Kids and families can find activity at the library

Kids readThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes families with young children to a variety of program offerings during May.

The schedule includes:

Toddler Story Time, 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Baby Lapsit, 10 a.m. Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25

Family Story Time, 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21

And, the library gets its annual Summer Reading Program started with a Kickoff event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, with activities for all ages, a visit from the Maker Mobile and much more.

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Kick off Summer Reading with a big day at the library

Maker MobileSummer is almost here, and that means the annual Summer Reading Program bringing a jolt of activity to the community through the activities at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library.

This year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” is giving a chance to explore literal rocks with the Museum of Osteology or PLS Maker Mobile staff to “rocking” with music and art programs led by a variety of local performers.

The library kicks off this year’s Summer Reading Program from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, with a variety of activities including a visit from the Maker Mobile, a building-wide scavenger hunt, SRP signup and much more for all ages.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Make an escape in SMO teen presentation

Lock and keyEnjoy the challenge and entertainment of an escape room with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and Science Museum Oklahoma’s presentation “Backstage Escape,” at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4.

Teens in grades six through 12 have a chance to test their problem-solving abilities while searching for clues and solving hidden rules, hopefully before the clock runs out on their attempted escape.

The challenge has a STEM emphasis and includes physical activity, an engineering-based component and a creative component.

Registration is required in advance to participate.

SMO will be in local libraries with presentations for multiple age groups this summer. Check at any library or online for dates and times of SMO activities.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Tuesday afternoons will 'rock' this summer

SRP logoIn a summer filled with rock-themed activities at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, a time for children not to miss is Tuesday afternoons, when a different rock-themed activity awaits each week.

The programs begin at 3 p.m. each Tuesday in June and July and will feature a different theme each week. Activities are geared to ages 11 and under. The schedule for June features:

June 5 - Libraries Rock with Music: from a musical story to a game of musical chairs, it's an afternoon of songs.

June 12 - Rock Out with String Instruments: Join in a jam session and learn a little bit about different types of stringed instruments.

June 19 - The Rock Cycle: Look at the ways that rocks are recycled through different earth systems and paint your own kindness rock.

June 26 - Libraries Rock with Pete the Cat: Join Pete in his adventure "Rocking in My School Shoes" and do a craft related to the book.

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Science isn’t just for kids – join SMO for escape room activity for adults

Lock and keysThe science experts from Science Museum Oklahoma are bringing their show to the libraries of the Pioneer Library System for readers of all ages, including Mom and Dad.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will welcome SMO at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, for the program “Dial E for Escape.”

This will be an escape room-type of activity, with participants having to race the clock to solve a clever crime before time runs out.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to participate. Space is limited so registration in advance is recommended.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.