Winter Expo offers food, crafts and more

Christmascookies byjill111It's a tasty evening at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library at its Winter Expo, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Room B of the library.

The event will feature a cookie exchange, make-your-own hot chocolate bar and a craft area where guests can design their own Christmas ornaments. There also will be a separate craft area for children.

All ages are invited, but since supplies will be limited in amount, registration in advance is encouraged for those wanting to participate.

Celebrate at our Holiday Party

Snowflake byjill111Before the holiday season gets too frantic, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites families to spend an afternoon enjoying some seasonal activities at their hometown library.

The library's Holiday Party runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, inside Rooms A and B. Activities will include Christmas-themed crafts, a photo booth and face painting. Most of the extravaganza is geared to children ages 11 and under, but all ages are welcome to attend.

It's a come-and-go event, and registration is not required in advance.

Book cover discussion wraps up writing class series

NoteTakingThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library finishes its three-part writing series in December 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. Thursday, Dec. 8, 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.

This discussion originally was scheduled for October but had to be postponed due to poor weather on that day. The program is for either adults or teens ages 12 and up.

Registration is encouraged in advance as space will be limited.

Finish up 2016 with a visit to the library!

BoyReading2The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library has families with children in mind as it presents a variety of programs for all ages of children, many repeated multiple times during the month.

Programs scheduled during December for children and their caregivers, with suggested age range for participation, include:

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 1 and 15 (Registration required in advance)

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, Dec. 5 and 12

Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7

Holiday Party (all ages) – 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21

Get moving with workout series

Yoga-Mat-byJenmaThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library pairs reading and fitness with its weekly classes offered at the library.

The library hosts Pilates classes at 6 p.m. most Tuesdays, with classes set for each remaining Tuesday in 2016.

Participants in the workout are encouraged to bring their own exercise mat to use during the program as mats will not be provided. Each class is available for ages 12 and up. Registration is required in advance, and each participant must sign a waiver release beforehand, or for ages 12 to 17 have a form signed by a parent or guardian.

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.