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!

 

Receive insight on preparing for college

booksGraduation day is almost here for high school students, and for many that means a big step forward into college is nearing.

That also can bring many questions, and the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library hopes to answer those at its program, Secrets to College Survival, at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

John Dell, Director for the Center for Student Advancement at the University of Oklahoma, will lead the program, giving an introduction to the things a first-year college student can expect before and after arriving on campus.

Teens and adults are invited to attend. Space is limited so registration is required.

Children and families can find activity in April

kidsGather your family and friends because it's time to start off the month of April right! The 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.

The schedule for April includes:

Sensory Story Timefor children up to age 11 – 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, April 1

Children’s Story Time and Craftfor ages 2 to 5 – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25

Minecraft Creative and Survivalfor ages 7 to 12 – 5 p.m. Monday, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 Registration is required. 

Tai Chi for All Ages – 4:30 p.m. Mondays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25 Registration is required. 

Lego Quest - At the Movies!, for ages 5 to 124:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5

Baby Story Time and Play, for ages 2 and under10 and 11 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 14, 21 and 28

After School Kids (ASK), for Pre-K through 3rd grade4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7 and 21 Registration is required. 

TweenSceney, for ages 7 to 124:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 and 26 Registration is required. 

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create), for ages 2 to 610 a.m. Wednesday, April 20

Viva GLART! Grow a Learner through Art2 p.m. Saturday, April 23

Unless otherwise noted, registration is not required for the programs.