Sharpen your computing skills with a free class

SeniorCoupleComputer by123rf stockbrokerNorman Public Library Central continues its monthly free classes for new computer users and those interested in learning more about computers and other new technology options available through the library.

Classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library, and are conducted on a variety of topics.

The August schedule includes:

Aug. 5, 5-6 p.m. – Minecraft Survival

Aug, 10-12, 1-3 p.m. – Microsoft Word

Aug. 10 and 24, 10 a.m.-noon – Golden Agers' Computer Club

Aug. 12, 5-6 p.m. – Minecraft Creative

Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m. – Smartphones

Aug. 19, 5-6 p.m. – Minecraft Survival

Aug. 22-25, 1-3 p.m. – Microsoft Excel

Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m. – Getting Started With Online Sales

Aug. 26, 5-6 p.m. – Minecraft Creative

Coloring series for adults is back

Color byRobert CNorman Public Library Central invites adults back into the world of coloring as it resumes its monthly program "Color Your Cares Away!" at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

While many parents do have children that like to color, this series is for ages 18 and up only. The library will provide coloring sheets, crayons and colored pencils, although participants may bring their own supplies if they wish.

The goal of the class is relaxation and boosting brain activity and creativity.

Registration is not required in advance.

Learn the course food takes from "Farm to You"

VegetableWhat's in that meal you're eating? Do you really know?

Norman Public Library Central is answering questions like that as it brings the "Farm to You," a Cleveland County OSU Extension Service Office presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in the Lowry Room of the library.

The program is an interactive, walk-through display of 10 stations provided by the Extension Service that takes students from the farm and ultimately to the consumer.

The program is geared to children up to age 11 and their caregivers. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Turn back the clock with an evening of 'groovy jewelry'

Hands byNicolePinaTurn back the clock with Norman Public Library Central and its Throwback Seventies Craft Night, from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, in the Lowry Room of the library. Participants will be making some "groovy jewelry."

Ages 12 and up are invited, and will create jewelry pieces out of recycled jeans and also learn to macramé hand-dyed jewelry. 

We'll have all the supplies, you just bring the creativity. We ask that you please register in advance so we know how many people are coming.

It figures to be a creative evening for those who lived through the 70s or those younger crafters wanting a taste of what the decade was like.

Citizenship class series begins July 11

TechTutorNorman Public Library Central and the Pioneer Library System's Literacy Services department will present an eight-week series of free U.S. citizenship classes, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday nights from July 11 through August 29.

Classes are conducted by the Cleveland County Literacy Office, a part of PLS Literacy Services, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need.

In the classes, participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

Each week's classes will feature instruction for filling out the citizenship application from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by preparation for the citizenship interview from 7 to 8 p.m.

Participants may attend for as few or as many classes as they desire. Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call the literacy service office at 701-2682.

Take a journey in art, expression

TeensTalking by123rfdolgachov"Express yourself" is a phrase that can lead to endless results, different for every individual who tries to fulfill that request. At Norman Public Library Central, the series "Journeys in Art" is giving local teens a chance to put that expression in a physical journal.

The four-week series of workshops at 1 p.m. on consecutive Sundays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, in Rooms A and B of the library. The goal of the workshops is for teens to create a visual journal that is an expressions of themselves. It serves as a sort of scrapbook of their lives, but made without rules. While each project will be unique, here are some examples and suggestions for putting together a project.

All supplies for the project will be provided by the library, although participants may want to bring photos or other memorabilia to personalize their projects.

Teens entering grades six through 12 are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance of the first week's session so the library will have enough supplies for each week.

The program is made possible by the support of the Friends of the Norman Library and the Pioneer Library System.

Computer Training Center hosts busy slate of free classes in July

keyboardNorman Public Library Central presents a full schedule of free computer and technology classes in July. Classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Registration is required since space is limited.

The schedule for July classes features:

July 1, 12:30 p.m.Twitter

July 1, 3 p.m.Little Bits for Tweens

July 1 and 22, 6 p.m.Minecraft: Survival for Tweens

July 5-8, 10 a.m.C++ Coding Bootcamp

July 5-8, 5 p.m.ComputerCraft for Teens

July 9, 10 a.m.Minecraft for Adults

July 11-12, 14-15, 10 a.m.Arduinos for Teens

July 11-12, 12:30 p.m.Minecraft for Kids

July 11-14, 6 p.m.Computer Skills for Job Seekers

July 13 and 27, 10 a.m.Golden Agers' Computer Club

July 13, 2 p.m.Ancestry.com Subscribers, Getting Your Money’s Worth

July 14-15, 12:30 p.m.Quickbooks

July 15 and 29, 6 p.m. Minecraft Creative for Tweens

July 16, 10 a.m.Arduinos for Adults

July 18-20, 10 a.m.Stop-Motion Animation for Teens

July 18-21, 6 p.m.Microsoft Excel

July 20-22, noon Microsoft Word

July 20-22, 3 p.m.Python for Tweens

July 21-22, 10 a.m.Quadcopters for Teens

July 23, 10 a.m.Quadcopters for Adults

July 25-26, 28-29, 10 a.m.Film Production for Teens

July 25-29, 12:30 p.m.Getting Started with Computers for Seniors

July 25-27, 3 p.m.Web Design for Tweens

July 25, 6 p.m.Smartphones and Tablets

July 27, 6 p.m. Web Design for Adults

July 28-29, 3 p.m.Quadcopters for Tweens

July 30, 10 a.m.Getting Started with Online Selling