Show off your baking skills in teen challenge

As the first signs of fall begin to show up outside, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library kicks off the season inside with a completion full of taste and creativity. The library’s Fall British Bake Off Challenge is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Room A.

This is an activity for teens ages 12 to 18 who will get a chance to show off their baking skills in a contest modeled after the television series “The Great British Baking Show.”

Attendees will bring a homemade delicacy to the library and then participate in a technical challenge where contestants will make an additional dessert that will be revealed during the program.

Advance registration is required to participate.

Serving as a southwest OKC staple

Since its opening in early 2012, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library has brought the Pioneer Library System’s services to residents in this portion of Oklahoma’s capital city.

The SOKC library features 19,000 square feet of space that includes some 57,000 books and an assortment of computers, meeting areas and a wide variety of program options for all ages.

Families with young children can find programs geared specifically by age group to best benefit those young pre-readers and new readers. Among the offerings are Little Movers and Early Explorers Story Times on Monday mornings, Baby Lapsits on Thursdays, Preschool Story Times on Friday mornings and the Library Music Connection on Saturdays.

Older children can take part in Friday afternoon Kids Who Code activities, as well as POW: Play on Words, a group for third through fifth grades that will meet weekly at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays starting Sept. 16.

Teens Reading Terrific Literature (TRTL) participants find common ground in the group’s discussions on the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m., part of an assortment of programs and offerings for readers from age 12 to 17.

The library also brings a range of programs for adults, from a Ukulele for Beginners class Monday, Sept. 16 to the networking workshop, “Deeper Than a Handshake,” scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Find out more about everything going on this month at the SOKC library through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

Film Festival coming much closer to home

Not going to be one of those movie buffs making it north of the border to the Toronto International Film Festival this month?

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library has movie enthusiasts wanting to stay closer to home covered with its own International Short Films Festival, taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in Rooms A and B.

The event will feature screenings of several international short films, with local film experts leading discussions about the films and the film scene in general.

Either teens or adults may attend this activity. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.