Learn the course food takes from "Farm to You"

VegetableWhat's in that meal you're eating? Do you really know?

Norman Public Library Central is answering questions like that as it brings the "Farm to You," a Cleveland County OSU Extension Service Office presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in the Lowry Room of the library.

The program is an interactive, walk-through display of 10 stations provided by the Extension Service that takes students from the farm and ultimately to the consumer.

The program is geared to children up to age 11 and their caregivers. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Turn back the clock with an evening of 'groovy jewelry'

Hands byNicolePinaTurn back the clock with Norman Public Library Central and its Throwback Seventies Craft Night, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, in the Lowry Room of the library. Participants will be making some "groovy jewelry."

Ages 12 and up are invited, and will create jewelry pieces out of recycled jeans and also learn to macramé hand-dyed jewelry. 

We'll have all the supplies, you just bring the creativity. We ask that you please register in advance so we know how many people are coming.

It figures to be a creative evening for those who lived through the 70s or those younger crafters wanting a taste of what the decade was like.

Dance the day away at SRP Dance Parties

FatherAndDaughterIt's time to dance with your favorite children's librarians from Norman Public Library Central and their Summer Reading Program Dance Party Monday, July 25.

The family party will be twice as fun with dance time at 2 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room of the library. It's a celebration of a great summer of reading as the festivities begin to wind down toward the end of July.

The programs are for children up to age 11 and their caregivers.

Registration is not required in advance.

Citizenship class series begins July 11

TechTutorNorman Public Library Central and the Pioneer Library System's Literacy Services department will present an eight-week series of free U.S. citizenship classes, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday nights from July 11 through August 29.

Classes are conducted by the Cleveland County Literacy Office, a part of PLS Literacy Services, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need.

In the classes, participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

Each week's classes will feature instruction for filling out the citizenship application from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by preparation for the citizenship interview from 7 to 8 p.m.

Participants may attend for as few or as many classes as they desire. Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call the literacy service office at 701-2682.

Take a journey in art, expression

TeensTalking by123rfdolgachov"Express yourself" is a phrase that can lead to endless results, different for every individual who tries to fulfill that request. At Norman Public Library Central, the series "Journeys in Art" is giving local teens a chance to put that expression in a physical journal.

The four-week series of workshops at 1 p.m. on consecutive Sundays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, in Rooms A and B of the library. The goal of the workshops is for teens to create a visual journal that is an expressions of themselves. It serves as a sort of scrapbook of their lives, but made without rules. While each project will be unique, here are some examples and suggestions for putting together a project.

All supplies for the project will be provided by the library, although participants may want to bring photos or other memorabilia to personalize their projects.

Teens entering grades six through 12 are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance of the first week's session so the library will have enough supplies for each week.

The program is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Norman Library and the Pioneer Library System.