Blast into summer with Mad Science

SpaceNorman Public Library Central is blasting off in its Summer Learning Program with a high-energy presentation of “Mad Science” in a program taking place at 2 p.m. Monday, June 3.

The experts from Mad Science of Central Oklahoma will present a hands-on, interactive program geared to children ages 4 to 12. It will focus on the exploration of space vacuums, principles of flight and astronaut training.

Mad Science has visited the library in multiple past years to provide educational-based activities based on different aspects of science.

Registration in advance for the program is not required.

The theme for this year’s Summer Learning Program in PLS libraries is “A Universe of Stories,” with programs taking on space themes, science and technology focuses and more.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Blast Off into Summer Learning at the library

Summer logoNorman Public Library Central is taking readers on an “out of this world” trip into space and beyond as it gets its Summer Learning Program started with the program “Lift Off to Summer Learning,” taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in the Lowry Room.

This will be an afternoon of “Astronaut Training” for children, with various stations set up throughout the Lowry Room to help get children prepared for this summer at the library. Activities are best for ages 5 to 10, although younger children also can train but may need some assistance from their grownups.

It’s also a chance to get signed up for the Summer Learning Challenge, which can be completed at the library or anytime through the PLS website or through the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for iPhone and Apple users at the App Store or for Android users via Google Play. The Summer Learning Challenge is available not only for children but for readers of any age.

And a special kickoff event for teens will be Taste of Books, scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, also in the Lowry Room.

This has been an annual event at the library and will include thematic tables with books, genres and related tasty treats. Supplies for the event are provided thanks to the support of the Friends of the Norman Libraries.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.