Get ahead in the new year with exercise, nutrition ideas

Recipe byroyguisngerNorman Public Library Central is helping those with a New Year's resolution to improve their healthy lifestyle, or anyone wanting to just make better nutrition and exercise choices to its program series "Eat Better, Move More."

The series begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, and runs for eight weeks, through Feb. 28, in the Lowry Room.

The group will meet to discuss nutrition goals and ways to meet them, as well as exploring ways to achieve at least 30 minutes of activity per day. To that end, each participant will receive a free pedometer that they'll learn how to use.

The classes are for ages 18 and up. Registration is required separately for each session.

The program series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.

Find afterschool activity at the library

STEAMPowerLogoNorman Public Library Central's slate of activities for children features several special events a week for children of school age.

January's schedule of programs includes:

After School Special (for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students) – 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25

STEAM Tweens (for ages 8 to 12) – 4 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Registration is not required in advance.

Start the New Year with a free computer class

AndroidDon't know a mouse from a rodent? Can't figure out why your smartphone isn't making you feel very smart? 

Norman Public Library Central has answers to those problems in its variety of free computer and technology classes throughout January. Classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Registration is required to attend classes and may be completed by clicking the links below or contacting library staff.

The January schedule features:

Getting Started with Computers, for ages 18 and up – 1 p.m. Jan. 2-6

Minecraft Survival, for ages 6 to 12 – 5 p.m. Jan. 6 and 20

Golden Agers' Computer Club10 a.m. Jan. 11 and 25

Smartphones, for ages 18 and up – 6 p.m. Jan. 12 and 10 a.m. Jan. 28

Minecraft Creative, for ages 6 to 12 – 5 p.m. Jan. 13 and 27

Microsoft Word, for ages 18 and up – 10 a.m. Jan. 17-20

Microsoft Excel, for ages 18 and up – 10 a.m. Jan. 24-27

It's activity galore for children

KidsInTunnelNorman Public Library Central welcomes families with small children to the library for activities and programs nearly every day.

The schedule of activities for children ages 5 and under in January features:

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 2, 9, 23 and 30

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25

Toddler Explorers (for children 12 to 36 months) – 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 7, 21 and 28

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.