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Activity Sheets for Children

PLS would like to offer children some fun resources to accompany the Little Read theme. Patrons can print off the following activity sheets as an exciting way for children to explore parts of the wild west through word searchs, mad libs, anagrams, coloring, mazes, and more!

Wild West Activity Page One | Wild West Activity Page Two

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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Big Read Book Groups and Discussions

True Grit book coverThe Big Read is upon us, and there are quite a few opportunities to get involved in various book groups and discussions about True Grit by Charles Portis, this year's Big Read book selection. Take a look at the following list of discussion events for March and April and, if you're interested at all in book discussions, pick up a copy of the book to read and choose the event that works the best for you! Hope to see you there!


Forever Young Book Club - Newcastle - March 8th at 10 am

The Forever Young Book Club will participate in the "Big Read" by discussing the book True Grit by Charles Portis. The club will have refreshments relating to the book. Join us for a lively conversation. See the Newcastle Staff for a copy of the book.

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Big Read Entertainment

This year's PLS Big Read will bring that same sort of entertainment and education to readers in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties. It will feature scholar-led book discussions in all 10 communities with hometown libraries, as well as such events as children's story times on western themed books, craft programs, a special quilting series at the Blanchard Public Library and more.

And "True Grit" lovers from all across the state are invited to attend the following events of broad interest, each offered free of charge:

The library presents a Bold Talk scholar panel discussion at 7 p.m., Friday, March 14, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. The book discussion of "True Grit" features UCO English professor Steve Garrison, PLS Local History and Genealogy Library Kathryn Ramsay, and Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown.

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