Children’s activities slated nearly every day

Story TimeNorman Public Library Central welcomes families with small children to the library for a wide variety of age-appropriate activities and programs.

The schedule of activities primarily geared for children ages 5 and under during August features:

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28

End of Summer Celebration (all ages) – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16

Train Days (all ages) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

Afternoon offerings bring activity for older children

BoysNorman Public Library Central’s slate of activities for children features a number of special weekly events offered for children of school age in the Children’s Area of the library.

In August, look for events at these times and dates:

Sensory Sensitive Story Time (for ages 4 to 10) – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

End of Summer Celebration (all ages) – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16

Train Days (all ages) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Norman Central to offer six STEM clubs for kids and teens this fall

Science, Technology, Art, Math iconNorman Public Library Central will offer six STEM clubs this fall for kids and teens who want to learn more about technology. Applications are required for each club, and you can apply for multiple clubs!

Girls Who Code, open to girls in grades 6th through 12th, will meet Mondays beginning September 11 and ending December 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Girls Who Code is a national organization which gives girls friendship and the knowledge to code. Any teen girl who is interested may apply to be accepted in this program by completing this Girls Who Code application.

The Future, open to all kids in grades 2nd through 5th, will also meet Mondays beginning September 11 through December 4, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. This club will teach kids about all sorts of cool electronics and coding activities. Kids who are interested in this program may apply by completeing this The Future application.

Younger Girls Who Code, open to girls in grades 2nd through 5th, will meet Tuesdays beginning September 12 through December 5, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Just like the Girls Who Code club, this club will also show girls how to code and make friends. Girls who are interested in this program may apply by completeing this Younger Girls Who Code application.

Middle School Movie Makers, open to teens in grades 6th through 8th, will also meet Tuesdays beginning September 12 through December 5th, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. This club is for students to work with friends to make a short movie using the library’s state-of-the-art movie production equipment. Movie makers will write, storyboard, film, act, direct, edit, and screen a short movie! Teens who are interested in this program may apply by completing this Middle School Movie Makers application.

Robot Club, open to teens in grades 6th through 12th, will meet Wednesdays beginning September 13 through December 6, from 4 to 5:30 pm. This club will let you work on the library's awesome Lego-sorting robot! To apply for this club, complete this Robot Club application.

Electronic Musicians' League, open to teens in grades 6th through 12th, will meet Wednesdays beginning September 13 through December 6, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. This club will show you how to make your own music using the library's DJ boards. To apply for this club, complete this Electronic Musicians' League application.

These clubs will each meet in the Computer Training Center at the Norman Public Library Central.

Applications for all clubs will be accepted from August 1st through August 31st. Apply for your spot, and we'll be in touch!

Bilingual event combines play with learning

GLAR Spanish logoNorman Public Library Central continues its series of bilingual story times and activities with the next edition of Family Play Time/La Hora de jugar en familia, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.

Activities are geared to children ages 5 and under and their caregivers and is a chance for the youngsters to learn and develop their brains through simple play. 

The program is part of the Pioneer Library System’s Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required to attend the program.

All aboard for Train Days!

TrainThe trains are rolling through the Lowry Room at Norman Public Library Central for its annual Train Days, scheduled Aug. 19 and 20.

In an annual end-of-summer favorite at the library, the Oklahoma Model Railroad Association, Oklahoma N-Rail, the Arbuckle Model Railroaders and For the Love of Trains will set up their model trains from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, in the Lowry Room.

All ages are invited to attend and learn a little more about model railroads.

Registration is not required in advance.