Taking reading to children one story at a time

Bring the joy of reading to youngsters with the help of the McLoud Public Library and its vast array of resources.

The library houses public computers, program opportunities for all ages, and customers also have daily access to the Pioneer Library System’s collection of more than 700,000 items.

For families with young children, Story Times take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays each week during the month and feature not just books but also STEM activities, songs, rhymes and a once-monthly Stress Relief Storytime, presented by a certified massage instructor. Activities are geared to children ages 4 and under.

And children a little older can take part in the library’s Tween Scene, meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21.

These activities are for ages 8 to 12 and take a look at themed topics. The Nov. 7 event will be an Egg Drop, while on Nov. 21 participants will get a lesson in Stop Motion Filming.

Find out more about everything that is going on in November in McLoud through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library. 

Homeschool students invited to activities

The McLoud Public Library is putting an added emphasis on learning opportunities for families with homeschool students this fall through its “Plus 1” series.

The library will set aside programming time on most Thursdays, giving families with homeschool children of any age a chance to learn more about multiple topics as well as experiencing their local library.

The first edition of the "Plus 1" series will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, for this one week only, with future programs being scheduled in the afternoon. It serves as an introduction to the programs and a look at the many resources available for students through the library.

The two primary components are a pair of series, one a STEM-based experience led by Science Museum Oklahoma and the other a Healthy Kids Food Series with a variety of cooking programs for children.

SMO brings a series of STEM-related activities at 1 p.m. on Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. These hands-on enrichment programs will take a look into the world of science in a creative way.

The Healthy Kids Food Series takes place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 (Healthy Breakfasts), Nov. 14 (Healthy Lunches), Dec. 12 (Healthy Desserts) and Jan. 9 (Healthy Dinners). Homeschool children will learn easy and healthy recipes to take home.

The Healthy Kids Food Series is made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Science Museum Oklahoma series is made possible through grant funding from EPSCOR.