Join us for children’s story times during May

Kids and dogNorman Public Library West is getting families ready for the summer through a variety of activities for young readers and soon-to-be readers during May.

Story Times are offered weekly at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings inside the library. The story times feature not just books but also songs, rhymes and other activities geared to children up to age 5.

New readers also are welcome to the library’s “Sit, Stay, Read!” activity to read to a therapy dog in a comfortable environment. Dogs visit the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on each Thursday during the month.

Registration is suggested for each of the children’s programs.

Kick off Summer Reading Program with a big day

SRP logoSummer is almost here, and that means the annual Summer Reading Program bringing a jolt of activity to the community through the activities of Norman Public Library West.

This year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” is giving a chance to explore literal rocks with the Museum of Osteology or PLS Maker Mobile staff to “rocking” with music and art programs led by a variety of local performers.

The SRP Kickoff Party will be 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, June 1, and will feature music, a chance to sign up for SRP and set reading goals, caricature drawings of attendees and much more. Summer programs get started in earnest in early June with programs lasting to early August.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

DIY events scheduled for teens, adults

RocksDo It Yourself with Norman Public Library West in a pair of upcoming craft events taking place at the library.

Teens ages 12 to 17 will be making Rock Signs at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, with participants able to make a one-of-a-kind sign for display in their rooms or to give as a gift.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, either teens or adults may make Recycled Lanterns by using tin cans arranged in a pattern.

All supplies are provided but are limited in amount, so registration is required in advance separately for each program.

Create your own masterpiece in painting event

PaintingChannel your inner Da Vinci with Norman Public Library West and its “Library Leonardos” activity, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the library. It’s part of the library’s Summer Reading Program series of events and is for ages 18 and up.

The program will be led by Norman’s “Be Wild for Art,” and participants will go through all the steps to paint their own acrylic painting from a provided sample. Professional art instructors will lead the group, helping them in each step of the process.

All supplies will be provided and no previous skill in painting is necessary.

The class will be capped at 20 painters so registration is required in advance to participate.

The library also will host a similar painting activity for teens ages 12 to 17 at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Duo brings the circus with high-energy performance

HoopsFrom juggling to hula hooping to unicycling, Jeremy and Kelsey Philo bring a blur of action and energy to their performances.

They’ll bring their act to Norman Public Library West for the program “Lights! Music! Circus!” taking place at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the library. It’s part of a tour of the Pioneer Library System during this year’s Summer Reading Program.

The Philos make up “Juggle Whatever,” and tour the area for a performance and workshop that isn’t just fun, but also to give participants an encouraging example and create a positive learning environment for teaching grit through tasks that improve coordination, balance, and self-efficacy.

They’ll show off juggling and hula-hooping tricks with a variety of music and high-tech LED props. The show is geared to children ages 11 and under and their caregivers.

Registration is not required to attend.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.