Discussion group reads Unbroken

station 11It's that time of month again! The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society meets next at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, for its monthly book discussion series for adults.

This month’s featured title is Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand. Copies of the book will be available in advance at the library’s Information Desk.

The Penn Ave. group is for ages 18 and up and typically meets the second Thursday of the month.

Registration is required to attend.

Learn some basics of embroidery

EmbroideryToolsThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is bringing creativity to its customers with a class on Beginning Embroidery, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10.

It’s a chance to learn several basic stitches and take home a small sampler project at the end of the two-hour course, which is offered free of charge. All supplies will be provided by the library.

Ages 18 and up may participate. Space and supplies are limited, so registration is required.

Library to present Writers Conference

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites authors at all stages of their writing journey, from those just starting out to those working on a manuscript to those with multiple published works to its free, One-Day Writers Conference, on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Rooms A and B of the library.

The event will feature sessions on a variety of topics, including self-publishing, writing query letters and more.

The keynote speaker for the event is Sonia Gensler, author of the 2012 Oklahoma Book Award-winning Young adult novel The Revenant, as well as The Dark Between and Ghostlight.

The event will feature breakout sessions led by the following authors:

Pati Hailey, author of Te Ata: Oklahoma Cultural Treasure, who will present on “Solving Story Problems through Creative Visualization.”

Ashley Nixon, author of the Cutlass series, who will present on self-publishing.

Kim Ventrella, author of the 2017 release The Skeleton Tree, who will present 10 novel writing tips and elements of a query letter.

The event also will feature panel critiques on first pages and query letters. A potluck lunch also will be provided for attendees.

The conference follows a three-part series the library has conducted this winter and spring for aspiring authors. Teens ages 12 and up and adults are invited to participate, but space will be limited so registration is required to attend.

Gear up for summer with plenty of events for children

kidsThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes children and their families into the library for an assortment of age-appropriate programs for children offered at the library.

While things get really busy in June as the library’s Summer Reading Program kicks into full gear, the schedule for May still has quite a bit to offer, including:

Children’s Story Time and Craft, for ages 2 to 5 – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, May 2, 9, 16 and 23

Lego Quest, for ages 5 to 124:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3

Baby Story Time and Play, for ages 2 and under10 and 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 12, 19 and 26

After School Kids (ASK), for Pre-K through 3rd grade4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5Registration is required. 

Sensory Story Time, for children up to age 11 – 10 a.m. Friday, May 6

TweenScene, for ages 7 to 124:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10Registration is required. 

Family Play Time/la hora de jugar, for ages 5 and under – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28

Unless otherwise noted, registration is not required for the programs. We hope to see you there!