Events for teens and children in July

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is giving teens a chance to create their own superhero or supervillain, in a three day camp at 2 p.m. on July 14-16 for teens going into grades 6 - 12.

  • Day One: Character creation, with ideas about what the hero or villain stands for and what he or she can do.
  • Day Two: Outfit your hero or villain in “Costuming 101 for Heroes.”
  • Day Three: A wrap-up party and photo booth will give you a chance to show off your hero or villain and have fun with new friends

Registration is required and can be completed at the library or online.

Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to be part of the library’s Minecraft Club, next meeting at 5 p.m. and 6:10 p.m. on July 13 and 5 p.m. on July 27. Play will take place on a closed-network server, and the library will provide access to a MinecraftEDU account for use during the program. It’s free to play, and beginners and experienced players alike are invited to attend.

Registration is required and can be completed using the online form.

Children ages 2 to 6 can Touch, Learn and Create at the library’s monthly TLC sensory program, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Come explore and play at sensory stations and create at least three crafts. The theme for this month’s program is bugs.

Genealogy research meets technology at library program

Have you been interested in your ancestory and heritage? Do you want to start learning about where you came from? The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library combines high-tech with a look to the past to give genealogy researchers more tools as they look back into their family history. The library will present the program “Genealogy Databases” at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14. Registration is required in advance, and can be completed online.

Kathryn Ramsay, Genealogy and Local History Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will highlight many of the online resources available through the library in its collection of online databases.

Find a place to give back at Volunteer Fair

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library presents a community Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 11, in the Community Rooms of the library. The event is presented in partnership with Cleveland County 4-H, and registration in advance is not required to be part of it.

Several local organizations will attend, providing information about the types of volunteers they are seeking to help the community. Come on by the library. You might get inspired to get involved!

“Zooper-Heroes” visiting from the OKC Zoo

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes friends from the Oklahoma City Zoo for the Summer Reading Program event “Zooper-Heroes,” at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 10.

The program features stories, role playing and interactive demonstrations that explore the animals that have inspired many superheroes. Representatives from the zoo will show off and describe several animal friends in this program, part of the zoo’s outreach series.

All ages are welcome to attend, and registration is not required in advance, although space is limited to the first 300 participants. Make sure you come early to secure your spot during this fun event!

The event is made possible thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust.

Adult discussion group to meet

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society hosts its next discussion at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the library. This month’s discussion will be on the novel “The Art Forger” written by B.A. Shapiro, which tells the story of a young artist who discovers information about the largest unsolved art heist in history.

Copies of each month’s book are available at the library’s Information Desk, and registration is not required to attend any of the talks, which generally take place on the second Thursday of the month.

The group is for ages 18 and up.

Celebrate our real-life heroes

The super is real and the real is super at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Real-Life Superhero Camp, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. Registration is not required in advance to attend, so come on out and bring your friends with you!

This will be a come-and-go event for all ages, which features crafts and activities related to some of the world’s real-life heroes, from firefighters to police officers and more. We can't wait to have a super good time with all of you!