The spooky season begins early at the library

Norman Public Library West brings the “spirit” of the season to its visitors with a pair of activities leading up to the Halloween holiday at the library.

Customize a Trick or Treat Bag in time for the candy-collecting part of the holiday in a come-and-go craft activity from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. All ages are welcome to attend but supplies are limited and are first-come, first-served.

Technology and trick-or-treat mix in an evening of Spine-Chilling Stop Motion Videos, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Ages 10 to 18 will learn about stop motion technology and have a chance to use camera and props to create their own spooky short film. Basic computer skills will be required, and space is limited so advance registration is required as well.

It’s a great day to see what’s happening inside Norman West

Norman Public Library West and its staff bring a passion for books and reading to customers on a daily basis through the library’s programs and offerings.

A boisterous time inside the library is found on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m., when families with young children can attend Story Time, which features time for books, music, stories, games and more. There will be Story Time programs on each of the five Tuesdays during the month.

Need some time for calm after that, or just because? Get an “Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness” in a pair of programs, offered on Mondays, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. Representatives from the Norman Meditation Group will lead the events.

And music lovers can choose from a variety of music-themed events scheduled throughout the month.

The library of course houses hundreds 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.

Take a look at everything going on this month at Norman West through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

It’s a musical time at the library with multiple activities

Song and sound are a part of the atmosphere inside Norman Public Library West, with several musical offerings taking place during October.

A featured monthly favorite is Lunch and Listen, scheduled at noon Wednesday, Oct. 23. This month’s performance will be given by the J&J Jazz Duo, made up of saxophonists and University of Oklahoma students Jacob Nance and Jeffrey Stevenson.

Lunch and Listen is made possible by support from the Friends of the Norman Library group and takes place the fourth Wednesday of most months, but it’s not the only musical program presented by the library.

Children age 4 and under are invited to Music Time with Jennifer Voss, scheduled at 10 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3 and Oct. 17, for a morning of songs and musical experiences.

Sunday Serenades, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, features the talents of students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Music. They’ll perform classical, jazz and popular selections using the library’s grand piano.

The monthly Third Friday Celtic Night takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, with fans of Celtic music invited to come join the performance or just enjoy the music of others.

And it’s another night of local talent a week later at Open Mic Night, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, as poets, musicians and spectators alike are invited to come and share their talent and enjoy the talent of others.

No advance registration is required for any of the activities.

September brings concert offerings

Norman Public Library West continues its tradition of offering live music as part of its setting, with multiple activities scheduled during September at the library.

Be on the lookout for:

Open Mic Night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 – Show off your talent in music or poetry, or just come watch and see what your Norman neighbors can do. Participants will sign up 15 to 30 minutes before the event.  

Third Friday Celtic Night, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 – Celtic musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play traditional Irish and American tunes in a laid-back setting.

Lunch and Listen, noon Wednesday, Sept. 25 – The duo Miss Brown to You returns for another performance after previous popular efforts in the library’s monthly series. Their style can be described as eclectic, bringing a broad range of musical styles to their performances.

Attendees can order lunch from Paisley Café inside the library or bring their own, and no advance registration is required to attend the concert.