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Family celebration of Star Wars

book jacket for The Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler“May the fourth be with you.”

It either means you’re talking with a bit of a lisp, or it’s time to be part of an unofficial celebration of all things Star Wars.

All ages are invited to visit the Norman Public Library West between 6:30 - 8 p.m. Monday, May 4 to join the celebration.

The evening will feature a variety of crafts based on George Lucas' series that has captured the imaginations of adults and children through books and films.

Build and create at STEAM-powered teen event

k'nex structureNorman Public Library West is helping teens use their creative side to build at its “K’Nex Steam Event,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Participants will work together to build a hands-on creation unlike anything they’ve seen before. Space is limited for the program, so registration is required in advance to attend.

The K’Nex building materials make up one of the Pioneer Library System’s STEAM-powered kits for programs throughout PLS hometown libraries.

Movie showing pays tribute to author Harold Keith

Believe in me movie posterThe Norman Public Library West celebrates the life and works of author Harold Keith with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 5 p.m. Friday, May 1.

The book was remade in 2006 into the film Believe in Me, by Robert Collector and is based on a true story of an Oklahoma basketball coach in the 1960s. 

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel, Rifles for Watie.

Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3, in which the Norman Public Library Central will be designated as a national Literary Landmark for its display of the Newbery medal since 1993.

The Harold Keith festivities are sponsored by the Pioneer Library System, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and the Friends of the Norman Public Library. Robert Collector, director and screenplay writer for the film, gave permission for the library and others in the Pioneer Library System to show the film.