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Science museum brings summer hands-on programs for children and adults

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program June 2 with an afternoon of activities for all ages inside and outside the library. Photo provided.
The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library kicked off its annual Summer Reading Program June 2 with an afternoon of activities for all ages inside and outside the library. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter

The Oklahoma Museum Network and Science Museum Oklahoma made their return to hometown libraries on June 2 this summer with a number of programs.  All ages get a taste of science. The programs feature some of the ways the Science Museum is able to educate while entertaining.

“We have always liked hands-on for teen programs, and adults seemed kind of surprised we were doing programs that way for them, but they like it a lot,” Castle said.

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library hosts the program “Bath Lab 2.0” at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the library, 2201 SW 134th St.

This is a chance for participants to combine minerals, herbs and oils into natural and personalized skin care products.

“There’s a big push, a move to go back to the basics with the maker movement, and people like that they can make their own cheaper and get just the things that they want,” Castle said.

Space is limited and registration is required in advance to attend.

On Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m., the Food for Thought Learning Institute returns to the Pioneer Library System for a fourth year as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

This year, the PLS will take a look at various types of easy salsas that can be made from a variety of fruits and vegetables.

“We will do tasting exercises with the ingredients first, and we want people to think about how to combine different things, the value of things with what actually just tastes good together,” said Sunny Hill, one of the chefs and instructors with Food for Thought.

Food for Thought has worked throughout Norman and the surrounding communities since 2010 to educate residents on ways to use common ingredients to create tasty and healthy recipes.

“We are already busy with what we do separately, but we see this work as a calling,” said Matt Joplin, one of the founders of Food for Thought.

The salsa program is open to adults 18 and up with a limit of 24 people for each class. All supplies, including containers for participants to take home their salsa creations, will be provided.

On Thursday, June 16, at 3 p.m., the SOKC Public Library will host a Martial Arts introduction for children as part of its series of health and fitness-based Summer Reading Program activities.

The free class will give an introduction to martial arts actions such as Karate, Taekwondo and Tai Chi. Registration in advance is required to attend, and children up to age 11 may participate.  (

On Friday, June 17 at 6 p.m., musical duo Adam and Kim Ledbetter, a.k.a Adam & Kizzie, will give a “Flexercise Extravaganza” free concert at the SOKC Public Library.

After becoming choir classmates in junior high school at Classen School of Advanced Studies, their paths crossed again more than a decade later in 2001.

“We came back together as friends, and things like blossomed almost like magic,” Adam said. “We were developing this whole romantic thing, but the music was still kind of separate. It’s taking my Duke Ellington influence and Kim’s pop-rock influence and putting it all together.”

The Norman Public Library West will again be part of the Norman Jazz in June festivities with two special free programs on June 16 and 17. For details, call 405-979-2200 or visit the website.

For more information on these and other events, visit the Oklahoma City Pioneer Library System Facebook page.

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