Children, families invited for Tuesday events

The McLoud Public Library adds some new elements to its traditional story times through multiple monthly events. Activities are geared to children ages 5 and under and are planned at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays during March.

This month’s program slate includes:

March 3 and March 17 Preschool Story Time, Feelings and Emotions: This is part of a series that will feature books that focus on emotions and feelings.

March 10Toys & Tots: Use fun and educational toys in a program aiming to help children learn and develop their brains through play.

March 24 Stress Relief Story Time: Child Development Specialist and certified massage instructor Angie Porter, MS, CCPS, will lead an hour of calming activities that help promote literacy.

March 31Preschool Story Time, Wiggleworms: Children will take part in a morning of music and movement.

Twice a month, young children who are reading or learning to read are invited to make a new friend at “Sit, Stay, Read!” Offered from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 10 and March 24, it’s a chance for children to practice their reading to a certified therapy dog. Parent or guardian should call the library in advance to schedule a 20-minute timeslot for their child to read.

Make a resolution to visit your library

Happy New Year!

The McLoud Public Library is ready to lead the community into 2020 through its many resources, services and program opportunities.

The library presents dedicated spaces for its collection of books for children, teens and adult readers, as well as public computers, meeting areas and more.

In total through the collaboration of the 12 branch libraries in the Pioneer Library System, cardholders have access to more than 700,000 books, magazines and downloadable items. Also, PLS provides access to more than 60 online databases that cover topics from genealogy to homework help.

Need to know more? Talk to a librarian or take a look around our online resources, available through this website or the Pioneer Library System Connect App, which can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.

We hope we’ll be a big part of your plans in the new year!

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Find out more about what’s going on in January in McLoud by picking up a copy of the library’s monthly calendar, or by looking at our online calendar.

Homeschool students invited to activities

The McLoud Public Library is putting an added emphasis on learning opportunities for families with homeschool students this fall through its “Plus 1” series.

The library will set aside programming time on most Thursdays, giving families with homeschool children of any age a chance to learn more about multiple topics as well as experiencing their local library.

The first edition of the "Plus 1" series will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, for this one week only, with future programs being scheduled in the afternoon. It serves as an introduction to the programs and a look at the many resources available for students through the library.

The two primary components are a pair of series, one a STEM-based experience led by Science Museum Oklahoma and the other a Healthy Kids Food Series with a variety of cooking programs for children.

SMO brings a series of STEM-related activities at 1 p.m. on Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21 and Dec. 19. These hands-on enrichment programs will take a look into the world of science in a creative way.

The Healthy Kids Food Series takes place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 10 (Healthy Breakfasts), Nov. 14 (Healthy Lunches), Dec. 12 (Healthy Desserts) and Jan. 9 (Healthy Dinners). Homeschool children will learn easy and healthy recipes to take home.

The Healthy Kids Food Series is made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Science Museum Oklahoma series is made possible through grant funding from EPSCOR.