Kids + dogs = a great reading opportunity

DogWithChildren bykatcsendElementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at Norman Public Library West's "Sit! Stay! Read!" program for reading to therapy dogs, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Dates in March for the reading sessions are March 2, 9, 16 and 23.

The goal of the program is helping reluctant readers to practice their reading skills in a low-stress, non-judgmental environment. Children ages 11 and under are invited to participate.

Registration is not required in advance.

Three-part series focuses on guitar playing skills

GuitarGet a start with a new musical instrument or sharpen your guitar skills with Norman Public Library West and its upcoming Lead Guitar Workshop series, led by local guitarist Alan Orebaugh. The first class will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

It will be a three-part series, and February's theme is "Guitars and Amps." The March class is "Pedal Boards and Effects" and April's class is "Lead Guitar: Playing Live."
Orebaugh is an instructor with McMichael Music and lead guitarist for The Patron Aints. Previously he taught at The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has played

in various music ensembles including Mama Sweet and Resident Funk. He toured nationally for 18 months with Stoney LaRue.

There is no charge to attend any of the classes, which are for ages 12 and up.

Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Hear Alexa Masters perform in free concert

Music byHebi65Norman Public Library West's continuing Free Concert Series welcomes Alexa Masters for a performance at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Masters, who is a student with the Norman Music Institute, will feature her vocals and acoustic guitar in her concert.

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

Experience Story Time with us on Tuesday mornings

KidsInTunnelNorman Public Library West is sharing stories and more with its youngest readers in its weekly Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays in February, on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Introduce your child to a new friend for reading

ReadingDogElementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at Norman Public Library West's "Sit! Stay! Read!" program for reading to therapy dogs, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday during February.

Dates for the events are Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

The goal of the program is helping reluctant readers to practice their reading skills in a low-stress, non-judgmental environment. Children ages 11 and under are invited to participate.

Registration is not required in advance.

Gain exercise, nutrition ideas from series

JoggerNorman Public Library West 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 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2, and runs for eight weeks, through Feb. 27.

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 class is for ages 18 and up. The library is closed Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day so that is the only Monday in January and February the class won't take place.

Registration is required separately for each session.