We're hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive

Blood donationThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes the American Red Cross for a Blood Drive from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Rooms A and B.

All blood types are needed at the drive. The minimum age to donate is 16 with a consent form from parent or guardian or 17 or older otherwise. Minimum weight varies depending on height, and donors must present a picture ID to donate.

Walkins are welcome, although registration in advance is strongly encouraged. Those who sign up online may use the sponsor code SWOKCLIBRARY or area zip code, 73071. 

We've got fun and activity for children with weekly events

Kids outsideThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes children and families to the library for regular programs offered throughout November.

The schedule of events this month includes:

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 and Nov. 16After School Kids

10 and 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 30Toddler Story Time & Play

5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 and Nov. 17Minecraft Creative

10 and 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27 Family Story Time

10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 and Nov, 28 – Baby Lapsit

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7Lego Quest

11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 - Family Play Time/ la hora de jugar en familia

10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11Dads and Donuts Story Time

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Nov. 28 - TweenScene

10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15TLC (Touch, Learn and Create): Thanksgiving

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21Sensory Family Time

Candy Land goes life-sized in family event

LollipopsThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is super-sizing a children’s favorite as it hosts a Life-sized Candy Land game from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Rooms A and B.

Children of all ages are invited to participate and encouraged to dress in costume of their favorite character from the game. They’ll get a chance to travel through the Gumdrop Mountains and all the way to the Peppermint Forest like never before.

This will be a come-and-go event, and registration is not required in advance to participate.

Bring out your strength through workshop

Men talking What’s your greatest talent?

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is helping to answer that question through its Strengths Discovery Workshop, part of the library’s periodic “Lunch and Learn” activities, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Rooms A and B.

Rhonda Boyle will lead attendees on a look at the Strengths Finder assessment, produced by Gallup Corporation. Participants are encouraged to take the assessment in advance of the program by going online here and choosing the Clifton assessment.

Space for the program is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Library, MNTC present French Cooking workshop

IngredientsThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library joins forces with Moore Norman Technology Center to bring a taste of cooking to the community.

As part of its “Taste of” series, the library presents a French Cooking workshop at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, inside MNTC’s South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania Ave., just northeast of the library.

Pam Taylor, an instructor of numerous culinary classes at MNTC, will lead the class, which will be a lesson making French Onion soup.

The class is offered at no charge but space is limited to 12 participants. Signup is being conducted by MNTC, by phone at 405-364-5763, extension 7260.

We have activities nearly every day for families with kids

Young boyThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library offers a variety of age-appropriate activities for children and families throughout October.

The schedule of events includes:

10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 – Family Story Time and Craft

10 a.m. TuesdaysBaby Lapsit

10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays – Toddler Story Time & Play

5 p.m. Fridays – Minecraft (Creative Oct. 6 and Oct. 20, Survival Oct. 13 and Oct. 27)

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3Lego Quest

4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 After School Kids

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 Dads and Donuts Story Time

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17Sensory Family Time

10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18TLC (Touch, Learn and Create): Fall 

Tai Chi, Pilates series continue at the library

Tai ChiThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is exercising mind and body through multiple workout classes offered weekly.

Tai Chi for Health will be taking place at 6 p.m. on three Mondays in October, on Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Oct. 30.

These classes are for all ages but are best suited to ages 7 and up. They will teach basics of Tai Chi as a way to improve health and wellness through low-impact workouts. Chock Petchprom, a certified Tai Chi instructor, will lead the classes.

On Tuesdays at 6 p.m., the library presents Pilates classes for ages 12 and up. Pilates is a body conditioning routine that aims to help build flexibility, muscle strength and endurance.

Registration is required separately for each of the classes.

The classes are 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.