Read with the library in variety of activities for children

Girl and bearThe Tecumseh Public Library welcomes families with young children for several weekly activities offered to introduce their children to the library.

New readers can make a new friend and practice their reading in the library’s “Sit! Stay! Read!” program, offered from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 7 and March 28. Trained therapy dogs and their handlers visit the library to listen to readers in a comfortable atmosphere for the children.

Parents or guardians should call the library at 598-5955 to schedule a 15-minute time slot for their child to read to one of the dogs.

The library’s Preschool Story Time series continues in March with activities on Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. Each week’s Preschool Story Time brings songs, finger plays, rhymes and stories along with early literacy tips to get children ready to read.

Registration is not required for the story times.

Teen series continues on Wednesdays in March

Teen girlsThe Tecumseh Public Library invites local teens to the library for afternoon afterschool events beginning at 4 p.m. on multiple Wednesdays.

This month’s programs will include:

March 7 - Minecraft, an afternoon of challenges, books and a craft based on the popular game;

March 14Block Bunnies, taking a 2x4 block of wood and transforming it into a sculpture of a bunny;

March 28Solar Cars, a lesson in building a car that runs on the power of the sun;

Registration is required in advance for the programs, which are for ages 12 to 17.

Spend part of Spring Break with us

Kids playThe Tecumseh Public Library is opening its doors for a variety of special activities for children and families during Spring Break week.

Activities are for ages 6 to 12 and are scheduled at 2 p.m. each day of the week, March 19 through 23, and visits from the YMCA and the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Service.

On Monday through Thursday, March 19-22, representatives from the YMCA will be at the library to lead a variety of activities, including building with large foam blocks, soccer, flag football, Zumba and more.

On Friday, March 23, the OSU Extension Service brings several more creative activities and games to wrap up the week.

Registration is required separately for each day of the series.

The programs are made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Tecumseh Friends welcome author for membership event

Boy Who Carried Bricks coverThe Friends of the Tecumseh Public Library group welcomes the public to its annual Membership Drive event, featuring a visit from author Alton Carter, taking place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, at the library.

The special guest will be Alton Carter, author of the memoir The Boy Who Carried Bricks, who will discuss his writing and have book available for purchase.

The event will give attendees a chance to register to become a member of the Friends of the Tecumseh Library. The group works to promote public awareness of the library, encourage legislative support, and contribute to programs that would otherwise go unfunded. Friends sponsor educational and cultural programs for the community, encourage gifts and bequests to the library and volunteer for special projects and events.

Individual dues are $10, family memberships are $15, nonprofit organization membership is $25, business membership is $50, and patron dues are $100.

Ages 18 and up may attend. Registration is not required in advance.

Use ballet as exercise in new series

Dance shoeCombine some of the skills of ballet dance into a unique workout as the Tecumseh Public Library presents the four-week series "Meet Me at the Barre," a ballet exercise class at 6 p.m. on Mondays during April, starting April 2 and running through April 23.

Participants will learn a basic workout routine featuring Barre exercises that are used by ballet dancers.

The activity is for ages 18 and up.

Registration in advance is required.