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.

Making a difference every day in McLoud

The number of readers in McLoud is frankly staggering. In a community with a population most recently figured at 4,615, the McLoud Public Library counts 5,870 library cardholders who claim it as their home library. (The number includes many who live outside the city limits but use McLoud as their primary library.)

Since 1997, the library has offered service to northern Pottawatomie County from its location at 133 N. Main St. It’s been a center for community activities and one of the featured sites on Main Street in the city.

The library’s offerings extend to all ages, with a popular family series scheduled on most Tuesday mornings. Story Times take place at 11 a.m. and feature not just books but also STEM activities, songs, rhymes and a once-monthly Stress Relief Storytime, presented by a certified massage instructor.

A longtime favorite in the library is our Ravenous Readers book discussion. Adult readers get together to talk books and enjoy a potluck meal in the tastiest book club in this part of the country. The next meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, with most discussions taking place the third Tuesday of the month.

Teen readers also can be on the lookout for programs and a dedicated section of books and materials to pique their interests.

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

Tuesday morning brings Story Time!

Daughter and dadThe McLoud Public Library welcomes families with young children for a morning of literacy and learning at its story times, taking place on each Tuesday morning during August.

Dates, times and themes for the activities are:

Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 – Preschool Story Time: A Great Space Adventure, with themed stories, rhymes and more activities for youngsters age 5 and under and their caregivers;

Aug. 13 – Toys and Tots Play Story Time, a new offering for preschool children featuring fun and educational toys used during family play time;

Aug. 27 – Stress Relief Story Time, led by Child Development Specialist Angie Porter, a certified massage instructor, provides calming activities that promote literacy;

No advance registration is required for any of the events.