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Get 2nd Friday started with Adult Story Time

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk logoStart an evening of seeing the Norman Arts Council’s next 2nd Friday Circuit of Art with a special Adult Story Time at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at Norman Public Library Central! Registration is not required to this event, so the more, the merrier!

The event will feature several staff librarians and other special guests performing excerpts from some of their favorite pieces of literature. Some reading selections may contain mature content. Snacks will be served, and anyone age 18 or up is invited. We hope to see you there!

Find your family history online

book cover for AARP Genealody Online Tech to ConnectTake family history research to the upcoming Norman Public Library Central workshop, Three for Free Genealogy Databases. The free class for adults takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the Computer Training Center.

Kathryn Ramsey, Genealogy and Local History Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will show you how to navaigate three genealogy databases – Ancestry.com Library Edition , Heritage Quest and Fold 3 – offered free of charge for library card holders. Space is limited so registration is required in advance.

If you are unable to attend or want to do more research, you can find all our genealogy database at pioneerlibrarysystem.org/familyhistory

Travel expert to share tips on seeing the world

Book jacket cover, New EnglandPlan a trip around the world in 3 sittings - with the help of the library and its series Traveling to Discover the Natural World!

This three-week event begins Thursday, August 13 at 7 p.m. and continues August 20 and 27, in Rooms A and B of the library.

Lead by travel expert Michael Douglas, the 3 programs will feature topics like tips on keeping travel costs down, how to research for sites to visit and using the Internet as a way to plan a trip. Douglas is a retired meteorological researcher and world traveler, having been to more than 38 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Europe and Australia.

The series is for either teens or adults, and registration is not required in advance to attend.

Still don't think travel is in your future? Why not subscribe to our Armchair Travel eNewsletter?

For more information, visit the library or call 701-2620. 

Literacy program presents training for prospective tutors

book jacket for English for the Real World by Andrea PenruddockeThe Pioneer Library System’s Cleveland County Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Lowry Room at Norman Public Library Central.

This training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to work with learners of English as Second Language in Cleveland County. Registration may be completed through the Cleveland County Literacy Office at 405-701-2682.

The library system provides free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners, both for ESL students and also for native speakers of English who need help with their reading. Services are offered by county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system’s hometown libraries.

Each prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and a high school graduate. Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.

Explore with library’s Music MakerSpace camp

Do you love the world of music? The science of building and the art of music are combining to create a special three-day event for tweens ages 10 to 12 at Norman Public Library Central. The library hosts a Music MakerSpace at 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 5-7. The event takes place in Rooms A and B of the library. 

Plans should be made to attend all three days, and space for the program is limited to 25 children. Register online to secure your place, because you won't want to miss out!

Participants will learn about heroes of the music world, explore how instruments are made and why they make the sounds they do, craft their own instrument and, finally, make some music together.