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Sharpen your computer skills

The Norman Public Library Central announces the upcoming schedule of free computer classes for adults in the Computer Training Center. Each class includes direct instruction from staff, and registration in advance is requested either in person, at the library, or by calling 701-2697.

The schedule for April features:

Microsoft Word: Attend the four-part Making Documents series April 6-9 to learn the basics of typing words; how to cut, copy, and paste; shortcuts to amke life easier; and desgining pages.

Microsoft Excel: A four-part series April 20-23 will teach you the basics of Microsoft Excel: entering data, calculating sums, and creating graphs.

Photography: Attend one or all of the classes to learn how to take photos, edit photos, and then share them online with friends and family.

Smartphones and tablets: Learn the basics of your Android and Apple phone or tablet in this two-part class that will include calling, texting, searching the internet, and taking pictures.

Facebook Friday – 9 a.m. April 3: Call or visit the library to make an appointment to get all your Facebook questions answered, including how to create an account.

Beginners Email – 3 p.m. April 10: Learn the basics of using your email to send text and images to your contacts.

Pinterest – 6 p.m. April 16: Learn about the online discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for projects and interests and save them online.

Computer Security – 1 p.m. April 24: This class covers the basics of spyware, malware, and viruses, as well as protecting your personal information online.

Join the Girls Who Code Club

Want to learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code?

Join the Girls Who Code Club in the Norman Public Library Central’s Computer Training Center at 10 a.m. on April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Girls Who Code wants to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities and close the gender gap in technology. Any girl from middle-school through high school is welcome to come and find out how to code. To learn more about Girls Who Code, check out the official website,

Genealogy through eReaders

iPad and iPhoneNorman Public Library Central is combining high-tech with a look to the past to give genealogy researchers another tool as they look back into their family history.

The library will present the program “eReader Genealogy” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the library's Computer Training Center. Registration is required in advance.

Genealogy and Local History Librarian, Kathryn, will highlight many of the downloadable works in the library’s collection. A few of the titles, that you can download and access from anywhere, include:

Attendees then will learn how to download those free materials to their eReaders, smartphones, tablets and personal laptops. This program will be taught on multiple dates, with future presentations set for May 6 and June 3.

Those who attend should plan to bring their eReader, tablet or laptop fully charged.

Library hosts quilt guild’s annual Quilters Workshop

quilt on bedNorman Public Library Central welcomes representatives from the Norman Area Quilt Guild for the guild’s annual Quilt Expo and Demonstration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

The event will feature examples of quilting by hand, piecing with hand-cranked machines and quilting with computer-based sewing machines. At 11 a.m., Dr. Elizabeth Bergey, University of Oklahoma Biology Professor, will present on hand-sewing to machines and the early history of quilting.

Throughout the day, and the month of April, the Gallery Room will feature nature-inspired quilts made by members of the guild.

Those wanting to learn more about quilting have many good options through the library’s collection, including Delightful Quilts in Bloom by Mary Ross and Barbara Scheu; Quilts from My Garden by Karen Snyder; Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta Benni; and Harper's Quilt Album by Earline Fowler and Margrit Hall (based on the Benni Harper mysteries).

Great Decisions discussion series returns

Norman Public Library Central’s Great Decisions series is back for another year of discussion about worldwide issues and their local impact.

Great Decisions is an initiative of the Foreign Policy Association that brings discussions on critical issues into local communities. Talks are scheduled for three dates:

A limted number of books containing essays and relevant reading material are available for purchase at the library’s Information Desk for $12.

Support for the series has been provided by the Friends of the Norman Library.

Busy schedule of free computer classes set in March

Norman Public Library Central announces its schedule for free computer classes in March. Classes are offered free of charge and take place in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Computer instruction is intended for beginners. Each class consists of verbal and visual instruction and includes guided practice through various activities.

Patrons may confer with a librarian about their computer skills and what the Computer Training Center can provide to enhance those skills by calling 701-2697. Patrons may also enroll for classes by using a registration form found on the event calendar on the Pioneer Library System website. Check below for links to various classes.

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