Try a New Craft! Digital Book Display

The weather is finally cooling down. What better time to cozy up indoors and learn a new craft? From woodworking to macramé, find your next hobby at the library!

Mod knots: creating jewelry & accessories with macramé by Cathi Milligan

Inside you'll learn step by step the basic techniques of macramé as well as how to create 25 projects from yarn, leather, cord and even wire. Your wardrobe will never be the same once you start creating necklaces, bracelets and earrings for every occasion, belts to match any outfit, incredibly soft and cozy scarves, and even one-of-a-kind purses and bags.


Miniature gardens: design and create miniature fairy gardens, dish gardens, terrariums and more by Katie Elzer-Peters

A revealing peek into the captivating world of gardening in miniature, complete with inspiring photos and practical step-by-step instructions. A delightful, fun, and endlessly creative new trend is sweeping the gardening world: miniature gardening! With your imagination as the only limit to this infinitely customizable technique, miniature gardening showcases your individuality. 


Pottery by Phyllis Raybin Emert

These dense but useful introductions provide historical, social, and geographical context as well as definitions of key terms. Pottery considers the intersections between functionality and art in this medium, while postmodern surveys conceptual, installation and neoexpressionist movements.


Simply Calligraphy: A Beginner's Guide to Elegant Lettering by Judy Detrick (Available on Overdrive!)

With quick and easy instruction from calligraphy teacher and designer Judy Detrick, Simply Calligraphy will have you whipping up elegant invitations, pleasing place cards, and personalized thank-you notes in no time.


Craft in America: [NONFICTION DVD] a journey to the origins, artists and techniques of American craft

Includes: Memory, Landscape, and Community. Memory focuses on the historical relevance of craft. Landscape examines the interdependent relationship of artists to their media. Community highlights the social and emotional connections that crafts embody.


Craft Ideas Magazine (Available on Flipster!)

Craft Ideas provides all types of crafts including sewing, decorative painting, beading, clay, cross-stitch, needlework, paper crafting, rubber stamping and more.


Threads Magazine (Available on Flipster!)

Threads is the premier magazine for sewing enthusiasts - people who are passionate about sewing garments, home furnishings, gifts, and accessories.


Just CrossStitch Magazine (Available on Flipster!)

Just CrossStitch is the first magazine devoted exclusively to counted cross stitch and the only cross-stitch title written for the intermediate to advanced-level hobbyist.


Winter Expo offers food, crafts and more

Christmascookies byjill111It's a tasty evening at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library at its Winter Expo, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in Room B of the library.

The event will feature a cookie exchange, make-your-own hot chocolate bar and a craft area where guests can design their own Christmas ornaments. There also will be a separate craft area for children.

All ages are invited, but since supplies will be limited in amount, registration in advance is encouraged for those wanting to participate.

Celebrate at our Holiday Party

Snowflake byjill111Before the holiday season gets too frantic, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites families to spend an afternoon enjoying some seasonal activities at their hometown library.

The library's Holiday Party runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, inside Rooms A and B. Activities will include Christmas-themed crafts, a photo booth and face painting. Most of the extravaganza is geared to children ages 11 and under, but all ages are welcome to attend.

It's a come-and-go event, and registration is not required in advance.

Book cover discussion wraps up writing class series

NoteTakingThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library finishes its three-part writing series in December with a shift in direction from words to the artwork on the cover that first can hook a reader.

Designing Covers, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, features author Wilette Youkey, who will present on the elements of coming with a great cover for a book. The presentation includes such topics as what makes good design, designing for the genre of a book and typography, with examples of covers that work and some that miss the mark.

This discussion originally was scheduled for October but had to be postponed due to poor weather on that day. The program is for either adults or teens ages 12 and up.

Registration is encouraged in advance as space will be limited.

Finish up 2016 with a visit to the library!

BoyReading2The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library has families with children in mind as it presents a variety of programs for all ages of children, many repeated multiple times during the month.

Programs scheduled during December for children and their caregivers, with suggested age range for participation, include:

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Dec. 1, 8, 15

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 1 and 15 (Registration required in advance)

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Dec. 2, 9, 16

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, Dec. 5 and 12

Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7

Holiday Party (all ages) – 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21