Summer isn't just for kids: Enjoy science with SMO activity

BrainThe science experts from Science Museum Oklahoma are bringing their show to the libraries of the Pioneer Library System for readers of all ages, including Mom and Dad.

Norman Public Library West will welcome SMO at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, for the program “Aroma as a Soundtrack.”

This activity looks into the scientific principles behind why smells can be so deeply tied to memories in the human brain. Participants will create new, scent-based experiences in the hands-on program.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to participate. Space is limited so registration in advance is recommended.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Make an escape in SMO teen presentation

Lock and keyEnjoy the challenge and entertainment of an escape room with Norman Public Library West and Science Museum Oklahoma’s presentation “Backstage Escape,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

Teens in grades six through 12 have a chance to test their problem-solving abilities while searching for clues and solving hidden rules, hopefully before the clock runs out on their attempted escape.

The challenge has a STEM emphasis and includes physical activity, an engineering-based component and a creative component.

Registration is required in advance to participate.

SMO will be in local libraries with presentations for multiple age groups this summer. Check at any library or online for dates and times of SMO activities.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Folk Fridays concert series comes to the library in June

GuitarNorman Public Library West welcomes the community to its Folk Fridays Concert Series, at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 1, 8, 22 and 29 at the library.

The series will bring different performers each week for an event for all ages. The schedule features:

June 1Tanner Chambers (our own from Norman West’s staff)

June 8Aron Holt

June 22Stephen Baker

June 29Camille Harp

Registration is not required to attend any of the performances.

Make time for midweek activities

MusicNorman Public Library West will host a series of programs for children at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays throughout June, as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program.

The activities will include:

June 6Music Around the World: Build Your Own Instruments, for ages 5 and under, with a chance to make drums, maracas, harmonicas and tambourines out of everyday household items.

June 13Musical Play Time, with multiple instruments and musical toys in the library’s story time are for children to try out in a come-and-go activity.

June 20Rockin’ Games, with ages 5 to 12 invited to paint rocks to create a tic-tac-toe game, dominoes and story stones using provided supplies.

June 27DIY Wind Chimes, with children up to age 11 using provided materials to make their own one-of-a-kind wind chime.

Except for the June 13 event, space will be limited and advance registration required for each of the programs.