Science Museum brings teen activities during Summer Reading

SRP bannerScience Museum Oklahoma brings its combination of education and entertainment to teen audiences at Norman Public Library West 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:

Rube Goldberg Challenge, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10 – 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.

Escaping the Wormhole, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 1 – Participants will use teamwork and their wits to try find their way out of an “alternate dimension” in an escape challenge.

Read more about SMO and its summer activities here.

Cimarron Opera celebrates "The New Kid"

SRP bannerIt's a day of acting and educating with the performance “Cimarron Opera and The New Kid," coming to Norman Public Library West at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29. The event is part of the library's Summer Reading Program series of events.

The production looks into how being different is not such a bad thing and is what makes each person special and unique. The production content is geared to ages 11 and under. Registration is not required to attend.

More information on Cimarron Opera is available 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.

Kids are building with KEVA Planks

KidsNorman Public Library West is building creativity with its Summer Reading event “Build a Better World with KEVA Planks,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the library.

The KEVA Blocks make up one of the newest STEAM Power Maker Kits the library uses as a way to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Participants will use the planks to work on small building projects and whatever participants’ minds can imagine.

The program is for children up to age 11. Space and supplies are limited, so registration in advance is required.

See how animals build with OKC Zoo presentation

BeaverNorman Public Library West 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. Thursday, July 6.

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.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

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

Read to a therapy dog weekly at the library

Reading dogElementary-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 during July.

Program dates are July 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.