Free concerts fill the library during December

Snowflake byjill111The holiday season is just the right time for music, and Norman Public Library West delivers with several free concerts during December.

The local group SquishBAND presents a Holiday Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. The family band will present a set of holiday favorites to help get the season kicked off.

St. Stephen's United Methodist Church will brings its Children's and Adult Handbell Choirs to the library for performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Music director Venita MacGorman will lead the groups as they perform holiday favorites.

And capping the holiday festivities, the Temple B'nai Youth Choir makes a visit to the library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 for an afternoon of Hanukkah Tunes.

All ages are invited, and registration is not required to attend any of the events.

Join Jocelyn Pedersen for discussion of her debut novel

Jocelyn PedersenNorman Public Library West welcomes local author Jocelyn Pedersen for a presentation and discussion on her new novel An Eye for an Eye, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Café area of the library.

Jocelyn Pedersen is an award-winning professional writer who holds a Master's of Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and now teaches at OU.

She has had articles published nationally by the Associated Press, on Yahoo! and AT&T News. This is her first novel. The event will feature door prizes, as well as a book signing at the end of the presentation.

Teens ages 12 and up or adults are invited to attend. Registration is not required in advance.

Harry Potter takes over for an afternoon

Harry PotterWizards, witches and even muggles are needed, as Norman Public Library West undergoes a transformation.

That can only mean one thing, it's time for the library's Harry Potter Party, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The day will be all about the J.K. Rowling series, with chances for attendees to choose a wand, create their own Sorceror's Stone, participate in Pygmy Puff races, making a dragon's egg and nargles and more.

Activities are geared to children age 11 and under. Supplies for all projects will be provided but are limited in amount, so registration is required in advance.