Teens can learn our new metal engraving technology

metal engravingIs your teen interested in technology or crafts? Bring them on over to the Norman Public Library West for a mix of both with its teen workshop on Metal Engraving, at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the library!

Teens ages 13 to 16 are invited to the program, where they’ll get a look at the library’s new metal engraving technology. The metal engraving kit is one of the library’s STEAM Power Maker Kits, which focus on unique ways to teach science and technology.

Registration is required for this program. If you are interested in learning more about metal engraving, check these books out! 

Black History Month celebrated at African-American Read-In

historyIf you're looking for a way to take part in Black History Month, Norman Public Library West has a great event for you to attend! Pioneer Library System’s 12th annual African-American Read-In will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.

The event celebrates literature and the arts in the African-American community, with readings by community members and guests in the audience. Oklahoma City-based musicians Adam and Kizzie Ledbetter will return for a second consecutive year to provide a unique blend of music that will be featured throughout the presentation.

This event will also be the first chance to pick up free tickets for the annual Crowns Tea event, an event that you do not want to miss, with seatings at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Norman Central library!

The program is made possible in part from a grant from the Norman Arts Council.

Registration is not required to attend the Read-In.

Get ready to roll with Ozobot races

robotDoes your child like to play with robots and interact with them? How about controlling your robot to go through obstacles? The Ozobots are back at Norman Public Library West for a day of maze-making and racing, at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to the program. First, they’ll make their own maze and then use their Ozobot robot to follow and race around the maze. How awesome and fun does that sound?

The Ozobot kit is one of the library’s new STEAM Power maker kits, which provide an interactive and entertaining look into science, technology, engineering, art and math-focused programming.

Registration is required to attend and all materials will be provided. Register soon so you don't miss out on creating your own maze for your Ozobot to accomplish! 

Take a seat and talk about genealogy

genealogyDo you aspire to become a genealogist or are you intersted in the study of genealogy itself? Norman Public Library West takes a deeper look inside family history with its discussion, Genealogy Around the Table, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 10.

It’s an opportunity for genealogy researchers to get together to discuss their work, share problems and offer solutions to road blocks they may have encountered. Kathryn Ramsay, Local History and Genealogy Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will lead a discussion of obstacles faced in research and techniques that can help researchers make progress.

The discussion is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required to participateRegister soon so you don't miss out on taking a deeper look inside family histories!


Stories and reading take center stage in upcoming programs

kidsAre you looking for some family fun and listening to stories? Well, you have a chance to experience it all! Norman Public Library West welcomes children and families into the library for a variety of family-friendly activities throughout February.

Story Time is scheduled at 10 a.m. each Tuesday morning, beginning Feb. 2for children in pre-K and younger and their caregivers in the children’s area of the library. It features stories, songs and more geared to some of the library’s youngest visitors.

Elementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at the library’s Sit! Stay! Read! program for reading to therapy dogs, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.

The library also will host a special bilingual event titled Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. The event gives a look at the Pioneer Library System’s Growing Like a Read program for families and reaches out to Spanish speakers.

Registration is not required to attend any of these programs.