Get creative in the gift giving season!

The Tecumseh Public Library seeks to make the gift giving season a little easier with its four-part presentation “Gifts Galore,” beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, and continuing into December at the library.

Activities are for ages 18 and up and will feature a chance to craft personal gifts for loved ones during each of the four programs.

Themes and dates for each program are:

Nov. 7BBQ Rubs and Homemade Ketchup;

Nov. 21 Aprons and Pot holders

Dec. 5Round Tray

Dec. 19Glass Etching

Registration is required separately for each of the programs.

Series looks at methods for managing diabetes

The Tecumseh Public Library will host a six-week series “Diabetes Education,” beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, and running at that time through Monday, Dec. 16. (There will be no class Nov. 11 due to the library being closed.

The class will look at various aspects of the treatment and effects of diabetes, providing tools for topics like:

How diabetes affects the body;

Making sense of blood sugar numbers;

Learning in small group settings through games, activities and conversations;

Learning about related classes offered in the community;

Ages 18 and up may attend. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

This project is being funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Entries sought for Poetry Contest

Young writers can show off their talent by being part of the Tecumseh Public Library Poetry Contest, taking entries now through Nov. 4.

The contest is for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Their original, single-author work that has been written during the current school year is eligible for the contest.

Award winners by age groups will be announced at an awards event at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18. That program will feature an appearance by author and poet Byron Von Rosenberg, author of “I Don’t Want to Kiss a Llama,” who will present awards to contest winners.

Entry forms, which feature the complete rules for the contest, are available through the library or online here.

Making a difference for our community

We’re talking books, opening doors to literature and making a difference in the community each day at the Tecumseh Public Library.

Library card holders get access not just to what’s available inside the walls of the library, but also the more than 700,000 books and downloadable materials available through the Pioneer Library System.

And November provides a chance to take part in many activities, including:

Toddler Story Time, taking place at 11 a.m. on each Thursday of the month, brings a mix of stories, songs, finger plays and crafts as children and their caregivers experience pre-literacy skills and an introduction to the library. And children who are a little older and starting to read are invited on Mondays beginning at 4 p.m., when a group of friendly therapy dogs come to the library to listen to the children read in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

Teen time at the library comes at 4 p.m. on most Wednesday afternoons. November brings three activities: Nov. 6, Teens Cook; Nov. 13, Block Turkeys, a craft program; and Nov. 20, Gaming. Advance registration is requested for both the cooking and crafting events.

The library also presents two adult book discussion groups each month. “Mondays are Murder” is more than just a metaphor but also a group of readers interested in the mystery genre. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of most months, with the Nov. 25 discussion focusing on historical mystery titles.

The longtime Talk of the Town Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, and the third Thursday of most months. It’s a potluck meal time as well as discussion of a book read by all group members in advance.

Check out either our full schedule of events online or pick up a copy of the physical calendar for this month’s activities inside the library.