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All PLS Libraries will be closed Monday, October 12 for a Staff Training Day.
We look forward to seeing you during normal hours of operation on Tuesday, October 13.


Friends of the Norman Library preparing for annual Fall Book Sale

book saleAs fall approaches, residents of Norman and surrounding areas anticipate the Friends of the Norman Library Fall Book Sale! Volunteers process thousands of books to prepare for the largest sale of the year scheduled for Oct. 16-19 at Norman Public Library Central. Everything presented for sale has been donated. 

The sale begins with a members only pre-sale from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16. New and renewed members are admitted both the pre-sale and a reception catered by Legends, and get the first pick of items in the sale.

The general public sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, with a $5 bag sale from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, as the final chance for shoppers to pick up materials.

For now, efforts are focused on getting ready for the sale. Donors bring cartons of gently used books, CDs, vinyl recordings, current magazines, video tapes, and even college textbooks at the Friends Sorting Center, 224 E. Gray. The Sorting Center is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each item is evaluated for condition and value, then it is placed into a specific category area for pricing before sorting into subject categories.

All proceeds from the Friends’ book sales along with memberships support the Norman public libraries and their programs, professional development and acquisition of materials. 

Find new ways to advance your family history research

treeTake family history research to the World Wide Web with the upcoming Norman Public Library Central workshop, Three for Free Genealogy Databases! The free class takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Kathryn Ramsay, Genealogy and Local History Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will show the ins and outs of three genealogy databases –, Heritage Quest and Fold 3 – that are offered free of charge for library card holders in the system.

The class is for ages 18 and up, and space is limited so registration is requested in advance as space in the Computer Training Center is limited.


Find a few changes in October's computer class schedule

keyNorman Public Library Central has announced its schedule for free computer classes for October, and there are a couple of changes students will see.

The main change is in how classes for those first beginning at a computer, as well as the Microsoft Word series, are organized. The class Getting Started with Computers will be a five-part series that precedes by a week a three-part Microsoft Word series. This is being done to build new users’ skills to teach them some very basic things before getting into the specifics of using Word, a popular word processing program. Although all classes are offered free of charge, space in the CTC is limited, so registration in advance is requested.

The October schedule features:

Oct. 5, 10 a.m.Golden Agers’ Computer Club

Oct. 5, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 1

Oct. 6, 1 p.m. Getting Started with Computers, Day 2

Oct. 7, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 3

Oct. 8, 1 p.m. – Getting Started with Computers, Day 4

Oct. 9, 1 p.m.Getting Started with Computers, Day 5

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 1

Oct. 13, 1 p.m.Pinterest

Oct. 15, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 2

Oct. 16, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word, Part 3

Oct. 17, 1 p.m.Making Electronic Music

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.Golden Agers’ Computer Club

Oct. 19, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 1

Oct. 20, 1 p.m. – Microsoft Excel, Day 2

Oct. 21, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 3

Oct. 22, 10 a.m.Image Editing, Day 1

Oct. 22, 1 p.m.Microsoft Excel, Day 4

Oct. 23, 10 a.m. – Image Editing, Day 2

Oct. 27, 6 p.m.QuickBooks, Day 1

Oct. 28, 6 p.m. – QuickBooks, Day 2

Oct. 29, 6 p.m.QuickBooks, Day 3

Series of free citizenship classes set to begin

usaNorman Public Library Central begins an 8-week series of free U.S. Citizenship Classes on Thursdays at 7 p.m. starting from Oct. 1 through Nov. 19.

Classes are conducted by the Cleveland County Literacy Office, a part of the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Program, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need.

In the classes, participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call 701-2682.

In addition to these classes, the grant has allowed the Pioneer Library System to establish Citizenship Corners inside five hometown libraries – Moore, Norman Central, Purcell, Shawnee and Southwest Oklahoma City.

Each will have information such as reference sheets, study guides contact numbers for organizations that can advise on specific questions on citizenship and information about the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services program for adults.

Teens, what do you want to see at your library?

teensNorman Public Library Central is seeking teen volunteers to help with the Teen Community Project to help shape the future of teen service and space within the library!

To do so, teens are needed to be part of a series of discussions at the library starting Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Discussions will continue each Tuesday at that time through Nov. 3.

This is a project of students from the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, who will coordinate the input of teen volunteers in discussions and activities on topics like proposed spaces for the library and services teens would like to see any expansion or provided.

Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library, free pizza will be served and participants can earn volunteer credit hours for their contribution. Come be part of this awesome volunteer opportunity! Registration is requested to attend