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Children invited to “Muslim Voices” series

Sponsors for Muslim VoicesChildren ages 8-12 are invited to particpate in a special book discussion series offered at the Norman Public Library Central. This program series will be facilitated by Children’s Librarian Miss Kim and Oklahoma City Community College English professor Richard Rouillard The children’s series starts Feb. 8 and runs every Monday until March 8.

Registration is required in advance and may be completed at the library, by calling 701-2630 or on this page through the links provided below. Participants will receive a copy of the book being discussed, to keep. Titles for the book discussion can be picked up at Norman Central. The hope is that participants will be able to take part in the entire series.

This special series takes place at 3 p.m. in the Story Time Room of the library. Dates and books to be discussed are:

Feb. 8: The Librarian of Basra (picture book) by Jeanette WinterLibrarian of Basra
Description: Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, the library where she works has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.

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February is fun and festive for kids at the library

Norman Public Library Central brings children and families age-appropriate activities for all with its collection of materials and series of programs.

Caregivers are invited to bring their youngsters to the library for the schedule of events for February, which includes:

Story Time, for ages 5 and under – 10 a.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Saturdays;

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Learn the art of Mantra Meditation

Norman Public Library Central continues its series on mindfulness with the program “Mantra Meditation 101,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Lowry Room of the library.

Cliff Stevens of the Norman Meditation Group will lead the program. He will discuss the use of focus words, or mantras, as a part of meditation techniques. The class will have something to offer for both beginners to meditation as well as those with experience on the topic. Registration is not required in advance, and ages 18 and up are invited to participate.


Volunteer tax assistance sessions set three nights a week

Norman Public Library Central is giving the community help in the upcoming income tax season, partnering both with the AARP and its Tax-Aide program and the University of Oklahoma College of Law for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sessions.

Registration is not required to attend, but assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis in the Computer Training Center of the library.

VITA tax aid sessions will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 28 and running through April 15.

AARP volunteers will be at the library for Tax-Aide sessions from 5 to 9 p.m. on Mondays the library is open from Feb. 2 through April 13.

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