Tuesday morning means preschool fun and learning

Child and carThe McLoud Public Library invites the community to its weekly activities for preschool children at 11 a.m. on the first four Tuesday mornings during October.

Events are geared to young children and their caregivers, and the program themes are:

Oct. 3 Preschool Story Time, with stories, songs, rhymes and more for preschool-age children and their caregivers

Oct. 10Viva GLARt! Grow a Learner Through Art, a bilingual event including stories, art and play time;

Oct. 17 Preschool Story Time, with stories, songs, rhymes and more for preschool-age children and their caregivers

Oct. 24Stress Relief Story Time – a morning of stories and massage, with two certified infant massage instructors.

Registration is not required to attend any of the story times.

Library opening late Oct. 27

Open signThe McLoud Public Library will open an hour late, at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, so employees can participate in a staff training earlier in the morning.

All libraries in Pottawatomie County will open at 11 a.m. on Oct. 27 but then will be open for the remainder of their regular hours that day.

County initiative honored as OPHA Public Health Program of the Year

OPHA awardAlready helping put books in the hands of youngsters in Pottawatomie County, the Pioneer Library System’s partnership with the Pottawatomie County Health Department and the Avedis Foundation now has gained a state honor. The Oklahoma Public Health Association has named the program as its Public Health Program of the Year.

The program has an emphasis on targeting low-income families, such as those with mothers involved in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), who may be less likely to be able to provide books to their children.

A $6,000 donation from Avedis is supplying free books that are being given away to children when their families visit the Pottawatomie County Health Department for vaccinations, well-baby checks and other medical needs.

The initial rollout of books features about 1,000 total books and 140 different titles, with board books, paperbacks and hardbacks included. Books were selected by staff from the Pioneer Library System’s Readers Services department.

The award was presented by OPHA to McLoud Public Library Branch Manager Wanda Haynes, PLS Readers Services Manager Jenny Stenis and the Pottawatomie County Health Department's Jessi Ryel at a banquet Sept. 27 in Tulsa.