Get a good start in genealogy research

genealogyNorman Public Library Central has answers to questions by those seeking to further their knowledge of their family’s history with the program Introduction to Genealogy: Start Right! at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Kathryn Ramsay, Genealogy and Local History Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will lead the class. She will give beginners a look at searching for their family and genealogical information and will discuss how establishing family connections provide a solid foundation in building a family tree!

The class is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required. This is a great opportunity for you to know more about researching your family's history so register soon! 


Teen writing contest winners’ work now available through downloadable collection

TypewriterLast summer, Norman Public Library Central’s “Just the Write Story” teen writing competition produced more than 45 entries from local teen authors and eventually three award-winners in the contest.

As part of the reward for winning the contest, those three stories recently have been e-published to the Pioneer Library System’s collection of downloadable materials. The works can be accessed through a computer or mobile device through OverDrive.

The three winners of the contest were:

1st place – “72 Hours” by Dustin Riley, an apocalyptic survival story;

2nd place – “Key in a Locked Drawer” by Augustus Kmetz, a philosophical story on the causes and effects of war;

3rd place – “The End” by Magnolia Ireland, a humorous but suspenseful zombie tale.

While their works were not published, honorable mention finishers in the contest went to Samantha Royka, Zoya Nawaz, Flora Ellis and Samantha Boutin.

For help finding the books through the OverDrive service, talk to any librarian at the library or contact us online at our website through chat, text or email

What's a Family Circle Dance? Find out at the library

dancingAre you ready to put your dancing shoes on? Norman Public Library Central is helping local families get active at its Family Circle Dance event, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

All ages are invited to learn several simple circle dances in an afternoon of activity and movement! 

Registration is not required to attend the program. Don't miss out on learning some groovy moves and having a great time!


Annual Spring Garden Workshop and Seed Exchange

flowerCalling all gardeners! Norman Public Library Central invites you to join its annual Spring Garden Workshop and Seed Exchange, from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Lowry Room of the library.

The event is a chance for local gardeners and gardening experts to gather for a discussion on spring gardening options in the state, followed by a seed and plant exchange. Refreshments will be provided.

Adults ages 18 and up are invited to attend and registration is not required. However participants are asked to bring seed packets or plants to exchange with other gardeners at the event.

If you'd like to get a head start on planning your garden, we have books and other materials in our catalog for you to peruse!

Talk writing at library groups

notesNorman Public Library Central is the perfect place for writers this month as it invites local writers to join one of their two writing groups! These groups welcome authors at any level of their writing journey to meet and share ideas.

The Write Club invites teens interested in writing, regardless of how much experience they may have with it, to develop their skills and share their ideas at its monthly gathering, which next takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in Rooms A and B of the library.

It’s a chance for young writers age 12 to 17 to share stories, get new ideas, learn from local experts, receive feedback on their work and much more! Registration is not required for this group. 

And the library’s new group Write On! gives the same opportunity for adults ages 18 and up. That group meets immediately following the teen group, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, and each group plans monthly meetings on the second Sunday of the month. Registration is required for this group. 

You do not want to miss out on these awesome groups!