Make your money go further with spreadsheet skills

book jacket for Living well, spending less by Ruth SoukupSpend smarter in the summer months and beyond with the help of the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its program “Smart Money: Family Budget Spreadsheet,” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 21 for adultsThe class is free of charge but space is limited, so registration is required.

The class will look at ways to use Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to set up a monthly budget, as well as other hints and tips for starting a budget from scratch. Afer the class, there will be books about budget planning for your to checkout and take home.  Some titles you may see include:

Parenting series focuses on literacy, diapering

dad and babyThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is continuing a new series for families that takes them on a journey through many aspects of parenting.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, the program is “Early Literacy and Smart Start,” with a look at local, free programs that support early literacy and school readiness.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, the program will be “Baby Wearing and Cloth Diapering.” Representatives from the Babywearing Doula and The Changing Table will talk about baby comfort and the benefits of cloth diapering. 

Space is limited so registration will be required in advance for each program.

During the programs, there will be librarian-led activities for children of attendees taking place across the room, so parents will not have to worry about getting child care to attend.

Comics, Legos, and claymation unite

two kids with laptop computerThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is taking tweens to the future and beyond with its Kidtech: After School Technology Club.

The group is for ages 8 to 12 and hosts its next meetings at 5 p.m. Friday, April 10 and 24

Programs for this month will focus designing Lego comics and easy claymation movies. Space is limited so registration is required to attend.

Lego Story Starter kits are are provided thanks to grant support from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Sharpen your computer skills with free classes

computer keyboardThe Moore Public Library announces its schedule for free computer classes for April.

Registration is required for each class. Visit the library, call 793-4349, or register online to attend one or more of the five classes:

April 7, 9:30 a.m. – Computer Basics: An introduction to the computer with practice using a mouse.

April 14, 9:30 a.m. – Internet Basics Part 1: An introduction to the internet. Learn basic browser and toolbar functions, and practice web surfing.

April 21, 9:30 a.m. – Internet Basics Part 2: Learn tools and tips that help provide better and faster internet searches. Internet Basics Part 1 or equivalent is a prerequisite.

April 23, 6:30 p.m. – Travel Information on the Internet: Looking for resources to research your next vacation? This class will show a variety of information available on the internet, including apps.

April 28, 9:30 a.m. – eBay Basics - Buying: Learn the basics of setting up an eBay account, how to shop wisely, and the mysteries of bidding. Intermediate computer skills recommended.

We're growing learners with art

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library seeks to “Grow a Learner with Art,” through an upcoming three-program series for young children and their caregivers.

The series debuts at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, with a focus on painting. Future editions are 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, on scribbling, and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, with play dough. The programs are for children up to age 5, and registration is required in advance for each child participant.

Sessions will feature a story time and active art-play that focus on early literacy skills with the added use of art activities.