Read with a new friend

Dog with childrenThe McLoud Public Library is pairing up new readers with certified therapy dogs as part of its reading program “Sit, Stay, Read,” scheduled twice during January, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, and at the same time Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Young readers have a chance to read with a certified therapy dog in an encouraging, positive atmosphere. It’s a program that has been used in multiple libraries throughout the Pioneer Library System.

Registration in advance is required to participate.

Start the New Year with great books and much more

McLoud programLooking for great reads and ways to enjoy the winter months? The McLoud Public Library has you covered with cardholders having access not just to what’s inside the library but also the Pioneer Library System’s collection of more than 675,000 books, magazines, DVDs and downloadable items.

Materials can be transferred between PLS libraries within a matter of days and be in readers’ hands for a nice evening in from the cold with a captivating read.

The library also will begin the New Year with an array of program options for various ages and featuring many topics.

Some of the upcoming offerings in early January include:

Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. bring story time events for preschool-aged children. Included are the bilingual Family Play Time/la hora de jugar en familia Jan. 8, Preschool Story Time on Jan. 15Stress Relief Story Time led by Child Development Specialist Angie Porter on Jan. 22, and a “Healthy Kids” Story Time on Jan. 29.

And it’s never too early to think about the gardening season. The library looks into it with the workshop “Starting Vegetable Gardens from Seed,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Carla Smith, Horticulture Educator with the Pottawatomie County Extension Service will lead the program, which is for ages 18 and up. Advance registration is required.

Some programs are made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.