Author taking audience inside the Magic of Storytelling

Little Old Man coverThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library takes local children and families on a magical summer journey with the Magic of Storytelling, led by author David Roper, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, in Rooms A and B.

Roper will perform a show featuring stories, magic and music and also discuss, sign and sell copies of his latest book The Little Old Man, the Little Old Woman and the Little Red Hen.

All ages may attend the event, and registration is not required in advance.

Summer series for children focuses on safety

PaintLearn about safety while having fun with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its “Safety and a Craft” series, presented by Save the Children representatives. The series begins at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, and continues with sessions June 14 and 28 and July 5 at the library.

The program is geared for children going into kindergarten through fifth grades and will include tips for safety and disaster preparedness, followed by a craft project.

All supplies are provided by the library, and registration in advance is not required.

Build a Better World in weekly series during June

LegosThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is giving local children the chance to “Build a Better World” in a weekly series on Tuesday afternoons in June. Programs will be at 3 p.m. on June 6, 13, 20 and 27, in Rooms A and B.

Activities are for children of all ages and feature a variety of building projects with different themes each week.

Program dates and themes will be:

June 6 – Legos

June 13 – Build Like an Egyptian

June 20 – Inventions

June 27 – Recycling Crafts

Registration is not required for the programs.

Science Museum brings teen activities during Summer Reading

SRP logoScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library for multiple programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Events are for ages 12 to 17 and take a look at science while also incorporating literature and a theme that seeks to appeal to teens. This summer’s programs and dates for teen events are:

Rube Goldberg Challenge, 2 p.m. Monday, June 5 – Rube Goldberg was famous for developing overly complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, and participants will do the same by combining their engineering and logic skills in a collaborative activity.

Escaping the Wormhole, 2 p.m. Monday, June 26 – Participants will use teamwork and their wits to try find their way out of an “alternate dimension” in an escape challenge.

Read more about the Museum and its programs this summer here.


Award-winning author Rilla Askew to share “Most American” stories

Rilla AskewThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes award-winning author Rilla Askew for a visit and reading from her newest work at 6 p.m. Monday, June 5, in Rooms A and B.

Askew’s newest work is Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, a collection of nine linked essays the spotlight the complex history of several events in her home state of Oklahoma. The essays go into topics ranging from the Trail of Tears to the Tulsa Race Riot to the Murrah Building bombing.

This is Askew’s first nonfiction work, following the novels The Mercy SeatFire in BeulahHarpsong and Kind of Kin, as well as a collection of linked stories, Strange Business.

Askew will have a meet and greet with readers at 6 p.m. before doing a reading from the book at 6:30. The event is for either teens or adults, and registration is not required in advance.

Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with Peter Piper Pizza

SRP logoWe’re kicking off the 2017 Summer Reading Program with the help of Peter Piper Pizza in Moore. Join the fun from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Peter Piper Pizza, 2460 S. Interstate 35 Service Road.

Anyone who signs up for the Pioneer Library System’s Summer Reading Program at the event will receive free game tokens and prizes.

And a portion of proceeds from the evening’s event will go to support the Children’s Departments at both the Moore Public Library and the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library.

“Build a Better World” with our Summer Reading Program

SRP BannerIt’s almost time. The hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System are all geared up for the annual Summer Reading Program, the busiest time of the year.

This year, Summer Reading explores ways to “Build a Better World” through a variety of programs that build community, inspiration and in some cases, help participants build actual things.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is getting the summer started with its Summer Reading Kickoff, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1.

The event features signup for SRP, a variety of crafts, mascots like the Pioneer Library System’s GLARfield, and a visit from the Maker Mobile for a look at science and technology in an entertaining way. All ages are invited.

Activities are planned throughout June and July for children, teens and adults, as well as several intergenerational events for all ages.

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., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Free Pilates series continues on Tuesday evenings

Workout matThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library exercises mind and body through its extensive collection of materials, as well as its continuing free Pilates series. The classes are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in May, on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. Ages 12 and up are invited to participate in the program, and registration is not required in advance.

The program is made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.