Become a tutor, change a life

Pioneer Library System’s Cleveland County Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11Registration can be completed online or by calling 701-2682

This training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to tutor students in English as Second Language (ESL) in Cleveland CountyEach prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student. Tutors must be age 18 or older and a high school graduate. Tutors will receive information and a plan to follow as they work with their students.

The library system provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults who wish to learn English as a second language or need help with reading and literacy skills. Adult Literacy Services are offered by each county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the hometown libraries. 

Visit 'Earthsea' with Big Read Book Discussion

Ged's voice shook as he spoke the name, yet he spoke it clear and loud. At the sound of it, the old dragon held still, utterly still.

The big Read logoNorman Public Library Central is taking part in the Norman Arts Council’s 2nd Friday Art Walk with a discussion of this year's The Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula LeGuin at 6 p.m. Friday, April 10.

Come for refreshments and a discussion led by Matthew Price, co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics, Features Editor for The Oklahoman, and writer of the blog “Nerdage.”

The Big Read is funded by grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Norman Arts CouncilOklahoma Humanities Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow FoundationFriends of the Norman Public Library and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Engage the senses with special story time

mother and two boysNorman Public Library Central hosts its next edition of Sensory Story Time at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 10.

This is a monthly gathering designed especially for children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, or other special needs. It’s geared to children ages 4 to 12 and their caregivers and features books, songs and movement activities to engage the five senses of learning. 

Sensory-friendly aspects include accommodations for seating, lighting, sound, story props / other sensory manipulatives, and small group size (10 children).

Registration is required and is requested before April 7, for planning purposes.

Sharpen your computer skills

The Norman Public Library Central announces the upcoming schedule of free computer classes for adults in the Computer Training Center. Each class includes direct instruction from staff, and registration in advance is requested either in person, at the library, or by calling 701-2697.

The schedule for April features:

Microsoft Word: Attend the four-part Making Documents series April 6-9 to learn the basics of typing words; how to cut, copy, and paste; shortcuts to amke life easier; and desgining pages.

Microsoft Excel: A four-part series April 20-23 will teach you the basics of Microsoft Excel: entering data, calculating sums, and creating graphs.

Photography: Attend one or all of the classes to learn how to take photos, edit photos, and then share them online with friends and family.

Smartphones and tablets: Learn the basics of your Android and Apple phone or tablet in this two-part class that will include calling, texting, searching the internet, and taking pictures.

Facebook Friday – 9 a.m. April 3: Call or visit the library to make an appointment to get all your Facebook questions answered, including how to create an account.

Beginners Email – 3 p.m. April 10: Learn the basics of using your email to send text and images to your contacts.

Pinterest – 6 p.m. April 16: Learn about the online discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for projects and interests and save them online.

Computer Security – 1 p.m. April 24: This class covers the basics of spyware, malware, and viruses, as well as protecting your personal information online.

Join the Girls Who Code Club

Want to learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code?

Join the Girls Who Code Club in the Norman Public Library Central’s Computer Training Center at 10 a.m. on April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Girls Who Code wants to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities and close the gender gap in technology. Any girl from middle-school through high school is welcome to come and find out how to code. To learn more about Girls Who Code, check out the official website,

Genealogy through eReaders

iPad and iPhoneNorman Public Library Central is combining high-tech with a look to the past to give genealogy researchers another tool as they look back into their family history.

The library will present the program “eReader Genealogy” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, in the library's Computer Training Center. Registration is required in advance.

Genealogy and Local History Librarian, Kathryn, will highlight many of the downloadable works in the library’s collection. A few of the titles, that you can download and access from anywhere, include:

Attendees then will learn how to download those free materials to their eReaders, smartphones, tablets and personal laptops. This program will be taught on multiple dates, with future presentations set for May 6 and June 3.

Those who attend should plan to bring their eReader, tablet or laptop fully charged.