February features story times and more for children

KidsNorman Public Library West is making young fans of the library through a variety of activities during February.

Story Times are offered weekly at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings inside the library. The story times feature not just books but also songs, rhymes and other activities geared to children up to age 5.

A new offering in February will be a Baby Sign Language Story Time, hosted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. An American Sign Language interpreter will teach basic baby signs to help babies or toddlers communicate with adults.

New readers also are welcome to the library’s “Sit, Stay, Read!” activity to read to a therapy dog in a comfortable environment. Dogs visit the library from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Registration is suggested for each of the children’s programs.

Sallee Jazz group to perform at lunchtime concert

Sallee Jazz QuintetTake in lunch and an hour of jazz music from local musicians at the next edition of Norman Public Library West’s Lunch and Listen concert series, at noon Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the library.

The Sallee Jazz Quintet will perform in this month’s concert. The group features a versatile array of musicians and music educators from Norman and the University of Oklahoma.

The group consists of OU Jazz Professor and OKC Philharmonic member Jay Wilkinson, OU Saxophone Professor and h2 Quarter member Dr. Jonathan Nichol, pianist and composer Mary Sallee, Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Norman as owner/instructor of Sallee Piano Studio for more than 30 years, percussionist Randy Coyne and bassist John Cole, who has worked with Norman musical theater, high schools and OU events like Sooner Scandals.

All ages may attend the concert. Guests may bring their lunch or purchase lunch from Paisley Café, located inside the library.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Saturday series seeks DIY, gaming enthusiasts

HandsNorman Public Library West is spreading creativity with its upcoming series of Do It Yourself projects and other activities offered on Saturdays during January.

The programs are offered for a variety of age groups and include:

DIY Bullet Journal, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 – Get organized with a personalized bullet journal. Anyone wanting to bring specific supplies they’d like to add to the journal is encouraged to bring them. Either teens or adults may participate.

Second Saturday STEAM, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 – For tweens ages 9 to 12, it’s a sewing project with participants making either a pillow for their phone or tablet. Basic sewing machine skills will be required.

Attack on Boardom, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 – It’s an afternoon of board games at the library, with all ages invited to bring a game or play one provided by the library.

DIY Personalized Mugs, 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 – Use craft stickers and markers to decorate a mug to take home or give as a gift. Teens or adults may participate.

All supplies for craft events will be provided by the library but are limited in amount, so registration is required in advance separately for each of the programs.

Youngsters can start the new year with the library

Cinderella coverNorman Public Library West welcomes families with young children to the library for several story times and activities throughout January.

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, the library presents its weekly Story Time, Budding Bookworms. The event features books, songs, rhymes and stories geared to children ages 5 and under and their caregivers.

Each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. is “Sit! Stay! Read!” which gives a chance for new readers to gain confidence in their skills by reading to therapy dogs in a non-threatening environment. Registration is preferred for a time to read to a dog but not required.

Also, the library’s monthly Science Story Time, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, focuses in on the classic Cinderella. After reading the fairy tale, participants will create a wind-powered coach for Cinderella. The program is for ages 3 to 8 and registration in advance is required.