Summer Nights concert rescheduled to July 27

Musical notesThe Moore Public Library and City of Moore welcome the band Black Water Bridge for this year’s final installment of the Summer Nights Concert Series, at 8 p.m. Friday, July 27, at Moore’s Central Park.

This is a rescheduling of the concert originally set for June 22 but postponed due to a threat of poor weather.

All ages are invited to attend the concert.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Nights Concert Series are Norman Regional Health System, the City of Moore, Moore Friends of the Library, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Kona Ice and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Let’s Talk About it Oklahoma series comes to the library

Last Chinese ChefThe Moore Public Library is taking a deep look into literature about a topic near and dear to most – food.

The library will host the Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma series “Much Depends on Dinner,” an initiative of Oklahoma Humanities, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28, with a discussion on The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones.

Guest speaker Bruce Treadway will lead the discussion of the book, and attendees also will get to partake in a provided meal.

This will be a multi-part series taking place at the library until November, with a different book up for discussion on each session. Future dates and book topics include:

Aug. 25The Tummy Trilogy by Calvin Trillin;

Sept. 15In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan;

Oct. 20A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg;

Nov. 10Secrets of the Tsil Café by Thomas Fox Averill.

Ages 18 and up may participate, and registration is required in advance.

Books, services, and other materials for this series are provided by Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma, a project of Oklahoma Humanities. Funding for this series was provided by grants from the Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of Oklahoma Humanities.

Focus on keeping kids safe with these tips

Stop signStop, go and tell.

That’s the literal title but more importantly the main idea for the Moore Public Library's upcoming Summer Reading Program for children. “Stop, Go and Tell,” is a Safe Kids series program and takes place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24 at the library.

The goal of the presentation, developed by a licensed therapist and presented by a trained educator, is to equip parents and children with vocabulary, permission and courage to prevent sexual abuse. The words “sexual abuse” are not used in the children’s presentation, which focuses on personal space and boundary rules.

As part of the activity, which is presented by Bethesda, Inc., of Norman, each child will receive a free hula hoop as a teaching tool and take-home toy.

Since attending children must be accompanied by an adult, no large groups will be allowed to attend this program. There is no registration required in advance.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Harry Potter taking over the library on Fridays

Harry Potter coverThe Moore Public Library will get a transformation on Fridays in July for its Harry Potter Fridays, at 11 a.m. each Friday of the month.

Activities are specially geared to children going into third through fifth grades and will include crafts, a sorting hat quiz and much more, all related back to the J.K. Rowling book series. Costumes are encouraged!

Themes are:

July 6 - Fandom Day

July 13 - Potions and Wands

July 20 - Lock Box/Escape Room

July 27 - Tween Quidditch

And, it’s a great chance to check out one of the many Harry Potter books available through the library’s collection.

Space and supplies for each week’s program will be limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.

Step into summer with the Rock Mount Moore Step Challenge

WalkingThe Moore Public Library is taking steps in being a community leader in wellness and health, and now it’s asking for residents of the community to take their own steps to do so as well.

The library is hosting its Rock Mount Moore Step Challenge this summer, with a community goal for Moore residents to walk, run or dance 15 million steps during June and July.

Signups will begin during the library’s Summer Reading Kickoff and Parade on Thursday, May 31, and participants may sign up at the library through July 31.

Upon registration, participants will receive a tracking log and pedometer, or they can sign up to use their own personal fitness tracker that they may already own.

For every 100,000 steps completed, participants will get an entry for a prize provided by the Orr Family Farm, JumpZone! and/or The Station (City of Moore). To log those steps to receive entries, either visit the library, call 793-5100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The library recently was honored by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement for its efforts to promote health literacy in the Moore community. The library received the Health Literacy Innovation Award for its ongoing health and fitness programming for adults and children. These include regular Monday evening Yoga classes, Thursday evening Zumba classes, plus special summer offerings like Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch events, an intergenerational pie making program and a hula hooping activity.

And now the Mount Moore Step Challenge is taking things even further, literally.

Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The project also is sponsored by Orr Family Farm, The Station (City of Moore) and JumpZone!