Thursday, September 14, 2017

Free at Your Library…Activities for All Ages

Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw has several fun activities happening for all ages.

The Eastern Oklahoma District Library System (EODLS) has begun the Backroads of EODLS at all its libraries, including Sallisaw. Patrons pick up a passport at their own library then, during their travels around the area, they have their passports stamped at each of the system’s 15 libraries. The passport is turned into the library and the owner has a chance to win a two-day stay at one of Oklahoma’s beautiful state parks. The program runs through Nov. 30.

In partnership with traveling to all those libraries is the Geocaching adventure. According to the EODLS website, “Geocaching is a great motivator to get outside and do some exploring. It’s like a scavenger hunt.”

How does it work? A GPS user hides a “treasure” and publishes the coordinates on so other GPS users can find it. The coordinates aren’t perfect so you have to rely on your investigative skills to find the hidden geocache once you’re at the location.

Just 2 Rules! If you take an item, leave something too (but nothing illegal or harmful), and you must sign the log book.

All EODLS libraries are participating so check out to find a “treasure” near you. There is a geo treasure on the grounds at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library.

For those who would rather read a book, Sallisaw’s library is hosting The Readers Club, a new program that meets once a month to discuss a book that is available at the library. The next meeting will be at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, and the book to be discussed will be “The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict, a novel about Albert Einstein’s wife.

Movie lovers may like to visit The Cinema Club, which will next meet at 4 p.m. Sept. 27. They will discuss “The Dressmaker,” starring Kate Winslet. The movie is also available for free at the library.

The Book Review Luncheon, which includes a free lunch, is held the first and third Wednesdays of every month at the library.

The library also offers programs for the youngsters.

At 5:30 p.m. every Monday, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to Bedtime Storytime, and at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday they may attend Morning Storytime. The children will hear a story with music and may play learning games and make crafts.

Teens and Tweens are invited to their special meetings at 4 p.m. every Thursday, where they will learn about culture, do crafts and figure out science experiments, among other activities.

For more information on any of the programs call the library at 918-775-4481.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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