Adult discussion group visits Station Eleven

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society meets next at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, for its monthly book discussion series for adults.

This month’s featured title is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Copies of the book will be available at the library’s Information Desk.

The Penn Ave. group is for ages 18 and up and typically meets the second Thursday of the month.

Registration is required to attend.

Explore the great outdoors with a good book

Join us in our Summer Reading Program by exercising your mind and body in the great outdoors! Click here to get a look at all of the awesome events you can attend this summer at the library.

Find inspiration with the outdoorsy reads and media listed below or check out our digital magazine database, Flipster, to find nature and outdoor magazines like Runner's World, Travel & Leisure, and more!

Happy Camper The Happy Camper by Kevin Callan

Let a professional show you how to plan your trip properly, whether for a day or a few weeks: how to take only what you need and pack it to best effect, how to read a map and compass, select a campsite, stake a tent, beat the bugs, build a fire, cook a camp meal, ward off unwanted wildlife, paddle a canoe or kayak, camp with kids and dogs, administer first aid, photograph a landscape and much, much more.

Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide

The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools & Techniques to Hit the Trail by Andrew Skurka

Whether you're a first-time backpacker, an occasional weekend warrior or a seasoned long-distance trekker, you'll love this guide. Learn exactly what you need to carry - both on your back and between your ears - for all seasons and circumstances through a show-and-tell of clothing, footwear, backpacks, shelter and sleep systems, and more, as well as through detailed articles on foot care, campsite selection and hiking efficiency. Skurka's practical and priceless recommendations give you all the tools and techniques you'll need to hit the trail.

Great American Camping Cookbook

The Great American Camping Cookbook by Scott Cookman

Bad cooking ruins more camping trips than anything else except rain. Here is the delectable remedy: a camp cook's guide to the fresh, natural comfort foods that are essential to eating well in the great outdoors.


Outdoor Adventures


Outdoor Adventures! by Lynn Maslen Kertell

Jack and Anna go on a hike. On their adventure they see animals. Can they have an adventure in the yard, too?


Great American Camping Cookbook

The National Parks: America's Best Idea [NONFICTION DVD] directed by Ken Burns




Find fantastic places to camp, hike and explore the great outdoors in Oklahoma:

Chickasaw National Recreation AreaBeavers Bend & Hochatown State ParkGreenleaf State ParkLake Murray State Park & LodgeSequoyah State Park & LodgeWichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitors’ Center, and Illinois River.

Summer Reading is back with kickoff event

srp 2016The Summer Reading Program brings thousands of readers into the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, and this year’s activities once again provide opportunities for all ages to experience the library.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library gets its Summer Reading Program festivities started with its SRP Kickoff, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the library.

The afternoon features a variety of activities for all ages, healthy snacks, health and wellness information from local community partners, information on this summer’s variety of programs and the first chance to sign up for this year’s SRP reading goals.

This year’s Summer Reading Program takes a look at exercise, not just of body but of mind as well, as both mental and physical activity are featured for those who come inside the library. The themes for SRP in 2016 are “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” for children; “Get in the Game: Read!” for teens and “Exercise Your Mind. Read! for adults.

A slate of performers will tour throughout the 11 hometown libraries in the system, and activities are set nearly every day as SRP hits its peak during June and the first part of July.

Sponsors for this year’s edition of the Summer Reading Program are Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesOklahoma College Savings PlanSonicThe Oklahoman Newspapers in Educationthe Oklahoma Department of Librariesthe Pioneer Library System FoundationFriends of the Library groups and the Pioneer Library System.