Celebrate with music and more in Week of the Young Child event

SquishBANDNorman Public Library West commemorates the Week of the Young Child with a celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 29, at the library.

The day will feature a performance by SquishBAND, a local rock band made up of brothers and sisters who will rock the library with their music.

Also, members of the Norman police and fire departments will make a visit to talk about what they do to help keep the community safe.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration of early learning, young children, teachers and families hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Activities are for ages 11 and under, and registration is not required in advance to attend. 

Read a story to a furry friend

DogWithChildren bykatcsendElementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at Norman Public Library West's "Sit! Stay! Read!" program for reading to therapy dogs, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

In April, those dates are April 6, 13, 20 and 27.

The goal of the program is helping reluctant readers to practice their reading skills in a low-stress, non-judgmental environment. Children ages 11 and under are invited to participate.

Registration is not required in advance.

OKC Zoo talking flowers in library visit

RosesNorman Public Library West welcomes the Oklahoma City Zoo for a visit to its Preschool Story Time at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4.

The Zoo's program Flowers Are Calling will be based on the Rita Gray book of the same name, and looks at the many ways flowers play an important role in the everyday lives of animals.

And the final three Tuesdays in April bring the library's Preschool Story Time, each also hosted at 10 a.m. The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

The zoo's visit is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Society, the Oklahoma City Zoo's non-profit support group.

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the events.