Activities, exhibit look at water and its impact

RowingNorman Public Library East takes a look into the impact of water in the community through the continuing “Water/Ways” exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution and two upcoming activities to accompany the display.

“Recycle Your Rain with Rain Barrels” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. It’s a look at ways to construct and use a rain barrel to help with home water conservation. The program will be led by representatives from the Cleveland County OSU Extension Service and the City of Norman.

“Norman’s Water Universe: Water Reclamation,” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, is a presentation by the City of Norman on the role of water reclamation in the water cycle in use by the city.

Each program is intended for adults age 18 and up. Space is limited, so advance registration is required separately for each of the events.

“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, click here.

Sound off with lunar toons from the Noiseguy!

Sound wavesIt’s a day of wacky and out-of-this-world sounds, as Charlie “the Noiseguy” Williams visits Norman Public Library East for a Summer Learning Program presentation at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17.

Williams is a vocal sound impressionist, comedian, illustrator and author who has been part of past summer activities in the Pioneer Library System and comes all the way from Washington state for this year’s tour of the system.

He will share his many sound effects, lead educational and interactive activities with the audience and more.

The program is geared to children age 11 and under. Registration is required in advance.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Take a look at the ins and outs of meditation

Norman Public Library East takes a look at ways to battle stress and anxiety with its upcoming event “What Is Meditation?” at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the library.

The program will give an introduction to meditation as a way to combat stress and anxiety, improve focus and concentration and even help with sleep management.

This is a secular session and appropriate for all ages, religious backgrounds and any experience level with meditation.

Registration is not required in advance.

Map the journey out of debt

Norman Public Library East is helping financial futures get a little clearer with its program Mapping Your Great Debt Escape, set for 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the library.

This will be a “Lunch and Learn” workshop taught by Jennifer Henagar, Vice President and Director of Financial Well-Being with First United Bank.

She will go over topics including the benefits of debt-free living, the debt snowfall and debt avalanche methods of escaping debt, the snowflake approach to paying off debt and applying effective methods to achieve financial freedom.

Ages 18 and up may attend and advance registration is required. Lunch will be provided thanks to First United Bank.

Make and take an apple pie

Norman Public Library East is getting families ready for the holiday baking season with its Apple Pie Make and Take program, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Participants will put together all the ingredients for an apple pie using supplies provided by the library. They’ll then be able to take their completed pie home to put in the oven and bake it for a holiday treat.

All ages are invited to attend.

Space and supplies are limited, so registration is required in advance.