Discussion group focuses on "Life After Life"

book jacket for Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library’s Penn Ave. Literary Society, for adults ages 18 and up, meets 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 to discuss the novel Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born and embarks upon a life that will be unusual. As Ursula grows, she also dies, repeatedly. But, history has plans for her: the fate of civilization.

Copies of the book are available at the library’s Information Desk, and registration is not required.

Create Candy Sushi

box of candy sushiIt's a chance to expereince sushi like you've never tasted before.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites tweens ages 8 to 12 to learn how to create Candy Sushi, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12Space is limited so registration is required in advance.

If you are unable to attend this event or would like to explore sushi further, the library has children and adult titles about sushi that you may enjoy.

TweenScene group activities, which take place twice a month during the school year on a variety of topics including books, art, crafts and much more. 

Author Harold Keith's work featured in movie showing

Believe in me movie posterThe SOKC Public Library celebrates the life and works of author Harold Keith with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at  7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Registration is required.

The book was remade in 2006 into the film Believe in Me, by Robert Collector and is based on a true story of an Oklahoma basketball coach in the 1960s. 

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel, Rifles for Watie.

Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3, in which the Norman Public Library Central will be designated as a national Literary Landmark for its display of the Newbery medal since 1993.

The Harold Keith festivities are sponsored by the Pioneer Library System, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and the Friends of the Norman Public Library. Robert Collector, director and screenplay writer for the film, gave permission for the library and others in the Pioneer Library System to show the film.

A spring burlap wreath

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library presents a Burlap Wreath craft program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 for adults ages 18 and older.

Bring your creativity and use burlap and other supplies to make a spring-themed wreath that can be taken home to brighten your home or front door for the spring season.

All supplies are provided but space is limited so registration is required.

For more wreath inspiration, the library has some wreath making books available for checkout.


The Lego Quest rolls on

The Lego Ideas Book by Daniel LipowitzAt 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 children ages 5 to 12 will embark on an afterschool “Lego Quest” at the Southwest Okalhoma City Public Library.

Participants will use a variety of Legos to make a unique creation and complete three special quests that are revealed when they arrive at the program. 

All supplies will be provided by the library.

For more inspiration, check out some of the lego titles available at the library after the program.

Three-part beginners' computer class series

hands using computer mouse and keyboardAdult computer users are invited to attend a series of introductory classes at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library.

Classes are free of charge and feature hands-on experience for each student at a computer. Registration is required separately for each class.

The schedule includes:

  • May 5, 11 a.m.Computer Basics for Beginners - An introduction to computers for new our out of practice computer users, inlcuding basic functions and how to use a mouse
  • May 12, 11 a.m.Computer Basics: Using the Internet - Learn the basics of using an internet browser and getting around online
  • May 19, 11 a.m.Computer Basics: Email - Learn the basics of sending and receiving email. If you do not have email we will help you create an email account.