Get creative with Pixel Art and Perler Beads

Perler beadsNorman Public Library West brings out the art with a chance for teens Create Pixel Art using Perler Beads in a program at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

Participants will be able to make their favorite pixelated characters or create their own in the form of Melty Perler Beads. All supplies will be provided by the library.

Ages 12 to 17 may attend, and registration in advance is required.

OHAI class looks at safe use of medicine

MedicationNorman Public Library West invites the community to its program “Using Medication Safely,” a presentation by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27.

Topics will include what people should know about their medication, the causes of drug-related problems, questions to ask a pharmacist or health care provider and more.

Ages 18 and up may attend the event, and registration is not required in advance.

The Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI) is a program of the Donald W. Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and is supported by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.  

Monthly concert welcomes husband-wife duo

CelloNorman Public Library West welcomes the duo of Dr. Michael Geib and Meryl Geib as the featured performers at this month’s Lunch and Listen concert series, at noon Wednesday, April 25, at the library.

Dr. Geib, a double bassist, composer and pedagogue is on faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma. As a jazz musician, he has performed locally, regionally and nationally and has performed at several national festivals including Jazz in June. Currently he performs with the 5th Street Jazz Collective, the Claire Piersol Band, the Edmond Jazz Orchestra, and various other groups in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. 

Meryl Geib is a cellist and pedagogue has maintained an active and varied career as a musician in central Oklahoma. As a performer, she has played in orchestras nationally and is a founding member of the Edmond Chamber Orchestra. She plays with Trio Antiqua and studies the baroque cello and serves as co-director of the Geib Musik Studio.

All ages are invited to attend the concert and may bring lunch or purchase lunch from Paisley Café inside the library. Advance registration is not required.

The concerts are scheduled the fourth Wednesday of most months at the library. 

Local radio announcer recognized by PLS Trustees

Mike Pierson Jim JohnsonLongtime KGOU announcer and program director “Hardluck” Jim Johnson was recognized by the Pioneer Library System Board of Trustees during the board’s monthly meeting March 27 at Norman Public Library West.

Johnson was singled out for his years of work as Program Committee chair with Norman’s “Jazz in June” music festival.

Johnson has worked with PLS the past several years to coordinate festival clinics at Norman West. Artists have included well-attended children’s clinics along with sessions with Hammond B-3 virtuoso Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Tulsa drum legend Jamie Oldaker accompanied by Mike Hosty, John Cleary and respected bluesman Nathan James.

“Jim has been instrumental in bringing highly respected acts to our library to interact one-on-one with our customers. Attendance has been excellent and continues to grow for each of these programs,” said Norman West branch manager Mike Pierson.

Scheduled clinics during this year’s festival are to feature dynamic father-son piano duo Ryan & Ryan (which includes Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famer Donald Ryan), Brooklyn-based horn combo The Huntertones, as well as blues hero Eric Gales.

Also recognized at the monthly board meeting was PLS Programming Specialist Galyn Cresap-Hembree for 15 years of service to the system.

Handbell group to give anniversary performance

MusicNorman Public Library West welcomes the talented performers with the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble to a 10th anniversary celebration concert by the group, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

The handbell group began playing in the Oklahoma City area in January 2008, originally under the name the OKC Ringtones and Bronze Tapestry. Over the years, the group’s performances have taken place in a variety of venues, allowing for a wide range of music from sacred, secular, classical and pop styles.

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