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.

Join The Big Read with discussion

book jacket for A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula leGuin The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society joins The Big Read with a discussion of A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula Le Guin, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk

The guest scholar for the meeting is Matthew Price, co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics, Features Editor for The Oklahoman, and writer of the blog “Nerdage

The Big Read is funded by grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Norman Public Library and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Next month’s discussion is set for May 14 and will focus on the book “Life After Life” by Jill McCorkle.

Get set for a Lego adventure

Lego Bricks in a pileThere are all sorts of things embodied in the LEGO brick – geometry and mathematics and truth and proportion and shape and colour … It is a faintly spiritual activity that everybody connects with. ~James May

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is taking youngsters on an afterschool “Lego Quest” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Participants will use a variety of Legos to make a unique creation and complete three special quests they'll learn about when they arrive at the program.

The program is recommended for ages 5 to 12. All supplies, except for imagination, will be provided by the library - so be sure to bring plenty of that!

Prepare for emergencies with the Red Cross

American Red Cross logoThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, in partnership with the American Red Cross, is preparing you to deal with possible emergencies, with its Red Cross Ready program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7The program is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required to attend.

Representatives from the American Red Cross will share how you can be informed and ready for everything from acts of nature like a tornado to a man-made event like a fire. The program will also cover tips and checklists for use before, during, and after an emergency.

If you are unable to attend the program or would like more information, checkout one of the emergency preparedness titles available at the library.

Afterschool fun and learning

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library is giving children a creative outlet to look at science and nature at its After School Kids (ASK) programs for children in pre-K through third grade.

At the Thursday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m. event, kids will take part in fun science experiments to explore how and why things work.

Gardening will be the focus of the Thursday, April 16 at 4:30 pm. event, with easy ideas for children to learn about planting and caring for a garden.

Registration is required in advance for each child taking part.