June is filled with free computer and technology classes

computerNorman Public Library Central presents an increased slate of computer and technology classes throughout June, with a little bit of something for all ages. Classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Registration is required separately for each class.

The schedule for June features:

June 3 and 17, 6 p.m. Minecraft Survival for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 4, 10 a.m.MaKey MaKey for Adults

June 6-7, 9-10, 10 a.m.Robots for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 6-7, 9-10, 12:30 p.m.MaKey MaKey for children, ages 5 to 9

June 6-7, 3 p.m.K’Nex for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 6-9, 6 p.m.Computer Skills for Job Seekers

June 8 and 22, 10 a.m.Golden Agers Computer Club

June 10 and 24, 6 p.m. - Minecraft: Creative for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 13-17, 10 a.m.Javascript for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 13-14, 12:30 p.m. K’Nex for Children, ages 5 to 9

June 13-17, 3 p.m.Getting Started with Computer for Seniors

June 13-16, 6 p.m.Microsoft Excel

June 15-17, 12:30 p.m.Scratch for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 20-21, 23-24, 10 a.m.Electronic Music for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 20-21, 12:30 p.m.Stop-Motion Animation for Kids, ages 5 to 9

June 20-24, 3 p.m.Film Production for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 23, 12:30 p.m.Microsoft Office for Seniors: PowerPoint

June 23, 6 p.m.Getting Started with Online Selling

June 24, 12:30 p.m.Microsoft Office for Seniors: Excel

June 27-28, June 30-July 1, 10 a.m.Lego Robots for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 27-28, 12:30 p.m.Littlebits for Kids, ages 5 to 9

June 27-29, 3 p.m.Stop-Motion Animation for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 30-July 1, 3 p.m.Littlebits for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

Get summer started with ninth Readers Extravaganza

For a ninth time, Norman Public Library Central presents a start-of-summer favorite with its Readers Extravaganza, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Lowry Room of the library.

The event is a mini-book festival for teen or adult readers, with decorated tables of books, CDs and DVDs based on different genres and themes put together by library staff members. There also will be hors d’oeuvres, sweets and door prizes for all who attend.

The special guest for the event is Oklahoma author and screenwriter Lou Berney, whose novel The Long and Faraway has been selected as an Amazon Best Book in 2015 and won the Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction in 2016. The novel is based in Oklahoma City and inspired by the 1978 Sirloin Stockade murders and the 1981 disappearance of two young girls from the Oklahoma State Fair.

Berney, who has been nominated for the Edgar and Anthony Awards, will sign copies of his books at the event.

Registration is not required to attend.

The opening ceremonies for Summer Reading are coming

srp2016The Summer Reading Program brings thousands of readers into the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, and this year’s activities once again provide opportunities for all ages to experience the library.

And readers at Norman Public Library Central are about to officially reach the starting line for Summer Reading, as the library presents its Opening Ceremonies: On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 31.

The day serves as the first day to sign up for Summer Reading at the library, and also will feature Olympic-themed crafts and activities and wraps up at 4 with a performance of the Summer Reading Roadshow by members of the library staff!

This year’s Summer Reading Program takes a look at exercise, not just of body but of mind as well, as both mental and physical activity are featured for those who come inside the library. The themes for SRP in 2016 are “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! for children; “Get in the Game: Readfor teens and “Exercise Your Mind. Read! for adults.

A slate of performers will tour throughout the 11 hometown libraries in the system, and activities are set nearly every day as SRP hits its peak during June and the first part of July.

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

Workshop looks at ways to market more efficiently with social media

Social media has become a big part of marketing in today’s world, and Norman Public Library Central is taking a look at the topic with its upcoming program 10 Tips to Grow Social Media Marketing, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, in Room C of the library.

Stephen Koranda will present on social media methods for small business and nonprofit organizations. Participants will walk away with free technology tools that can help them manage, monitor and measure their online brand and marketing!

The program is for ages 18 and up, and no computers or mobile devices are needed as it is not a hands-on computer seminar.

Registration will be required to attend.

Citizenship class series wraps up with Q and A with law firm

FlagAdultsNorman Public Library Central wraps up its eight-week series of free U.S. citizenship classes with a special presentation from a local law firm on steps to citizenship. The class runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in Rooms A and B of the library.

Representatives from the Farzaneh Law Firm will be present to answer questions about the process of becoming a citizen in the final week of a series of free classes offered through the Pioneer Library System’s Adult Literacy Department.

The program is for ages 18 and up, and registration is not required. Participants do not need to have attended prior classes to attend this presentation.

For more information, contact Literacy Coordinator Jane Douglass at 701-2682.