Inspyral shares energy and entertainment

InspyralJeremy and Kelsey Philo bring a passion for creating magical experiences through their energetic performances using a variety of skills and items. Together they make up Inspyral Entertainment, and they’ll be visiting libraries throughout the Pioneer Library System for activities this summer.

Their program “Juggling with Inspyral” comes to the Moore Public Library at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.

This event is geared to children age 11 and under and will feature a glow show with lasers, hoops, acrobatics and a unicycle as they demonstrate grit and growth. Children also will get the chance to practice their anti-gravity skills juggling balls and spinning plates.

Registration is not required to attend.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Make a move in Hula Hoop activity

HooplahomaTeens are getting a lesson in a unique workout and activity this summer at the Moore Public Library in the program Hula Hooping with Hooplahoma, scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the library.

The event is part of the library’s 2019 Summer Learning Challenge and will be led by Chelsea Ryan, circus artist and the owner of Hooplahoma. She will demonstrate a variety of hoop tricks and use of a cyr wheel, and will teach hula hooping techniques for teens of any experience level with a hula hoop.

Ryan is the 2018 USA Wheel Gymnastics National Champion with a cyr wheel, and is proficient in many circus skills, including unicycling, stilts, juggling and more.

Registration is not required in advance to participate.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Teens are arcade-bound in retro gaming day

Pac ManIt’s an entertaining lesson in the history of classic video games with the Moore Public Library and EightyThree Arcade in Moore for the program “Classic Arcades: Play and Learn,” taking place at noon Saturday, June 22, at EightyThree Arcade, 638 N. Broadway St. in Moore.

The activity is for ages 12 to 17 and will feature a look back at how video games worked before so many of them could fit on a phone. And attendees will get a chance to play for free classic games like Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Mario and more.

EightyThree Arcade features classic stand-up arcade favorites and an adventure back to the early 1980s world of gaming that inspired the arcade’s name.

Advance registration is required to participate in this program.

Science Museum brings “A Universe of Stories” for summer activities

STEM logoWith the Moore Public Library spending the summer focusing on space and science, it means one thing for sure. The experts from Science Museum Oklahoma will be bringing their talents to the library for a variety of program options.

The theme for this year’s Summer Learning Program in PLS libraries is “A Universe of Stories,” with programs taking on space themes, science and technology focuses and more.

Age-appropriate activities led by SMO are planned throughout June and July. The schedule this summer at the library includes:

Solar System Science Tour, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 – Learn about the planets, moons, asteroids, comets and other exciting objects in the Solar System. It’s geared to children but all ages are invited to attend, and advance registration is not required.

Science Fiction Bonanza, 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 – Ages 18 and up will explore the actual science and technology used by popular and classic science-fiction films and how it relates to the real world. Registration is required in advance for the Science Fiction Bonanza.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Experience stories, stars and the night sky

Night SkyShut down the phones, turn off the television and quiet your mind to listen to the words of tales from days gone by, as the Moore Public Library presents “Stories Under the Night Sky,” a teen activity taking place at 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, at the library.

Internationally known storyteller Fran Stallings will tell tales including myths, legends and night stories from all around the world accompanied by planetarium projected constellations that will accompany her stories.

Stallings has performed nationally and internationally and tells primarily folktales from around the world. She has produced several audio recordings and books of stories and conducts workshops, residencies, and festival performances throughout the United States and overseas.

The program is part of the library’s Summer Learning Program theme, “A Universe of Stories” and is for teens ages 12 to 17. Advance registration is not required.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Step outside the library and “Play in the Park”

Kids playThe Moore Public Library is getting outside for a few hours and helping community residents enjoy the summer at its upcoming “Play in the Park” activities.

All ages are invited to join some of their favorite librarians at Central Park, 700 S. Broadway, for these two events:

Play in the Park: Fly a Kite, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13 – The library will provide kites for families to build their own and fly a kite together.

Play in the Park: Game Time, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 – Take part in relay races, run under a parachute, ride scooters and more.

Advance registration is required, as is a waiver signed by participants or a parent or guardian for children or teens under age 18.

Financial assistance for this project is made possible with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Summer Nights Concert Series returns in June

Musical notesA popular summer activity for many years in Moore returns again in June and July as the Moore Public Library and multiple community sponsors and supporters present the Summer Nights Concert Series.

The free concerts are scheduled on four Friday evenings at the Central Park Amphitheater, 700 S. Broadway St. All the events are family-friendly and there is no admission charge.

Each concert will begin at 8 p.m. This year’s schedule features:

June 7 – Black Water Bridge;

June 21 – Banana Seat;

July 12 – Shelly Phelps

July 26 – The COPA Reefer Band

The Summer Nights series is sponsored by the Norman Regional Health System, the City of Moore, Moore Friends of the Library, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Rose Rock Realty, Kona Ice and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Discover answers to health questions in series

Question marksThe Moore Public Library and the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative will focus on those with chronic health problems during its upcoming series “Healthier Choices, Healthier You,” a six-week series running from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, May 29 through June 26 and Monday, July 1, at the library. It has been rescheduled from an earlier date.

The series is designed for individuals and caregivers and will help participants get ideas for dealing with pain, fatigue and the inability to sleep. Participants will learn activities that will help improve strength, exercise, endurance, and safe use of medications. The program also will cover ways to communicate effectively with family, friends, and health professionals. 

Ages 18 and up may attend, and registration in advance is required.

This project is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.