Norman Public Library Central
Through the end of October, several of the hometown libraries in the Pioneer Library System will host the exhibit WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource, a creation of the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center.
The exhibit currently is displayed in the Campbell Gallery Room of Norman Public Library Central, and will be there through Labor Day. Future stops for the exhibit will be:
Purcell Public Library – Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 23;
Shawnee Public Library – Saturday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 17;
Norman Public Library West – Tuesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 31
The exhibit is a six-piece interactive display that details historical events, highlights pivotal congressional figures through time, and explains current water-related issues the state is facing.
The physical exhibit will be available for viewing during operating hours at each of the libraries. While there, viewers will learn how to access additional content by opening the exhibit’s web app on their smart phones, or by dialing in on basic cell phones. The exhibit's web app can be found on the exhibit's web page.
This is a project of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Oklahoma Humanities Council and is in the midst of an 18-month tour to various sites around Oklahoma.
Gardeners know their craft is a year-round endeavor, and Norman Public Library Central is helping to give them resources and ideas to keep it up as the cooler months of fall approach.
The library’s annual Fall Gardening Workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 3, in the Lowry Room.
Featured presenters are Master Gardener Mary Engel, who will speak about attracting pollinators for successful gardening, as well as a representative from Earth Rebirth, who will give ideas about fall gardening strategies in Oklahoma.
Following the presentations, there will be a seed and plant exchange, so guests are invited to bring any items they might want to trade with other gardeners in attendance.
Registration is not required in advance to attend the event.
Whether it's for relaxation, for meditation or just to get away for an hour of artistic expression, Norman Public Library Central's series "Color Your Cares Away!" is bringing the world of coloring back to adults.
The next edition of the series is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, in Rooms A and B.
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.
Registration is not required in advance.
Computers and technology seem to change almost like the weather, and it can be an intimidating thing for many people.
But the staff of the Norman Public Library Central Computer Training Center are working hard every week to help with those concerns in a wide-ranging schedule of free classes.
These classes take place in the Computer Training Center of the library and are offered free of charge.
The September schedule for classes includes:
Minecraft Survival, for ages 6-12 – 5 p.m. Sept. 2 and 16
Getting Started with Computers – 1 p.m. Sept. 6-9
Robot Club, for 6th-12th grade – 4 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 28
Minecraft Creative, for ages 6-12 – 5 p.m. Sept. 9 and 23
Girls Who Code, for 6th-12th grade – 4 p.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26
Golden Agers' Computer Club – 10 a.m. Sept. 14 and 28
STEAM Tweens, for ages 8-12 – 4 p.m. Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29
Computer Skills for Job Seekers – 1 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 22-23
Introduction to Genealogy: Start Right! – 2 p.m. Sept. 21
Microsoft Excel – 1 p.m. Sept. 26-29
Web Design for Adults – 6 p.m. Sept. 28
Journey from the dog days of summer into the beginning of fall with Norman Public Library Central, which gives families with children a wide range of program options throughout the week.
Events take place in the Story Time Room of the library unless otherwise noted. The library's schedule of events for September include:
Toddler Explorers (ages 1 to 3) - 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1
Music Connection (ages 3 to 7) - 6 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Rhythm Babies (24 months and younger) - 10 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Saturday Story Time (best for ages 2-5) - 11 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 3 and 10
Baby Story Time (24 months and younger) - 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28
After School Special (kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grades) - 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28
STEAM Tweens (ages 8 to 12) - 4 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29
Story Time (best for ages 2-5) - 10 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26
Screen Time (best for ages 2-5) - 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26 (in the Computer Training Center)
Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl! (all ages) - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
Sit, Stay, Read! (ages 11 and under) - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 and 27
Viva GLART! Grow a Learner Through Art (ages 5 and under) - 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
It's time to blast back in time for another groovy morning of crafts at the library.
Norman Public Library Central goes back to the 70s with its Throwback Seventies Crafts series, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, in the Lowry Room.
Participants will focus on String Art, making creations that when complete would be suitable as a wall hanging to take home as a decoration or a gift.
Teens ages 12 and up or adults are invited to participate. All supplies are provided by library staff, but space for the program will be limited, so registration in advance is required.
Norman Public Library Central has two opportunities for teens who want to learn more about technology.
Girls Who Code, open to girls in grades 6th through 12th, will meet Monday evenings beginning September 12 and ending December 19, from 4 to 6 pm.
Girls Who Code is a national organization which gives girls friendship and the knowledge to code. Any teen girl who is interested may apply to be accepted in this program by completing this Girls Who Code application.
Robot Club, open to all teens in grades 6th through 12th, will meet most Wednesday evenings during the fall, beginning September 7 and ending December 14, from 4 to 6 pm. This club will show you how to design, build, and program a real, working robot! To apply for this club, complete this Robot Club application.
These clubs will each meet in the Computer Training Center at the Norman Public Library Central.
Applications for both clubs will be accepted through Friday, August 26th. Apply for your spot, and we'll be in touch!
Norman 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