In March 2012, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library opened its doors to expand library service throughout the area.
Now the library is turning 5, and it's time for a community celebration. "Happy Birthday, Celebrating Five Years of Innovation," is a come-and-go event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. It will feature a special singing of "Happy Birthday" at 5 p.m.
Attendees can enjoy crafts, games, pizza, cupcakes and more, as well as getting tours of the library as staff looks forward to the next five years in Southwest Oklahoma City.
Also, the Pioneer Library System's Maker Mobile will visit for the event. The Maker Mobile features many science and technology education items, including a three-dimensional printer and scanner, CNC milling machine, laser cutter and laptops, as well as Wi-Fi access and an informational touchscreen television that will allow customers to learn about the library's downloadable collection through OverDrive and many other online features.
All ages are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance to participate.
The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library provides a variety of age-appropriate programs and activities for children and families throughout the week along with its vast collection of books and materials for checkout.
A special event this month is a Dr. Seuss Party, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The program celebrates the life and books of Dr. Seuss, with games and crafts related to the famous children's author. All ages are invited to attend and encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.
More activities scheduled at the library in March, by age group, include:
Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1
Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 2 and 16 (Registration required in advance)
Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, March 6, 13 and 27
Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28
Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7
Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia (for ages 5 and under) – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11
TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 and 28
TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 15
Sensory Story Time (ages 11 and under, geared to children prone to sensory overload, on the autism spectrum or have trouble with big crowds) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21
Red Cross Pillowcase program (for all ages) – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23
OKC Zoo Presents Bear Wants More – 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30
If you'd rather sneer at Cupid this Valentine's Day, we've got just the book display for you!
Death of the Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know About Men Who Stray by Maxwell Billieon and Ray J
This Is Why You’re Single by Angela Spera and Laura Lane
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Your Ex-factor: Overcome Heartbreak & Build a Better Life by Stephan B. Poulter
Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt
All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
Cosmopolitan Magazine from Flipster Digital Magazines
What do dinosaurs, princesses and music have in common?
Plenty, at least at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, which presents a Dinosaur Princess Dance Party, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Rooms A and B.
Children ages 11 and under are invited to dress as their favorite princess or dinosaur, or just wear any costume they would have fun dancing in. The event also features games and dinosaur/princess-related activities.
This is a come-and-go event, and registration in advance is not required.
Knitters can move forward with projects, or get good ideas for new things to try with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its new Come and Go Knitting Group.
The group plans to meet the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noonn, with the next sessions set for Feb. 4 and March 4 at the library.
A librarian will be available for questions, tips and problem solving, and all levels of knitters age 18 and up are welcome to participate.
Registration is not required.