Norman Public Library Central
In seeking to build community, the Pioneer Library System is working with the City of Norman on a new program series that will expand that community in a global way.
Through a partnership between Norman Public Library Central and the City of Norman comes the Sister City Chats Series, a six-week event highlighting Clermont-Ferrand, France, which is one of Norman’s Sister Cities.
It’s a positive idea that was hatched from the challenging circumstances of the past year. Norman Mayor Breea Clark facilitated this idea of conducting a series connecting residents of the two cities via Zoom chats, by engaging the Pioneer Library System and the international community along with the group Passports: Norman’s International and Sister Cities Organization, which works to promote and advance international relations between Norman and communities around the world.
"Pre-pandemic, it would’ve seemed impossible to create an event series targeted to connect people around the world with the goals of building relationships and practicing another language,” Clark said. “I am thrilled we are able to use the skill set we all acquired in the current COVID-19 world to help us further connect our Sister Cities in a meaningful way that will positively impact our respective communities and residents well past the pandemic."
Through the Hoopla and Kanopy services, library card holders with the Pioneer Library System have access to thousands of movies from across a spectrum of genres.
While that’s another great virtual resource offered by the library, it also can produce a daunting mountain of material for viewers. However, a podcast presented by library staff members is helping viewers navigate the offerings.
Five Minute Film Finder highlights a variety of movies in “bite-sized” five-minute productions. Norman Central library staff members will share their expertise on topics of interest through movie offerings available via Hoopla and Kanopy.
The content of the podcast is safe for all ages, but the content of some movies discussed may not be, so listeners should participate at their discretion.