19th annual Teen and Adult Poetry Celebration

book jacket for How I Discovered PoetryNorman Public Library Central presents its 19th annual Teen and Adult Poetry Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.

Winners of this year’s poetry writing contest will be announced and prizes awarded at the event. Also, entrants are invited to attend and read their poems for the audience.

The contest is part of the library’s celebration of National Poetry Month, taking place in April.

The library has several fiction and nonfiction poetry books available for you to enjoy and be inspired to write your own poetry

Annual Norman Iris Show

The Norman Area Iris Society's annual Norman Iris Show will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at Norman Public Library Central. 

The day will feature a variety of colorful iris displays, as well as tips for would-be gardeners on growing irises and gardening in general.

The event is free of charge for all ages, and no advance registration is required.

If you are interested in growing your own flowers, take home one of the flower gardening titles available at the library. 

Movie showing honors author Harold Keith

Believe in me movie posterNorman Public Library Central celebrates the life and works of author Harold Keith with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Lowry Room.

The book became a film, by Robert Collector, in 2006, and is based on a true story from a 1960s Oklahoma town and the dreams of a local basketball coach.

Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3, in which the library will be designated as a national Literary Landmark for its display of the Newbery medal since 1993.

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel Rifles for Watie.

The Harold Keith festivities are sponsored by the Pioneer Library System, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and the Friends of the Norman Public LibraryRobert Collector, director and screenplay writer for the film, gave permission for the library and others in the Pioneer Library System to show the film.

Sharpen your computer skills

The Norman Public Library Central announces the upcoming schedule of free computer classes for adults in the Computer Training Center. Each class includes direct instruction from staff, and registration in advance is requested either in person, at the library, or by calling 701-2697.

The schedule for April features:

Microsoft Word: Attend the four-part Making Documents series April 6-9 to learn the basics of typing words; how to cut, copy, and paste; shortcuts to amke life easier; and desgining pages.

Microsoft Excel: A four-part series April 20-23 will teach you the basics of Microsoft Excel: entering data, calculating sums, and creating graphs.

Photography: Attend one or all of the classes to learn how to take photos, edit photos, and then share them online with friends and family.

Smartphones and tablets: Learn the basics of your Android and Apple phone or tablet in this two-part class that will include calling, texting, searching the internet, and taking pictures.

Facebook Friday – 9 a.m. April 3: Call or visit the library to make an appointment to get all your Facebook questions answered, including how to create an account.

Beginners Email – 3 p.m. April 10: Learn the basics of using your email to send text and images to your contacts.

Pinterest – 6 p.m. April 16: Learn about the online discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for projects and interests and save them online.

Computer Security – 1 p.m. April 24: This class covers the basics of spyware, malware, and viruses, as well as protecting your personal information online.

Join the Girls Who Code Club

Want to learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code?

Join the Girls Who Code Club in the Norman Public Library Central’s Computer Training Center at 10 a.m. on April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Girls Who Code wants to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities and close the gender gap in technology. Any girl from middle-school through high school is welcome to come and find out how to code. To learn more about Girls Who Code, check out the official website, girlswhocode.com.

Great Decisions discussion series returns

Norman Public Library Central’s Great Decisions series is back for another year of discussion about worldwide issues and their local impact.

Great Decisions is an initiative of the Foreign Policy Association that brings discussions on critical issues into local communities. Talks are scheduled for three dates:

A limted number of books containing essays and relevant reading material are available for purchase at the library’s Information Desk for $12.

Support for the series has been provided by the Friends of the Norman Library.