Join us for 16th annual Crowns Tea

Norman Public Library Central invites the community to be part of its 16th annual Crowns Tea, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, in the Oklahoma Redbud Room of the library.

The Crowns Tea emphasizes the rich traditions of literature, music, the church hat, and gospel music in observance of Black History Month. It is inspired by the book “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats” by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry.

The event will feature a reading from the book, as well as a tea service. Attendees are invited to wear a hat in celebration, and there will be an opportunity to have a portrait taken after the program.

Complementary tickets are required for the event. They are available while supplies last at the Norman Central, Norman West or Norman East branches. All ages are welcome to attend.

The Crowns Tea is made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Libraries.

Library offers resources during income tax season

Norman Public Library Central will host volunteers to help taxpayers with their income tax form preparation during several weekly sessions in the Tech Lab at the library.

The service is available for taxpayers with an income of less than $56,000, and volunteers will help those taxpayers prepare their basic federal and state income tax returns.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays the library is open, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Trained tax preparation volunteers from the University of Oklahoma College of Law will provide their service with taxpayers.

AARP Tax Aide takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Mondays the library is open beginning on Monday, Feb. 10. Volunteers from AARP will work on a first-come, first-served basis with taxpayers.

Taxpayers should bring the following items: a copy of their 2018 tax return, if it is available; Social Security cards for the worker, spouse, and children born before Dec. 31, 2019; W-2 forms from all jobs; 1099 forms for any other income; IRS notices received during 2019; and statements received from a mortgage company during 2019 (these are for itemized returns).

This year, personal income tax returns must be postmarked by Wednesday, April 15. That also will be the final day for VITA tax help while the final day AARP volunteers will be at the library is Monday, April 13.

The library also has resources for printing forms or accessing online tax forms. However, library staff are not certified in tax preparation or to answer questions about filling out forms themselves.

Activities abound for kids at the library

Norman Public Library Central has a new home, but its tradition of fun and educational program opportunities for children and their families has not changed.

Age-appropriate activities are offered throughout the week. On the schedule during February are:

Story Time (ages 2 to 5) – 10 a.m. Mondays;

Library Music Connection (ages 3 to 7) – 6 p.m. Tuesdays;

Baby Story Time10 a.m. Wednesdays (on Wednesday, Feb. 12, is Toddler Explorers, an hour of craft and sensory activities for toddlers);

Rhythm Babies 10 a.m. Fridays;

Saturday Story Time11 a.m. Saturdays;

Check with the library’s Children’s Services staff on the first floor for more information on all of the resources available for young readers and their families.

The library provides access to all of the resources of the Pioneer Library System, including more than 700,000 items in its collection, more than 60 online databases and multiple resources for downloading or streaming like OverDrive, Hoopla and Kanopy.

Find out more by visiting the library, and check out our calendar of events either in physical form at the library or online.

Get the New Year started with your library

Happy New Year!

Norman Public Library Central is ready to lead the community into 2020 through its many resources, services and program opportunities.

The library presents dedicated spaces for its collection of books for children, teens and adult readers, as well as public computers, meeting areas and more.

In total through the collaboration of the 12 branch libraries in the Pioneer Library System, cardholders have access to more than 700,000 books, magazines and downloadable items. Also, PLS provides access to more than 60 online databases that cover topics from genealogy to homework help.

Need to know more? Talk to a librarian or take a look around our online resources, available through this website or the Pioneer Library System Connect App, which can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Find out more about what’s going on in January by picking up a copy of the library’s monthly calendar, or by looking at our online calendar.