A standout spot on the east side

Standing out on the rolling hills on the east side of its city, Norman Public Library East has become a fixture for residents in the area in its first year of library service.

The library, which opened in summer of 2018, will stand as the newest in the Pioneer Library System until the new Norman Central branch opens its doors later this year.

Like the new Central branch, Norman East was part of the Norman Forward initiative, passed by a wide margin by Norman voters in 2015. It is funding multiple projects, including not just the libraries but also an indoor aquatic center, a senior center, improvements to existing athletic fields and the installation of multiple piece of public art, one of which – “Prairie Wind” – sits outside the Norman East building.

Norman East serves readers of all ages not just with its collection of materials but also many regularly scheduled program options.

Children are invited to the weekly Story Time events scheduled at 10 a.m. most Thursdays. They include stories and songs, rhymes and social interaction for young children and their caregivers. And visit the Sept. 12 date for a visit from Jennifer Voss to lead her special Music Time activity.

A new group for tweens ages 10 to 13 begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. The Tween Advisory Board will discuss ideas to make their local library more relevant to students in their age group. Both tweens and teens will also take part in a special Banned Book Trivia and craft event at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, with activities geared around the American Library Association’s “Banned Book Week” initiative.

Adults find a plethora of activities in September, ranging from a Downton Abbey Viewing Party Sept. 13, to a “Pathway to Home Ownership” workshop Sept. 19 and the library’s monthly Beyond the Book discussion group, also meeting on Sept. 19

There is plenty more beyond this. Find out more about everything going on in September at Norman East through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.