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 Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library presents “Stories Under the Night Sky,” a teen activity taking place at 2 p.m. Monday, June 24 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.

Friends of the Library set to host Book Sale

BookThe Friends of the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library will host a Summer Book Sale Wednesday, June 19, through Wednesday, June 26 at the library. The sale will run during regular library hours each day.

The Friends will offer a variety of gently used materials. Sale prices are $15 for 10 adult books or $10 for 10 children’s books.

Proceeds from the sale go to benefit the Friends in their support of library programs and activities throughout the year. The sale will feature a variety of items and genres.

Mental Health Digital Book Display

As part of our upcoming Community Conversation about Depression and Mental Health taking place at 7 pm on Thursday, June 20, we've put together a list of mental health books and resources available in our library. If you need any other resources, our library staff can always help.

Adolescent Depression: a guide for parents by Francis Mark Mondimore

Adult Nonfiction 616.8527 MO

In 'Adolescent Depression,' psychiatrists Francis Mark Mondimore, MD, and Patrick Kelly, MD, explain that serious depression in adolescents goes beyond "moodiness." Depression is in fact an illness - one that can be effectively treated. The authors describe the many forms of depression and the many symptoms of depression in young people - from sadness to irritability, self-harm, drug and alcohol abuse, and violent rages.

 

River of Time by Naomi Judd

Adult Biography B JUDD JU, Adult Large Print Biography LP B JUDD JU, OverDrive audiobook

She was a country music superstar facing nonstop success-- but offstage she struggled with harsh family secrets, absent emotional support, teenage motherhood, rape, and hepatitis. Here, Judd uncovers her struggles with depression, PTSD and addiction, a journey that included extended hospital stays and moving lessons about how to find hope and help. She has persevered-- and shares a message for anyone whose life has been scarred by trauma.

The Depths: the evolutionary origins of the depression epidemic by Jonathan Rottenberg

Adult Nonfiction 616.8527 RO, Hoopla audiobook

Psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg explains that progress has been hampered by our fundamental misunderstanding of depression as a psychological or chemical defect. Instead, Rottenberg introduces a surprising alternative: that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion; it is a low mood gone haywire. Weaving together experimental and epidemiological research, clinical observations, and the voices of people who have struggled with depression, 'The Depths' offers a bold new account of why depression endures-and points the way toward new paths for treatment.

UnDo It!: how simple lifestyle changes can reverse most chronic diseases by Dean Ornish

Adult Nonfiction 613.262 OR, OverDrive eBook

The founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute outlines scientifically based recommendations for reversing heart disease and other chronic health problems through lifestyle changes designed to slow cellular aging.

 

Crazy-Stressed by Michael Bradley

Adult Nonfiction 649.125 BR

A look at teenage psychology examines what drives adolescent anger, depression, and negative behaviors and offers tips for helping teens regain their footing, overcome obstacles, and successfully cope with challenges.

 

Are u Okay? by Kati Morton

OverDrive eBook and audiobook

"Are u ok?" walks readers through the most common questions about mental health and the process of getting help — from finding the best therapist to navigating harmful and toxic relationships and everything in between. In the same down-to-earth, friendly tone that makes her videos so popular, licensed marriage and family therapist and YouTube sensation Kati Morton clarifies and destigmatizes the struggles so many of us go through and encourages readers to reach out for help.

Read more: Mental Health Digital Book Display

Inspyral brings energy and engagement in program

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 Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

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.

Join the conversation at the library

DiscussionThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library takes a look into topics of public interest during its Community Conversation series, with this month’s topic being “Depression and Mental Health,” taking place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, in Room B.

The event will feature a panel of mental health professionals who will discuss depression and mental health issues in Oklahoma and he resources available for those suffering with depression.

There will also be a question-and-answer session, as well as time for the panel to answer anonymous questions asked through a question box available in the library in advance of the program.

The program is for ages 18 and up. Advance registration is encouraged but not required.

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.

All Systems Go! The Maker Mobile is coming

Maker MobileThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes the gadgets and goodies associated with the Pioneer Library System’s Maker Mobile for a special Summer Learning Program visit at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the library.

This summer’s activity is a chance to create leather bracelets using Inkscape software and the Maker Mobile’s laser engraver.

The PLS Maker Mobile is a mobile maker space that brings STEM-related activities outside the library to communities throughout Pioneer’s three-county service area. Its resources include a three-dimensional printer, laser engraver, laser cutter and various STEM kits.

The program is for either teens or adults. Space and supplies are limited, so advance registration is required 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.

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

STEM graphicWith the Southwest Oklahoma City 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:

Science Fiction Bonanza, 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 – 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;

The Great Space Adventure, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25 – Geared to children ages 3 to 12, it’s a presentation of hands-on engineering challenges and a look at how the universe works.

I Want to Believe: The Science of Exobiology, 2 p.m. Monday, June 10 – For teens, this activity explores the possibilities of life outside of Earth through a look at living and preserved creatures.

Little Astronomers Academy, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 – Designed for younger children ages 1 to 6, this program gives basic hands-on experiments on astronomy;

Guardians of the Galaxy, 3 p.m. Thursday, July 11 – Think like an alien hero or outlaw and the ways to set or overcome obstacles to control the galaxy. The program is geared to children ages 7 to 12.

Registration is required separately for each program.

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.

Do It Yourself in artistic presentation

PaintsThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites would-be artists, experienced creators and anyone in between to take part in the program “Create Some DIY Art,” part of the library’s Summer Learning Program.

Arts and crafts experts from Coffee N Crafts of Shawnee will lead the activity, as participants will create their own piece of art to take home as a decoration or a gift.

Sessions of the activity are planned separately both for teens or adults.

Dates, times and themes are:

For teens2 p.m. Monday, June 3: Participants will paint their own acrylic work on canvas. The theme for the project is “Universe.”

For ages 18 and up6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26: Attendees will create a custom, hand-painted wood sign with a quirky quote or saying using the theme “Home Sweet Home.”

All supplies will be provided but space is limited, so advance registration is required for the program.

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.