It's a celebration of all things Seuss

Cat in the Hat coverThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library hosts a celebration of one of the stars of children’s literature in its Dr. Seuss Day, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Rooms A and B.

The event is in honor of the birthday of author Theodor “Seuss” Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, who was born March 2, 1904. The day features a variety of themed activities celebrating many of the author’s most popular storybook characters.

All ages of children may attend and registration is not required in advance.

Get informed at “How-To Health” series

Medical scannerThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library continues its “How-to Health” series with the upcoming workshop “Making Sense of Your Diagnosis” at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb, 27, with the class taking place at the Shartel Church of God, 11600 S. Western Ave.

Mary Pinzon, stroke education nurse, will give guidance on talking to doctors about a diagnosis, how best to understand it, seek additional information on second opinions, treatment options or other resources.

The workshop is for ages 18 and up and registration is encouraged in advance.

The series 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.

SOKC library honors pair for service to community

SOKC recognitionThe Pioneer Library System Board of Trustees honored two local residents with certificates of recognition at the board’s recent meeting at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library.

Elaine Lyons, President of the South OKC Chamber of Commerce, and David Foster, Executive Director of the Earlywine Park YMCA, were honored for their contributions and partnerships with the SOKC library and the community in general.

Ms. Lyons has served as president of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce since 2003, working to increase economic and business development along with community awareness in south Oklahoma City. The SOKC Chamber has partnered with the library on multiple occasions, including a Shred Day that saw nearly 300 members of the community be able to shred sensitive documents and dispose of expired medications.

“Elaine has moved heaven and has literally earth in South OKC,” said Kelly Sitzman, branch manager of the SOKC library. “She has played an instrumental role in the beautification of I-240 and advocates tirelessly on behalf of this community. Under Elaine’s leadership, this Chamber has incredible reach across central Oklahoma.”

Mr. Foster has more than 20 years of experience with the YMCA and has been with the Earlywine Park YMCA since 2015. The YMCA has worked with the library and many other community partners on projects like the Military Welcome Center at Will Rogers Airport, aiding members of the military as they return for holiday block leave.

“Back in December, David invited Council members to volunteer during Holiday Block Leave, when all the troops from Fort Sill come to the airport to be sent home for the holidays,” Sitzman said. “My husband and I went to volunteer from midnight until about 2:30 a.m., and David was there all night, sitting with soldiers on the floor. He truly leads by example and that’s seen in the SOKC community.”

Pair your creativity with our button maker

Colored buttonsShow some creativity and make some one-of-a-kind accessories with the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s program “Teens Make Buttons!” The activity takes place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in Rooms A and B.

Students in 6th through 12th grade are invited to use the library’s button maker to create unique buttons for themselves or a friend.

All supplies are provided by the library but are limited in amount, so registration in advance of the program is required.

Stories and more set for children during February

Child playsThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library presents a variety of age-appropriate activities for children and their families throughout the week.

In February, come to the library for these events at the following dates and times:

10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 Toddler Story Time & Play

10 a.m. Fridays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23Baby Lapsit

10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mondays, Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26 Family Story Time

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6Kids Explore: Oklahoma Animals

10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 – Dads and Donuts Story Time

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 Yak, Snack and Read

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20Kids Explore: Fairy Tale Engineering

10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21Touch, Learn and Create: Snow

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 - Kids Celebrate Black History

10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24Family Play Time/la hora de jugar en familia