… for the Sound of Music
A centerpiece for literature in the community, Norman Public Library West adds the sound of music for visitors on many occasions during the month.
A favorite recurring event are the library’s monthly Lunch and Listen concerts. The free concerts, offered during the noon hour on the fourth Wednesday of the month, have been a big part of the library’s program offerings since the middle of 2015.
The events have entertained hundreds upon hundreds of local residents, who have listened to a variety of acclaimed performers sharing their talents. Attendees can bring their own lunch or experience the menu of Paisley Café, located inside the library and adjacent to the space used for the weekly performances.
A big element for these musical events has come thanks to the donation of a Yamaha baby grand piano inside the library. Chuck Thompson, president and CEO of Republic Bank & Trust and current president of the Pioneer Library System Board of Trustees, donated the piano for use at library events.
The musical offerings at the library go beyond these monthly events. Performers from noted guitarist Edgar Cruz to local favorite Camille Harp to up-and-coming musicians from the University of Oklahoma School of Music or local studios like Norman Music Institute have entertained audiences.
In 2015, the library began to partner with Jazz in June for a variety of workshops and live performances from some of the artists brought in to Norman for that annual festival. This summer featured one of the most well-known internationally of that group, as Dr. Lonnie Smith brought his smooth style on the Hammond B-3 organ to the library prior to an evening performance as one of the year’s Jazz in June headliners.
Concerts are open to all to attend. And those who live, work, attend school or own property in the Pioneer Library System’s three-county area (Cleveland, McClain, Pottawatomie) are welcome to apply for a card to use library services.
Find out more about any of the library’s activities by going online to pioneerlibrarysystem.org or by downloading the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available through a free download via the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.