Come in from the cold and take some time to visit the Shawnee and Tecumseh libraries for weekly activities geared to young readers and their families.

The Shawnee library presents a weekly Story Time, scheduled twice on each Tuesday of the month, at 10:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 p.m. Activities are geared to children ages 2 ½ to 5 and will include stories, music, rhymes and early literacy activities.

Story Time also goes on the road to the Shawnee Mall at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Families interested in participating can meet with library staff in the mall’s Center Court for stories and more.

The library also will host a special Stress Relief Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. It will be led by a certified infant massage instructor teaching calming activities that promote literacy.

Also, look for the library’s Science Monday program, offered at 4:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month. It’s a look into various aspects the wonders of science through hands-on activities.

The Tecumseh library’s Toddler Story Time is scheduled at 11 a.m. on each Thursday during February and March. The program features stories, songs, finger plays and crafts for children and also provides literacy tips to caregivers to help their children get ready to read.

An additional special craft program for school-age children in Tecumseh is a Heart Shaped Rag Wreath activity, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. It’s geared to ages 6 to 11 who will get to make a creation in time for the Valentine’s Day holiday. Supplies are limited, so advance registration is required for the Heart Shaped Rag Wreath program.

Shawnee library making books and pizza go together

Join the Shawnee Public Library for a tasty activity for teens, “Think Outside the Pizza Box,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

It’s a celebration of National Pizza Day, with teens in grades six through 12 invited to learn a variety of healthy and delicious pizza recipes and healthy cooking tips for pizza dough, pizza sauce and toppings.

No advance registration will be required to participate, but supplies will be limited.

This project is being funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To find out more about any of the library’s programs and services for teens, call 275-6353 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/shawnee.