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Genealogy through eReaders

iPad and iPhoneNorman Public Library Central is combining high-tech with a look to the past to give genealogy researchers another tool as they look back into their family history.

The library will present the program “eReader Genealogy” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the library's Computer Training Center. Registration is required in advance.

Genealogy and Local History Librarian, Kathryn, will highlight many of the downloadable works in the library’s collection. A few of the titles, that you can download and access from anywhere, include:

Attendees then will learn how to download those free materials to their eReaders, smartphones, tablets and personal laptops. This program will be taught on multiple dates, with future presentations set for May 6 and June 3.

Those who attend should plan to bring their eReader, tablet or laptop fully charged.

Library hosts quilt guild’s annual Quilters Workshop

quilt on bedNorman Public Library Central welcomes representatives from the Norman Area Quilt Guild for the guild’s annual Quilt Expo and Demonstration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

The event will feature examples of quilting by hand, piecing with hand-cranked machines and quilting with computer-based sewing machines. At 11 a.m., Dr. Elizabeth Bergey, University of Oklahoma Biology Professor, will present on hand-sewing to machines and the early history of quilting.

Throughout the day, and the month of April, the Gallery Room will feature nature-inspired quilts made by members of the guild.

Those wanting to learn more about quilting have many good options through the library’s collection, including Delightful Quilts in Bloom by Mary Ross and Barbara Scheu; Quilts from My Garden by Karen Snyder; Foolproof Machine Quilting by Mary Mashuta Benni; and Harper's Quilt Album by Earline Fowler and Margrit Hall (based on the Benni Harper mysteries).

Great Decisions discussion series returns

Norman Public Library Central’s Great Decisions series is back for another year of discussion about worldwide issues and their local impact.

Great Decisions is an initiative of the Foreign Policy Association that brings discussions on critical issues into local communities. Talks are scheduled for three dates:

A limted number of books containing essays and relevant reading material are available for purchase at the library’s Information Desk for $12.

Support for the series has been provided by the Friends of the Norman Library.

Calm your mind with Meditation 101

person meditation on dock by water
“Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you're doing.” - Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

Norman Public Library Central invites all ages and experience levels to its "Meditation 101" classes, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, March 30. No registration required.

Cliff Stevens of the Norman Meditation Group will guide both beginners and experienced in meditation practice. He’ll also answer questions on techniques and meditation in general.

Learn the science of concussions

woman doctorConcussions can occur in any sport or activity where you may get hit in the head.[ref] 

Norman Public Library Central will provide resources on all types of concussions with a Concussion Seminar at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 28.

Steve Nedbalek with the Oklahoma State Department of Health will lead a a comprehensive discussion on concussions in falls, accidents, sports, shaken babies, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  There will be a question and answer segment, so bring your questions.

Both teens and adults are invited to attend the program. Registration is not required.

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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