A standout spot on the east side

Standing out on the rolling hills on the east side of its city, Norman Public Library East has become a fixture for residents in the area in its first year of library service.

The library, which opened in summer of 2018, will stand as the newest in the Pioneer Library System until the new Norman Central branch opens its doors later this year.

Like the new Central branch, Norman East was part of the Norman Forward initiative, passed by a wide margin by Norman voters in 2015. It is funding multiple projects, including not just the libraries but also an indoor aquatic center, a senior center, improvements to existing athletic fields and the installation of multiple piece of public art, one of which – “Prairie Wind” – sits outside the Norman East building.

Norman East serves readers of all ages not just with its collection of materials but also many regularly scheduled program options.

Children are invited to the weekly Story Time events scheduled at 10 a.m. most Thursdays. They include stories and songs, rhymes and social interaction for young children and their caregivers. And visit the Sept. 12 date for a visit from Jennifer Voss to lead her special Music Time activity.

A new group for tweens ages 10 to 13 begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9. The Tween Advisory Board will discuss ideas to make their local library more relevant to students in their age group. Both tweens and teens will also take part in a special Banned Book Trivia and craft event at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, with activities geared around the American Library Association’s “Banned Book Week” initiative.

Adults find a plethora of activities in September, ranging from a Downton Abbey Viewing Party Sept. 13, to a “Pathway to Home Ownership” workshop Sept. 19 and the library’s monthly Beyond the Book discussion group, also meeting on Sept. 19

There is plenty more beyond this. Find out more about everything going on in September at Norman East through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

Get your Downton Abbey fix with us!

Can’t get enough of Downton Abbey? You’re in luck, as Norman Public Library East is bringing fans of the show together for an evening at its Downton Abbey Viewing Party + Bingo activity, taking place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the library.

In anticipation of Downton Abbey’s first trip to the big screen, guests will have a chance to visit the library for a viewing of the Season 6 finale, as well as a Downton Abbey-themed Bingo game with prizes available for the winning. The evening will be made complete with a serving of tea.

Either teens or adults may attend the program.

Registration in advance is encouraged.

We're answering questions about having a small business

CalculatorNorman Public Library East invites members of the local business community to an evening of learning at its workshop “Finances for Small Business Owners,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Community Room.

The program goes over the key financial aspects of starting and running a small business, from legal entity structure to writing a business plan to bookkeeping and paying taxes.

Joe James, a Financial Educator with Tinker Federal Credit Union, will present the workshop. Ages 18 and up are invited, and advance registration is required.

Look at the history, present and future of Lake Thunderbird in presentations

Lake sunsetNorman Public Library East takes a day to look at its neighbor to the east, Lake Thunderbird, in a pair of presentations scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the library.

The library will host an Interactive Lake Thunderbird Digital History Lab from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is a chance for anyone with photos, documents, stories or any other items relating to Lake Thunderbird to be included in a Digital History exhibit. J.A. Pryse, Senior Archivist at the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, will coordinate the event.

At 2 p.m., Ernie Martin will present on the subject of Water Animals and Wildlife Conservation. Martin is Naturalist at Lake Thunderbird and will bring animals that make their homes in water and discuss the importance of water and wildlife conservation. The program will be for all ages and be especially helpful for children to learn more about the natural world and strategies for protecting the land and water quality.

Library visitors also can view the Water/Ways exhibit of the Smithsonian, on display at Norman East as part of its national tour through Sunday, Aug. 18.

“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, click here.

August activities accompany Water/Ways exhibit

RaindropsNorman Public Library East has focused much attention this summer on the topic of water to coincide with the Smithsonian’s exhibit Water/Ways, which has been on display at the library as part of its national tour.

The library presents multiple programs in August to accompany the exhibit:

“Norman’s Water Universe: Indirect Potable Reuse,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, will focus on the future of water needs for the City of Norman and how to assure the city has enough water for years to come. Water management staff from the city will lead this presentation.

“A Long Walk to Water” book discussion is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5. This will be a scholar-led discussion of the fiction novel “A Long Walk to Water” and is best for readers in 7th grade and up. Copies of the book will be available for checkout in advance of the program.

Ethics of Water, at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, takes a look at the ethical issues related to water and society. Dr. Mark Davies, Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics at Oklahoma City University, will lead the discussion, which is for ages 18 and up.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required separately for each of the programs. However, anyone visiting the library at any time it is open is welcome to tour the Water/Ways exhibit, which will remain on display at the library through Sunday, Aug. 18.

“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, click here.