Celebrate the first day of winter with us

Walking in snowThe Winter Solstice is almost here, and Norman Public Library Central will celebrate the year’s shortest day with a Solstice Suncatcher Craft, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, in the Story Time Room.

All supplies are provided for children up to age 11 to come and make a craft they can take home as a decoration or gift.

This is a come-and-go event, and no advance registration is required.

Say “thank you” in the gift-receiving season

Thanks graphicThere is plenty for children to be thankful for in the holiday season, including gifts they will receive from loved ones.

Norman Public Library Central helps local children show their appreciation with an afternoon Thank-You Notes Craft at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.

The activity is for ages 11 and under and their parents or caregivers and takes place in the Story Time Room.

Paper, envelopes, crayons and pencils will be provided, and the come-and-go event will run until 4 p.m. Registration is not required in advance to participate.

Vote on your favorite children’s book of the year

TrophiesWhat was your favorite book in 2017? Let the children’s librarians at Norman Public Library Central know in voting that will be beginning Dec. 17, and the library staff then will reveal the winner of “Book of the Year” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28.

The event will include not just the vote unveiling but also a chance to take part in a Bookmark Craft.

Ages 11 and under may participate in the voting and the program, and advance registration is not required.

Norman Central to offer five STEM clubs for kids and teens this spring

Science, Technology, Art, Math iconNorman Public Library Central will offer five STEM clubs this spring 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 February 5 through May 7, from 5 pm to 7 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 meet Mondays OR Wednesdays beginning February 5 through May 9, 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. You can apply for both sessions, but will be able to attend only one.

Younger Girls Who Code, open to girls in grades 2nd through 5th, will meet Tuesdays beginning February 6 through May 8, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Just like the Girls Who Code club, this club will also introduce girls to coding. 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 9th, will also meet Tuesdays beginning February 6 through May 8, from 4:30 pm to 6 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 9th, will meet Wednesdays beginning February 7 through May 9, from 4:30 pm to 6 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.

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

Applications for all clubs will be accepted from December 15th through January 15th. Apply for your spot, and we'll be in touch!