art form in action, check out this YouTube video tutorial on creating string art.

We hope to see you at the program!

Make music all month with our DJ Boards

STEAMPowerLogoThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is making September a month of music making for teens.

The library will power up with its Audio Lab for Teens throughout September, using contents of one of its STEAM Power Maker Kits, a set of DJ Boards that work with music editing software to allow for the creation of unique tunes. Teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to check out the boards throughout September in the Teen area.

The boards will be available during regular library hours on a first-come, first-served basis.

The boards make up one of the STEAM Power Maker Kits in use throughout the Pioneer Library System to promote science, engineering and technology through unique learning tools.

Stories, songs, science and more in schedule for children

BoyReading3The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library presents a busy schedule of events for children and families throughout September.

Programs scheduled during the month include:

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 1 and 15 (Registration required in advance)

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6

Family Music Time10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7

Family Story Time and Craft10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26

Homeschool Science (ages 8 to 12) – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

Sensory Story Time4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create)10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 (Registration required in advance)

Pokemon Party - 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29

Writers invited to three-part series

Typewriter bytookapicFind inspiration and ideas to move forward in writing a novel with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its upcoming three-part series for writers, in September, October and November, at the library.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, with "Finding an Agent." A panel group will give their ideas for finding a literary agent and answer questions on their experiences. Rene Gutteridge, local award-winning bestselling author, will be part of the panel.

"Designing Covers," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, features author Wilette Youkey, who will present on the elements of coming with a great cover for a book. The presentation includes such topics as what makes good design, designing for the genre of a book and typography, with examples of covers that work and some that miss the mark.

The series concludes with "Character Development," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. The program is presented by Kim Ventrella, author of The Skeleton Tree, who will talk to fiction writers on developing characters with depth.

The series is for either adults or teens ages 12 and up.

Registration is encouraged in advance as space will be limited.

Get tips for merging social media with your business

Ipad byfancycrave1Social media is a big part of marketing, but many small businesses aren't as versed as they could be in using it.

To that end, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will present an Introduction to Social Media, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Rooms A and B.

Adri Edwards-Johnson, the Pioneer Library System's Strategy and Innovation Officer, and Stephen Koranda, marketing and social media consultant, will look at five popular social media networks – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram – and ways they can be used to help a business in its marketing efforts.

The goal of the seminar is to show the value of social media for reaching customers, members and prospects, as well as how to drive repeat business from current customers and gain new ones.

The workshop is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required in advance to attend.