Inspyral brings energy and engagement in program

InspyralJeremy and Kelsey Philo bring a passion for creating magical experiences through their energetic performances using a variety of skills and items. Together they make up Inspyral Entertainment, and they’ll be visiting libraries throughout the Pioneer Library System for activities this summer.

Their program “Juggling with Inspyral” comes to Norman Public Library East at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.

This event is geared to children age 11 and under and will feature a glow show with lasers, hoops, acrobatics and a unicycle as they demonstrate grit and growth. Children also will get the chance to practice their anti-gravity skills juggling balls and spinning plates.

Registration is not required to attend.

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.

Mark the Summer Solstice with special events

Prairie WindNorman Public Library East will show off its Prairie Wind sculpture in its biggest time of the year in a Prairie Wind Artist Lecture, Meet and Greet scheduled at 4 p.m. Friday, June 21, at the library.

Jim Johnson, the artist who designed the Prairie Wind sculpture, will be in attendance to discuss how the Sun aligns with the exhibit each year on the Summer Solstice. He will be joined by Norman Mayor-elect Breea Clark and members of the Norman Arts Council in a discussion of ways the arts impact the environment.

Attendees to the presentation will receive a Summer Solstice souvenir produced by the Pioneer Library System Maker Mobile, while supplies last.

This is one of multiple events on the day to celebrate the official start of the summer season. At 11 a.m., young readers and their families can attend a special Summer Solstice Story Time, with stories, rhymes, songs and more, as well as a craft project related to the Solstice. there also will be outdoor yard games taking place throughout the day.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required for the story time and the afternoon Solstice presentation.

Following the artist presentation will be a Solstice Solar Printing activity, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Teens can create a unique Solstice-themed art project using supplies provided by the library. It’s part of the library’s Fine Art Friday series, and advance registration will be required for this event.

Experience stories, stars and the night sky

Night skyShut down the phones, turn off the television and quiet your mind to listen to the words of tales from days gone by, as Norman Public Library East presents “Stories Under the Night Sky,” taking place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the library.

Internationally known storyteller Fran Stallings will tell tales including myths, legends and night stories from all around the world accompanied by planetarium projected constellations that will accompany her stories.

Stallings has performed nationally and internationally and tells primarily folktales from around the world. She has produced several audio recordings and books of stories and conducts workshops, residencies, and festival performances throughout the United States and overseas.

The program is part of the library’s Summer Learning Program theme, “A Universe of Stories” and is for ages 18 and up. Advance registration is not required.

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.

Hoop and move with Hooplahoma

HooplahomaTeens are getting a lesson in a unique workout and activity this summer at Norman Public Library East in the program Hula Hooping with Hooplahoma, scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the library.

The event is part of the library’s 2019 Summer Learning Challenge and will be led by Chelsea Ryan, circus artist and the owner of Hooplahoma. She will demonstrate a variety of hoop tricks and use of a cyr wheel, and will teach hula hooping techniques for teens of any experience level with a hula hoop.

Ryan is the 2018 USA Wheel Gymnastics National Champion with a cyr wheel, and is proficient in many circus skills, including unicycling, stilts, juggling and more.

Registration is not required in advance to participate.

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.

Animal group makes "Extreme" appearance

CatTake an “out of this world” adventure with a look at many types of creatures and critters with the group Extreme Animals in its visit to Norman Public Library East at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.

The activity is for ages 11 and under and their caregivers and is part of the library’s Summer Learning Program. It will feature visits from several exotic and domestic animals and a chance to learn a little more about the animals and how they live.

Extreme Animals is an Oklahoma City-based organization that works both in animal rescue and in exhibiting and exotic animals for educational and entertainment purposes. The group has performed throughout the region including in past Summer Reading Program activities.

Registration is required to attend.

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.

Science Museum brings “A Universe of Stories” for summer activities

STEM graphicWith Norman Public Library East spending the summer focusing on space and science, it means one thing for sure. The experts from Science Museum Oklahoma will be bringing their talents to the library for a variety of program options.

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.

Age-appropriate activities led by SMO are planned throughout June and July. The schedule this summer at the library includes:

The Great Space Adventure, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 – Geared to children ages 3 to 12, it’s a presentation of hands-on engineering challenges and a look at how the universe works.

I Want to Believe: The Science of Exobiology, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13 – For teens, this activity explores the possibilities of life outside of Earth through a look at living and preserved creatures.

Science Fiction Bonanza, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 – Ages 18 and up will explore the actual science and technology used by popular and classic science-fiction films and how it relates to the real world;

Superheroes in Space, 2 p.m. Thursday, July 25 – Think like an engineer to use real-life logic and science to be a super space hero and beat the supervillains. For teens ages 12 to 18;

Registration is required separately for each program.

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.