Libraries Ring in the Season With December Events
Question: What do penguins, golden anniversaries, holiday music, Santa and thousands of books have in common?
Answer: They’ll all be part of the scene in the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System this month for annual holiday celebrations in multiple area communities.
It’s a special year at the Moore Public Library, which is marking 50 years for the library in its location at 225 S. Howard Ave. A seasonal favorite in those 50 years has been the library’s Holiday Gala, set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. The event features photos with Santa, crafts, activities for the whole family and a visit from the library system’s Maker Mobile. Special refreshments from Raisin’ Canes and Platt College will top off the evening.
Norman Public Library Central’s annual Holiday Open House and Holiday Sing-Along is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. This year’s theme is “A Cool Yule” and decorations around the library will feature penguins in many shapes and sizes. Activities will include music, crafts for children and adults, refreshments, and a green screen photo opportunity. Those in attendance will take home a commemorative songbook that includes holiday activities and book lists.
Music is a big part of the December schedule at Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court, which will present multiple musical offerings to celebrate the holiday season. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, the MG Quartet presents holiday favorites with a jazz music style. The OU School of Music brings Sunday Serenades at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church brings its handbell choirs for a 6:30 p.m. performance Saturday, Dec. 16. And at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, the Temple B’Nai Israel Youth Choir returns for another year of Hanukkah tunes in the midst of the holiday.
The Noble Public Library’s annual Holiday Gala, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, includes a return visit from Santa as part of a variety of activities and performances for all ages.
The library’s collection also continues to grow and develop, with new items added almost daily. It features about 720,000 items in print, DVD and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Also, library card holders have access to about 60 online databases for topics ranging from genealogy to homework help to small business resources.
Find out more about the library by visiting any of the 11 branches in Cleveland, McClain or Pottawatomie counties, going online to pioneerlibrarysystem.org, or through the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available through a free download via the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.