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.