Move your writing forward with groups

Typewriter bytookapicNorman Public Library Central is giving would-be writers, beginning writers or even those who already are published all a place to try to move their writing skills forward.

"The Write Club" invites teens interested in writing, regardless of how much experience they may have with it, to develop their skills and share their ideas at its monthly gathering. The Write Club next meets at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in Rooms A and B of the library.

It's a chance for young writers age 12 to 17 to share stories, get new ideas, learn from local experts, hear feedback on their work and much more.

And the library's group "Write On!" gives the same opportunity for adult writers and would-be authors. That group meets immediately after the teen group, at 3 p.m.

Each group plans monthly meetings on the second Sunday of the month. Registration for the adult group is requested in advance but is not required.

Citizenship class series begins July 11

TechTutorNorman Public Library Central and the Pioneer Library System's Literacy Services department will present an eight-week series of free U.S. citizenship classes, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday nights from July 11 through August 29.

Classes are conducted by the Cleveland County Literacy Office, a part of PLS Literacy Services, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need.

In the classes, participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

Each week's classes will feature instruction for filling out the citizenship application from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by preparation for the citizenship interview from 7 to 8 p.m.

Participants may attend for as few or as many classes as they desire. Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call the literacy service office at 701-2682.

Teens, stay late for game night

BoardGames ClosetPut away the smartphone or electronic games and come to Norman Public Library Central for an evening of old-fashioned games at Tabletop Game Night, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9, in the Lowry Room of the library.

This is an after-hours event for teens going into grades six through 12. It will feature a variety of games, including such classics as Trivial Pursuit and Apples to Apples. There also will be free snacks, thanks to the Friends of the Norman Library.

The library closes at 5 on Saturday but will reopen at 6 to let participants for the program back in the doors.

Registration is not required to attend.

Annual Cookbook Swap and Shop returns

CoffeeNorman Public Library Central and the Friends of the Norman Library present their annual Cookbook Swap and Shop, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 9, in the Lowry Room of the library.

The event will feature a presentation at 10 a.m. from staff from Oklahoma City coffee shop Elemental Coffee, demonstrating the "pour over technique" in coffee brewing and unique flavor combination that can be created with simple toast. They'll also have samples of their organic coffee, most popular toast items and specialty baked goods for attendees of the event to try.

The morning features the Friends of the Norman Library's annual Cookbook Sale, with a variety of cookbooks offered for reasonable prices. And guests also are welcome to bring their own unused cookbooks to swap with each other.

Proceeds from the sale go to aid the Norman Friends in their support of local library programs and events throughout the year.

Take a journey in art, expression

TeensTalking by123rfdolgachov"Express yourself" is a phrase that can lead to endless results, different for every individual who tries to fulfill that request. At Norman Public Library Central, the series "Journeys in Art" is giving local teens a chance to put that expression in a physical journal.

The four-week series of workshops at 1 p.m. on consecutive Sundays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, in Rooms A and B of the library. The goal of the workshops is for teens to create a visual journal that is an expressions of themselves. It serves as a sort of scrapbook of their lives, but made without rules. While each project will be unique, here are some examples and suggestions for putting together a project.

All supplies for the project will be provided by the library, although participants may want to bring photos or other memorabilia to personalize their projects.

Teens entering grades six through 12 are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance of the first week's session so the library will have enough supplies for each week.

The program is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Norman Library and the Pioneer Library System.

Adult Story Time is a great way to start your art walk

AdultLectureThe 2nd Friday Circuit of Art brings a diverse array of artistic events to the Downtown Norman area for the Norman Arts Council's monthly event.

Norman Public Library Central continues to be a big part of that with its 2nd Friday Adult Story Time, next featured at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, in the Campbell Gallery Room of the library.

The event will feature several staff librarians performing excerpts from some of their favorite pieces of literature. Some reading selections may contain mature content. Snacks will be provided, and ages 18 and up are invited to attend.

Registration is not required in advance.

Get a new skill in arm knitting workshop

knitLearn the art of arm knitting in a Norman Public Library Central teen program, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, in the Lowry Room of the library.

Teens ages 12 to 17 will learn how to make an arm knitted scarf and take their creation home to keep or give as a gift.It's part of the library's continuing series of Tuesday afternoon programs for teens.

Supplies will be provided by the library. Registration is required so there are enough supplies for everyone.

Computer Training Center hosts busy slate of free classes in July

keyboardNorman Public Library Central presents a full schedule of free computer and technology classes in July. Classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Registration is required since space is limited.

The schedule for July classes features:

July 1, 12:30 p.m.Twitter

July 1, 3 p.m.Little Bits for Tweens

July 1 and 22, 6 p.m.Minecraft: Survival for Tweens

July 5-8, 10 a.m.C++ Coding Bootcamp

July 5-8, 5 p.m.ComputerCraft for Teens

July 9, 10 a.m.Minecraft for Adults

July 11-12, 14-15, 10 a.m.Arduinos for Teens

July 11-12, 12:30 p.m.Minecraft for Kids

July 11-14, 6 p.m.Computer Skills for Job Seekers

July 13 and 27, 10 a.m.Golden Agers' Computer Club

July 13, 2 p.m.Ancestry.com Subscribers, Getting Your Money’s Worth

July 14-15, 12:30 p.m.Quickbooks

July 15 and 29, 6 p.m. Minecraft Creative for Tweens

July 16, 10 a.m.Arduinos for Adults

July 18-20, 10 a.m.Stop-Motion Animation for Teens

July 18-21, 6 p.m.Microsoft Excel

July 20-22, noon Microsoft Word

July 20-22, 3 p.m.Python for Tweens

July 21-22, 10 a.m.Quadcopters for Teens

July 23, 10 a.m.Quadcopters for Adults

July 25-26, 28-29, 10 a.m.Film Production for Teens

July 25-29, 12:30 p.m.Getting Started with Computers for Seniors

July 25-27, 3 p.m.Web Design for Tweens

July 25, 6 p.m.Smartphones and Tablets

July 27, 6 p.m. Web Design for Adults

July 28-29, 3 p.m.Quadcopters for Tweens

July 30, 10 a.m.Getting Started with Online Selling

June is filled with free computer and technology classes

computerNorman Public Library Central presents an increased slate of computer and technology classes throughout June, with a little bit of something for all ages. Classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Registration is required separately for each class.

The schedule for June features:

June 3 and 17, 6 p.m. Minecraft Survival for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 4, 10 a.m.MaKey MaKey for Adults

June 6-7, 9-10, 10 a.m.Robots for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 6-7, 9-10, 12:30 p.m.MaKey MaKey for children, ages 5 to 9

June 6-7, 3 p.m.K’Nex for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 6-9, 6 p.m.Computer Skills for Job Seekers

June 8 and 22, 10 a.m.Golden Agers Computer Club

June 10 and 24, 6 p.m. - Minecraft: Creative for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 13-17, 10 a.m.Javascript for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 13-14, 12:30 p.m. K’Nex for Children, ages 5 to 9

June 13-17, 3 p.m.Getting Started with Computer for Seniors

June 13-16, 6 p.m.Microsoft Excel

June 15-17, 12:30 p.m.Scratch for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 20-21, 23-24, 10 a.m.Electronic Music for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 20-21, 12:30 p.m.Stop-Motion Animation for Kids, ages 5 to 9

June 20-24, 3 p.m.Film Production for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 23, 12:30 p.m.Microsoft Office for Seniors: PowerPoint

June 23, 6 p.m.Getting Started with Online Selling

June 24, 12:30 p.m.Microsoft Office for Seniors: Excel

June 27-28, June 30-July 1, 10 a.m.Lego Robots for Teens, ages 12 to 17

June 27-28, 12:30 p.m.Littlebits for Kids, ages 5 to 9

June 27-29, 3 p.m.Stop-Motion Animation for Tweens, ages 8 to 12

June 30-July 1, 3 p.m.Littlebits for Tweens, ages 8 to 12