Find your inner child in monthly adult coloring series

Colored pencilsExpress your inner child with Norman Public Library Central and its monthly event “Color Your Cares Away!” an evening of coloring for adults, next taking place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in Rooms A and B.

Coloring sheets, crayons and colored pencils are provided, and downloadable audio books from the library’s OverDrive collection will be played during the event to further relax the mood.

Ages 18 and up may participate. Registration in advance is not required.

Afternoon offerings bring activity for older children

BoysNorman 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.

In August, look for events at these times and dates:

Sensory Sensitive Story Time (for ages 4 to 10) – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

End of Summer Celebration (all ages) – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16

Train Days (all ages) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20

Registration is not required to attend any of the programs.

Children’s activities slated nearly every day

Story TimeNorman Public Library Central welcomes families with small children to the library for a wide variety of age-appropriate activities and programs.

The schedule of activities primarily geared for children ages 5 and under during August features:

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28

End of Summer Celebration (all ages) – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16

Train Days (all ages) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26

Celebrate Harry’s birthday in our Potter event

Goblet of Fire coverTake a journey to author J.K. Rowling’s magical world with Norman Public Library Central and its Harry Potter Celebration “Happee Birthdae, Harry!” from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 31, in the Lowry Room.

The date marks the 37th birthday for Harry Potter, the most famous character from Rowling’s popular book series. Activities include wand making, a potions class, a sorting and a green-screen photo booth.

Activities are best for children ages 11 and under and their families. It’s a come-and-go event, and registration is not required in advance.

It's an after-hours teen Laser Tag challenge!

Laser TagJoin Norman Public Library Central for some “after hours” activity as it hosts a session of Laser Tag for teens, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

Mobile Laser Forces will bring its array of Laser Tag equipment for an evening of games and challenges inside the library after it’s closed for business. Doors will open for check-in at 8 p.m. Students going into 7th through 12th grades are welcome to participate.

Space is limited so registration in advance is required to be part of the event.

The program is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Get gardening ideas for the rest of the year

PlantsNorman Public Library Central presents its Fall/Winter Gardening Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 29 in the Lowry Room of the library.

The featured presenters at the event will be Earth Rebirth and the Noble Beekeepers Association, who will talk about ways to build a better world both in the backyard and throughout local communities. Participants will get many ideas on extending their gardening into the fall and winter.

After the presentations, participants have a chance to exchange seeds, plants or other garden items or ideas they may want to share.

All ages may attend, and registration is not required in advance.

Find adventure with weekly People vs Boardom series

DragonAre you into role-playing games? Like to spend the day fighting dragons or plundering treasure from a dungeon?

Norman Public Library Central has the event for you in its People vs. Boardom series, which is going weekly this summer. The event is hosted every Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning June 2 and running through July 28, in Rooms A and B of the library.

The events are open to teens in seventh through 12th grades, and are for all experience levels. If you’ve never played, we will show you how it works.

Participants will play either D&D 3.5 or 5th edition, and minis and dice will be available to use, although you may bring your own.

There will be drinks and popcorn snacks provided, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Space is limited and registration is required in advance.