Read to a therapy dog weekly at the library

Reading dogElementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at Norman Public Library West’s “Sit! Stay! Read!” program for reading to therapy dogs, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays during July.

Program dates are July 6, 13, 20 and 27.

The goal of the program is helping reluctant readers to practice their reading skills in a low-stress, non-judgmental environment. Children ages 11 and under are invited to participate.

Registration is not required in advance.

Tuesday morning brings Story Time fun

Boy readsNorman Public Library West is sharing stories and a love of reading at its weekly Story Time, on Tuesday mornings the library is open in July.

Story Times are scheduled at 10 a.m. on July 11, July 18 and July 25, with the library closed for Independence Day July 4.

The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

Registration is not required in advance.

Build a Better World through service projects

SRP logoThis year’s Summer Reading Program theme is “Build a Better World,” and Norman Public Library West seeks to do just that with a three-part series of craft events to give back to the community.

Either children or teens may participate in each week’s activity, with the goal to produce items to donate to local organizations. The schedule features:

July 13, 2 p.m.Placemats for Food & Shelter – Participants will work to craft reusable placemats for the Norman-based organization Food & Shelter.

July 20, 2 p.m. – Dog Toys for Second Chance – Create a toy for one of the shelter animals at the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary.

July 27, 2 p.m. – No-slip Socks for Brookhaven – Use puffy paint and other materials to make special socks for the residents at Brookhaven Retirement Community.

All supplies will be provided for each project. Registration in advance is required for each of the events.

Trio to perform at monthly lunchtime concert

CelloNorman Public Library West hosts the next edition of its Lunch and Listen free concert series at noon Wednesday, July 26, at the library.

This month’s featured performers are percussionist Ricardo Coelho de Souza, flutist Alyssa Andriotis and cellist Rob Bradshaw.

Lunch and Listen is a monthly event hosted the fourth Wednesday of most months at the library. Attendees are encouraged to purchase lunch from Paisley Café inside the library or bring their own.

All ages are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.




Science Story Time focuses on “Hansel and Gretel”

Hansel Gretel coverNorman Public Library West is looking for help from some creative children in its First Thursday Science Story Time, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

The program will be centered around the classic children’s book Hansel and Gretel. After reading the book together, participants in the program will build their own traps to catch the witch.

All supplies will be provided by the library. Registration is required in advance and must be completed by July 27.