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.
The Penn Ave. group is for ages 18 and up and typically meets the second Thursday of the month.
Registration is required to attend.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Jack and Anna go on a hike. On their adventure they see animals. Can they have an adventure in the yard, too?
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 Area, Beavers Bend & Hochatown State Park, Greenleaf State Park, Lake Murray State Park & Lodge, Sequoyah State Park & Lodge, Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge & Visitors’ Center, and Illinois River.
The 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 Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Sonic, The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Pioneer Library System Foundation, Friends of the Library groups and the Pioneer Library System.