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Norman & Purcell Public Meetings to Consider Library Plans

Construction hatPioneer cities Norman and Purcell held public meetings October 5, 6 and 7 to hear presentations by architect Jeffrey Scherer, FAIA, MSRDesign, Minneapolis. Scherer is updating the master plan for the City of Norman’s libraries and developing a plan for the City of Purcell.

More than 100 citizens viewed and discussed site concept drawings for a Norman Central Library on a site at Acres and James Garner Avenue and a Norman East Library on Alameda between 24th and 36th at three public meetings on October 5 and 6. Presentation slides may be viewed on the City of Norman website. Scherer will present his report to the Norman City Council on Tuesday, November 4.

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Literary Characters with October Birthdays

October has finally arrived, and we would like to celebrate some birthdays with you all! Some great literary characters are celebrating another year of life, so check out some of the stories they star in and appreciate what they bring to the tales!

Professor Minerva McGonagall - October 4th

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling

After 10 miserable years with his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter, a young boy with a great destiny, is rescued from their outrageous neglect and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each book follows another year in Harry's education while more of his frightening destiny is revealed. Professor McGonagall in all of her glory and maternal qualities is introduced in the first installment of Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Winnie the Pooh - October 14th

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday. Winnie the Pooh is a wonderful, sweet bear who loves and cares for his friends, but often gets into sticky situations.

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Important OverDrive App Update Information

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With the version 3.2 update the OverDrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), and Windows 8 will no longer require Adobe Authorization when setting up the app on your device. Instead you will create an OverDrive account for authorization that will also allow your progress to sync across multiple devices.

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Banned Books Week 2014

This week, September 21 through 27, is Banned Books Week. This week highlights the importance of the First Amendment, intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. Here are a few banned titles to get you started.

For more information about banned or challenged books or for a list of books that are banned or challenged click here.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Jesse Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jesse and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jesse to be able to deal with his grief.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons, their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

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Legos Galore

Many of the hometown libraries affiliated with the Pioneer Library System have become involved with Lego events, including the fun and interesting science of Lego robotics. If you would be interested in attending some Lego events at a library, we've compiled a list of library system happenings in September:

Noble Teen Tuesdays: Lego Robotics on September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 5:30 pm
Purcell WeDo Legos for ages 5-12 on September 2 and 23 at 3:30 pm
SOKC Tween Lego Quest on September 2 at 4:30 pm
Norman Central Wonder Club: Lego Robotics on September 5 at 6 pm
Norman Central World Domination 101: Lego Robotics for Teens on September 8 at 6 pm
Blanchard Legoquest Come and Go for Grades K-5 on September 9 at 3:30 pm
Norman Central Adult Lego Robotics on September 13 at 10 am
Blanchard T3 Robot Program on September 18 at 4 pm
Moore Teen Lego Mindstorm Robots on September 20 at 10 am
SOKC Teen Lego Storystart on September 30 at 4:30 pm

The events require registration because of limited materials, so register online through the Event Calendar or call/visit your own library.

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