The Norman Transcript


October 25, 2013

Satellite library, inside former Borders Bookstore, plans to open Nov. 1



Organizing the genres together makes it easier for people to find books. They can go straight for their favorite authors. The grouping also saves space.

“We’ve done it in places where space is an issue,” Dulworth said. “I like it. I think patrons will like it.”

The westside library will serve some different categories. The small space will serve high-demand patrons who want a quick in-and-out pickup of items. A 24-hour library and 24/7 movie box will be available round the clock under a protective portico near the entrance on the outside of the library.

Inside, sizzlers — the highest-demand new releases — well be housed on easy-to-access book gondolas. These gondolas — or double-sided, portable bookcases — will carry 10 or 15 copies of new releases.

“We do a lease plan so we can get a lot of copies in, and then when interest wanes, we can send them back,” Dulworth said.

All of the books in the new library will be subject to a three-year turnover to keep the small collection fresh. Those books will be reused elsewhere at the branch libraries throughout the Pioneer Library System.

“We think people will stop in here as a quick stop,” said Nancy Littlejohn, acting department head.

For those who want to stay a while, there will be a coffee shop operated by Michael Palermo, of Michelangelos Coffee and Wine Bar. Free Wi-Fi will allow residents to sip their favorite coffee drink while surfing the Internet.

In-house computers also will allow for online access. A free rental machine will allow patrons to check out iPads to be used inside the library.

The library will include a children’s section and plenty of furniture for patrons of all ages who want to hang out.

Library staff will share Pioneer’s staff lounge, restrooms and kitchen space. The construction and equipping of the coffee bar will be provided by Pioneer, Masters said, and will require no funding from the city. Private vendors will bid to provide that service.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Officials say transparency lacking in Wal-Mart zoning

    Norman city staff recently admitted to withholding information from the public regarding a controversial zoning change in southeast Norman. If approved by the city council, the proposal will allow a Wal-Mart supercenter at Cedar Lane and ...

    July 25, 2014

  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moore City Council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount of street improvements needs to be done,” Moore City Manager Steve Eddy said. “This will be paid for with ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Another brick in the Wal-Mart

    Norman could soon have five Wal-Mart stores, including three supercenters and two neighborhood markets. A proposal for the newest supercenter will come before the Norman City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday via a request for a zoning change on ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Local group celebrates ruling

    A local group, Mothers of Many, expressed its elation with Friday’s 10th Circuit Court ruling striking down Oklahoma’s state ban on same-sex marriage....

    July 20, 2014

  • Leftover loss still hurting

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Cities, counties and school districts remain frozen out of a federal program that has sent millions of dollars worth of trenchers, trailers, semis, bulldozers, boats and forklifts and other equipment over the years....

    July 19, 2014

  • City and state briefs

    Transportation needs listed The White House released a new report this week from the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council on the long-term economic benefits of transportation investment and why conditions in the ...

    July 17, 2014

  • Griffin Park 6 Proposal requests improving, expanding youth sports facilities

    Improving and expanding Norman’s youth sports facilities will generate revenue in tourism dollars, say advocates of Norman Forward, a grassroots initiative launched last week. The package proposed by Norman business leaders and community ...

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo