Wednesday book group to discuss The Husband's Secret

The Husbands Secret

Talk reading with other book lovers in Norman Public Library Central's Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion, next meeting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Rooms A and B.

The group's selection for this month's discussion is The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty. Copies of the book may be checked out at the Information Desk.

The discussion group is for ages 18 and up.

Registration is not required in advance to participate.

Author Lou Berney to speak to writing group

Long and Faraway GoneNorman Public Library Central welcomes teen and adult writers to its two writing groups, meeting next on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The "Write On!" group meets at 3 p.m., and this month's gathering includes a visit from author Lou Berney.

Berney is the author of The Long and Faraway Gone. He will talk about the book and his writing career, which has included a 2016 Oklahoma Book Award and ALA Reading Award.

The presentation will be preceded by a Writers' Critique Group, meeting at 2 p.m. Adults or teens may be part of that group, where discussion of what participants are working on will be the focus.

Registration is not required in advance.

2nd Friday Adult Story Time features "Cracked Christmas" stories

Books byUnsplashNorman Public Library Central is part of the Norman Arts Council's 2nd Friday Circuit of Art with its monthly 2nd Friday Adult Story Time, next taking place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

This month brings a holiday theme with a twist. "Cracked Christmas" brings a variety of holiday stories performed by Norman Central staff and other special guests. Readings may contain mature content.

Ages 12 and up are invited to attend, and snacks will be provided.

Registration is not required in advance.

Show off your holiday trivia knowledge

Holiday byWokandpixNorman Public Library Central mashes together the holiday season with an entertaining trivia game in an evening of Ho-Ho Holiday Trivia, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Lowry Room.

Trivia buffs may compete individually, or on teams of up to five people. Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishing teams.

Refreshments will be provided for participants, and registration is not required in advance.

Teens ages 12 and up or adults may compete.

Author of new Jack Ryan novel to visit the library

True Faith coverBest of Books, Edmond's long-standing independent bookseller, and the Pioneer Library System are partnering for an evening with New York Times best-selling author Mark Greaney for a visit and book signing at Norman Public Library Central. The event takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Lowry Room.

His latest novel, TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE: A Jack Ryan Novel, will debut on Dec. 6, the day before the presentation. In the novel, Greaney displays his ability to hit the trifecta of what makes a great Clancy book: terrific characters combined with edge-of-your-seat action scenes and the over-the-horizon prescience about world.

Greaney's fourth installment in the No. 1 New York Times-bestselling series has President Jack Ryan, after years of facing international threats, learning that the greatest dangers always come from within. True Faith and Allegiance has already garnered fantastic early praise from Publishers Weekly ("Tom Clancy fans should welcome Greaney's fast-paced fourth solo Jack Ryan novel ...

More than satisfy[ing].") and Kirkus Reviews ("Tense, fast-paced action reels out ripped-from-headlines homeland terror attacks. A generation past Red October, the America-hating bad guys have added spyware, hacking, the dark web, and Bitcoins to those ubiquitous AK-47s.")

With Tom Clancy, Greaney also has co-authored Locked On, Threat Vector, and Command Authority. Greaney has written five books in his own Gray Man series: The Gray Man, On Target, Ballistic, Dead Eye, and Back Blast.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Oklahoma Center for the Book, with the funds earmarked for the center's Oklahoma Book Festival and Oklahoma Teen Book Festival (TeenCon).

December brings busy month of computer, technology classes

ComputerKeyboardNorman Public Library Central has announced its schedule for free computer and technology classes taking place throughout December. Unless otherwise noted, classes are conducted in the library's Computer Training Center.

To sign up for a class, visit the library, call 701-2696 or click any of the links below.

The December schedule features:

Girls Who Code, for ages 12 to 17 – 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12

Internet Survival Guide, for adults – 10 a.m. Dec. 6-8

Younger Girls Who Code, for 2nd through 5th graders – 4 p.m. Dec. 6

Robot Club, for ages 12 to 17 – 4 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14

Minecraft Creative, for ages 6 to 12 – 5 p.m. Dec. 9

Hour of Code: Beginner, for ages 11 and under – 10 a.m. Dec. 10

Hour of Code: Intermediate, for ages 11 and under – 11 a.m. Dec. 10

Hour of Code: Advanced, for ages 11 and under – Noon Dec. 10

Microsoft Excel, for adults – 1 p.m. Dec. 13-16

Golden Agers' Computer Club10 a.m. Dec. 14

Minecraft Survival, for ages 6 to 12 – 5 p.m. Dec. 16

Electronic Music, for 6th through 12th graders – 2 p.m. Dec. 26-30

Movies, for 6th through 12th graders – 4 p.m. Dec. 26-30

3D Design, for all ages – 10 a.m. Dec. 27-30

Laser Cutter Racing Derby, for all ages – Noon Dec. 27-30

Bringing peace into today's world

Charles KimballNorman Public Library Central's series "Making Peace" series concludes at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, with "Being a Peacemaker in the 21st Century: What Can I Do? What Can We Do?" presented by Dr. Charles Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

The program follows up on two programs on the success and failure of past peace movements and the barriers to peace in the current economic, political and culture process. Those are scheduled Nov. 10 and Nov. 17 at the library.

Dr. Kimball, Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma, brings his vast knowledge, particularly in relations with the Middle East and between different types of religious backgrounds as he seeks to answer these questions about how peace can be achieved in this time.

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of OHC or NEH.

Teens or adults are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.