Start summer at our 8th Readers Extravaganza

We are celebrating the joy of reading with our eighth Readers Extravaganza, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 in the Lowry Room!

Geared towards readers of teens and adults books, this is a mini-book festival offering many ideas to connect readers with good reads for the summer.

The featured guest this year is author Carolyn Wall, she will begin speaking at 7:15 p.m. She has written numerous short stories, articles and the novel Sweeping Up Glass. Sweeping Up Glass, published in 2009, is a touching and tender novel of love, race, and justice, and a ferocious, unflinching look at the power of family.  

After you've heard Carolyn Wall talk, stop by the presentations by our staff and librarians. They will show off books and DVDs in their favorite genres. Participants can discover what's new, what's coming soon, and what's getting a lot of book buzz as librarians talk about their favorite books, both old and new.

Also, there will be display tables featuring book lists, recommended reads and bookmarks. Librarians will be on hand for library card signup and to help guests check out their new finds. Doors open at 6 p.m. for browsing.

Hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be served and door prizes will be given throughout the evening.

Taste Teen Books on June 2nd

Good food & good books, end with good talk.Book with chocolate, croissant, coffee and sugar

Have you ever wondered what your taste in books say about your taste in food?

For instance, do you like sweets? Perhaps then you would enjoy reading  13 Little Blue Envelopes, Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging, or Princess Diaries?  

Maybe you are into more sustaining snacky foods - like beefy jerky and trail mix? Then maybe you'd enjoy a good survivalist tale like Skylark, Shade of the Moon, The Kill Order or Ashfall.

No matter your taste food (or books), as long as you enjoy reading Teen Books - you'll want to attend the third annual “Taste of Books,” at Norman Central. Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, in the Lowry Room. Readers of teen lit will have a chance to visit genre-themed tables set up around the room that feature not just different books but also snacks and easy recipes based upon some of the books and themes.

It’s a tasty way to start off this year’s Summer Reading Program and is offered thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.


Doc Rogers is bending minds with summer magic show

cover for The Hero in You

Portrayed by magician Doug Anderson, “Doc Rogers the Mind Bender” will bring his talent to audiences for two performances of “Every Hero Has a Story – Magic and Fun Show” at Norman Public Library Central. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, and no registration is required.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the show is filled with a variety of super-heroic magical feats and stories highlighting a range of fictional and real-life heroes in the Rocket Patrol.

Interested in more heros and magic? Checkout some of the books about heros and/or books about magic tricks for children available at the library.

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Enjoy weekly tabletop gaming this summer

Game closet you would be SO envious ofLike the Wonder Twins powers activating in the form of something awesome - we are joining forces with the gaming community Loot&XP: The Game Hub of Norman to provide weekly Tabletop Game Day at the library, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays in June and July. So, in case you need to see that written out, that would be June 7, 14, 21 and 28 and July 5 and 12.

All play will be in the Lowry Room of the library.

We will provide a number of games, and you are welcome to bring your own games as well.  Not sure what to bring? Look over these board game and card game books.

Activities are geared to those age 12 and over. However, those between the ages of 8 to 11 are welcome but - must be accompanied by an adult per library policy. Registration is not required in advance.

So grab your bag of dice, deck of cards, comfy clothes and a desire to have fun - because Sundays in June and July are going to activate in the form of WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Immigration and Citizenship presentation

book jacket for Immigration edited by Debra A. MillerThe Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Department will host an Immigration and Citizenship presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, in the Lowry Room of Norman Public Library Central.

Representatives from the Farzaneh Law Firm will present information on pathways to citizenship for both employment-based and family-based immigration.

The program also will look at recent developments in immigration, including President Obama’s Executive Order on expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the addition of Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents

Earlier this year, the library system expanded its tutoring services to assist adults with the goal of becoming U.S. citizens.  We offer specific study guides for tutors and students to use during one-on-one training sessions, designated spaces in hometown libraries with citizenship information, and trainings and informational presentations on immigration and citizenship.

For more information, call Jane Douglass, Coordinator for the PLS Literacy Services Department, at 405-701-2682, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teen Writing Contest - Just the Write Story

Basic Rules

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  • Entrants must be entering grades 7th to 12th grade in the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Entries are due by midnight on July 31, 2015.
  • Each entrant must be a Pioneer Library System cardholder.
  • All entries must be the original work of the submitter, which has not been published before.
  • Entries of all genres are accepted. Anything goes!
  • Entries must be a minimum of 250 words. Writers may submit as many pieces as they choose to—there is no upper limit on word count or number of submissions.
  • Choose your words wisely.
    • No crude, discriminatory, derogatory, rude, violent, threatening, or sexually explicit submissions will be accepted.
    • Absolutely NO personal information should be shared in the story. This includes things such as phone numbers, addresses, or online information (Facebook, Tumblr, etc). 
    • There will be no tolerance for plagiarism.
  • Your submission may be edited, and the Norman Public Library reserves the right to publish an edited version without your prior approval. (Examples of this include but are not limited to: editing down for length, changing real names to aliases, fixing typographical errors, changing formatting, and so on.)
  • By submitting your entry, you are giving Norman Public Library and Pioneer Library System permission to publish it. All materials submitted become the property of the Norman Public Library and Pioneer Library System. The Library retains the non-exclusive rights to publish all such works in any format.
  • The Norman Public Library is not responsible for entries that are not received.

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