National Novel Writing Month, more commonly known in the writing community as NaNoWriMo, has become a yearly event for writers.
And Norman Public Library Central, along with several libraries in the Pioneer Library System, are working together to give local writers good ideas to get them started in participating this year. Norman Central's teen and adult writing groups welcome any local writers to join a NaNoWriMo University Prep event, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Norman's Barnes & Noble store, 540 Ed Noble Parkway.
This program gives an opportunity for participants to share ideas about their plans and experiences they've had if they've been part of NaNoWriMo in the past.
For this month only, the library's teen and adult writing groups are meeting together to look ahead to NaNoWriMo together. The teen group, The Write Club, generally meets at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, with the adult group "Write On!" having its monthly meeting immediately following at 3 p.m.
The NaNoWriMo program is part of a series taking place throughout the month in libraries in Norman, Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City leading up the launch date for authors Nov. 1.
Upcoming sessions will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Moore Public Library, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Norman Central. A previous session took place at Norman Public Library West.
Science Cafes are a growing grassroots movement, and it's a monthly event at Norman Public Library Central, with the next Science Café planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Rooms A and B.
The idea behind the national Science Café movement is to provide an inclusive discussion where people with little or no science background can learn more about ongoing science research in plain language.
The group meets on the first Thursday of most months at the library. Teens or adults are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.
Norman Public Library Central's Computer Training Center staff welcome members of the community to sharpen their computer skills and learn about some of the library's new technology offerings at a variety of free classes.
Signup for classes may be completed in person at the library, by calling 701-2697 or online at the links below.
The schedule for October classes includes:
Screen Time – 10:45 a.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Getting Started with Computers – 1 p.m. Oct. 3-7
Girls Who Code – 4 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Robot Club – 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26
STEAM Tweens – 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 27
Minecraft Survival – 5 p.m. Oct. 7 and 21
The Internet in 20 Websites – 1 p.m. Oct. 10-12
Golden Agers' Computer Club – 10 a.m. Oct. 12 and 26
Minecraft Creative – 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28
Microsoft Word – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19
Microsoft Excel – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24-27
No matter your child's age, Norman Public Library Central has something in store in its array of activities coming in October.
Most events take place in the Story Time Room of the library unless otherwise noted.
The library's schedule of events for the month includes:
Saturday Story Time, for ages 2 to 5 - 11 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8 and 29
Story Time, for ages 2 to 5 - 10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 3, 10, 24 and 31
Screen Time, for ages 2 to 5 - 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 (in the Computer Training Center)
Baby Story Time, for ages 24 months and under - 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12 and 26
After School Special, for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders - 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5, 12 and 26
STEAM Tweens, for ages 8 to 12 - 4 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 27
Toddler Explorers, for ages 1 to 3 - 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
Music Connection, for ages 3 to 7 - 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 27
Rhythm Babies, for ages 24 months and under - 10 a.m. Fridays, Oct. 7 and 28
Sit, Stay, Read! for ages 11 and under - 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11 and 25
Computers and technology seem to change almost like the weather, and it can be an intimidating thing for many people.
But the staff of the Norman Public Library Central Computer Training Center are working hard every week to help with those concerns in a wide-ranging schedule of free classes.
These classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library and are offered free of charge.
The September schedule for classes includes:
Minecraft Survival, for ages 6-12 – 5 p.m. Sept. 2 and 16
Getting Started with Computers – 1 p.m. Sept. 6-9
Robot Club, for 6th-12th grade – 4 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 28
Minecraft Creative, for ages 6-12 – 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 23
Girls Who Code, for 6th-12th grade – 4 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26
Golden Agers' Computer Club – 10 a.m. Sept. 14 and 28
STEAM Tweens, for ages 8-12 – 4 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29
Computer Skills for Job Seekers – 1 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 22-23
Introduction to Genealogy: Start Right! – 2 p.m. Sept. 21
Microsoft Excel – 1 p.m. Sept. 26-29
Web Design for Adults – 6 p.m. Sept. 28