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Give your genealogy research a boost

growNorman Public Library West has answers and guidance for those seeking to further their knowledge of their family’s history with the program An Introduction to Genealogy Research, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Kathryn Ramsay, Genealogy and Local History Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will lead the class. She will give beginners a look at searching for their family and genealogical information and establish family connections to provide a solid foundation in building a family tree!

The class is for ages 18 and up and registration is required.


It's free concerts galore in October

musicThe music keeps playing at Norman Public Library West, with October being another busy month of free concerts set at the library.

It starts with an acoustic show by well-known local guitarist Mike Hosty, who comes to the library at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Hosty performs multiple times weekly throughout the region, both solo and as part of the Hosty Duo with drummer Mike Byars.

The libary welcomes students from the University of Oklahoma's music program to perform songs on the library's baby grand piano at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

Also coming to the library is another performance by students from McMichael Music, who will share their talents at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

Alan Orebaugh and Aron Holt of the band Mama Sweet return to the library at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, for an acoustic performance.

The library goes old-school at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, as the band Elena performs a mix acoustic piano and guitar tunes from the likes of Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and more.

The fourth Sunday of the month is all about Celtic music and the 4th Sunday Celtic Music Sessions, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 25 where audience members can listen or bring an acoustic instrument and join the music.

And the fourth Wednesday of the month goes classic, as the monthly Lunch and Listen series features the library’s baby grand piano and talented local performers. This month’s concert is at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 28.

Registration is not required in advance and there is no charge to attend any of the performances.

McMichael Music brings live music to the library

Norman Public Library West continues its tradition of showcasing live music inside its doors with a series of performances from local talent from McMichael Music.

The first concert takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, with future events set for the same time on Oct. 16, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11, all in the Café area of the library.

McMichael Music is a Norman-based music school providing instruction in voice and a wide variety of musical instruments.

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

Flute, piano works featured at August's “Lunch and Listen”

Norman Public Library West presents the next installment of its “Lunch and Listen” concert series from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.,  Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the Café area of the library.

This month’s performance is given by Pianist-composer Dr. L. Stephen Sewell and flutist Dr. Janet Romanishin, who will present a free concert of new works for flute and piano by Dr. Sewell.

Dr. Sewell is a teacher of piano and composition and has worked as an accompanist. He studied composition with Michael Hennigan and the University of Oklahoma and is a former honoree as commissioned composer for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association.

Dr. Romanishin teaches flute, performs and records with the Arioso Consort, and is principal flutist of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. Both performers are longtime members and officers with the Norman Area Music Teachers Association.

All ages are welcome to attend and bring their lunch for the one-hour concert. Registration is not required in advance.