Start the holiday season with our annual Open House

Holiday snow globeNorman Public Library Central welcomes the community for its annual Holiday Open House, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

The evening will feature activities all over the library, from craft projects for youngsters to a variety of musical performances from members of the community as part of the annual Holiday Sing-Along.

This year’s theme is “A Cool Yule” and guests will be treated to festive decorations that will include multiple shapes and sizes of penguins and a green screen opportunity for taking photos. Also, all in attendance will take home a commemorative songbook that includes holiday activities and book lists.

Activities are funded in part thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

All ages are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.

Join us for holiday concerts, events

SnowmanNorman Public Library West rings in the holiday season with several events and performances during December.

The MG Quartet presents “Jazz for the Holidays” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The performance by Mark Giammario includes clever jazz arrangements of holiday classics and original music. Mr. Giammario directs student jazz ensembles and teaches percussion at Oklahoma City Community College and Rose State College.

The St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church Handbell Choirs present a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, with both children and adults performing many holiday favorites.

The Temple B’Nai Israel Youth Choir visits at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, to present a variety of Hanukkah tunes in celebration of the holiday. The group has performed the last several years at the library.

During the week of Dec. 18-21, the library will host craft events each day at 2 p.m., with such themes as Do It Yourself, Snowman Art, Snow Globes and Popsicle Stick crafts.

Teen Apple Pie event is a holiday tradition

Apple pieNorman Public Library Central hosts a tasty annual holiday favorite for teens at its Apple Pie making workshop, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, in the Lowry Room.

Participants will put together all the ingredients for an apple pie using supplies provided by the library. They’ll then be able to take their completed pie home to put in the oven and bake in time for the family’s Thanksgiving meal.

The program is for students in sixth through 12th grades. Supplies are limited so registration is required in advance.

Support from the Friends of the Norman Library has made the program possible, with the group funding all the ingredients for the pies.

We have multiple afterschool activities for children

Kids playNorman Public Library Central presents a number of weekly themed events for school-age children, mostly taking place in the Children’s Area of the library.

November events are scheduled at these times and dates:

After School Special (kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades) – 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

STEAM Tweens (ages 8 to 12) – 4 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9 and 30

Music Connection (ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30

Minecraft: Creative (ages 6 to 12) – 4 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 3 and 17

Minecraft: Survival (ages 6 to 12) – 5 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 3 and 17 (Space is limited for the Minecraft programs so registration for those is required in advance.)

Sensory Sensitive Story Time (ages 4 to 10) – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7

Sit! Stay! Read! (for age 11 and under) – 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27. Those wanting a timeslot for the therapy dog reading program Sit! Stay! Read! can register for a 15-minute timeslot by calling the library at 701-2630.

Programs add to all the library has to offer

Family readingNorman Public Library Central welcomes families with small children to the library for a wide variety of activities and programs.

The schedule of events for children ages 5 and under scheduled during November includes:

Baby Story Time (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Toddler Explorers (for children 6 months to 3 years) – 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30

Family Literacy Afternoon (for all ages) – 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3

Rhythm Babies (for children 24 months and younger) – 10 a.m. Fridays, Nov. 3 and 17

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, Nov. 4 and 18

Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Sensory Sensitive Story Time (for ages 4 to 10) – 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the activities.