Through the end of October, several of the hometown libraries in the Pioneer Library System will host the exhibit WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource, a creation of the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center.
The exhibit currently is displayed in the Campbell Gallery Room of Norman Public Library Central, and will be there through Labor Day. Future stops for the exhibit will be:
Purcell Public Library – Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 23;
Shawnee Public Library – Saturday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 17;
Norman Public Library West – Tuesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 31
The exhibit is a six-piece interactive display that details historical events, highlights pivotal congressional figures through time, and explains current water-related issues the state is facing.
The physical exhibit will be available for viewing during operating hours at each of the libraries. While there, viewers will learn how to access additional content by opening the exhibit’s web app on their smart phones, or by dialing in on basic cell phones. The exhibit's web app can be found on the exhibit's web page.
This is a project of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Oklahoma Humanities Council and is in the midst of an 18-month tour to various sites around Oklahoma.
The Pioneer Library System's Literacy Services Department will host a Tutor Training for prospective volunteer tutors from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Lowry Room at Norman Public Library Central.
This training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to work with learners of English as Second Language in Cleveland County. Registration may be completed through the Cleveland County Literacy Office at 405-701-2682.
The library provides free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners, both for ESL students and also for native speakers of English who need help with their reading. Services are offered by county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system's hometown libraries.
Each prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and be high school graduates. Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.
Gardeners know their craft is a year-round endeavor, and Norman Public Library Central is helping to give them resources and ideas to keep it up as the cooler months of fall approach.
The library’s annual Fall Gardening Workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 3, in the Lowry Room.
Featured presenters are Master Gardener Mary Engel, who will speak about attracting pollinators for successful gardening, as well as a representative from Earth Rebirth, who will give ideas about fall gardening strategies in Oklahoma.
Following the presentations, there will be a seed and plant exchange, so guests are invited to bring any items they might want to trade with other gardeners in attendance.
Registration is not required in advance to attend the event.
Whether it's for relaxation, for meditation or just to get away for an hour of artistic expression, Norman Public Library Central's series "Color Your Cares Away!" is bringing the world of coloring back to adults.
The next edition of the series is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in Rooms A and B.
While many parents do have children that like to color, this series is for ages 18 and up only. The library will provide coloring sheets, crayons and colored pencils, although participants may bring their own supplies if they wish.
Registration is not required in advance.
Computers and technology seem to change almost like the weather, and it can be an intimidating thing for many people.
But the staff of the Norman Public Library Central Computer Training Center are working hard every week to help with those concerns in a wide-ranging schedule of free classes.
These classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library and are offered free of charge.
The September schedule for classes includes:
Minecraft Survival, for ages 6-12 – 5 p.m. Sept. 2 and 16
Getting Started with Computers – 1 p.m. Sept. 6-9
Robot Club, for 6th-12th grade – 4 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 28
Minecraft Creative, for ages 6-12 – 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 23
Girls Who Code, for 6th-12th grade – 4 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26
Golden Agers' Computer Club – 10 a.m. Sept. 14 and 28
STEAM Tweens, for ages 8-12 – 4 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29
Computer Skills for Job Seekers – 1 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 22-23
Introduction to Genealogy: Start Right! – 2 p.m. Sept. 21
Microsoft Excel – 1 p.m. Sept. 26-29
Web Design for Adults – 6 p.m. Sept. 28