Award-winning author Rilla Askew to share “Most American” stories

Rilla AskewThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes award-winning author Rilla Askew for a visit and reading from her newest work at 6 p.m. Monday, June 5, in Rooms A and B.

Askew’s newest work is Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, a collection of nine linked essays the spotlight the complex history of several events in her home state of Oklahoma. The essays go into topics ranging from the Trail of Tears to the Tulsa Race Riot to the Murrah Building bombing.

This is Askew’s first nonfiction work, following the novels The Mercy SeatFire in BeulahHarpsong and Kind of Kin, as well as a collection of linked stories, Strange Business.

Askew will have a meet and greet with readers at 6 p.m. before doing a reading from the book at 6:30. The event is for either teens or adults, and registration is not required in advance.

Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with Peter Piper Pizza

SRP logoWe’re kicking off the 2017 Summer Reading Program with the help of Peter Piper Pizza in Moore. Join the fun from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Peter Piper Pizza, 2460 S. Interstate 35 Service Road.

Anyone who signs up for the Pioneer Library System’s Summer Reading Program at the event will receive free game tokens and prizes.

And a portion of proceeds from the evening’s event will go to support the Children’s Departments at both the Moore Public Library and the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library.

“Build a Better World” with our Summer Reading Program

SRP BannerIt’s almost time. The hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System are all geared up for the annual Summer Reading Program, the busiest time of the year.

This year, Summer Reading explores ways to “Build a Better World” through a variety of programs that build community, inspiration and in some cases, help participants build actual things.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is getting the summer started with its Summer Reading Kickoff, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1.

The event features signup for SRP, a variety of crafts, mascots like the Pioneer Library System’s GLARfield, and a visit from the Maker Mobile for a look at science and technology in an entertaining way. All ages are invited.

Activities are planned throughout June and July for children, teens and adults, as well as several intergenerational events for all ages.

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., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Free Pilates series continues on Tuesday evenings

Workout matThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library exercises mind and body through its extensive collection of materials, as well as its continuing free Pilates series. The classes are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in May, on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. Ages 12 and up are invited to participate in the program, and registration is not required in advance.

The program is 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.