Literacy program to host training for volunteer tutors

TutoringThe Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Department will host a Literacy Tutor Training for prospective volunteer tutors from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in Rooms A and B at Norman Public Library Central.

The library provides free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners, both for ESL students and also for native speakers of English who need help with their reading. Services are offered by county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system’s hometown libraries.

Each prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and be high school graduates. Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.

Registration for the tutor training may be completed through the Cleveland County Literacy Office by calling 701-2682.

Annual Crowns Tea returns for a 15th year

Crowns coverNorman Public Library Central presents a community tradition in its 15th year, the Crowns Tea, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the library.

The annual event is a celebration of Black History Month and specifically the novel “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” which celebrates the tradition of the church hat. Guests are welcome to wear their Sunday best and the library always is filled with dozens of colorful hats.

This year’s event will feature entertainment from the University of Oklahoma Gospel Choir, a reading from the book “Crowns,” a tea service and an opportunity to pose for portraits.

Black History Month has been celebrated since 1970, with its origins going back to 1926 and Negro History Week, which first was proposed by historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.

Complimentary tickets for the Crowns Tea may be picked up while they last at the Information Services desk inside Norman Central or at the Norman West or Norman East libraries.

The Crowns Tea is made possible thanks to a grant from the Norman Arts Council and support from the Friends of the Norman Libraries.

Families can’t miss with our children’s activities

GirlNorman Public Library Central invites families with children to attend some of the library’s age-appropriate weekly offerings for children.

Scheduled during February are the following:

Mondays – At 10 a.m. is Story Time, geared to ages 2 to 5 with stories, music and fun;

Wednesdays – Families with babies ages 24 months and younger are invited to Baby Story Time at 10 a.m. Then later in the day, our After School Special at 3:30 p.m. features activities for children in kindergarten, first grade and second grade;

Thursdays – At 4 p.m., STEAM Tweens takes a look into technology and more for ages 8 to 12. And at 6 p.m., the Library Music Connection is a story time for young music lovers ages 3 to 7;

Fridays – Rhythm Babies, at 10 a.m., is a music-based story time for children age 24 months and younger and their caregivers;

Saturdays – At 11 a.m. is a weekend version of the library’s Story Time, with activities geared to ages 2 to 5. And at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, a special bilingual activity Cantos y Cuentos (Songs and Stories) is offered for children of all ages.

Registration is not required to attend any of the events.