Join the adventure in summer series

DragonNorman Public Library Central brings the world of Dungeons and Dragons into a summer campaign in its People vs. Boardom series, taking place Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., June 2 through July 21, at the library.

Teens going into grades seven through 12 are invited to join the adventure, use their imagination and complete quests.

Those who have never played before should not worry, as experienced players will show them how. Those who have to miss a session will have their spots saved but participants are encouraged to try to attend each week if possible.

Snacks will be provided for the program, which is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Registration is required in advance to attend.

Rock out with SquishBAND!

SquishBANDRock out at Norman Public Library Central with SquishBAND, which brings part of its Summer Reading Program tour to the library for a Summer Jam at 2 p.m. Monday, June 18.

SquishBAND is comprised of a group of siblings who play instruments and sing a variety of music, ranging from the Beatles to the Wiggles, Playhouse Disney and the Beach Boys, and they may even slip in a classic rock anthem or two for the parents in attendance.

SquishBAND has played shows around the region for several years, and fans can get ready for the concert by learning more about the band at its website.

The performance is geared to children up to age 11 and registration is not required in advance.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Give back at Guns and Hoses Blood Drive

Blood donationNorman Public Library Central partners with the Norman Police and Fire Departments on a Guns and Hoses Community Blood Drive, taking place from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 at the library.

The community event is a chance to give back by donating blood to the Oklahoma Blood Institute, which will have its personnel on hand to accept donations.

The program is presented in conjunction with the OBI, Norman Police Department and Norman Fire Department.

Eligible donors may participate and no advance registration is required.

Learn the ins and outs of Employment Law in workshop

FiguresNorman Public Library Central is helping business owners take a deeper look into the intricacies of the law with its Employment Law Workshop, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 19, in the Lowry Room.

An expert panel on the subject will discuss a variety of topics involving ways business need to comply with federal and state tax and employment laws.

Several state and federal agencies will be represented at the event, as will multiple employer services organizations.

Ages 18 and up may attend.

Registration is required in advance.

Skulls and science: Learn from the Museum of Osteology

SRP logoJoin the experts from the Museum of Osteology as they visit Norman Public Library Central for the Summer Reading Program presentation "Forensic Osteology: Skulls,” taking place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at the library.

This program takes a hands-on look at the evidence of trauma and disease on the bones of animals. The research has proven to be useful both for veterinary and human medical perspectives. Replica human skulls cast from real skulls will be used.

The Museum of Osteology opened in 2010 and features hundreds of skulls and skeletons as part of the largest privately held collection of osteological specimens in the world. Its staff regularly makes outreach visits to libraries, schools and other

The program is geared to teens ages 12 to 17, and space is limited, so registration in advance will be required.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.