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Special arts event connecting cultures

Oklahoma Fancy DancersIt’s an afternoon of cultural exchange at Norman Public Library Central as it presents its Connecting Indigenous People Cultural Festival, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24.

The event will feature an art workshop, a performance by the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers, an American Indian and Buryat Dance Workshop, music performances and information about the project “Two Sides of the Globe Connecting Indigenous People: Buryat” cultural exchange visit to Oklahoma.

The Buryat Cultural Center is an Irkutsk, Russia-based non-government organization that aims to preserve Buryat national traditions, language, native art and developing contemporary living cultural traditions. The delegation will bring musicians, dancers and other artists to the event.

Presentations will take place in the library’s Lowry Room, while the art display will be set up in the Campbell Gallery Room.

All ages are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.

Migration routes can unlock pieces of family history

Family TreeTake a look back into the history of America as a source for genealogy research in the Norman Public Library Central presentation “The Roads They Traveled,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Computer Training Center.

Kathryn Ramsay, Local History and Genealogy Resources Librarian for the Pioneer Library System, will present the program, which will focus specifically  on the major American migration routes used from 1730-1880. It’s meant to be a map of sorts for those researching their family’s genealogy in that time range to learn more about the routes they may have taken.

The program is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required in advance to attend.

Area authors, readers to meet at Norman Central Author Fair

Flag tableThe Norman Public Library Central will host an Author Fair on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lowry Room. Authors from the Pioneer Library System service area will interact with readers, who will have the opportunity to meet and purchase books from authors with whom they may not yet be familiar. 

The event will feature short presentations by the authors followed by an opportunity for readers to purchase their books. Light refreshments will be provided.

Authors who live in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties, who would like to participate, are encouraged to download, complete and then return the application below.

Author Fair Application Form     

We have resources to upgrade your career

GroupNorman Public Library Central is giving job seekers and those wanting to upgrade their career a boost in several upcoming events at the library.

The program Resume Reviews for Success, is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in the Lowry Room. Participants will get a chance to meet one-on-one with a specialist to go over their resume and make sure it as strong as possible.

The library hosts an Employment Workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26. This also will have tips on resumes but also ideas for succeeding in job interviews, from dressing for success to the right ways to prepare for the interview.

Each of these events come in advance of the library’s Community Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4. That event will feature representatives from local employers who will be giving on-site interviews, as well as the opportunity to use the library’s Computer Training Center to complete online applications.

Registration is required in advance to attend the Resume Review session or the Employment Workshop.

Bring your kids and see all the library has to offer

KidsNorman Public Library Central welcomes families with small children to the library for a wide variety of activities and programs.

The schedule of events for children ages 5 and under during September features:

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 2, 9 and 23

Sensory Sensitive Story Time (for ages 4 to 10) - 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 11, 18 and 25

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Find an afterschool attraction at the library

GirlNorman 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.

September events are scheduled at these times and dates:

Minecraft: Creative (ages 6 to 12) – 4 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Minecraft: Survival (ages 6 to 12) – 5 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Sensory Sensitive Story Time (ages 4 to 10) – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5

STEAM Tweens (ages 8 to 12) – 4 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28

Music Connection (ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28

After School Special (kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades) – Wednesdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27

Space is limited for the Minecraft programs so registration for those is required in advance.

Registration is not required to attend any of the other programs.