The Norman Transcript


July 7, 2013

Norman Public Library to host annual Cookbook Swap and Shop



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 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.

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