Pioneer Library System
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:29
The 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.
Long live books and public libraries and all they do to make our world a better place!
Anne Masters, Director
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Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2011 13:55
Whales have been the main characters in legends and stories for centuries. The majestic animals can be found throughout the world and are some of the largest mammals known to man.
This month, the Norman children's department asked Father Alan Sutherland of St. Michael's Episcopal Church to share Rudyard Kipling's story about how the whale got its throat. This is an interesting story about why many whales only eat krill, plankton and small fish even though they are such large animals.
Read on to hear the story!Add a comment
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:10
Bring the wonderful world of Disney into your home with the new PLS collection of interactive Disney books. Your hometown library now has 679 interactive Disney digital books for you to check out with your free library card. These colorful, interactive titles are launched online and offer plenty of opportunities for learning and fun for your children, students, or that inner child in you. So check out some of these great titles today!
Visit www.justsoyouknow.us/disney for the complete list of Disney Interactive Digital Books.
One, two, three, four... 101 Dalmatians! Can they all stay safe from the evil Cruella de Vil, who wants to turn them into a Dalmatian coat?Add a comment
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 14:50
On February 24, the Pioneer Library System received a message from our downloadable materials vendor, OverDrive, stating that an unnamed publisher would place the following requirements on their eBook titles, “for every new eBook licensed, the library […] will make the eBook available to one customer at a time until the total number of permitted checkouts is reached.” While the one customer at a time portion has been standard the “total number of permitted checkouts” was a new restriction.
That publisher turned out to be HarperCollins.
Starting March 7, the “total number of permitted checkouts” for any HarperCollins eBook will be 26, after which point, libraries will have to purchase the eBook again. This figure does not account for people renewing an eBook to finish reading it and no accommodations are made for eBooks which never checkout. There is no option for the library to remove the title from their virtual collection; instead it will remain listed and unavailable for customers and library staff to access. The eBook is essentially locked until a re-entrance fee is paid by the library for the next 26 checkouts.U
The rationale offered by the publisher is since paper books wear out and need to be replaced if they are to remain in a library’s collection, the same should be true of their electronic formats. The publisher argues that it should not be denied revenues that come from reselling replacement books and resources. Because the publisher assumes digital resources never deteriorate, they have set an arbitrary limit to the number of times an electronic resource can be accessed. Not planned obsolescence. Forced obsolescence.Add a comment
Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2011 13:56
Rudyard Kipling the author of "Just So Stories" created this book in 1902. "Just So Stories" is filled with stories about how different animals from around the world got different body parts. Also the book is filled with different aspects of life and how they came to exist. In the podcast you will hear a story about a Rhino. Rhinoceros are large, thick-skinned, herbivorous mammals of the family Rhinocerotidae, of Asia and Africa. Rhinos are found to grow 8 -14 ft long and 3 - 6.5 feet tall. Also they can weight up to 5 tons.
The Norman Public Library Children's Department would like to share a few of these stories with you in the coming months. The second Kipling story is "How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin" read by the fantastic Ms. Basha.Add a comment
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