Jazz in June brings concerts, workshops to the library

Musical notesNorman Public Library West continues its annual partnership with Norman’s Jazz in June Festival and is bringing several of the performers from that event to the library.

On the schedule for this year’s Jazz in June library activities are:

Josh Hoyer, Jazz in June Artist Clinic: 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20 – Recently off a 27-city European tour and multiple appearances on NBC’s “The Voice,” Hoyer will talk about his experiences, what makes a great performer, and play some of his songs.

Contemporary Ensemble Techniques with Frisson: 2 p.m. Friday, June 21 – This eight-piece instrumental collective will discuss their music and special approaches for contemporary ensemble playing.

Children’s Introduction to Music: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22 - Children ages 5 to 8 will learn basic music theory and structure, and how it feels to begin making music and be provided with “beginning” instruments they can take home while supplies last.

Funky Knuckles Anthropomorphic Soundscape Design Symposium: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22 – The Funky Knuckles, the headliner act for this year’s Jazz in June Festival, will talk about their methods for writing music and the way they improvise with their music and life in general.

Jazz in June itself takes place June 20-22 at Brookhaven Village and Andrews Park in Norman, in addition to the library clinics.

No advance registration is required to attend any of the library events. The artist clinics at the library are funded by a grant from the Norman Arts Council.

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 West presents “Stories Under the Night Sky,” taking place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 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.

Do It Yourself in artistic presentations

PaintsNorman Public Library West invites would-be artists, experienced creators and anyone in between to take part in the program “Create Some DIY Art,” part of the library’s Summer Learning Program.

Arts and crafts experts from Coffee N Crafts of Shawnee will lead the activity, as participants will create their own piece of art to take home as a decoration or a gift.

Sessions of the activity are planned separately both for teens or adults. Dates, times and themes are:

For teens 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15: Participants will paint their own acrylic work on canvas. The theme for the project is “Universe.”

For ages 18 and up2 p.m. Sunday, June 30: Also painting with acrylics on canvas, adults will make a creation with the theme “Fireflies.”

All supplies will be provided but space is limited, so advance registration is required 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.

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

STEM graphicWith Norman Public Library West 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:

Little Astronomers Academy, 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6 – Designed for younger children ages 1 to 6, this program gives basic hands-on experiments on astronomy;

Superheroes in Space, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 – 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;

Important Moments in Astronomy, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 – Adults age 18 and up will follow in the footsteps of famous astronomers in a hands-on exploration of key moments in the history of astronomy;

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.