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An Illustration of Earthsea: A Contest for Artists and Illustrators


The contest is open to anyone who has a library card with the Pioneer Library System.

To be eligible for a card, you must live, work, attend school, or own property in Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie County in Oklahoma. You are also eligible for a card with the Pioneer Library System if you qualify for a card with the Metropolitan Library System.

To apply for a library card, visit a library of the Pioneer Library System or fill out the online application to apply for a library card.

The contest will be conducted under the auspices of the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

The contest is divided into three categories (age categories are based on age at time of submission):

Student ages 8-18;
Adult ages 19 and older;
Employees of the Pioneer Library System

Works produced through participation in a library-sponsored The Big Read workshop or class are eligible for submission in the contest.

Professional artists and illustrators are encouraged to enter the contest.

Digital images of the contest entries become the property of the Pioneer Library System and may be used in promotion and advertising of The Big Read: A Wizard of Earthsea and related activities. Artists maintain ownership and rights to the original artwork. Artists selected for inclusion in The Big Read Art Show agree to loan the original pieces for display.

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Quick Start to Fantasy Art

If you’d like to try your hand at fantasy art and aren’t sure where to start, why not try the library’s collection?  We have many books that can teach you to create art – everything from watercolor painting to amigurumi (Japanese-style little crocheted stuffed animals) to iPad art techniques!   

Watercolor PaintingWatercolor Painting: a Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium by Tom Hoffman
ANF 751.422 HO

Hoffman not only gives lessons on techniques, but tries to leave readers with the skills to continue to improve their work. He offers insight about general painting techniques such as composition and choosing the right subject, as well as instruction on watercolor-specific techniques. 


Amigurumi WorldAmigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Paula Rimoli
ANF 746.434 RI

Here are over twenty cute and quirky designs you can use and customize, as well as insight into how to make your own creations.  There's everything from an octopus family to an apple with a worm in it!  As a bonus: once you learn the techniques here, the internet is full of examples of figures to try.  

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Michael Chabon Visit

Save the Date

Michael ChabonAuthor Michael Chabon will visit the Pioneer Library System in March as part of the 2015 Big Read. Mark your calendars and check here for more infomation as the events draw closer. 

March 25
PRIVATE Reception for Foundation Donors

March 26
Presentation at OBU during the day with book signing
Presentation at OU Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in the evening with book signing


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The 2015 Big Read

A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula Le Guin

The 2015 Big Read Title

Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea is the first of six Earthsea Cycle titles.

The novel shares the story of Ged, the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, who was known as "Sparrowhawk" as a reckless youth. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the exciting tale of his journey to manhood as he masters the words of power, tames a dragon, and restores balance to the world.

Look for more information about the 2015 Big Read events and programs coming to your hometown library.




The "True" True Grit Documentary

The Pioneer Library System and The University of Oklahoma teamed up to produce an informative documentary about The West featured in Charles Portis' "True Grit."



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