Kick off Summer Reading Program with multiple events

SRP logoSummer is almost here, and that means the annual Summer Reading Program bringing a jolt of activity to the community through the activities at Norman Public Library Central.

This year’s theme, “Libraries Rock!” is giving a chance to explore literal rocks with the Museum of Osteology or PLS Maker Mobile staff to “rocking” with music and art programs led by a variety of local performers.

Norman Central kicks an SRP Kickoff Event the afternoon of May 29 before its schedule ramps up the following week. Children and families can take part in a Microphone Bookmark Craft from 2 to 4 p.m.

A week later, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, teens ages 12 to 17 can attend the “Taste of Books,” which pairs literature and good food for attendees. Also, the program “Rainbow Pop-top Bracelets” is scheduled for teens at the same time.

The library will host special performances for children up to age 11 at 2 p.m. each Monday from June 4 through Aug. 6. Teens ages 12 to 17 will have activities at 2 p.m. on each Tuesday afternoon during July.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Start the summer with 10th edition of our Readers’ Extravaganza

BookshelvesNorman Public Library Central celebrates a decade of its Readers’ Extravaganza with the 10th annual event set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in the Lowry Room.

Teens or adults are invited to attend and browse tables of books, CDs and DVDs set up by genre and topic to get good ideas for things to read this summer. It’s also a chance to hear from librarians about what books are coming soon and what’s getting the most buzz.

The featured speaker for the event is bestselling Oklahoma author Betty Permetter Falato. Her works include Black Schools in Pottawatomie County Oklahoma and Oklahoma’s Brown Decision Test Case: A Participant’s Perspective which was a finalist in the nonfiction category of the 2018 Oklahoma Book Awards.

The event also will include refreshments and door prize giveaways. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Norman Libraries.

Registration is not required to attend.

Join the adventure in summer series

DragonNorman Public Library Central brings the world of Dungeons and Dragons into a summer campaign in its People vs. Boardom series, taking place Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., June 2 through July 21, at the library.

Teens going into grades seven through 12 are invited to join the adventure, use their imagination and complete quests.

Those who have never played before should not worry, as experienced players will show them how. Those who have to miss a session will have their spots saved but participants are encouraged to try to attend each week if possible.

Snacks will be provided for the program, which is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Registration is required in advance to attend.

Teen summer takes off with activities

SRP logoNorman Public Library Central starts its teen Summer Reading Program for 2018 with a pair of activities taking place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the library.

Due to the extension of the school year, the library has moved its “Taste of Books” event to this date, with teens able to take part in an activity that pairs great literature and great themed food in a tasty afternoon.

The library also will host the LGBTQ craft event “Rainbow Pop-Up Bracelets” at the same time as a commemoration of Pride Month during June. Supplies are provided thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Registration is required to take part in the bracelet craft as supplies will be limited. Ages 12 to 17 are invited to participate in these and all teen activities throughout the summer.

Dance away the afternoon at our Summer Dance Party

Dancing kidsStart the summer with an afternoon of activity as Norman Public Library Central presents a Summer Dance Party, at 2 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the library.

Children up to age 11 are invited to move and groove in the first of weekly events slated on Monday afternoons throughout the summer. It’s also a great chance to sign up for the Summer Reading Program for those who haven’t yet.

Space in the Lowry Room is limited to the first 200 people but there is no advance registration for the party.