Book group discussing local author's work

Berney CoverNorman Public Library West's Monday Night Book Club gets together the second Monday of the month, with its next meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.

This month, the group's discussion will be on the novel The Long and Faraway Gone by local author Lou Berney. Copies of the book are available for checkout from the library's "Ask Here" desk.

The group is for ages 18 and up, and registration is not required in advance to participate. Upcoming meeting dates and titles for discussion are:

Nov. 14The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty;

Dec. 12 – The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister.

Therapy dogs visiting for weekly series with young readers

ReadingDogChild's best friend. 

That's what the visiting therapy dogs to Norman Public Library West are as elementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at the "Sit! Stay! Read!" program for reading, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.

Program dates for October will be Oct. 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.

Piano concert brings in talented trio

PianoA trio of pianists will bring their talents to Norman Public Library West for a special free concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Tim Neumark, Doug Hammer and Phillip Wesley will take turns playing pieces on the baby grand piano inside of Norman West.

Tim Neumark is a Washington, D.C.-based musician with six classical and new age solo piano albums. His 2014 album "Storm" was named Best Solo Piano Album of 2014 by One World Music and the album also was a nominee for Enlightened Piano Radio's 2014 Album of the Year.

Doug Hammer is a multi-award winning pianist and composer educated in contemporary, jazz and classical styles of music. He recently released his ninth album, "Haiku," which has reached top 10 on Amazon and iTunes. Hammer also recently performed at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Phillip Wesley's solo piano work has been released independently and used in radio, TV, film and print. He has reached No. 1 on the iTunes and Amazon "New Age" charts, and his album "Dark Night of the Soul" was rated by Reviews New Age as a top 50 New Age Album of All Time.

All ages are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.

If it's Tuesday morning, it's time for Story Time

Family ReadingShare a story and it can stay with a child forever.

Norman Public Library West invites its youngest readers to its weekly Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Tai Chi series resumes in October

Tai ChiNorman Public Library West resumes its series of free Tai Chi classes, at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesdays evenings throughout the fall. Classes begin Oct. 3 and 5 and continue for six weeks through Nov. 7 and 9.

The goal of Tai Chi is to help stress relief while increasing balance and flexibility. The program is designed for people at all levels of mobility and can be performed standing or sitting.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to attend. Classes are offered thanks to the support of the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative and are cumulative, so students will get the most out of them by planning to attend each session.

Registration is required in advance.