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#TableTopDay is coming to Norman

On April 11, Norman West will celebrate TableTop Day, an international day of tabletop gaming. If the last board game you played was Monopoly (and you ended the game by flipping the table or refusing to speak to your spouse), you might not recognize some of the games we’re playing.

Allow me (Rebekah, Norman West Branch Manager) to share.

I’m what some people might call a board game geek. My husband and I own somewhere around 35 board games, displayed on a shelf in our living room. Our game nights with friends include games where we save the world from the menace of spreading epidemics, where we build our own empires, where we join together to battle Cthulhu, and where we trade in jewels. We play games where teams of superheroes fight of evil villains, and games where explorers search desperately for ways to escape a sinking island or a parched desert.

So why do I think you should join us at TableTop Day?

Well, first of all, games are just fun. They let you interact with your friends and family in ways you usually don’t. (Unless your life is much different than mine, you’ve never actually fought side by side with your best friend against an evil mastermind.) Beyond that, games help us build social connections outside of our immediate circle of friends and meet new people. They build strategic thinking skills in kids and in adults – when you have to think ahead five or six moves to achieve a goal in a game, that helps you think ahead five or six steps in other processes. In young children, games can help teach logic: If I turn this piece of the board, that means that I can then move over there. Some games also reinforce history. War games are frequently based on actual battles, and there are other lighter games that are also based in history, putting players in the shoes of political leaders, abolitionists, and explorers.

I hope you will come visit us from 4-6 p.m. on April 11 to have some fun and play some games. We’ll have lots of options available: Revolution!, Love Letter, Cheaty Mages, Bugs in the Kitchen, Crossways, Tapple, Catan, and Carcassonne, among others. Or, if you have a favorite game, bring it along and we’ll try it out with you!

Game on!

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Create 3D art with a pen

flower made with 3Doodler penNorman Public Library West is going 3D with its upcoming teen craft event “3D Pens” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

Students in sixth through 12th grade are invited to learn how to use 3Doodler pens to make unique 3-dimensional drawings. Space and supplies are limited, so registration is required.

This activity is one of the Pioneer Library System’s new Steam Power Maker Kits.

March into the month with six story times

Mother with childNorman Public Library West welcomes families of young children to the library for its weekly morning Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. most Tuesdays at the library.

In March, Story Time dates are March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, as well as a special Saturday, March 28, event.

Stories are geared to children from birth to pre-kindergarten age. Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the events.


Teens invited to participate in “Muslim Voices” series

Sponsors of Muslim VoicesTeens, aged 13+ , are invited to participate in a special book discussion series offered at Norman Public Library West. This program series will be facilitated by PLS Teen Coordinator Leanne and retired Oklahoma Baptist University English professor William HagenThe teen series begins Feb. 23 and runs through April 6.

Registration is required in advance of programs and may be completed at the library, by calling 701-2644 or through the links provided below. Participants will receive a copy of the book being discussed, to keep. Titles for the teen books are available at Norman West. The hope is that participants will be able to take part in the entire series.

Each part of the program series is taking place at 6:30 p.m. at Norman Public Library West, on the following dates and with the following titles:

Persepolis book jacket coverFeb. 23: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Description:  The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contraditions between public and private life.



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