The Norman Transcript

April 4, 2013

Norman Public Library to focus on Native American literature at talk

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Norman Public Library will celebrate Native American contributions to literature at its next Art Walk Culture Talk, set for 6 p.m. April 12 in the Campbell Gallery Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.

The event is part of the Norman Arts Council’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art presentations. Presenters for this month’s event are Susan Shannon and Joe Dale Nevaquaya.

The Art Walk Culture Talks will be a monthly feature, highlighting aspects of the library’s collection and tying them in to local and global culture.

Registration is not required to attend.

For more information, visit the library, call 701-2600 or go online to

norman. Also, follow the library’s activities on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System” or on Twitter @mylibrary2go.

Library goes ‘Old School’: The Norman Public Library welcomes the community to take part in the 2013 Big Read at a book discussion of Tobias Wolff’s “Old School” at 2 p.m. April 14 in Rooms A and B of the library.

Dr. Tom Boyd, one of the scholars selected by the Pioneer Library System for the Big Read, will facilitate the discussion. Dr. Boyd is the David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma.

Participants may pick up a book at the library’s information desk.

Libraries throughout the PLS are hosting programs and activities focused around “Old School” this month, leading up to Wolff’s visit to Oklahoma to cap the Big Read. He will speak at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Longfellow Middle School Auditorium in Norman.

Registration is required to take part in the book discussion.

Program seeks tutors: The Pioneer Library System’s Cleveland County Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 in the Lowry Room of the Norman Public Library.

The training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to work with learners of English as Second Language in Cleveland County.

Registration may be completed through the Cleveland County Literacy Office at 701-2682.

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 the county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system’s 10 branch 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.

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