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A Message from PLS Director Anne Masters

Author Tim O'brien and PLS Director Anne MastersThe Pioneer Library System has just completed its fifth Big Read.   Thank you to everyone involved in supporting, promoting and implementing the many activities associated with this year’s Big Read: The Things They Carried

Author Tim O’Brien’s presentations at OBU in Shawnee on Wednesday night and at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman last night were attended and appreciated by capacity crowds.  Long lines waited following the presentations to speak with the author and have their books signed.

We conduct our Big Read programs to encourage the reading of literature in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties.  We believe the reading of literature helps us to be better people and citizens – more understanding, more empathetic, more able to appreciate the complexity of issues, more willing to be involved.    I can’t imagine a better message to convey the value of literature than that delivered by Tim O’Brien.    

These presentations also provided an opportunity to celebrate the new Pioneer Library System Foundation.  Grant writing and fund raising conducted through the Foundation  made Tim O’Brien’s visit possible. 

It is with excitement that we can now announce that next year’s Big Read title will be The Joy Luck Club and that Amy Tan will be here next spring at this time.  The Foundation will be working to put together the funds to support that visit.  The Pioneer Foundation is seeking 100 Founding Donors.  Founding Donors may be individuals, but they may also be organizations, businesses, book discussion groups or other groups who support the Foundation’s mission:  To provide advocacy and financial support to enrich the present and enhance the future of the Pioneer Library System.  For more information, please email PLS This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Long live books and public libraries and all they do to make our world a better place!

Anne Masters, Director

Pioneer Library System

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