More than books: Visit the library and see what we're all about

The Noble Public Library provides a place for readers of all ages to find entertainment, education and a love of reading through its resources and activities.

The library houses thousands of books, a dedicated space for public computers and access to the resources of the Pioneer Library System, which includes more than 700,000 items in its extensive collection.

In 2006, Noble’s Coman Culbert Community Room opened, greatly increasing the space available for programming and other activities, both as library events and for members of the community. That was made possible by its namesake, A. Coman Culbert, a longtime library supporter who left a $1 million bequest to the library upon his death in 2004, the funds used to build the community space.

Regular activities dot the schedule most weeks at the library. Preschool Story Time is a Tuesday morning favorite at 10:30 a.m. most weeks, featuring stories, music, rhymes and STEM-related activities.

During the school year, Noble presents its weekly “Teen TV,” a Thursday afterschool series teaching elements of movie and television production, as one of the activities for teenage visitors.

Adults age 18 and up are using the library's "Studio 204" wing to show off their crafty side at “Tinker Tuesdays” at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, and also getting both their mind and body in shape through yoga and Tai Chi classes offered weekly during September, October and November.

And there is plenty more where all this came from. Find out more about everything going on this month in Noble through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

Join the discussion with a second book group

The Noble Public Library is doubling the chances to discuss great reading opportunities with a new adult book discussion group debuting in September.

The “Bold Reads” group will have its first meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The focus of the group will be on well-written, engaging books that have the potential to make a reader uncomfortable but for sure make them think. Light morning refreshments will be served at each discussion.

The library also will continue its Cover to Cover Book Club, which meets the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. For this month’s Sept. 12 event, the group will discuss The Gown by Jennifer Robson.

Copies of the next month’s books selected for discussions are available for checkout in advance from the library’s main desk.

Improve your balance with Tai Chi series

Tai ChiThe Noble Public Library, in partnership with the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, will begin a series of “Tai Chi for Balance” classes for adults beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in the Coman Culbert Community Room.

Attendees will learn movements of Tai Chi in an effort to help reduce stress and increase balance and flexibility. The program is designed for people of all levels of mobility and can be performed either standing or sitting.

The series will continue at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings through Thursday, Nov. 21. Space is limited so advance registration is required.

This program is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Celebrate the end of Summer Learning with a Moon landing

MoonFifty years ago, Man first walked on the Moon when Neil Armstrong stepped off of the Apollo 11 spacecraft and onto the lunar surface.

A half-century in the future, the Noble Public Library will commemorate the date with its own Moon Landing in its Summer Learning Program Closer, taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the library.

The event will feature games, activities, space food and more to celebrate the anniversary of the lunar landing and this year’s Summer Learning Program, “A Universe of Stories.” It’s also a great time for readers to turn in their summer goal and select a free book prize.

All ages may attend, and no advance registration is required.

Sound off with the Noiseguy

Sound wavesIt’s a day of wacky and out-of-this-world sounds, as Charlie “the Noiseguy” Williams visits the Noble Public Library for a Summer Learning Program presentation at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15.

Williams is a vocal sound impressionist, comedian, illustrator and author who has been part of past summer activities in the Pioneer Library System and comes all the way from Washington state for this year’s tour of the system.

He will share his many sound effects, lead educational and interactive activities with the audience and more.

The program is geared to children age 11 and under.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.