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Holiday Message from Susan

Nelson and Susan at the 2007 Holiday Open HouseIt’s the season for giving and the Norman Public Library wants to give our customers the chance to both give and receive. The week of December 1st – December 7th will be “Food for Fines” week. We will deduct $1 from your fines for each can of food that you bring to the library, up to a total of $20. This won’t apply to lost or damaged books but will give you the chance to lower your fines, while helping fight hunger. All "Food for Fines" collected at the Norman Public Library will be taken to the Salvation Army.

We will be hosting our annual Holiday Open House featuring the annual Holiday Sing-Along at the library on Friday, December 12th, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. This family event is sponsored by the Friends of the Norman Public Library. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a program by the Spirit of Oklahoma Show Chorus, a local chapter of the Sweet Adelines International. The Norman Singers, the performing choir of the Norman Community Choral Society, will lead everyone in singing traditional holiday favorites in the Sing-Along at 7:45 p.m. Children’s crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus are highlights of an evening that is sure to be fun for the entire family, so please plan to join us! The library will be open until 9 p.m. that evening with limited services; customers will not be able to use library computers for Internet during the Open House.

Everyone loves a parade and we’re no exception! The Norman Public Library will have an entry in the Norman Christmas Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 13th, at 10 a.m., so come downtown and please cheer for the library! We’ll have big smiles and candy for the little ones as we parade down Main Street.

We had a huge year in 2008 and 2009 promises to be exciting, as well. Beginning in February and running until May, the Pioneer Library System will sponsor the PLS Big Read, with Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird as the featured book. There will be lots of opportunities for book discussion groups and chances to see a reader’s theater group perform excerpts from the classic, so stay tuned for more information as we move into the New Year.

Be sure to save some time in February for our Black History Month events. We’re looking forward to another fascinating Read-In on the first Sunday in February, 2009. The Read-In always provides the opportunity to share meaningful literature on the African American experience with everyone in our community. Finally, it’s not too early to be thinking of what hat you want to wear to our famous Crowns Tea, which will be held on Sunday, February 22nd.

The library staff and I wish all of you a very merry and peaceful holiday season.
Happy Holidays from your friends at the library!

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