Teen, adult writing groups to meet in May

writeNorman Public Library Central invites local writers to join one of its groups for authors to share ideas about their writing.

The Write Club invites teens interested in writing, regardless of how much experience they may have with it, to develop their skills and share their ideas at its monthly gathering, next scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Rooms A and B of the library. It’s a chance for young writers age 12 to 17 to share stories, get new ideas, learn from local experts, receive feedback on their work and much more.

And the library’s new group Write On! gives the same opportunity for adults. That group meets immediately following the teen group, at 3 p.m.

Each group plans monthly meetings on the second Sunday of the month. Registration is not required to attend either group.

Get fiscally fit at four-week boot camp

fitNorman Public Library Central is bringing a series of financial fitness programs to the community with its Fiscally Fit Boot Camp, a four-week series at 6 p.m. beginning Wednesday, May 4, and running each Wednesday through May 25. Classes are for ages 18 and up and take place in Rooms A and B of the library.

The camp will be an intensive four-week workshop designed to give participants the tools they need to build a successful financial future. Instructors from the Financial Alliance of Norman will go over a variety of topics in each week’s two-hour session.

Dinner will be provided free of charge for each participant.

Registration will be required.

Celebrate the force on the 4th with event

star warsWith last December’s movie release, Star Wars is as big as ever, and a special date to celebrate the movie franchise is May 4 – as in May the 4th be with you. Norman Public Library Central will spend the day with activities for all ages, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Story Time Room of the library.

The afternoon features a Star Wars photo booth, come-and-go crafts, plus an extended Star Time in the room, complete with Star Wars music.

All ages are invited, and registration is not required to attend.

May brings free computer, technology classes

computerNorman Public Library Central has announced its May schedule for free computer and technology classes, which take place in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Each class allows hands-on practice by students, with many classes being offered in multi-day series to teach skills of using various programs or websites.

Registration is required for each class, and is geared towards adults, unless otherwise noted.

The schedule for May features:

May 2, 9, 16 and 23, 10:45 a.m. Screen Time, for ages 2-5

May 3 and 10, 4 p.m.M3 (Middle School Movie Maker Club), for teens already accepted to program only

May 4-6, 10 a.m.Microsoft Word

May 6 and 20, 5 p.m.Minecraft Survival, for ages 6-12

May 7 and 14, 10 a.m.Girls Who Code, for teens in grades 6th-12th

May 9-13, 1 p.m.Getting Started With Computers, for ages 55+

May 11 and 25, 10 a.m.Golden Agers Computer Club

May 13 and 27, 5 p.m.Minecraft Creative, for ages 6-12

May 16-19, 1 p.m., Microsoft Excel

May 18, 6 p.m.Web Design for Adults

May 19-20, 10 a.m.QuickBooks

May 21, 10 a.m.Getting Started With Online Selling

Norman Friends to present annual Better Books Sale

book saleGuess what time of year it is again? The Friends of the Norman Library have something for all readers at the group’s annual Better Books Sale, set for April 29 through May 1 at Norman Public Library Central.

Sale hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, for a bargain sale with many book discounted up to 50 percent. Admission is free.

The sale features a variety of items in more than 60 categories of high quality coffee table, rare and collectible books for all ages and interests. In addition, browsers will also find books relating to Oklahoma, western Americana, Native Americans, American literature, and many University of Oklahoma Press titles, as well as a selection of history, and military history. Children’s books and vintage magazines will also be available. Most books are priced in the $2 to $5 range.

Buyers also will have a chance to join the Norman Friends group or make financial donations to support the group. Proceeds from the sale go to the Friends’ support of library programs and services in Norman throughout the year. Don't miss out on books that you can buy for a great deal!