Traveling exhibit on water policy visiting Pioneer Library System

Water Exhibit Carl Albert Center OUThrough the end of October, several of the hometown libraries in the Pioneer Library System will host the exhibit WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource, a creation of the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center.

The exhibit currently is displayed in the Campbell Gallery Room of Norman Public Library Central, and will be there through Labor Day. Future stops for the exhibit will be:

Purcell Public LibraryTuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 23;

Shawnee Public LibrarySaturday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 17;

Norman Public Library WestTuesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 31

The exhibit is a six-piece interactive display that details historical events, highlights pivotal congressional figures through time, and explains current water-related issues the state is facing.

The physical exhibit will be available for viewing during operating hours at each of the libraries. While there, viewers will learn how to access additional content by opening the exhibit’s web app on their smart phones, or by dialing in on basic cell phones. The exhibit's web app can be found on the exhibit's web page

This is a project of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Oklahoma Humanities Council and is in the midst of an 18-month tour to various sites around Oklahoma.

Write away with NaNoWriMo and our series

NoteTakingParticipants in National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known in the writing community as NaNoWriMo, are invited to come together for a weekly series of programs throughout November inside Pioneer Library System hometown libraries.

The first NaNoWriMo Write-In takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at Norman Public Library West.

This program gives an opportunity for participants to share ideas about how their experience is going so far in the process and encourage each other to keep pushing forward.

The NaNoWriMo programs continue in Norman, Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City during November. Each session runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and will take place on consecutive Sundays – Nov. 13 at Norman Central, Nov. 20 at Southwest Oklahoma City and Nov. 27 at Moore.

DIY in creative, practical project

ValentinesHeartsDo it yourself with Norman Public Library West and its latest craft program, Stamped Clay Bowls, taking place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Adults ages 18 and up may participate, and they'll be making small stamped clay bowls that would make a perfect home for keys, jewelry or spare change.

All supplies and instruction will be provided by library staff.

Registration is required in advance.

Weekly series matches dogs with young readers

ReadingDogLearning to read can be much more fun when you have a friendly, furry friend who will listen.

Elementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend 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. In November, there will be three editions of the program, on Nov. 3, 10 and 17.

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.

Join us for story time on Tuesdays

Family Reading

Norman Public Library West welcomes its youngest readers and their caregivers in for its weekly Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. on each Tuesday during November, on Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more. And it's a chance to see all the resources the library has to offer young readers.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.