Writers can keep up NaNoWriMo momentum at event

Norman Public Library West welcomes all writers, but particularly those taking part in National Novel Writing Month, to come together for an afternoon of writing prompts, editing, sharing and encouragement at its Write-In, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the library.

National Novel Writing Month takes place yearly in November, with participants trying to achieve a goal of 50,000 words written. Find out more about NaNoWriMo and its origins by going online here.

Participants do not have to take part in NaNoWriMo going forward, although this event does serve as a resource for those who are participating in the initiative.

Either teens or adults are invited to attend. Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

Learn and play with technology on Tuesdays

Norman Public Library West is bringing technology to the forefront with its weekly “Tech Play Night” and “Tech Help Night,” scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in November at the library.

On the “play” nights, taking place on Nov. 5 and Nov. 19, it’s a chance to experience gadgets like Virtual Reality headsets, Ozobots, littleBits kits and more.

The Tech Help nights, Nov. 12 and Nov. 26, will give library users a chance to learn more about eBooks, using various websites and ways to interact with the library via technology.

All ages are invited to attend, and it’s a come-and-go event with no advance registration required.

Read and grow with your westside library!

Make a stop inside Norman Public Library West to get an introduction to reading through programs, services and access to tens of thousands of great books across diverse genres.

It’s always energetic inside the library at 10 a.m. on each Tuesday morning in November, when families with young children can attend Story Time, which features time for books, music, stories, games and more.

Jennifer Voss also visits for her Music Time activity, scheduled twice during the month at 10 a.m. Thursdays, Nov. 7 and Nov. 21.

And music is a big part of the library’s schedule with concerts and performances. Sunday Serenades, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, features the talents of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Music and classical, jazz and popular selections performed on the library’s baby grand piano.

Join the performance at the 3rd Friday Celtic Night, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, with music lovers invited to come listen or even bring their instruments to be part of the show.  

The library houses hundreds of books, a dedicated space for public computers and access to all of the resources of the Pioneer Library System, which includes more than 700,000 items in its extensive collection.

Catch up with everything going on this month at Norman West through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

September brings concert offerings

Norman Public Library West continues its tradition of offering live music as part of its setting, with multiple activities scheduled during September at the library.

Be on the lookout for:

Open Mic Night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 – Show off your talent in music or poetry, or just come watch and see what your Norman neighbors can do. Participants will sign up 15 to 30 minutes before the event.  

Third Friday Celtic Night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 – Celtic musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play traditional Irish and American tunes in a laid-back setting.

Lunch and Listen, noon Wednesday, Sept. 25 – The duo Miss Brown to You returns for another performance after previous popular efforts in the library’s monthly series. Their style can be described as eclectic, bringing a broad range of musical styles to their performances.

Attendees can order lunch from Paisley Café inside the library or bring their own, and no advance registration is required to attend the concert.