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Join The Big Read with discussion

book jacket for A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula leGuin The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society joins The Big Read with a discussion of A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk

The guest scholar for the meeting is Matthew Price, co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics, Features Editor for The Oklahoman, and writer of the blog “Nerdage

The Big Read is funded by grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Norman Public Library and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Next month’s discussion is set for May 14 and will focus on the book “Life After Life” by Jill McCorkle.

Get set for a Lego adventure

Lego Bricks in a pileThere are all sorts of things embodied in the LEGO brick – geometry and mathematics and truth and proportion and shape and colour … It is a faintly spiritual activity that everybody connects with. ~James May

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is taking youngsters on an afterschool “Lego Quest” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Participants will use a variety of Legos to make a unique creation and complete three special quests they'll learn about when they arrive at the program.

The program is recommended for ages 5 to 12. All supplies, except for imagination, will be provided by the library - so be sure to bring plenty of that!

Prepare for emergencies with the Red Cross

American Red Cross logoThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, in partnership with the American Red Cross, is preparing you to deal with possible emergencies, with its Red Cross Ready program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7The program is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required to attend.

Representatives from the American Red Cross will share how you can be informed and ready for everything from acts of nature like a tornado to a man-made event like a fire. The program will also cover tips and checklists for use before, during, and after an emergency.

If you are unable to attend the program or would like more information, checkout one of the emergency preparedness titles available at the library.

Afterschool fun and learning

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is giving children a creative outlet to look at science and nature at its After School Kids (ASK) programs for children in pre-K through third grade.

At the Thursday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. event, kids will take part in fun science experiments to explore how and why things work.

Gardening will be the focus of the Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 pm. event, with easy ideas for children to learn about planting and caring for a garden.

Registration is required in advance for each child taking part.

Show some Steampunk style at jewelry workshop

book jacket for Steampunk Jewelry by Spurgeon Vaughn RatcliffeThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is giving teens a chance to show their creativity through a workshop in Steampunk Jewelry, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

Teens in grades 6 - 12 will learn about Steampunk fashion and then create a unique piece of jewelry to take home. All supplies will be provided by the library, but space is limted so registration is required.

After making some steampunk jewelry, be sure to checkout some of the steampunk titles available at the library.

We're growing learners with art

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library seeks to “Grow a Learner with Art,” through an upcoming three-program series for young children and their caregivers.

The series debuts at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, with a focus on painting. Future editions are 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, on scribbling, and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, with play dough. The programs are for children up to age 5, and registration is required in advance for each child participant.

Sessions will feature a story time and active art-play that focus on early literacy skills with the added use of art activities.