Traveling exhibit on water policy visiting Pioneer Library System

Water Exhibit Carl Albert Center OUThrough 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 LibraryTuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 23;

Shawnee Public LibrarySaturday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 17;

Norman Public Library WestTuesday, 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.

Get your garden in gear for the fall season

Seedlings byzirconicussoGardeners 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.

Color away your cares in monthly event

Color byRobert CWhether 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.

Upgrade your computer skills with a free class

KeyboardMouse byatimediaComputers 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 Computers1 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 Club10 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 Seekers1 p.m. Sept. 19-20, 22-23

Introduction to Genealogy: Start Right!2 p.m. Sept. 21

Microsoft Excel1 p.m. Sept. 26-29

Web Design for Adults6 p.m. Sept. 28

September brings a busy month of kids' activities

BoyReading2Journey 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 a throwback to the 70s with String Art activity

Yarn-by-sophieja23It'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.

Calling all technology-minded teens!

Computer CodeNorman 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! 

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