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Travel to a land of fantasy with “A Wizard of Earthsea” discussion

book jacket for A Wizard of EarthseaThe Pioneer Library System invites readers into a world of fantasy and fiction with The Big Read, and a discussion of this year’s selected novel, “A Wizard of Earthsea,” at 10 a.m. Friday, March 13, at the Little Axe Community Center, 1000 168th Ave. NE.

The novel, by author Ursula K. Le Guin, is considered one of the classics of the fantasy genre. Published in 1968, it tells the tale of a young mage and his time at a school of wizardry.

Refreshments will be provided at the discussion, and participants will receive a copy of the book to keep.

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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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March is filled with children's activities

Family at BugFest 2011Norman Public Library Central announces a busy slate of programs for March that cater with age-appropriate activities for all.

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their youngsters to the library for the schedule of events for the month, which includes a number of regular favorites as well as several special events both inside and outside of the library during Spring Break week March 16-20.

During Spring Break, staff will visit the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History for Spring Break Escape Story Times at noon Monday, March 16, Tuesday, March 17 and Thursday, March 19.

Also, the library’s annual Bug Fest, a partnership with the Cleveland County OSU Extension Service, is set for 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 18. Join us as we explore the world of insects in this come-and-go bug-o-rama! There will be exhibits and activities as well as an insect petting zoo. Tracey Payton and friends from the Cleveland County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will teach us all about bugs. Great fun for all ages.

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19th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest and Celebration

April is poetry month and the Norman Public Library Central Children's Department is celebrating with a poetry reading and celebration April 6th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Entries will be judged in either the K-2nd grade category or the 3rd – 5th grade category. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in both categories as well as honorable mentions.

Children may enter up to 3 poems in the contest by picking up a paper form at the library or using the online form below. Entries are due by 9 p.m. Friday, March 27th.

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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’s Computer Training Center every Saturday in February at 10 am - 12 pm. Girls Who Code wants to inspire, educate and equip girls 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

Register at the library, by calling 701-2697, or online

Children invited to “Muslim Voices” series

Sponsors for Muslim VoicesChildren ages 8-12 are invited to particpate in a special book discussion series offered at the Norman Public Library Central. This program series will be facilitated by Children’s Librarian Miss Kim and Oklahoma City Community College English professor Richard Rouillard The children’s series starts Feb. 8 and runs every Sunday until March 8.

Registration is required in advance and may be completed at the library, by calling 701-2630 or on this page through the links provided below. Participants will receive a copy of the book being discussed, to keep. Titles for the book discussion can be picked up at Norman Central. The hope is that participants will be able to take part in the entire series.

This special series takes place at 3 p.m. in the Story Time Room of the library. Dates and books to be discussed are:

Feb. 8: The Librarian of Basra (picture book) by Jeanette WinterLibrarian of Basra
Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, the library where she works has been a meeting place for those who love books. Until now. Now war has come, and Alia fears that the library--along with the thirty thousand books within it--will be destroyed forever. In a war-stricken country where civilians--especially women--have little power, this true story about a librarian's struggle to save her community's priceless collection of books reminds us all how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries.

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