Area authors, readers to meet at Norman Central Author Fair

Flag tableThe Norman Public Library Central will host an Author Fair on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room. Authors from the Pioneer Library System service area will interact with readers, who will have the opportunity to meet and purchase books from authors with whom they may not yet be familiar. 

The event will feature short presentations by the authors followed by an opportunity for readers to purchase their books. Light refreshments will be provided.

Authors who live in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties, who would like to participate, are encouraged to download, complete and then return the application below.

Author Fair Application Form     

Discover program options for young children in October

Children playNorman Public Library Central invites families with small children to the library for a wide variety of activities and programs during October.

The schedule of events for children ages 5 and under during the month includes the following:

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Sensory Sensitive Story Time (for ages 4 to 10) – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Meet at the library for afterschool activities

Story timeNorman 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.

October events are scheduled at these times and dates:

Sensory Story Time (ages 4 to 10) – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3

After School Special (kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades) – Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25

Minecraft: Creative (ages 6 to 12) – 4 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Minecraft: Survival (ages 6 to 12) – 5 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27

STEAM Tweens (ages 8 to 12) – 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19

Music Connection (ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Sit! Stay! Read! (for age 11 and under) – 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 9 and Oct. 23

Space is limited for the Minecraft programs so registration for those is required in advance. And those wanting a timeslot for the therapy dog reading program Sit! Stay! Read! can register for a 15-minute timeslot by calling the library at 701-2630.

Registration is not required to attend any of the other activities.

Friends of the Library Book Sale set for Oct. 20-23

Book saleThe Friends of the Norman Public Library invite the community to the group’s October Book Sale, taking place Oct. 20-23 at Norman Public Library Central.

Sale hours are: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 for a Friends members’ only sale; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22; and 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, for a bag sale, with shoppers able to fill a bag with books for $5.

The sale will include gently-used items in a wide variety of genres, as well as DVDs and other materials that have been donated to the Friends by members of the community.

The Friends host several book sales throughout the year, with proceeds from the sales going to benefit the group’s support of library events.

Tutors sought for ESL program

Man readingThe Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Norman Public Library Central.

This training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to work with learners of English as Second Language in Cleveland County. Registration may be completed through the Cleveland County Literacy Office at 405-701-2682.

The library provides free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners, both for ESL students and also for native speakers of English who need help with their reading. Services are offered by county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system’s hometown libraries.

Each prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and be high school graduates. Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.