Registration is required unless otherwise noted. Please register online, in person at the adult reference desk, or by calling (248) 628-3034 ext.222.
Book Bingo is BACK! Tuesdays at 2:00 pm March 16th, April 20th, & May 18th
Community Room Play traditional bingo and win books. Bring a friend or neighbor - this fun-loving group welcomes new players. LIMITED TO 9 PLAYERS---PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!
Library of Things
Games that check out!
Gather the family and play a new game. We have Boggle, Jenga, Blokus, Yahtzee and more!
Earth Day Kickoff
Thursday, April 22nd All Day
Come see our collection of garden and flower seeds, get ready for gardening season and make the planet a better place! No registration required.
Electric Cars; Past, Present and Future
Wednesday, March 10th 7pm.
Cruise back in time and learn the history of electric automobiles and how Henry Ford and Thomas Edison attempted to develop an electric car. This program will be available on Zoom, and registration is required. A reminder e-mail with the Meeting I.D. and Pass Code will be sent to registered participants.
Saturday, March 20th 12:00pm
Come and learn the basics of crystal healing which uses semiprecious stones and crystals such as quartz, amethyst or opals for natural healing energy.
Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm.
One hour of classic jazz & swing, songs from the Great American Songbook, some New Orleans funk and more!
Make a Pop-up and Twist Mother’s Day Card with Jennifer
Wednesday, May 5th at 6pm.
Wednesday, May 12th at 6pm.
Known as the voice of Folk music in Michigan, he is committed to inspiring the world to sing – one town at a time.
All materials supplied. While supplies last.
Lucky Charm Bracelet
Week of March 15th
Pick up a kit to make your own lucky charm bracelet!
Springtime Lollipop Wraps
Week of April 5th
You’re in for a real treat with these easy to make sweet lollipop wraps. Come in and pick one up!
Chunky Tassel Bookmark
Week of May 17th
Mark your place in style! Pick up a kit to make a colorful chunky tassel bookmark.
All programs are FREE!
Spring Into Reading (All Ages) Put some spring in your step and get reading! Log your minutes and complete these fun at-home activities. Ready, set, bloom! March 1 – March 31 Sign up at miopl.beanstack.org.
Wee Wednesdays(Babies & Toddlers) Join Ms. Kim for stories, songs, and fingerplays. New videos will be released on Wednesdays beginning January 6 on the website and Facebook. Videos will be available for 30 days.
Preschool Storytime (Preschoolers) Join Ms. Kerry for stories, songs, and activities. Look for a new link every Thursday beginning January 7 on the website and Facebook. Videos will be available for 30 days.
StoryWalk (All ages) Enjoy our StoryWalk! The StoryWalk begins at the northwest corner of the library parking lot and weaves around Powell Lake Park. Don’t forget to stop and sign the guest book and pick up an activity sheet located in the box at the first station.
Art Explorers (Grades 2 and 3) Join Mr. Caleb for a fun STEAM activity. Join us as we explore unique picture book art, and try our hand at creating our own fantastic works! Each Participant will have their own table and supplies to maintain social distancing. Registration is required. Register in person, online at www.MiOPL.org or by phone at (248) 628-3034.
March: Watercolor Art Explore picture books with beautiful watercolor illustrations, and create wonderful watercolor art of your own! Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and begins March 1.
April: Stamping Art Throughout history people have used stamping to create art, and picture books are no exception. Come try your hand at creating stamp art! Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and begins April 5.
STEAM Explorers (Grades 4 and 5) Join Ms. Jane for a fun STEAM activity. Each Participant will have their own table and supplies to maintain social distancing. Registration is required. Register in person, online at www.MiOPL.org or by phone at (248) 628-3034.
March: Space Art Get ready STEAM Explorer’s for a trip into space! We are going to look at some pictures taken in space; then create our own artistic interpretation of the picture you choose using, chalk, colored pencils, markers and pens. Monday, March 15, 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and begins March 1.
April:Learning to write Braille Join us to discover how Braille language was developed. We’re going to learn about Louis Braille the inventor of this language for the blind that allows them to enjoy books independently. We’ll make our own Braille stylus and write some words and look at some of the Braille children’s books we have here at the library
Monday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and begins March 29.
Money Smart Program (Kindergarten – 5th Grade) April is Money Smart Month! Sign up for a Money Smart kit which will include a free book and some other money related items. The program will be virtual and we will email a link to it once you pick up your kit. One kit per family, while supplies last. Sign up for a kit beginning March 29, in person, online at www.Miopl.org or by phone at (248) 628-3034. Kits can be picked up beginning April 12.
Take and MakeCrafts & STEAM Activities Pick up craft or STEAM kits in the lobby while supplies last. Kits will be available bi-monthly. Check our Facebook page and the website for details.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a Library program that encourages all families and caregivers to read at least 1000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for Kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.
How does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten work?
Getting Started – Pick up a free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log at Oxford Public Library. Any child aged 0-5 can participate.
Track Your Reading – Each time your child listens to a book, record it in your reading log.
Show Us Your Reading Logs – Each time you and your child reach a milestone bring in your reading log and collect your prize. Read 1,000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own.
*Thank you to the Oxford Library Friends for helping sponsor this program.*
Until we can return to in-person programming, please check out these drop-in and take-home programs you can do any time!
Take & Make Crafts
Saturdays in Spring!
Stop by the Teen Department and pick up a craft to take home and do whenever. Different craft each Saturday. While supplies last. NOTE: There will be no craft May 29.
March 6: Paracord Keychains
March 13: Stress Balls
March 20: Friendship Bracelets
March 27: Bouncy Balls
April 3: Egg Decorating Kits
April 10: Dinosaur Eggs
April 17: Felt Piggy Bank
April 24: Earth Day Flower Pots
May 1: Kaleidoscopes
May 8: Ojo de Dios (God’s Eye)
May 15: String Art
May 22: Suncatchers
Just Drop In!
No need to sign up.
Drop in and pick up a coloring page to take home. We’ll be changing these regularly, so if we don’t have something you like this time, maybe we will next time. Also: Got a request? Just ask your Friendly Teen Librarian and we’ll try to make it happen in the near future.
April is National Poetry Month!
CRAFT! Black-Out Poetry
April—All Month Long
Stop by the Teen Department and pick up supplies to create a Black-Out Poem.
FUN! Shakespearean Insult Generator
April—All Month Long
Turns out Ye Olde Bard was Grand Master of the snappy comeback! Try out some of his famous retorts…and then create some of your own!
It’s Contest Time!
Must be in grades 6th-12th to be eligible to win
WIN! Would You Rather?
March—All Month Long
Stop in and play a bookish game of Would You Rather! One lucky player will be chosen at random to win an awesome prize! Ask your Friendly Teen Librarian for details.
WIN! April Fools! Riddle Me
March 29- April 2
All Day Long
Will we fool you or will you best us? Let’s find out! We’ll post a different riddle each day of April Fools week. Correctly answer in three guesses and win a prize!
WIN! Money Smart Week
April 12 - April 17
Did you know that when paper money gets too old to use it gets shredded? (It’s true!) Well… OPL Teen has managed to snag a handful, and we’ve stuffed it into a jar just so we can have this contest. All you have to do is try to guess the amount that’s in the jar. Closest guess wins a fantastic surprise.
WIN! Teen Department Scavenger Hunt
May—All Month Long
Are you getting ready to transition from the Youth Department to Teen? We can help get you familiar with things over here. Visit the Teen Desk and request a Scavenger Hunt from your Friendly Teen Librarian (we don’t bite—promise!). Complete it and return it by the end of the month for a chance to WIN something fabulous.