It’s Story Time on Tuesday morning

Girl readingNorman Public Library West adds to its Summer Reading Program by sharing stories and a love of reading with its youngest readers in its weekly Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, in June beginning June 6.

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.

Science Museum brings teen activities during Summer Reading

SRP bannerScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at Norman Public Library West for multiple programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program. Events are for ages 12 to 17 and take a look at science while also incorporating literature and a theme that seeks to appeal to teens.

This summer’s programs and dates for teen events are:

Rube Goldberg Challenge, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 – Rube Goldberg was famous for developing overly complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, and participants will do the same by combining their engineering and logic skills in a collaborative activity.

Escaping the Wormhole, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1 – Participants will use teamwork and their wits to try find their way out of an “alternate dimension” in an escape challenge.

Read more about SMO and its summer activities here.

Children’s group to perform Chamber Music Concert

Sheet musicIt’s an evening of music performed by kids for kids and their families, as Norman Public Library West presents a Children’s Chamber Music Concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, as part of the library’s series of Summer Reading Program events.

Students from Imagine Music and Arts of Norman will perform the free community concert. The studio’s work is focused on Suzuki Piano, traditional instrumental instruction and creative arts.

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

Teens can build a movie in workshop

Geoffrey SmithTeens are taking a crash course in putting together their own movie with the program "Teen Movie Making 101," hosted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Norman Public Library West. The free workshop is part of the library’s Teen Summer Reading Program.

The workshop will be led by Geoffrey Smith, a professional in the Oklahoma television and film industry. Smith is an Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council and has taught video production in many venues throughout the state for years, including an annual video production camp at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Read more about the program here.

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

Beam up for an evening with "Science of Star Trek"

Star Trek coverNorman Public Library West welcomes Science Museum Oklahoma representatives for a trip to the sci-fi future with the program Science of Star Trek, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25.

Participants ages 18 and up can let out their inner Trekkie for an exploration of the science behind the popular television, movie and book series. Perhaps Star Trek items like transporters, phasers, tricorders, cloaking devices and replicators aren’t just the dreams of science fiction.

Space for the program is limited, so registration in advance is required.

Read more about the Science Museum and its visits to the library this summer here.