Start the New Year with healthy ideas from library's Health Fair

Doctor bystockimagesStart the New Year with ideas for making positive change with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its program "New Year, New You Health Fair," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Rooms A and B.

The event features a variety of community partners providing information, giveaways, free health screenings and health and wellness information booths and even free haircuts for children.

A full list of presenters will be updated up to the date of the event here.

The program is funded by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from Library Services and Technology (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

All ages are invited, and registration in advance is recommended.

Create pixel art with perler beads in teen craft event

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is getting creative with Perler Beads in a teen craft event, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Room B.

Participants will use perler beads to create pixel art, and they'll be able to take home their completed project at the end of the program.

And, it's a chance to look at some of the books in the library's collection on making other types of crafts with beads.

The event is for students in sixth through 12th grades. All supplies are provided but are limited in amount, so registration in advance is required.

Dig and create with Minecraft on Fridays

MinecraftThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes Minecraft enthusiasts ages 7 to 12 to an evening of safe play on the library's multiplayer creative server, at 5 p.m. on Fridays in January.

There will be alternating sessions for players to play Survival or Creative modes. The Creative sessions are on the first and third Fridays of the month, on Jan. 6 and 20, and the Survival games will be Jan. 13 and 27.

Registration is required in advance to attend, since space in the CTC is limited.

We have families in mind with many program options in January

BoyReading2Start the New Year with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its variety of program options for children of all ages.

Programs scheduled during January for children and their caregivers, with suggested age range for participation, include:

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 2, 9, 23 and 30

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5 and 19 (Registration required in advance)

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 and 24

Sensory Story Time (ages 11 and under, geared to children prone to sensory overload, on the autism spectrum or have trouble with big crowds) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18

Free Pilates series scheduled on Tuesdays

Yoga-Mat-byJenmaThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library pairs reading and fitness with its weekly Pilates classes at 6 p.m. most Tuesdays.

Classes are scheduled for 6 p.m. each Tuesday during January, on Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Participants in the workout are encouraged to bring their own exercise mat to use during the program as mats will not be provided.

Each class is available for ages 12 and up. Registration is required in advance, and each participant must sign a waiver release beforehand, or for ages 12 to 17 have a form signed by a parent or guardian.

The classes are made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.