Turn everyday items into something unusual with Makey Makey technology

ideaHave you ever imagined yourself as a great inventor and been wanting to invent something but don't know what? The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library gives teens look into inventing and creating in a new way with the program Makey Makey for Teens, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the library.

The electronic Makey Makey touchpad kits give participants a chance to create a living circuit out of a variety of everyday items!

The activity is made possible with one of the library’s new STEAM Power Maker kits, which promote science, engineering and technology through unique learning tools. 

Teens in grades 6th through 12th are invited to participate, and registration is required to attend. Come out and create something awesome with your ideas and imagination! 

Calling all aspiring writers to three-part writing series

notesIf you are an author or just someone who aspires to learn more about writing, come on over to the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library for an upcoming three-part series for writers.

The first class will explore ways to strengthen your Writing Voice and will be led by author Kim Ventrella. The class will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

For the second class of the series, you will be able to join a panel of published authors for a discussion over Writing Children's Non-Fiction. The panel members include Gwen Hooks (author of over 20 published books), Jane McKellips, Pati Hailey, Amy Stephens and Jill Donaldson. The class will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8.

The final class in the series will be led by author Ashley Nixon as she discusses tips for Writing Better Dialouge. This class will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12,

The classes are offered free of charge, but registration is required separately for each edition. Teens ages 12 and up and adults are welcome!

TweenScene group getting crafty

valentinesDo you like making crafts for special ocassions? The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library focusing on Valentine’s Day and paper crafting at a pair of upcoming Tween Scene programs geared to children ages 7 to 12.

The library’s afterschool group meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, for a pre-Valentine’s Day extravaganza with crafts, snacks and more.

The group also meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, for a day of papercrafting. Participants will make paper beads, modge podge with patterned paper and several other projects.

Space is limited, so registration is required to attend for each program. Register soon so you can participate in these events to make something super special! 

Just ‘ASK’ about our afterschool group for children

valentineIf your child wants an after-school activity to participate in, the library is the perfect place to go! Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library's After School Kids (ASK) group, which meets twice a month at the library, is a fun way to spend the evening with everything from food and crafts to movies and games!

The group is for children in pre-K through third grade and features themed activities at each gathering. Check out our fun-filled schedule for February below!

Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m.Valentine’s Day, with stories and activities related to the upcoming holiday;

Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m.Pizza, with a tasty look inside a favorite snack.

Space is limited so registration is required of each program. Register soon, you don't want to miss out on this awesome program!

Tai chi series for children starts in February

Tai ChiAre you interested in learning a type of Chinese martial arts that will help in self-defense and benefit your health? The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is beginning a Children’s Tai Chi series, with free classes at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning Feb. 1.

Classes are for children ages 6 to 12 with their parents or caregivers and will give an introduction to some basic tai chi moves that are easy and effective for them to do! Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.

Chock Petchprom, a certified tai chi instructor, will lead the classes.

Registration is required to attend.