Art and creativity merge in bilingual activity

GLARSpanishLogoNorman Public Library West is bringing together art and literacy in a bilingual setting with its program ¡Viva GLART, Grow a Learner through Art! at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.

Activities are for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and provide a bilingual setting for learning through art play.

The ¡Viva GLART! series is part of the Pioneer Library System's Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required in advance to participate.

Pianist featured at this month's "Lunch and Listen" concert

Music byHebi65Norman Public Library West's monthly Lunch and Listen concert series returns at noon Wednesday, Jan. 25.

This month's featured performer is pianist Dr. Stephen Sewell. Sewell studied composition under Michael Hennagin at the University of Oklahoma and brings a varied musical style, from Impressionist and Neo-Romantic genres, New Age and minimalism influences.

In addition to composition, Dr. Sewell is a private music teacher and accompanist.

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

Series of free Tai Chi classes resumes in January

Tai ChiNorman Public Library West will host a series of free Tai Chi classes for adults beginning in January.

Sessions run at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays the library is open, starting Monday, Jan. 9, and running through Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Participants will learn some of the basic movements of tai chi as a way to reduce stress while increasing balance and flexibility. The program is for people of all levels of mobility and can be performed either standing or sitting.

The classes are for ages 18 and up and are offered free of charge, although registration is required in advance. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing for the workouts.

Read to a therapy dog in our weekly series

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 January.

Program dates for the month are Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

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.

Tuesday morning brings weekly Story Times

Baby byjutheanhNorman 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 January. Story Time dates are Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

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.

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.