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Over the next couple of weeks we are making a switch to a new calendar & room booking system.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you experience difficulties accessing our calendar or requesting a meeting room please contact your local library for assistance.

April showers bring an abundance of activities for children

MotherAndBabyNorman Public Library Central welcomes families with small children to the library for activities and programs nearly every day.

The schedule of activities for children ages 5 and under during April features:

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 29

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26

Toddler Explorers (for children 12 to 36 months) – 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia11 a.m. Saturday, April 22

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

21st Annual Children's Poetry Contest and Celebration

April is National Poetry Month and the Norman Public Library Central Children's Department is celebrating with their 21st Annual Poetry Reading and Celebration on Monday, April 24 from 6 pm – 7 pm.

Young poets will be allowed to submit three original poems in either the K-2nd grade category or the 3rd-5th grade category.  To enter, please complete the online form below (click Read More to see form) or pick up a paper entry form from Norman Central's Children’s Department. Poems must be received by 9 pm Friday, April 17

Winners will be announced April 24th at the Celebration and all participants will be permitted to read their poems in front of the audience.  Participation ribbons will be distributed as well as trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category.  Come help us celebrate our young poets!

Read more: 21st Annual Children's Poetry Contest and Celebration

Norman Area Quilters Guild to present demonstration and show

Quilt byIrisNorman Public Library Central welcomes the Norman Area Quilters Guild for its annual Demonstration and Show, at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Lowry Room.

The demonstration runs until 4 p.m., and members of the guild will demonstrate all the steps in creating a quilt and provide tips about their craft.

In addition, guild members will display quilts in the lobby and Campbell Gallery Room of the library throughout March, with additional quilts to be displayed in the Lowry Room the day of the demonstration.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.

Great Decisions series brings month of discussions

GlobeNorman Public Library Central is bringing discussion on topics of worldwide interest to the community on Tuesday evenings throughout March with its 2017 Great Decisions discussion series.

Great Decisions is a presentation of the Foreign Policy Association and is America's largest discussion program on topics concerning world affairs.

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday of the month. This year's schedule of discussions features:

March 7 – "The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis," presented by University of Oklahoma professor Dr. Mitchell Smith;

March 14 – "U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum," presented by Dr. Bo Kong, International and Area Studies professor at OU;

March 21 – "Nuclear Security," presented by Dr. Suzette Grillot, Dean of OU's College of International Studies;

March 28 – "Conflict in the South China Sea," presented by Dr. Peter Gries of OU;

Ages 12 and up are invited to attend the discussions. Registration is not required in advance.

Busy slate of computer, technology classes offered in March

Coding-Girl-Binary-by-GeraltNorman Public Library Central's Computer Training Center sports a busy month of activity during March, including several special series during students' Spring Break March 13-17.

All classes are offered free of charge, but registration for programs is required in advance. To register, visit the library, call 701-2697 or go online to the links below.

Microsoft Word10 a.m. March 1-3

Robot Club4 p.m. March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

STEAM Tweens4 p.m. March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Minecraft: Survival5 p.m. March 3, 17 and 31

A Beginner's Guide to the Internet1 p.m. March 6-8

Girls Who Code4:30 p.m. March 6 and 27

Younger Girls Who Code4 p.m. March 7, 21 and 28

Golden Agers' Computer Club10 a.m. March 8 and 22

Minecraft: Creative5 p.m. March 10 and 24

Computer Programming with Python10 a.m. March 13-17

Beginning Computer Programming with ScratchNoon March 13-17

Stop-Motion Academy2 p.m. March 13-17

Tween Lego Robotics4 p.m. March 13-17

Getting Started with Computers10 a.m. March 27-31