Tuesday afternoons will 'rock' this summer

SRP logoIn a summer filled with rock-themed activities at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, a time for children not to miss is Tuesday afternoons, when a different rock-themed activity awaits each week.

The programs begin at 3 p.m. each Tuesday in June and July and will feature a different theme each week. Activities are geared to ages 11 and under. The schedule for June features:

June 5 - Libraries Rock with Music: from a musical story to a game of musical chairs, it's an afternoon of songs.

June 12 - Rock Out with String Instruments: Join in a jam session and learn a little bit about different types of stringed instruments.

June 19 - The Rock Cycle: Look at the ways that rocks are recycled through different earth systems and paint your own kindness rock.

June 26 - Libraries Rock with Pete the Cat: Join Pete in his adventure "Rocking in My School Shoes" and do a craft related to the book.

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Library, community partners present Shred Day

Shredded paperThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites members of the community to gather unwanted documents or medications to its free Shred Day and Medication Drop-Off, being hosted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 22, in the parking lot of the Moore-Norman Technology Center’s South Campus, next door to the library at 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.

The drive-through event gives residents a chance to safely dispose of sensitive documents or outdated medications. The shredding service will be provided by Riteway Shredding.

Items that can be considered include:

Outdated tax documents, contracts, agreements or legal paperwork;

Any document containing personal information;

Bank statements, credit card bills, receipts and other old bills;

The event is sponsored by MidFirst Bank, the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library.

Tai Chi series continues at the library

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is exercising mind and body through workout classes offered twice a month through July.

Tai Chi for Health will be taking place at 6 p.m. every other Monday in June and July, on June 4June 18July 9 and July 23.

These classes are for all ages but are best suited to ages 7 and up. They will teach basics of Tai Chi as a way to improve health and wellness through low-impact workouts. Chock Petchprom, a certified Tai Chi instructor, will lead the classes.

Registration is required separately for each of the classes and a waiver must be signed at the beginning of each class.

The classes are 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.

Rock on this summer with the Maker Mobile!

Maker MobileThe Pioneer Library System’s mobile maker space – the Maker Mobile – is hitting the road for this year’s Summer Reading Program for a series of activities geared to teens ages 12 to 17.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library hosts the Maker Mobile crew for the program "Rock On!" at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, at the library.

Participants will create their own laser-engraved rock by using Inkscape software to create designs that then will be etched on decorative rocks using the Maker Mobile’s Laser Cutter.

Class size is limited to 10 participants so registration is required in advance to attend.

The PLS Maker Mobile features a variety of technology gadgets, including some of the library’s STEAM Power Maker Kits, a CNC Mill and a 3-D Printer, along with the laser cutter teens will be using in this activity.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

“Fantastic Beasts” are coming to the library

Fantastic Beasts coverThe science experts from Science Museum Oklahoma are bringing their show to the libraries of the Pioneer Library System, and the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will welcome SMO at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 28, for the wizard-themed activity, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

It’s a look at some bizarre and lovable creatures in an adventure based on the J.K. Rowling Fantastic Beasts stories. The program is geared for children up to age 11.

Space will be limited, so registration is required in advance.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.