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Build and create at STEAM-powered teen event

k'nex structureNorman Public Library West is helping teens use their creative side to build at its “K’Nex Steam Event,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Participants will work together to build a hands-on creation unlike anything they’ve seen before. Space is limited for the program, so registration is required in advance to attend.

The K’Nex building materials make up one of the Pioneer Library System’s STEAM-powered kits for programs throughout PLS hometown libraries.

Movie showing pays tribute to author Harold Keith

Believe in me movie posterThe Norman Public Library West celebrates the life and works of author Harold Keith with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 5 p.m. Friday, May 1.

The book was remade in 2006 into the film Believe in Me, by Robert Collector and is based on a true story of an Oklahoma basketball coach in the 1960s. 

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel, Rifles for Watie.

Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3, in which the Norman Public Library Central will be designated as a national Literary Landmark for its display of the Newbery medal since 1993.

The Harold Keith festivities are sponsored by the Pioneer Library System, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and the Friends of the Norman Public Library. Robert Collector, director and screenplay writer for the film, gave permission for the library and others in the Pioneer Library System to show the film.

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 March 9 and runs through April 20.

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 coverMarch 9: 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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