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Join us in celebrating Nancy Rimassa Day

Norman Public Library Central invites the community to Nancy Rimassa Day at the library on Monday, April 27. The day is dedicated to the library’s Computer Training Center Manager, who is retiring at the end of this month.

The day will feature come-and-go donuts from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Computer Training Center of the library. A reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in Rooms A and B.

Rimassa has been with the library for nearly a decade, starting as a volunteer in the CTC under the first manager of the CTC.

During her tenure with Pioneer Library System, Nancy has watched the classes and offerings in the CTC change and expand. What once was a place for Microsoft program instruction and perhaps a few Internet classes is now wide-ranging, both in topic and by ages of patrons being served.

“We added programs for kids, tweens and teens, we added camps on how to make a film with moviemaker software, and we’ve done library skills for tweens and teens as a weeklong camp,” Nancy said. “This is how you do research, then you go over to Microsoft Word to create your document, you can use PowerPoint for presentations. It’s very practical.”

Rimassa plans to spend retirement doing a little more gardening and hopefully a lot more painting. And she won’t be surprised if she turns back up at the library back in the role that first brought her here, as a volunteer helping computer users.

Friends of the Norman Library to host Better Book Sale

The Friends of the Norman Library has scheduled its annual Better Book Sale for May 1-3, in the Lowry Room of Norman Public Library Central.

Admission is free, but hours vary by day of the sale.

  • Friday, May 1: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 3: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Items will be discounted 50 percent, with some exceptions.)

“Better Books” are those especially selected for reader interest, appearance, and condition. Browsers will find large coffee table volumes along with books relating to Oklahoma, western Americana, Native Americans, American literature, and many University of Oklahoma Press titles.

This year’s offerings include an excellent selection of history, and military history. Children’s books and vintage magazines will also be available. Shoppers will enjoy hunting for first editions, hard-to-find out-of-print titles, and the occasional rare book. While some books are priced higher, buyers will find most books are in the $2 to $5 range.  

The library benefits from the proceeds of the sale in Friends’ support of programs. Buyers also may make cash donations and join the Friends of the Norman Public Library. 


19th annual Teen and Adult Poetry Celebration

book jacket for How I Discovered PoetryNorman Public Library Central presents its 19th annual Teen and Adult Poetry Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

Winners of this year’s poetry writing contest will be announced and prizes awarded at the event. Also, entrants are invited to attend and read their poems for the audience.

The contest is part of the library’s celebration of National Poetry Month, taking place in April.

The library has several fiction and nonfiction poetry books available for you to enjoy and be inspired to write your own poetry

Sharpen your computer skills

The Norman Public Library Central announces the upcoming schedule of free computer classes for adults in the Computer Training Center. Each class includes direct instruction from staff, and registration in advance is requested either in person, at the library, or by calling 701-2697.

The schedule for April features:

Microsoft Word: Attend the four-part Making Documents series April 6-9 to learn the basics of typing words; how to cut, copy, and paste; shortcuts to amke life easier; and desgining pages.

Microsoft Excel: A four-part series April 20-23 will teach you the basics of Microsoft Excel: entering data, calculating sums, and creating graphs.

Photography: Attend one or all of the classes to learn how to take photos, edit photos, and then share them online with friends and family.

Smartphones and tablets: Learn the basics of your Android and Apple phone or tablet in this two-part class that will include calling, texting, searching the internet, and taking pictures.

Facebook Friday – 9 a.m. April 3: Call or visit the library to make an appointment to get all your Facebook questions answered, including how to create an account.

Beginners Email – 3 p.m. April 10: Learn the basics of using your email to send text and images to your contacts.

Pinterest – 6 p.m. April 16: Learn about the online discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for projects and interests and save them online.

Computer Security – 1 p.m. April 24: This class covers the basics of spyware, malware, and viruses, as well as protecting your personal information online.