The Norman Transcript

June 9, 2014

Library news

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Teens can test their skills with program

The programs and activities of the Oklahoma Museum Network have been a hit for several summers around the libraries of the Pioneer Library System.

But with this summer’s science-related themes, they’re more of a natural partner than ever, bringing the fun and learning of sites like Science Museum Oklahoma out of the museum and into local libraries.

The Norman Public Library invites teens to the Hunger Games-inspired “Surviving the Quarter Quell” program at 6 p.m. Friday in the Lowry Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.

“Our list of ideas is usually massive, and usually we have to cut it way down,” said Eileen Castle, coordinator of outreach programs for the Oklahoma Museum Network. “But this year with the theme it seemed like we just kept adding to it.

“We decided to try to hit as many types of science as possible. And we also really like books, and we always want to tie what we’re doing to tie in to many different types of books.”

Participants will have their wilderness survival skills tested during the program, based on the Suzanne Collins book series.

Major sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan, The Oklahoman, the Pioneer Library System and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

For more information, visit the library, call 701-2620 or go online to

Library seeks

English tutors

The Pioneer Library System’s Cleveland County Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave., in the Lowry Room.

This 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 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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— Transcript Staff

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