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Start 2nd Friday with our Adult Story Time

FridayStory Time isn’t just for children anymore. Not with the Norman Public Library Central’s 2nd Friday Adult Story Time, next scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

The event is a kickoff for the month’s Norman Arts Council 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. It will feature several staff librarians performing excerpts from some of their favorite pieces of literature. Some reading selections may contain mature content. Snacks will be served, and anyone age 18 or up is invited.

Find a few changes in October's computer class schedule

keyNorman Public Library Central has announced its schedule for free computer classes for October, and there are a couple of changes students will see.

The main change is in how classes for those first beginning at a computer, as well as the Microsoft Word series, are organized. The class Getting Started with Computers will be a five-part series that precedes by a week a three-part Microsoft Word series. This is being done to build new users’ skills to teach them some very basic things before getting into the specifics of using Word, a popular word processing program. Although all classes are offered free of charge, space in the CTC is limited, so registration in advance is requested.

The October schedule features:

Oct. 5, 10 a.m.Golden Agers’ Computer Club

Oct. 5, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 1

Oct. 6, 1 p.m. Getting Started with Computers, Day 2

Oct. 7, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 3

Oct. 8, 1 p.m. – Getting Started with Computers, Day 4

Oct. 9, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 5

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 1

Oct. 13, 1 p.m.Pinterest

Oct. 15, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 2

Oct. 16, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 3

Oct. 17, 1 p.m.Making Electronic Music

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.Golden Agers’ Computer Club

Oct. 19, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 1

Oct. 20, 1 p.m. – Microsoft Excel, Day 2

Oct. 21, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 3

Oct. 22, 10 a.m.Image Editing, Day 1

Oct. 22, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 4

Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – Image Editing, Day 2

Oct. 27, 6 p.m.QuickBooks, Day 1

Oct. 28, 6 p.m. – QuickBooks, Day 2

Oct. 29, 6 p.m.QuickBooks, Day 3

Take the next step in robotics with teen workshop

robotNorman Public Library Central takes robotics to another level with the upcoming event Robots: The Next Step. This program will excite young students about engineering and technology!

Teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to participate in the program at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

The program presenter is TechJOYnT, an Oklahoma City-based academy with the goal of presenting technology-based workshops for children of all ages. The event is limited to the first 25 participants, so registration is required.

Participants will learn about technology program that produces the interactions of a humanoid robot that can dance, converse, play games, and more. Students will also learn how to program the robot and teach it various moves! 


Series of free citizenship classes set to begin

usaNorman Public Library Central begins an 8-week series of free U.S. Citizenship Classes on Thursdays at 7 p.m. starting from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19.

Classes are conducted by the Cleveland County Literacy Office, a part of the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Program, 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.

Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call 701-2682.

In addition to these classes, the grant has allowed the Pioneer Library System to establish Citizenship Corners inside five hometown libraries – Moore, Norman Central, Purcell, Shawnee and Southwest Oklahoma City.

Each will have information such as reference sheets, study guides contact numbers for organizations that can advise on specific questions on citizenship and information about the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services program for adults.

Teens, what do you want to see at your library?

teensNorman Public Library Central is seeking teen volunteers to help with the Teen Community Project to help shape the future of teen service and space within the library!

To do so, teens are needed to be part of a series of discussions at the library starting Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Discussions will continue each Tuesday at that time through Nov. 3.

This is a project of students from the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, who will coordinate the input of teen volunteers in discussions and activities on topics like proposed spaces for the library and services teens would like to see any expansion or provided.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library, free pizza will be served and participants can earn volunteer credit hours for their contribution. Come be part of this awesome volunteer opportunity! Registration is requested to attend