RowingNorman Public Library East takes a look into the impact of water in the community through the continuing “Water/Ways” exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution and two upcoming activities to accompany the display.

“Recycle Your Rain with Rain Barrels” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25. It’s a look at ways to construct and use a rain barrel to help with home water conservation. The program will be led by representatives from the Cleveland County OSU Extension Service and the City of Norman.

“Norman’s Water Universe: Water Reclamation,” at 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, is a presentation by the City of Norman on the role of water reclamation in the water cycle in use by the city.

Each program is intended for adults age 18 and up. Space is limited, so advance registration is required separately for each of the events.

“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.