NORMAN — The Norman Public Library invites cooks of all skill levels and interests to its annual Cookbook Swap and Shop, set for 10 a.m. July 13, in the Lowry Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.
Participants are asked to bring their unwanted cookbooks to the event to swap them with other local chefs.
In addition, the Friends of the Norman Public Library also will set up an area to sell gently used cookbooks at bargain prices.
The featured presenter at the program will be Katie Johnstonbaugh, a cook, author and blogger who will demonstrate a muffin recipe as well as bringing several samples of her other work. She also will have copies of her book “The Food Lovers Guide to Oklahoma” available for sale and to sign.
Refreshments will be served and door prizes given away during the event, which runs until 1 p.m. Registration is not required to attend.
For more information on this and other programs and services offered at the library, call 701-2600 or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/norman. Also, follow the library’s activities on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System” or on Twitter @mylibrary2go.
Teens can ‘Get Down
to Dance’ at the library
Norman-area teens can “Get Down to Dance” this summer with the guidance of a modern dance instructor.
Rachel Hendricks, who has about 10 years teaching across a range of ages and ability levels, will work with teens at PLS hometown libraries this summer to instill a few things they can quickly learn and handle.
The program takes place at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Norman Public Library.
“We’ll work on how to isolate different parts of the body in dancing, things they can take to social settings,” Hendricks said. “We do it in a way of seeing what dance is and what it can be. Dance can be a real confidence builder.”
And that confidence can come even from just an hour or two, which is what teens will have during their programs this summer at the library. She recalled a story from one of her classes last summer when she was instructing children and teens at the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy in Ada.
“I had a girl this past summer who had never exercised at all,” Hendricks said. “And by the end of the week she was just excelling. Dance is tapping into a side that people may be too scared to even try.”
And while she is an accomplished dancer and instructor today, she knows how those who may be hesitant feel.
“I was really, really shy as a child — I talked to trees,” she said. “But I was really imaginative. My mom thought I needed a hobby and she started me in dance when I was 5. And it really worked out.”
In addition to teaching at the Summer Arts Academy, Hendricks is an instructor at Modern Dance Arts in Norman, where she teaches 19 classes a week. She also has done choreography for several theatrical productions and for pom teams during the summer.
She is a native of Ada and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma in modern dance.
This year’s Summer Reading Program is presented with the support of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Computer Products of America, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and Friends of the Library groups throughout the Pioneer Library System.
Find out more about this summer’s activities from the summer edition of the Pioneer Library System’s WORD Magazine, online at www.justsoyouknow.us or by following the library system on Twitter @mylibrary2go or on Facebook at “Pioneer Library System.”
Learn new ideas in genealogy research Kathryn Ramsay, the Pioneer Library System’s local history and genealogy resources librarian, will give Summer Reading Programs a chance to “Try Something Different in Your Genealogy Research” at a program at the Norman Public Library at 6 p.m. July 11, in the Computer Training Center.
A big part of her focus on the program is helping participants finding ways to communicate effectively with other researchers, both in searching for other blogs or message boards and in posting their own information in places it can help someone else.
“There is a lot of good information out there in terms of comparing and confirming information,” Ramsay said. “There is such an importance in collaboration and sharing.”
Websites such as Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest are available through the Pioneer Library System’s resources for cardholders. Ramsay will go beyond those sites to other places online for finding and comparing information.
“There are more individual family websites now,” she said. “They are sometimes varying in quality but they can be interesting and good for confirming things.”
Banjo lovers invited to Art Walk Culture Talk
Learn more about “The Banjo in American Music” as the Norman Public Library’s Art Walk Culture Talk series continues at 6 p.m. July 12, in the Lowry Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.
This month’s program will be presented by Bob French, who will discuss the history of the banjo and also play a number of tunes.
The event is part of the Norman Arts Council’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art and is jointly sponsored by the Norman Arts Council and the Friends of the Norman Public Library.
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.
Teens can learn knitting basics in workshop
Teens are invited to learn knitting from a group of local experts at the Norman Public Library Program “Teens Knit!” at 2 p.m. July 13, in Rooms A and B of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.
Members of the group Norman Knitters Anonymous will be demonstrating their techniques and helping participants knit their own summer headband to take home from the program.
Yarn and needles will be provided, thanks to generous support of the Friends of the Norman Public Library. However, teens who are participating are invited to bring knitting needles in sizes 6, 7 or 8 if they have them.
Registration is required in advance to attend.