Exciting news!
Over the next couple of weeks we are making a switch to a new calendar & room booking system.

We greatly appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you experience difficulties accessing our calendar or requesting a meeting room please contact your local library for assistance.

Read a story to a furry friend

DogWithChildren bykatcsendElementary-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.

In April, those dates are April 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.

Take a look inside the work and inspirations of author J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings coverNorman Public Library West hosts the latest edition of the monthly Medieval Fair Lecture Series at 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 7.

The topic will be the work of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien, led by Dr. Joyce Coleman of the University of Oklahoma's English Department. She will speak on "J.R.R. Tolkien's Medieval Mythology" and take a look at his background not just as an author but also an instructor of Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Literature at Oxford University.

Tolkien is most noted for his series The Lord of the Rings. Many of the author's works are available in multiple formats through the Pioneer Library System collection.

Ages 12 and up are invited to attend the presentation. Registration is not required in advance.

OKC Zoo talking flowers in library visit

RosesNorman Public Library West welcomes the Oklahoma City Zoo for a visit to its Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4.

The Zoo's program Flowers Are Calling will be based on the Rita Gray book of the same name, and looks at the many ways flowers play an important role in the everyday lives of animals.

And the final three Tuesdays in April bring the library's Preschool Story Time, each also hosted at 10 a.m. The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

The zoo's visit is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Society, the Oklahoma City Zoo's non-profit support group.

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the events.

Start April with our Sunday Serenades

MusicIt's a Sunday of sweet sounds with Norman Public Library West, which presents an afternoon of musical talent with its free Sunday Serenades concert, next scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the library.

The free event will feature the talents of the University of Oklahoma School of Music, who will perform classical, jazz and popular selections on the library's baby grand piano.

The monthly recital program is available in advance of the event online here. 

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

Go inside the numbers of healthy living

Heart-Doctor-Donor-MedicalNorman Public Library West welcomes faculty members from the Bird Health Sciences Library at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to lead the discussion "Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics," at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 30.

The program will focus on the book of the same name, which includes topics like calculating risk, putting risk in perspective and the importance of healthy skepticism. The program will include current news stories and videos to apply the book's concepts.

A copy of the book is available here and the library also has a limited number of copies.

The event is for ages 18 and up, and registration is not required in advance.