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Join “The Write Club” for teen authors

typed words with corrections in red inkDiscover your inner author or become more passionate about writing with the weekly summer group “The Write Club.”  Teens will meet at 2 p.m. on Sundays throughout June and July at the Norman Public Library Central.

Each week’s meeting focuses on a different topic, from exploration of different literary genres to feedback on work to visits from local authors.

The Sunday, June 14 meeting will be special with a visit from Eric Bosse, author of the Magnificent Mistakes story collection and Visiting Creative Writing Instructor in fiction at the University of Oklahoma.

These weekly workshops may also create the perfect story to enter in the library’s “Just the Write Story!” Teen Writing Contest that runs through July 31 for authors in 7th through 12th grade.

Norman Central open late for teen laser tag

shadows of three people holding laser tag gunsNorman Public Library Central is opening its doors after hours for you to have a laser tag "battle with your friends.  Teens who have completed or are in 6th - 12th grade will be allowed in the library from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6 to try and survive in and among the bookshelves.

Space is limited, so registration in advance is required. You must also have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian (can be picked up at the library’s Information Desk).

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Norman Library.

Start summer at our 8th Readers Extravaganza

We are celebrating the joy of reading with our eighth Readers Extravaganza, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 in the Lowry Room!

Geared towards readers of teens and adults books, this is a mini-book festival offering many ideas to connect readers with good reads for the summer.

The featured guest this year is author Carolyn Wall, she will begin speaking at 7:15 p.m. She has written numerous short stories, articles and the novel Sweeping Up Glass. Sweeping Up Glass, published in 2009, is a touching and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.  

After you've heard Carolyn Wall talk, stop by the presentations by our staff and librarians. They will show off books and DVDs in their favorite genres. Participants can discover what's new, what's coming soon, and what's getting a lot of book buzz as librarians talk about their favorite books, both old and new.

Also, there will be display tables featuring book lists, recommended reads and bookmarks. Librarians will be on hand for library card signup and to help guests check out their new finds. Doors open at 6 p.m. for browsing.

Hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be served and door prizes will be given throughout the evening.

Taste Teen Books on June 2nd

Good food & good books, end with good talk.Book with chocolate, croissant, coffee and sugar

Have you ever wondered what your taste in books say about your taste in food?

For instance, do you like sweets? Perhaps then you would enjoy reading  13 Little Blue Envelopes, Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging, or Princess Diaries?  

Maybe you are into more sustaining snacky foods - like beefy jerky and trail mix? Then maybe you'd enjoy a good survivalist tale like Skylark, Shade of the Moon, The Kill Order or Ashfall.

No matter your taste food (or books), as long as you enjoy reading Teen Books - you'll want to attend the third annual “Taste of Books,” at Norman Central. Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, in the Lowry Room. Readers of teen lit will have a chance to visit genre-themed tables set up around the room that feature not just different books but also snacks and easy recipes based upon some of the books and themes.

It’s a tasty way to start off this year’s Summer Reading Program and is offered thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.


Doc Rogers is bending minds with summer magic show

cover for The Hero in You

Portrayed by magician Doug Anderson, “Doc Rogers the Mind Bender” will bring his talent to audiences for two performances of “Every Hero Has a Story – Magic and Fun Show” at Norman Public Library Central. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, and no registration is required.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the show is filled with a variety of super-heroic magical feats and stories highlighting a range of fictional and real-life heroes in the Rocket Patrol.

Interested in more heros and magic? Checkout some of the books about heros and/or books about magic tricks for children available at the library.

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