PLS Libraries Plan Spring Break Fun

The branches of the Pioneer Library System in Cleveland County have planned plenty of activities for children and teens to do over Spring Break, including a Dr. Seuss Celebration and Story Time with a Scientist. Highlights are listed below.

Norman Central

Spend Spring Break with the library on March 19-23 in a variety of activities. The Computer Training Center staff will lead multi-day workshops on topics like programming with languages like Python and Scratch, Video Game Design and 3D Game Design. At 2 p.m. March 19, children and their families are invited to learn Water Safety from Josh the Otter, and the children’s department also presents a Cheerio Bird Feeder Craft March 21, Mason Bee Hotel Craft March 22 and a chance to build a Recycled Box City March 23.

Norman West

It’s a “Dark and Stormy Night” with a library activity at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Children ages 8 to 14 will engage in activities based on the new movie based on the book A Wrinkle in Time and learn a little more about their library.

Moore

Story Time and science converge at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, as the Maker Mobile team visits for Story Time with a Scientist. Ages 2 to 5 can witness multiple experiments performed by Charlotte the Scientist from the library’s STEAM Kit Centers.

Southwest Oklahoma City

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Seuss in an activity that’s all about the famous children’s author, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1. All ages can come for stories, crafts, activities and more in a celebration of all things Seuss in honor of the author’s birthday.

Noble

Meet Milo the Science Rover in the afterschool children’s activity “We Love Legos,” at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. Ages 8 to 12 will use Lego WeDo 2.0 software to program Milo to move and perform multiple functions and find a special plant specimen.

Exhibit Explores Kingdom of Fungi

The fascinating kingdom of fungi is on display in Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space galleries in a new exhibition developed in partnership with the University of Oklahoma’s Natural Products Discovery Group. “Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi” 
opened Dec. 26 at the museum, located at 2020 Remington Place in Oklahoma City.

In development since early 2017, the exhibition explores the uses, benefits and beauty of fungi through numerous fungal samples, live decomposition displays and a journey into the research of the OU NPDG and its Citizen Science Soil Collection Program.

Guests will see how the world’s premier decomposition artists work to release life’s essential building blocks and create a host of unique chemicals, foods and medicines and explore the science and artistry of the fungal kingdom found in petri plates to mushrooms.

The exhibition will be open through Aug. 12, and is included with general admission. In addition to the layers of fungi exploration, guests can learn about OU’s Citizen Science Soil Collection Program and how to get involved in the research taking place in the NPDG labs.

For more information about the OU Natural Products Discovery Group, emai npdg@ou.edu or visit npdg.ou.edu. For more information about the Citizen Science Soil Collection Program, visit whatsinyourbackyard.org. 
For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space, call 602.6664 or visit ScienceMuseumok.org/smart-space.

Aphasia Clinic the Only 
One in Metro

The only aphasia clinic in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area is offered by INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to speak and understand others, but does not affect intelligence. The INTEGRIS Aphasia Clinic brings people living with the disorder together in a support group fashion, allows them the opportunity to work on communication skills with a variety of conversation partners and gives them the chance to participate in special aphasia group activities devoted to specific interests.

The group meets from 3 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Outpatient Rehabilitation, 4100 S. Douglas Ave., Oklahoma City. Cost is $75 for each four-week session, including an initial evaluation.

Stroke and brain injury are the most common causes of aphasia. While it typically affects those 45 and older, the under-45 age group is the fastest-growing group of stroke and brain injury patients in the United States. There has been a 44 percent increase in the number of young Americans hospitalized due to stroke in the past decade. Aphasia affects everyone differently, and communication problems can last a long time. Improvement is possible, particularly if speech language therapy is provided.

For more information or to schedule an aphasia evaluation, contact Susan Dowell at 644.5445 or visit Integrisok.com/rehabilitation.