Programs for Children
Calendar of Events - check all of the events, dates and times at the library.
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Cooking 101: Would you make it on Worst Cooks in America or Top Chef? In this class participants will learn the basics of cooking, test their utensil knowledge, learn how to use MyPlate, the details on how to avoid spreading germs while cooking, correct ways to measure and mix ingredients, how to make a no-bake treat and the proper way to set the table for a family meal. Instructors from Payne County Extension 4-H.
Chemistry in the Kitchen: Do you love to eat good food, but really have no idea how bread rises, the difference between baking soda and baking powder, what's an acid or a base? Participants will love learning and playing with simple kitchen science experiments. Why kitchen science? Because everything you need is already in your kitchen cupboards. So many simple science activities can be made, demonstrated and observed with common kitchen ingredients. Instructors from Payne County Extension 4-H.Monday July 22nd 10am. For kids going into grades 3-6. Register coming soon.
Public storytimes are presented for parents and caregivers/babysitters accompanying their own children.
Mondays 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
- Preschool Storytime is suggested for children age 3-5. This traditional storytime features stories, songs, rhymes, film and take home crafts.
- Family Evening Storytime will be held each Monday at 6:30 p.m. year round. Family Storytime includes stories, songs, a film and take home crafts. It is open to children and families of all ages but best for under 6 years old.
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. (Sept.-mid-May)
- Babytime is a program designed for babies, birth to 18 months old. Babies will discover books, songs and rhymes. There is a playtime held following the storytime.
Thursdays 9:30 & 10:30a.m. (Sept.-mid-May)
- Little Tots is geared for children age 1-2 to interact with stories, songs and movement activities. There is a social playtime held following the storytime.
Fridays 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (for ages 3 & younger in June & July)
- Big Tots is geared for children age 3-4 to interact with stories, songs and movement activities. There is a simple craft activity following the storytime.
Supervising adults are requested to accompany their children and to take them outside if they become disinterested or disruptive.
Daycare and School Storytimes
Preschool storytimes are offered for day care institutions, public and private preschools and for individuals who provide in-home child care. Supervising adults are responsible for the behavior and safety of the children in their group. Times may be arranged by calling the children's services office: 405-372-3633 Ext. 8116.
Groups may schedule a storytime once a month from September through May.
Schools or organization may request a library tour or visit.
ACTIVATE SATURDAY Last session before summer break is April 27th
Last Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm. Try out a variety of bonus activities to activate your Saturday library time! Most activities will be similar to Try It Tuesdays earlier in the month.
R.E.A.D! Last session of spring semester is April 18th
R.E.A.D!= Reading, Explorations, and Discovery! Homeschooler program for 1st-5th graders to help explore the wide world of literature. Each month a different nonfiction section based on the Dewey Decimal System will be presented. It is a two-part program each month, with the first session introducing the new nonfiction topic and the second session providing time to share a special project. Held on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month at 2 p.m.
Read, Write, Re'Pete' Last session of spring semester is April 25th
Writing program hosted by the OSU Writing Center!!! Geared towards 8-12 years old. Held on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (may end early depending on writing styles). Only held when OSU in session.
Read Write RePete incorporates various literacy activities which may reflect the book the group is reading or other activities that give the group opportunities to practice writing. Previous literacy activities have included writing short stories, letter writing, poems, and practicing chain stories; participants are always more than welcome to suggest activities that they are interested in practicing/learning. Participants do not need to have attended previous Read Write RePete.
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Try-It Tuesday is a variety of bonus activities to do for children k-5th when visiting the library on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30p.m. New activities each week, learn, and play at your own pace. Building activities (such as LEGO) will be the first Tuesday of each month.
- 4/23 Weaving
- 4/30 A little bit of everything!
- Please note Try-It Tuesday ends April 30th. Look for the Summer Reading Program in early May.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (aka 1KB4K) is a year-round program designed to encourage families to have read at least a thousand books to their child before they enter kindergarten. Visit 1KB4K for more details.
Summer Reading Program
The library's summer reading program is one of the largest in the state and runs from mid-May through July. It includes a reading program, incentives for achieving reading goals, weekly performances by fun entertainers, weekly family films and chances to win end of summer grand prizes. For more information about the summer reading program, visit "Summer @ the Library."
Winter Reading Program
The library annually holds a winter reading program for all ages and starts in December (start and end dates vary). The children's winter reading program is focused on daily reading to help establish a reading habit. Small prizes are offered throughout with a final prize of a book for completing 20 days of reading. For more information about the winter reading program, visit "Winter Reading Program."