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Over the next couple of weeks we are making a switch to a new calendar & room booking system.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you experience difficulties accessing our calendar or requesting a meeting room please contact your local library for assistance.

Pilates series moves outdoors to the patio during April

PilatesThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library takes its popular Pilates series outdoors during April, with weekly sessions of "Pilates on the Patio," at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

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.

In case of inclement weather, the class may be moved indoors.

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.

Busy slate of events on the way for children in April

Reading bykaenieThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes families with children for a variety of age-appropriate programs to go along with its vast collection of books and materials for checkout.

Activities scheduled at the library during April, by age group, include:

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, April 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18 and 25

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

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 5

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 6 and 20 (Registration required in advance)

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia (for ages 5 and under) – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11 and 25

Wizard/Star Wars Party, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13

Sensory Story Time (ages 11 and under, geared to children prone to sensory overload, on the autism spectrum or have trouble with big crowds) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19

Knitting group collaborating on projects in monthly event

Yarn-by-sophieja23Knitters can move forward with projects, or get good ideas for new things to try with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its Come and Go Knitting Group.

The group next meets from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 1.

While this is not an instructor-led class, a librarian will be available for questions, tips and problem solving, and all levels of knitters age 18 and up are welcome to participate. Registration is not required.

OKC Zoo presents "Bear Wants More" at the library

Bear Wants MoreThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is bringing in representatives from the Oklahoma City Zoo for the Spring Break week presentation "Bear Wants More," at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

The program is based on Karma Wilson's award-winning book Bear Wants More and explores the many items a bear and other animals eat as springtime hits.

Children up to age 11 are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance as space will be limited.

The event is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Zoological Society, the Oklahoma City Zoo's non-profit support group.

FRONTLINE film, discussion focus on PLS Big Read novel

PLSBigReadLogoIf you were diagnosed with a serious life-limiting illness, what would be the things that would matter most to you and who would you want to know?

The Pioneer Library System is tackling that topic in its activities surrounding the 11th edition of its PLS Big Read, focusing on the novel Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Each library will host a screening for the FRONTLINE film "Being Mortal," followed by a panel discussion. The 60-minute film was produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston. The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library's presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29. Scholar Robert Salinas will lead the post-film discussion.

Being Mortal was the 2015 Indies Choice Book Award winner in the Adult Non-Fiction category. The author also is the recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two national magazine awards.

Sponsors for this year's PLS Big Read are the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

Get introduced to Tai Chi in new series

Tai ChiThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library begins a six-week series, Tai Chi for All Ages, at 6 p.m. on Mondays, beginning March 20 and running through April 24, in Rooms A and B.

Participants in the class will teach basics of Tai Chi with a goal of empowering families and individuals to improve their health. Sessions will be led by Chock Petchprom, a certified Tai Chi instructor.

While all ages are welcome to attend, the activities are best suited for ages 7 and up.

Registration is not required, but all participants must sign a waiver to take the class.

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

Celebrate Dr. Seuss, stories and more during March

BoyReading2The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library provides a variety of age-appropriate programs and activities for children and families throughout the week along with its vast collection of books and materials for checkout.

A special event this month is a Dr. Seuss Party, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The program celebrates the life and books of Dr. Seuss, with games and crafts related to the famous children's author. All ages are invited to attend and encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.

More activities scheduled at the library in March, by age group, include:

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 2 and 16 (Registration required in advance)

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, March 6, 13 and 27

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28

Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia (for ages 5 and under) – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 and 28

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 15

Sensory Story Time (ages 11 and under, geared to children prone to sensory overload, on the autism spectrum or have trouble with big crowds) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21

Red Cross Pillowcase program (for all ages) – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23

OKC Zoo Presents Bear Wants More5 p.m. Thursday, March 30