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Fun, free events at Metropolitan Libraries this month

By Metropolitan Library System

Lyric Theatre is one of many Neighborhood Arts performers this summer at Metro Libraries.

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Free library events for my kids near me? Yes, please! In addition to providing books to check out and other services, your local Metropolitan Library System branch provides dozens of programs and events each month for kids of all ages and adults. These range from story times for the very young to adult craft nights and informative programs such as how to use A.I.

All of the library branch programs, events and activities can be accessed via a searchable calendar. You can search for events at your specific branch!

These programs are FREE but some do require preregistration, info you’ll find clearly stated on the event listings below. Their event system also makes it easy to see if the events are held one time or if they are repeated during the month at that location.

BONUS: Want to learn and be creative at home with your kids? Take advantage of another popular library program, Take Home Kits that are available during certain time periods at the branches.

Each month, we’ll highlight our favorite, in-person free programs, events and activities so you and your family won’t miss any of the fun at your local branch (or any branch!) of the Metropolitan Library System.

 

9 great free events at Metro Libraries in July:

RACE Dance Collective, Neighborhood Arts program

July 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Southern Oaks Library

6900 S Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
405-631-4468
Age: Preschool, school-age children

RACE Dance Collective performs and gets the audience moving and grooving. Additional Neighborhood Arts programs held at this location on July 15 and July 22.

This event is part of the Neighborhood Arts program that continues at all Metro Library branches through July featuring arts-oriented, fun-for-the-entire-family programs.

 

Would you survive? With Science Museum Oklahoma

July 11, 2-3 p.m.

Almonte Library

2727 SW 59th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
405-606-3575
Age: 12-18
Registration required

Science Museum Oklahoma staff will lead teens to test their instincts against perilous adventures, the kind normally found in stories. This program combines games, survival tasks and other adventurous fun. Is your teen up to the challenge?

The Metro Library System often collaborates with museums around the metro to provide unique and fun activities for all ages.

 

Magic the Gathering Game

July 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Del City Library

4330 SE 15th Street
Del City, OK 73115
405-672-1377
Age: 10-17
Registration required

Come learn how to play Magic the Gathering, no experience or supplies needed! Magic the Gathering is a collectible card game that has been around since 1993. It is a fun, fast-paced and engaging game that merges creative and technical thinking. Also held July 29.

 

Adventure Kites with Oklahoma Contemporary

July 18, 2-3 p.m.

Almonte Library

2727 SW 59th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
405-606-3575
Age: All

An artist from Oklahoma Contemporary will lead participants through an artwork journey to make their own Adventure Kite.

 

Anti-Dragon Defense Systems with Science Museum Oklahoma

July 19, 2-3 p.m.

Midwest City Library

8143 E Reno Avenue
Midwest City, OK 73110
405-732-4828
Age: 6-12

This unique and imaginative activity encourages engineering skills as participants work to build their own anti-dragon defense system.

 

Perler Beads

July 19, 2-4 p.m.

Ralph Ellison Library

2000 NE 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
405-424-1437
Age: kids, teens

It’s time to make something fun! Using small colorful beads, participants will make shapes, characters and anything from your imagination! NOTE: Hot irons will be in use by library employees.

 

Oklahoma History Center: Cattle Trails and Branding

July 23, 1-2 p.m.

Downtown Library

300 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
405-231-8650
Age: Pre-K to 2nd/emerging reader

Explore Oklahoma’s past as the center of the open-range cattle trails! The Oklahoma History Center will have participants reading a book, using all their sense to explore artifacts and exercising their creativity to create their own brand.

 

Southern Oaks Video Game Night Championship

July 24, 5:30-8 p.m.

Southern Oaks Library

6900 S Walker Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
405- 631-4468
Age: 5-18
Registration required

Join other video game lovers for a fun-filled program full of gaming, group challenges, and other activities.

 

Snakes at the Library

July 29, 6-7 p.m.

Almonte Library

2727 SW 59th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
405-606-3575
Age: Kids
Registration required

Delve into the fascinating world of snakes! Special presenter, Larry Daniel, will captivate kiddos with incredible snake facts, stories and even bring a real snake for an up-close encounter.

 

Wanting even more free events and activities at Metro Libraries? All of the library branch programs, events and activities can be accessed via an easily searchable calendar.

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