Therapy dogs visiting for weekly series with young readers

ReadingDogChild's best friend. 

That's what the visiting therapy dogs to Norman Public Library West are as elementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at the "Sit! Stay! Read!" program for reading, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.

Program dates for October will be Oct. 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.

Piano concert brings in talented trio

PianoA trio of pianists will bring their talents to Norman Public Library West for a special free concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Tim Neumark, Doug Hammer and Phillip Wesley will take turns playing pieces on the baby grand piano inside of Norman West.

Tim Neumark is a Washington, D.C.-based musician with six classical and new age solo piano albums. His 2014 album "Storm" was named Best Solo Piano Album of 2014 by One World Music and the album also was a nominee for Enlightened Piano Radio's 2014 Album of the Year.

Doug Hammer is a multi-award winning pianist and composer educated in contemporary, jazz and classical styles of music. He recently released his ninth album, "Haiku," which has reached top 10 on Amazon and iTunes. Hammer also recently performed at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Phillip Wesley's solo piano work has been released independently and used in radio, TV, film and print. He has reached No. 1 on the iTunes and Amazon "New Age" charts, and his album "Dark Night of the Soul" was rated by Reviews New Age as a top 50 New Age Album of All Time.

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

If it's Tuesday morning, it's time for Story Time

Family ReadingShare a story and it can stay with a child forever.

Norman Public Library West invites its youngest readers to its weekly Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Tai Chi series resumes in October

Tai ChiNorman Public Library West resumes its series of free Tai Chi classes, at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays evenings throughout the fall. Classes begin Oct. 3 and 5 and continue for six weeks through Nov. 7 and 9.

The goal of Tai Chi is to help stress relief while increasing balance and flexibility. The program is designed for people at all levels of mobility and can be performed standing or sitting.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to attend. Classes are offered thanks to the support of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative and are cumulative, so students will get the most out of them by planning to attend each session.

Registration is required in advance.

Get ready for National Novel Writing Month with series

NoteTakingNational Novel Writing Month, more commonly known in the writing community as NaNoWriMo, has become a yearly event for writers.

And Norman Public Library West, along with several libraries in the Pioneer Library System, are working together to give local writers good ideas to get them started in participating this year. The library kicks off the NaNoWriMo University Prep series at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

This program gives an opportunity for participants to share ideas about their plans and experiences they've had if they've been part of NaNoWriMo in the past, or simply as a chance for participants to learn a little more about writing in general.

The NaNoWriMo program is part of a series taking place throughout the month in Norman, Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City leading up the launch date for authors Nov. 1.

Upcoming sessions will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Norman's Barnes & Noble location, 540 Ed Noble Parkway; 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Moore Public Library; 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Norman Public Library Central.