Presentation focuses on keeping kids safe

Stop signStop, go and tell.

That’s the literal title but more importantly the main idea for Norman Public Library Central's upcoming Summer Reading Program for children. “Stop, Go and Tell,” is a Safe Kids series program and takes place at 2 p.m. Monday, July 30 at the library.

The goal of the presentation, developed by a licensed therapist and presented by a trained educator, is to equip parents and children with vocabulary, permission and courage to prevent sexual abuse. The words “sexual abuse” are not used in the children’s presentation, which focuses on personal space and boundary rules.

As part of the activity, which is presented by Bethesda, Inc., of Norman, each child will receive a free hula hoop as a teaching tool and take-home toy.

Since attending children must be accompanied by an adult, no large groups will be allowed to attend this program. There is no registration required in advance.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Find places to make a difference at Teen Volunteer Fair

Teen groupNorman Public Library Central is giving teens a chance to give back, gain volunteer credit and add to their college application resume with its Teen Volunteer Fair, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 in the Lowry Room.

Multiple local organizations and nonprofit agencies will be at the library to show off the resources and volunteer opportunities that they offer for teens. It’s a chance to find good options for ways to help the community in a way that best fits your interests.

Registration is not required in advance to attend the volunteer fair.

This day is going to the dogs (and cats)

Dog and kidsNorman Public Library Central is giving pet owners a great day of information and activity with its program Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28.

A variety of pet-centric organizations will be represented, including Best Friends of Pets, the OKC Pet Food Pantry, Hands Helping Paws, The Mutt Club, Norman Animal Park, A-1 Pet Emporium, Wags Whiskers and Whimsy, Neel Veterinary Hospital and Annie’s Ruff House. The Friends of the Norman Library also will present an animal-themed book sale.

The day features activities in both the Lowry Room as well as Rooms A and B.

All ages may attend. Registration is not required in advance to take part in any of the activities.

Learn fire safety in a unique way

FirefighterIt’s a fun lesson about the serious topic of fire safety. “Stop, Drop and Roll” comes to Norman Public Library Central at 2 p.m. Monday, July 23. It’s part of the library’s annual Summer Reading Program for children and families.

Professional firefighters will give an up-close lesson in fire safety, giving advice and actions for both children and their parents or guardians to follow to protect against fires, what to do if there is a fire and what to do if your clothing should catch on fire.

This is part of the Safe Kids series of programs and is geared to children age 11 and under and their caregivers.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

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., Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.