Tis the Season 3

Hometown Libraries to Ring in the Holidays

It’s a special season at Norman Public Library Central, as 2016 marks 50 years in its current location at 225 N. Webster Ave. in downtown Norman.

And this year’s Holiday Open House at the library takes on that theme, with a Golden Holiday gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. During that time, the library will be filled with festive activities, including live musical performances, crafts and refreshments, with something for the entire family.

But the Norman Central commemoration is far from the only holiday event taking place this month in local libraries. Events throughout Cleveland County, with themes, are:

Noble Public Library, 204 N. 5th St., Annual Holiday Gala, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1–The annual event begins outside to the south of the library, with the lighting of the giant Community Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa Claus, then moves inside for art projects, snacks, entertainment and more.

Moore Public Library, 225 S. Howard Ave., Holiday Gala, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2–It’s an anniversary in Moore, also, as the library hosts the 25th edition of its Holiday Gala, complete with live music, crafts, photos with Santa Claus and more activities for all family members.

Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court–The library celebrates with two events, a Holiday Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, featuring the talents and holiday music of local favorites SquishBAND. The next night, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, the children’s and adult handbell choirs from St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church will perform in a concert.

Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, 2201 SW 134th St., Holiday Party, 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10–it’s a family-friendly holiday extravaganza with Christmas-themed crafts, activities, face painting, a photo booth and more.

Libraries will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-25, as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, but otherwise will be open for all their normal hours during the holiday season, giving families with children a chance to find activities or check out something from the more than 725,000 items in the Pioneer Library System collection.

Find out more about any of the programs and services inside PLS hometown libraries by going online to pioneerlibrarysystem.org or downloading the PLS Connect App, available for free through the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.