Workshop focuses on preserving family memories in writing

NoteTakingNorman Public Library Central is giving genealogy researchers and those just interested in preserving the stories that make their family what it is with the program Saving Family Memories, set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the Lowry Room.

Author Louise Farmer Smith will lead the workshop, focusing on helping participants get in writing stories of their family history.

Smith is a former winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award and author of several novels, including One Hundred Years of Marriage: Cadillac, Oklahoma, which looks back at the family histories of four generations within on American family. She is a Norman native.

The program is part of this year's PLS Big Read and is for ages 12 and up. The PLS Big Read, in its 11th year, is focusing on the novel Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Space is limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.

Color to relax in monthly event

ColorPencils by9BombsNorman Public Library Central's series "Color Your Cares Away!" is bringing the world of coloring back to adults.

The next edition of the monthly series will be 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, 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.

Busy slate of computer, technology classes offered in March

Coding-Girl-Binary-by-GeraltNorman Public Library Central's Computer Training Center sports a busy month of activity during March, including several special series during students' Spring Break March 13-17.

All classes are offered free of charge, but registration for programs is required in advance. To register, visit the library, call 701-2697 or go online to the links below.

Microsoft Word10 a.m. March 1-3

Robot Club4 p.m. March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

STEAM Tweens4 p.m. March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Minecraft: Survival5 p.m. March 3, 17 and 31

A Beginner's Guide to the Internet1 p.m. March 6-8

Girls Who Code4:30 p.m. March 6 and 27

Younger Girls Who Code4 p.m. March 7, 21 and 28

Golden Agers' Computer Club10 a.m. March 8 and 22

Minecraft: Creative5 p.m. March 10 and 24

Computer Programming with Python10 a.m. March 13-17

Beginning Computer Programming with ScratchNoon March 13-17

Stop-Motion Academy2 p.m. March 13-17

Tween Lego Robotics4 p.m. March 13-17

Getting Started with Computers10 a.m. March 27-31

Black History Month commemorated at 13th annual Crowns Tea

CrownsTeaNorman Public Library Central invites the community to the 13th annual edition of its Crowns Tea. There will be two identical seatings for the Crowns Tea, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Lowry Room at Norman Central.

The event is a Black History Month celebration of the cultural tradition of the church hat. The event is based on the book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, a collection of black and white portraits and essays of women in their hats. The Tea is open to ladies of all ages, races and backgrounds, and wearing of hats is encouraged.

Entertainment will be provided by Erica Thomas and the Praise Team from Quayle United Methodist Church and catering will be done by Legend's.

Free tickets are available during library hours on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desks at Norman Central and Norman West.

The Crowns Tea is made possible thanks to a grant from the Norman Arts Council as well as the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.

Find a program for your child in February

Baby byjutheanhNorman Public Library Central hosts a variety of activities for preschool children and their caregivers throughout February. Most programs take place in the Story Time Room of the library.

Registration is not required in advance for any of the programs, and before and after the events is a chance to look through the extensive collection of materials owned by the library and the Pioneer Library System.

The February program schedule features:

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

After School Special (for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students) – 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22

Toddler Explorers (for children 12 to 36 months) – 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2

STEAM Tweens (for ages 8 to 12) – 4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

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

Saturday Story Time (for ages 2 to 5) – 11 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11 and 25

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

Sensory Sensitive Story Time4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7

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

Find afterschool activity with library events

KidsDancingNorman Public Library Central's slate of activities for children features multiple special events a week for children of school age.

February's schedule of programs includes:

After School Special (for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students) – 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22

STEAM Tweens (for ages 8 to 12) – 4 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Music Connection (for ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

Registration is not required in advance.

Get ahead in the new year with exercise, nutrition ideas

Recipe byroyguisngerNorman Public Library Central is helping those with a New Year's resolution to improve their healthy lifestyle, or anyone wanting to just make better nutrition and exercise choices to its program series "Eat Better, Move More."

The series begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, and runs for eight weeks, through Feb. 28, in the Lowry Room.

The group will meet to discuss nutrition goals and ways to meet them, as well as exploring ways to achieve at least 30 minutes of activity per day. To that end, each participant will receive a free pedometer that they'll learn how to use.

The classes are for ages 18 and up. Registration is required separately for each session.

The program series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative.