The PLS book selectors highlight new books each month on a given theme. Give them a quick look -- perhaps you'll find something of interest.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 May 2012 16:29
Did you know that Amtrak, the United States' passenger railroad service, officially launched on May 1, 1971?
There's no better time than summer to travel by train, and you can start your journey right here in Norman at our historic train depot, where Amtrak's Heartland Flyer passes through every single day.
Pioneer Library System has lots of great books about trains, stations, and railway journeys, as well as guides to help you plan a great train trip of your own!
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 13:12
On April 10, 1912 the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England for New York City. Four days in to crossing the North Atlantic, with 2,228 passengers and crew on board, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank 12,415 feet to the ocean floor. This year marks the 100th anniversary for the maiden (and last) voyage of the glorious vessel.
The tragic event, with only 710 survivors, has spawned countless fiction, nonfiction and even parody retellings. Here are a few new titles, for all ages, available from your hometown libraries on this amazing vessel and tale.
The Band that Played On: the Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down With the Titanic
by Steve Turner
Call Number: 910.452 TU
Adult Nonfiction Collection
The movies, the documentaries, the museum exhibits. They often tell the same story about the "unsinkable" Titanic, her wealthy passengers, the families torn apart, and the unthinkable end. But never before has "that glorious band"-the group of eight musicians who played on as the Titanic slipped deeper and deeper into the Atlantic Ocean-been explored in such depth. Steve Turner''s extensive research reveals a fascinating story including dishonest agents, a clairvoyant, social climbers, and a fraudulent violin maker. Read what brought the band members together and how their music served as the haunting soundtrack for one of modern history's most tragic maritime disasters.
The Dressmaker: a novel
by Kate Alcott
Call Number: F Alcott
Adult Fiction Collection
Just in time for the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the "Titanic" comes a vivid, romantic, and relentlessly compelling historical novel about a spirited young seamstress who survives the disaster only to find herself embroiled in the media frenzy left in the wake of the tragedy.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 12:02
April 1st is almost here, and you know what that means! It's time to tape paper fish to your friends, throw flour at them, and eat your meals backward! Well, those are some European traditions, anyway. Around here, we celebrate April Fool's Day with some harmless pranks.
Your hometown libraries have adorable and educational books you can use to celebrate April Fool's with your family... No fooling!
It might be April Fools' Day, but Punxsutawney Phyllis knows that winter isn't over yet. Her infallible instincts tell her that a blizzard is brewing. Too bad no one will believe her. Luckily Phyllis uses a combination of common sense and uncommon abilities to lead the April Fools' Day treasure hunters back to safety when the storm comes on quickly. Once again Phylis gets the last laugh in this buoyant holiday tale.
It's a spring morning on the farm. Grandpa is fixing breakfast for his visiting grandkids. Suddenly his grandson reports that the cows have got loose! He thinks Big Brown Bessie just stepped on a goose!
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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2012 08:48
In Cape May, New Jersey the whole town is celebrating Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. The weekend of March 16-18 is dedicated to all things Holmes. We too can spend the weekend surrounded in mystery and intrigue with some modern mysteries found at your hometown library.
Dead and gone by Charlaine Harris
In Bon Temps, Louisiana, a race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie Stackhouse will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle as she investigates the murder of a were-panther.Add a comment
Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2012 15:28
One year has passed since the massive 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011. The following books show the strength of the human spirit in the face of life changing disasters. In addition to the fictional stories, we suggest sharing some of the non-fiction books listed with your children to learn how to protect you and your family in similar disasters.
After the Quake : Stories by Haruki Murakami
A collection of stories inspired by the January 1995 Kobe earthquake and the poison gas subway attacks two months later takes place between the two disasters and follows the experiences of people who found their normal lives undone by surreal events.Add a comment
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