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.

Teen book group going into the world of Harry Potter

Sorcerors Stone coverThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s new teen book discussion group, Teens Reading Terrific Literature (TRTL), hosts its next monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the library.

This month’s discussion is a journey into the world of wizards and magic as the featured book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

The group is for ages 12 to 17 and will be meeting on the third Saturday of the month for discussions of books read by group members.

Registration is not required in advance to participate.

And the Harry Potter series by Rowling is a popular one, with multiple copies of books available for checkout or download through the PLS collection.

Financial Aid Night gives advice for paying for college

MoneyLook ahead to ideas for paying for college at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its Financial Aid Night presentation, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

The event gives an introduction to financial aid, with information on the FASFA, what to expect in a financial aid package, scholarships and grants, loans and more. Veleecia Hearne, Assistant Director of the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Oklahoma, will be the presenter.

The program is for teens looking ahead to going to college and the information will be most relevant to seniors in high school.

Space is limited so registration is required in advance.

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Village on the Park event

Germany mapThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is celebrating Oktoberfest in its monthly event at Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge Drive, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17.

The event will be a wine, beer and food tasting with a German theme, and a discussion led by Dr. Rudi Nollert on German customs.

Ages 18 and up may attend. Registration is required in advance.

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.