Writing series focus shifts to book covers

Books byUnsplashThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library continues its three-part writing series in October with a shift in direction from words to the artwork on the cover that first can hook a reader.

"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 “Screen Writing,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, as author Rene Gutteridge provides and overview on resources on getting started and finding jobs in screenwriting. Gutteridge has written 24 multi-genre novels and collaborated in both fiction and film works, novelizing six screenplays and movies.

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

Registration is encouraged in advance as space will be limited.

Children are our focus in full schedule for October

Baby byjutheanhAs the weather cools down, it's a perfect time to visit the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its busy schedule of events for children and families during October.

Programs scheduled during the month include:

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

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

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 20 (Registration required in advance)

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 and 25 (Registration required in advance)

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12

Sensory Story Time (ages 11 and under) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18

TLC - Touch, Learn and Create (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19

Life-Sized Candy Land (all ages) – 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27

Come catch 'em all at our Pokemon Party!

Pokemon bookThe popularity of Pokemon has grown in a big way this summer, and the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is giving children an evening of fun at its Pokemon Party, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate in an evening of games, crafts and a variety of Pokemon-themed activities. 

And while you're here, take a look at our collection of Pokemon books and DVDs available for checkout through the Pioneer Library System.

This is a come-and-go event, and registration is not required in advance.

90's Digital Book Display

Did you know that 61 million people were using pagers in 1994 and that eBay was orginally called AuctionWeb? Did you know that slap bracelets were invented by a high school shop teacher who was playing with steel ribbons? Get back in the groove by checking out this 90's Digital Book Display

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenage Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door, and makes a quick friend in Champ. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah's mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. As Zach starts learning about the strange family next door, he soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret.


The Client by John Grisham
In a weedy lot on the outskirts of Memphis, two boys watch a shiny Lincoln pull up to the curb.. Eleven-year old Mark Sway and his younger brother were sharing a forbidden cigarette when a chance encounter with a suicidal lawyer left Mark knowing a bloody and explosive secret: the whereabouts of the most sought-after dead boy in America. 


The first season introduces the six main characters: Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler, and Ross. Rachel arrives in New York after leaving her fiance at the altar, and begins living with Monica in her apartment. Ross continually attempts to tell Rachel that he loves her, while his lesbian former wife, Carol, is pregnant with his baby. Joey is shown to be a struggling actor while Phoebe works as a masseuse. Chandler breaks up with his girlfriend. 


Seinfield was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as a fictionalized versio nof himself. Set predominantly in an apartment block on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the show features a host of Jerry's friends and acquaintances, including George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'. Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping o nthe doormat at number four, Privet Drive. On Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeous Hagrid bursts in with some astoning news: Harry Potter is a wizard and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! 


Memoirs of Geisha by Arthur Golden
Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. Sayuri's story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old with unusualy blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a reowned geisha house. 


Elephants abound at SOKC Children's Dept. in September

September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day and the SOKC Children’s Department is going to celebrate elephants all month long! Did you know elephants can live up to 70 years old? They can get up to 13 feet tall and weigh over 13,000 pounds, too!  Check out our cute elephant (her name is Ellie), and enjoy an elephant coloring page, too!        

 Here are some books to get you started learning about elephants:  

Baby Elephant's Fun in the Sun by Michael Teitelbaum
This photo adventure book lets you join into the journey of a baby elephant! Ful of fun facts and pthography, you will learn morn about its natural habitat.


Elephants From Trunk to Tail by Lucy Sackett Smith
Learn all about the huge powerful mammals, elephants, including where they live, what they eat, and other facts.



Elephants by Jacqueline Dineen
Learn about elephants, their physical characteristics, where they live, what they eat, family life, friends and enemies.



Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.



The Magician's Elephant by Kate Dicamillo 
When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.



Akimbo and the Elephants by Alexandar McCall Smith
On the African game preserve where his father works, Akimbo devises a dangerous plan to capture a ring of elephant poachers.



Little Elephants by Graeme Base
When a family's wheat crop is threatened by locusts, tiny flying elephants come to the rescue.



Where's the Elephant? by Barroux 
A simple game of hide-and-seek takes on a new dimension as a growing city encroaches on the jungle the animals call home. Where's the elephant? Where's the parrot? Where's the snake? And wait a minute, where are all the trees? Where will the elephant, parrot, and snake go now? A vibrant landscape in flux with three hidden animals on each spread offers parents and children an opportunity to talk about urban development and animal habitats.


A Passion for Elephants by Toni Buzzeo
Readers are introduced to Cynthia Moss, who devoted her adult life to studying African elephants, the largest land animals on the planet.