Better Books Sale returns to the library May 5-7

BooksThe Friends of the Norman Library will host the group’s annual Better Books Sale, set for Friday through Sunday, May 5-7, in the Lowry Room of Norman Public Library Central.

Sale hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 5; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 6; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 7.

The event includes a wide assortment of better books, including first editions, signed, out-of-print, coffee table, gift books, and local interest books; specially priced.

Proceeds from the sale go to help the Friends in their support of library events throughout the year.

Bring your small business dreams closer to reality

DiscussionDo you feel like you could go into business for yourself, but just don’t know all the things that could make that really happen?

Norman Public Library Central seeks to answer those questions with its program “Starting a Small Business,” on Tuesday, May 2, in the Lowry Room.

The event has two sessions and participants may attend either or both. Part one, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., focuses on business start-up and available resources. The second part focuses on writing a business plan and how to seek funding.

Representatives from the Small Business Administration and multiple resource partners will be on hand to give an overview of opportunities available for prospective small business owners.

The event is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required to attend.

Adult, teen entries sought for 21st annual Poetry Contest

NoteTakingFor more than two decades, Norman Public Library Central has celebrated National Poetry Month with poetry contests for all ages.

Entry forms are available at the library for the 21st annual Teen and Adult Poetry Contest, which culminates with the Teen and Adult Poetry Celebration at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.

The teen contest is for students of middle school or high school age, while the adult contest is for ages 18 and up. Entry forms are available at the Information Services Desk and are due back to the library by Friday, April 14.

Participants may enter up to three original works in the contest to be judged within their respective age division. And, there will be an additional category for all ages on the topic "Weather."

Find activity afterschool at the library

FamilyStoryTimeNorman Public Library Central's slate of activities for children features a number of special weekly events offered for children of school age in the Children's Area of the library.

The April schedule of programs includes:

After School Special (for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students) – 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26

STEAM Tweens (for ages 8 to 12) – 4 p.m. Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

21st Annual Poetry Reading and Celebration6 p.m. Monday, April 24

Registration is not required in advance.

Computer, technology class offerings slated during April

LibraryComputer jarmolukNorman Public Library Central's presents a variety of computer and technology offerings throughout April in its Computer Training Center.

All classes are offered free of charge, but registration is required in advance since space is limited.

The schedule for April includes:

Internet Survival Guide – 1-3 p.m. April 3-5

Girls Who Code – 4:30 p.m. April 3, 10, 17 and 24

Younger Girls Who Code – 4 p.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25

Robot Club – 4 p.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26

STEAM Tweens – 4 p.m. April 6, 13, 20 and 27

Minecraft: Creative – 4 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Minecraft: Survival – 5 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Microsoft Excel – 1 p.m. April 10-13

Golden Agers' Computer Club – 10 a.m. April 12 and 26

Microsoft Word – 1 p.m. April 18-21

April showers bring an abundance of activities for children

MotherAndBabyNorman Public Library Central welcomes families with small children to the library for activities and programs nearly every day.

The schedule of activities for children ages 5 and under during April features:

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 29

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26

Toddler Explorers (for children 12 to 36 months) – 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia11 a.m. Saturday, April 22

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.