Turn everyday items into something unusual with Makey Makey technology

ideaHave you ever imagined yourself as a great inventor and been wanting to invent something but don't know what? The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library gives teens look into inventing and creating in a new way with the program Makey Makey for Teens, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the library.

The electronic Makey Makey touchpad kits give participants a chance to create a living circuit out of a variety of everyday items!

The activity is made possible with one of the library’s new STEAM Power Maker kits, which promote science, engineering and technology through unique learning tools. 

Teens in grades 6th through 12th are invited to participate, and registration is required to attend. Come out and create something awesome with your ideas and imagination! 

Book Review: The Spectacular Now

Meet Sutter Keely: Life of the party, hilarious class clown, that kid everyone in school adores.
Meet Aimee Finecky: Social disaster, invisible, yet incredibly sweet; a complex puzzle just waiting to be solved.

These two could not have any less in common.

After running into one another (almost literally), Sutter takes it upon himself to “fix” Aimee—help her make friends and start living in the moment…but suddenly, irresponsible-party-animal Sutter finds himself for the first time with someone’s heart in his hands: will he change this girl’s life or leave it in shambles?

Oklahoma author Tim Tharp truly captures the highs and lows of life as a high schooler, and the heartbreakingly sweet reality of young love, in this 2008 Finalist for the National Book Award. Although written as a young adult novel, this book appeals just as easily to adults. This is a quick read, but only because Tharp’s writing is so seamless. Complete with multi-faceted and familiar characters, readers will love following Aimee and Sutter’s journey into The Spectacular Now.  

If you love this book, try these Read-alikes! 

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Reviewed by: Kelly Sitzman, Information Services Manager at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library

Homeschool group getting into science in program

ElectricityBallThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is giving a lesson in Homeschool Science at an upcoming library program, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

The program is geared to homeschool students who are ages 8 to 12, and participants will learn about science through a variety of hands-on experiments.

Space is limited, so registration is required to attend.

Create a Vision Board at library event

Do you have many dreams and goals that are all over the place with no organization so it can be difficult to envision? The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is taking dreams good ideas and turning them into a concrete design at its Vision Boards program, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at the library.

Program presenter Leslie Draper gives lessons and ideas for creating a vision board to add a visual example to goals, dreams and ideas.

The workshop is for adults ages 18 and up, and registration is required to attend. Don't miss out on this chance to get ideas on how to create a concrete design for your dreams and goals! 

Penn Ave. group to discuss Eleanor & Park

Do you enjoy book dicussions and like to share your comments and ideas about what you've just read? The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society meets next at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11.

The group’s discussion will be on the novel Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell. This is an interesting book about two teens who try to make love work in 1986 and struggle to stay with each other during the course of one school year. Are you interested in participating?

Copies of the book are available at the library’s Information Desk, and the group’s talks generally take place on the second Thursday of the month.

The group is for ages 18 and up. Registration is required.