Celebrate the season with Critter Fest

It’s the season of creepy-crawlies, and the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will commemorate that quite literally with its event “Critter Fest,” taking place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

The OKC Herpetological and Invertebrate Society and Insect Adventure will bring along many or its creepy critters, including lizards, snakes, various insects and more.

There also will be activities, games and more for all ages. Children attending are invited to wear their Halloween costume if they like.

No advance registration is required to attend.

Community Conversation: Incarceration Reform Digital Display

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will host a Community Conversation about Incarceration Reform on Thursday, October 24th at 6:30 pm.

We will discuss incarceration reform and recent measures that have passed the state legislature. Our speakers will be: Representative Emily Virgin, Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 44;  Kris Steele, Executive Director, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform; and Senator Dr. George E. Young, Sr., Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus Chair. 

Registration is required. This project is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.

We have a number of items in our catalog about incarceration reform, and we've picked a few for a digital book display below:

The New Jim Crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Adult Nonfiction 364.973 AL

Despite the triumphant dismantling of the Jim Crow Laws, the system that once forced African Americans into a segregated second-class citizenship still haunts America, the US criminal justice system still unfairly targets black men and an entire segment of the population is deprived of their basic rights. Outside of prisons, a web of laws and regulations discriminates against these wrongly convicted ex-offenders in voting, housing, employment and education. Alexander here offers an urgent call for justice. 

Trust first: a true story about the power of giving people second chances by Bruce Deel

Adult Nonfiction 261.832 DE

Pastor Bruce Deel founded an organization called City of Refuge rooted in the principle of radical trust. Presenting an unvarnished window into the lives of ex-cons, drug addicts, human trafficking survivors, and displaced souls, 'Trust First' examines how City of Refuge helped them all. They've become a one-stop-shop for transitional housing, on-site medical and mental health care, childcare, and vocational training. While most social services focus on one pain point and leave the burden on the poor to find the crosstown bus that'll serve their other needs, Bruce argues that bringing someone out of homelessness requires treating all of their needs simultaneously.

Texas Tough: the rise of America's prison empire by Robert Perkinson

Adult Nonfiction 365.973 PE

Texas Tough, a sweeping history of American imprisonment from the days of slavery to the present, shows how a plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric became the national template. Drawing on convict accounts, official records, and interviews with prisoners, guards, and lawmakers, historian Robert Perkinson reveals the Southern roots of our present-day prison colossus and argues that just as convict leasing and segregation emerged in response to Reconstruction, so today's mass incarceration, with its vast racial disparities, must be seen as a backlash against civil rights.

Understanding Mass Incarceration by James Kilgore

Adult Nonfiction Hoopla eBook

We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system? Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world’s largest jailer: the United States.

Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique Dubois Gilliard

Adult Nonfiction Hoopla eBook & Audiobook

The United States has 5 percent of the world's population but 25 percent of the world's incarcerated. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices and the church has unwittingly contributed to these problems. Dominique Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity's role in its evolution and expansion. Gilliard then shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions.

Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Adult Nonfiction 345.05 ST, OverDrive eBook & Audiobook

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

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Experience “Mad Science” in series

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is helping children take a look at science and chemistry through its three-week series “Mad Science,” at 2 p.m. on Fridays, Oct. 11, 18 and 25, at the library.

Children ages 8 to 11 are invited to take part in hands-on activities each week of the series. They’ll be able to create mixtures that erupt, explode, or are just plain weird, all while learning a little more about science.

Themes are:

Oct. 11 – Slime

Oct. 18 – Explosions and Eruptions

Oct. 25 – Mad Science

Space is limited, so advance registration is required to participate. Attendees need to be able to attend all three weeks of the series.

See what's coming up in October!

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes readers of all ages to take part in activities and services offered throughout October.

Among some opportunities:

It may not seem like gardening season as the weather cools down, but there's a chance to do something a little different with help from the workshop "Preserve Your Herbs!" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

Attendees will learn the basics of installing their own herb garden in an event led by the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension.

The library's monthly teen group, OTTER (Outstanding Teens Taking Extra Responsibility), has been in place for more than a year experiencing a variety of books and genres and other projects. They'll next meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 for a morning of creating handmade pet toys they then will donate to local animal shelters.

And the library gives families with children a wide range of options, with about 30 total children's programs per month. Programs are broken down by age groups with age-appropriate activities for each group.

Or, if you just want to get a nice moment with a good book, just curl up in one of the library’s reading nooks and enjoy the views of fall outside while reading by natural light next to one of the building’s many windows.

Get a look at everything going on this month at the SOKC library through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

Serving as a southwest OKC staple

Since its opening in early 2012, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library has brought the Pioneer Library System’s services to residents in this portion of Oklahoma’s capital city.

The SOKC library features 19,000 square feet of space that includes some 57,000 books and an assortment of computers, meeting areas and a wide variety of program options for all ages.

Families with young children can find programs geared specifically by age group to best benefit those young pre-readers and new readers. Among the offerings are Little Movers and Early Explorers Story Times on Monday mornings, Baby Lapsits on Thursdays, Preschool Story Times on Friday mornings and the Library Music Connection on Saturdays.

Older children can take part in Friday afternoon Kids Who Code activities, as well as POW: Play on Words, a group for third through fifth grades that will meet weekly at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays starting Sept. 16.

Teens Reading Terrific Literature (TRTL) participants find common ground in the group’s discussions on the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., part of an assortment of programs and offerings for readers from age 12 to 17.

The library also brings a range of programs for adults, from a Ukulele for Beginners class Monday, Sept. 16 to the networking workshop, “Deeper Than a Handshake,” scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Find out more about everything going on this month at the SOKC library through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.