Winter Festival is a gateway to the holidays

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library gives the community a taste of life and culture from around the world as part of its Winter Festival, taking place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

This event will be a celebration of many world cultures, with attendees getting a look at multiple traditions.

Cultures represented and activities offered include:

Korean – The Korean Association will show off traditional clothing and kimchi samples;

Mexican – samples of Mexican hot chocolate and Ponche;

Indian – a demonstration of Henna;

Native American – a traditional interactive dance performed by the Morningstar Dancers;

Mediterranean – Hummus Mediterranean Café will provide samples of pita and hummus;

All ages are invited to attend, and no advance registration is required.

Prescribe a dose of self-care with library activities

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library seeks to make the holidays a little more merry and smooth with a pair of “Self-Care” events taking place in December.

Join us for:

Surviving the Holidays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Adults ages 18 and up will learn techniques to support their mental and physical well-being, particularly during the holiday season.

Essential Oils, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Room A – Representatives from Science Museum Oklahoma will share the science and process behind essential oils and ways they can support self-care. Either teens or adults may attend.

Registration is required separately for each of the events.

The programs are 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.

Sharing stories and memories in the holiday season

With the holiday season coming up, things will slow down a bit, programming-wise, inside your Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and throughout the library system toward the end of the month.

The schedule of children's story times takes a break for the final two weeks of the month, with families invited to a special event, our SOKC Winter Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

The library will be closed on the following dates: Tuesday, Dec. 24; Wednesday, Dec. 25; Wednesday, Jan. 1; and Thursday, Jan. 2 (for a day for our staff to work through the inventory in our branches.

And we know many of our customers may be out of town on days beyond those. But there still are many ways to keep experiencing the library, even when you aren’t here.

Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and video are abundant through numerous resources offered by the library. OverDrive provides cardholders with access to eBooks, audiobooks and videos through the Pioneer Library System’s collection of downloadable materials.

Cardholders also can access the Hoopla service, which features more than 650,000 movies, television episodes, audiobooks, comic books and eBooks that are available for download immediately with no wait list. Cardholders are able to borrow up to six items per month from Hoopla.

Kanopy is geared more to video, featuring about 30,000 movies including feature films, documentaries and many other topics. Like Hoopla, cardholders will be able to view six movies per month which are viewed directly through the site rather than downloaded.

PLS card holders also can access databases with information on topics ranging from language learning to family history. Click here to see all of the resources available.

The library has an autorenewal policy for checkouts, meaning most materials will automatically renew after their regular checkout period (usually 21 days) has expired. So there should be plenty of time to read materials and get them back to us.

Find out more about what’s going on in December by picking up a copy of the library’s monthly calendar, or by looking at our online calendar.