It’s Story Time on Tuesday morning

Girl readingNorman Public Library West adds to its Summer Reading Program by sharing stories and a love of reading with its youngest readers in its weekly Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, in June beginning June 6.

The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Science Museum brings teen activities during Summer Reading

SRP bannerScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at Norman Public Library West for multiple programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program. Events are for ages 12 to 17 and take a look at science while also incorporating literature and a theme that seeks to appeal to teens.

This summer’s programs and dates for teen events are:

Rube Goldberg Challenge, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 – Rube Goldberg was famous for developing overly complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, and participants will do the same by combining their engineering and logic skills in a collaborative activity.

Escaping the Wormhole, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1 – Participants will use teamwork and their wits to try find their way out of an “alternate dimension” in an escape challenge.

Read more about SMO and its summer activities here.

Beam up for an evening with "Science of Star Trek"

Star Trek coverNorman Public Library West welcomes Science Museum Oklahoma representatives for a trip to the sci-fi future with the program Science of Star Trek, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25.

Participants ages 18 and up can let out their inner Trekkie for an exploration of the science behind the popular television, movie and book series. Perhaps Star Trek items like transporters, phasers, tricorders, cloaking devices and replicators aren’t just the dreams of science fiction.

Space for the program is limited, so registration in advance is required.

Read more about the Science Museum and its visits to the library this summer here.

Cimarron Opera celebrates "The New Kid"

SRP bannerIt's a day of acting and educating with the performance “Cimarron Opera and The New Kid," coming to Norman Public Library West at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29. The event is part of the library's Summer Reading Program series of events.

The production looks into how being different is not such a bad thing and is what makes each person special and unique. The production content is geared to ages 11 and under. Registration is not required to attend.

More information on Cimarron Opera is available here.

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., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Kids are building with KEVA Planks

KidsNorman Public Library West is building creativity with its Summer Reading event “Build a Better World with KEVA Planks,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the library.

The KEVA Blocks make up one of the newest STEAM Power Maker Kits the library uses as a way to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Participants will use the planks to work on small building projects and whatever participants’ minds can imagine.

The program is for children up to age 11. Space and supplies are limited, so registration in advance is required.