Find adventure with weekly People vs Boardom series

DragonAre you into role-playing games? Like to spend the day fighting dragons or plundering treasure from a dungeon?

Norman Public Library Central has the event for you in its People vs. Boardom series, which is going weekly this summer. The event is hosted every Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning June 2 and running through July 28, in Rooms A and B of the library.

The events are open to teens in seventh through 12th grades, and are for all experience levels. If you’ve never played, we will show you how it works.

Participants will play either D&D 3.5 or 5th edition, and minis and dice will be available to use, although you may bring your own.

There will be drinks and popcorn snacks provided, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Space is limited and registration is required in advance.

Get your money's worth from through help from two-part workshop

ComputerGo deeper inside genealogy research and the website with an upcoming two-part series at Norman Public Library Central.

The series - Getting Your Money's Worth, begins with part one at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in the Computer Training Center of the library. Genealogy Librarian Kathryn Ramsay will lead attendees in ways to get the full benefit from the website, with the second part of the series scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 12.

This class is best for researchers with some experience, and all registrants are asked to have an active paid account with

Space in the CTC is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Science Museum brings challenging events for teens

SRP logoScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at Norman Public Library Central for multiple programs as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Events are for ages 12 to 17 and take a look at science while also incorporating literature and a theme that seeks to appeal to teens. This summer’s programs and dates for teen events are:

Teen Life Hacks, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 – Learn ways to use science and engineering to "hack" life, from using a cup as a portable phone speaker to making a binder clip help keep charing cables within easy reach.

Rube Goldberg Challenge2 p.m. Tuesday, June 27 – Rube Goldberg was famous for developing overly complicated machines to accomplish simple tasks, and participants will do the same by combining their engineering and logic skills in a collaborative activity.

Read more about the Museum and its programs this summer here.


"Science Unites" in presentation for children

SRP BannerNorman Public Library Central welcomes Science Museum Oklahoma for the program “Science Unites!” with two separate sessions, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, in the Lowry Room.

This program is specifically geared to children ages 11 and under. Participants will use the wonder of collaboration and teamwork through experiments and action in an effort to bring science alive.

Staff from Science Museum Oklahoma’s outreach wing travel outside the museum to provide programming in places like schools and libraries throughout the year. Each year’s library activities tie into both the theme for the annual Summer Reading Program as well as favorite books that relate to the program topic.

Find out more about the organization's activities in hometown libraries this summer here.

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., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

OKC Zoo presentation looks at “Animal Architects”

BeaverNorman Public Library Central brings the fun and learning of the Oklahoma City Zoo to the library for the zoo’s summer presentation “Animal Architects,” at 2 p.m. Monday, July 3.

In keeping with this year’s Summer Reading Program theme “Build a Better World,” this event looks at the many animals that are builders themselves. From termites who raise towers, bees building factories, birds constructing apartments and prairie dogs laying highways, Zoo representatives will detail the ways animals are building in nature.

The program is best for ages 4 to 12 and their caregivers. Registration is not required in advance to attend but attendance is capped at the first 200, first-come, first-served.

Find out more about the zoo and its activities this summer here.