Sit down for some fun at Card Game Day

Come show us your card playing skills! Norman Public Library Central is taking gaming old school at its Card Game Day, from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, in Rooms A and B of the library.

Staff from Denexa Games will be showing the basics of a number of classic card games, like Hearts, Spades, Canasta, Contract Bridge and more. All ages are invited to either learn a new game, or sit in on a game they might not have played for years!

Registration is not required to participate.


Poetry Celebration Winners Announced

PoetryThis April was the 20th year that the Norman Public Library Central has celebrated National Poetry Month with a writing contest and poetry reading event.  This was the first year that the unpredictable spring weather has caused us to cancel the Poetry Celebration

Thank you to the 100 writers who submitted their poetry.  You are truly inspiring!  We would like to recognize the winners of the writing contest and let them know that we will have their prizes available for them to pick up in the library or they can contact the library to make other arrangements to receive their prizes.

The Middle School Winners are:

1st Place                AYAKA ORIKASA

2nd Place               AARON XUE

3rd Place               MARIA BOYD

4th Place               ADOLIN GODSEY

Honorable Mention goes to: BRADLEY RIOPELLE and ERIN FLOYD

The High School Winners are:

1st Place                LILLIAN GUTTERY

2nd Place               KRISTI LIM

3rd Place               RILEY STEWART

4th Place               VEENA MURALEETHARAN

Honorable Mention goes to: CRIS RIVAS and JOSHUA ROBBINS

The Adult Winners are:

1st Place                DARREL DIONNE

2nd Place               KENNETH REISWEBER

3rd Place               TOMMIE CARL HOOT

4th Place               HOLLY WEST

Honorable Mention goes to:KEITH THOMAS

Special thanks to the Friends of the Norman Library and to our judges: Zakk Flash, Jennifer Kidney, and Dana Loy. Congratulations to all the writers and we look forward to seeing you next year at the 21st annual Poetry Celebration!

Start Norman’s monthly art walk with our Adult Story Time

2ndFridayArtWalkKick off the monthly art walk around downtown Norman with Norman Public Library Central’s next edition of its 2nd Friday Adult Story Time, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the library.

The event serves as a kickoff for the month’s Norman Arts Council 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. It will feature several staff librarians performing excerpts from some of their favorite pieces of literature. Some reading selections may contain mature content. Snacks will be served, and anyone age 18 or up is invited.

Registration is not required to attend.

Teen, adult writing groups to meet in May

writeNorman Public Library Central invites local writers to join one of its groups for authors to share ideas about their writing.

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, next scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 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.

And the library’s new group Write On! gives the same opportunity for adults. That group meets immediately following the teen group, at 3 p.m.

Each group plans monthly meetings on the second Sunday of the month. Registration is not required to attend either group.

Get fiscally fit at four-week boot camp

fitNorman Public Library Central is bringing a series of financial fitness programs to the community with its Fiscally Fit Boot Camp, a four-week series at 6 p.m. beginning Wednesday, May 4, and running each Wednesday through May 25. Classes are for ages 18 and up and take place in Rooms A and B of the library.

The camp will be an intensive four-week workshop designed to give participants the tools they need to build a successful financial future. Instructors from the Financial Alliance of Norman will go over a variety of topics in each week’s two-hour session.

Dinner will be provided free of charge for each participant.

Registration will be required.