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2014 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 Sequoyah Book Awards have been announced! Take a look at these winning books at your hometown library.

2014 Children's Sequoyah Award Winner

Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK! Captain Amazing's four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot - and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want - a super family.

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Information about the Mailbox Library

Who is eligible for the Mailbox Library?
Is this a new service?
How does it work?
What kind of library materials may I check out from the Mailbox Library?
How much does this service cost?
What should I do if my rural postal carrier won't take the items from my mailbox?
Can I return the books to my Hometown Library when I go to town?
How many books can I get at a time?
How long can I keep the books?
What happens if my books are late?

Who is eligible for the Mailbox Library?

Any resident of Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie counties ages 0 to 18 who has a library card with the Pioneer Library System, fines under $10.  This service is intended primarily for children and teens who cannot make it to the library during the summer.

Is this a new service?

This service has been available for many years as Children’s Home Services.  It was renamed in 2014 to distinguish it from Adult Home Services.

How does it work?

If the child or teen already has a library card:  Once a parent signs up a child or a teen for the Mailbox Library, then they may request books to be sent to them in the mail.  After they read the books, the child or teen puts them back in the zippered bag they came in (example shown to the right), turns over the address label, and drops the bag in the mail.  They may fill out the request card that comes with the books for what they want to read next, and drop it in the mail separately, or they may contact the Mailbox Library staff by phone to request more items.

If the child or teen does not have a library card:  As part of the parent signing up their child or teen for the Mailbox Library, they will complete a library card application.  The library card will be mailed to the home address with a letter to the parent and two (2) age-appropriate books, so the child or teen may get started reading right away.  After they read the books, the child or teen puts them back in the zippered bag they came in, turns over the address label, and drops the bag in the mail.  They may fill out the request card that comes with the books for what they want to read next, drop it in the mail separately, or they may contact the Mailbox Library staff by phone to request more items.

What kind of library materials may I check out from the Mailbox Library?

Only books may be checked out from the Mailbox Library.

How much does this service cost?

There is no charge for the Mailbox Library.  A library card in good standing is enough.  Pioneer Library System pays postage both ways.

What should I do if my rural postal carrier won’t take the items from my mailbox?

Contact the Mailbox Library staff and let us know your mail route.  We will contact the post office and explain that the library will pay the postage.

Can I return the books to my Hometown Library when I go to town?

You may return the books to any branch or Information Station of the Pioneer Library System.  However, they must be put in the zippered bag for any return and the label turned over, so they will be correctly identified as Mailbox Library items.

How many books can I get at a time?

The number is limited to the size of the zippered bag.  A zippered bag holds approximately 4 or 5 children’s books.

How long can I keep the books?

Mailbox Library books are checked out for a loan period of 30 days, and may be renewed for another 30 days, if not on hold for another customer.  Renewals must be requested before the first 30 days are up.

What happens if my books are late?

No fines are charged for late return of Mailbox Library books.  However, not returning books may result in future shipments being delayed or discontinued.  If books are lost, customers will be charged for lost books.

Leading The Way

Pioneer Library System is committed to occupying a place on the leading edge of library technology for the benefit of both our staff and our customers.  Below are a number of examples of technological innovations adopted by PLS in recent years.  Click the links for vendor information, product demonstrations and device details and specifications.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 405-801-4530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

 

24-Hour Library

Vendor: Envisionware

In use since: 2013

Available at: Norman West library and Irving Recreation Center

What it does: Allows 24-hr access to select books, movies and other items from the Pioneer catalog; retrieval of reserved items; item checkout and checkin; catalog searching; payment of fines; library account management.

Official product demo: http://www.envisionware.com/24-hour-library-product-videos

 

Mediabank movie boxes

Vendor: Mediabank

In use since: 2009

Available at:  Norman, Norman West, Moore, Southwest Oklahoma City, Shawnee

What it does:  Automatically dispenses reserved DVD movies via a robotized mechanism, similar to a RedBox vending machine.  The Norman West movie box features a touchscreen interface and allows 24-hour search, reservation, checkout and checkin.  Movie boxes at all other Pioneer locations can be used during regular library hours.

Product details: http://www.mediabank.it/eng/prod01.shtml

 

MediaSurfer Self-Check Tablet Kiosk

Vendor: Tech Logic

In use since: 2013

Available at: Norman West library

What it does: Allows automatic checkout of iPads for in-library use for up to 2 hours. The machine is a self-contained charging and maintenance system for 16 iPads.

Official product demo: http://www.tech-logic.com/mediasurfer/

 

OverDrive Media Station and download stations

Vendor: OverDrive

In use since: 2013; 2008

What it does: Overdrive Media Station is a touchscreen interface used to introduce the Pioneer OverDrive downloadable collection of ebooks, audiobooks and more.  It allows patrons to browse the collection, sample any of its titles and send links to the titles to their preferred device for checkout.

OverDrive download stations are self-service kiosks located at Pioneer branches which allow patrons to browse, checkout, download and transfer digital audiobooks to the compatible device of their choice.

Overdrive Media Station demo: http://www.overdrive.com/products/overdrive-media-station/

 

Library Document Stations

Vendor: Envisionware

In use since: 2013

Available at: All Pioneer Libraries

What it does: An all-in-one document solution for copying, faxing and scanning that allows customers to print, save or send copies of their documents via an intuitive self-service touchscreen interface.

Product details and specs (downloadable PDF):  http://bit.ly/1fbk7Dr

 

RFID Modular Bin Sorter

Vendor: Envisionware

In use since: 2013

Available at: Pioneer Service Center; Norman, Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City branches

What it does: Automatic, hands-free item checkin and sorting; checks in library items via RFID and sorts them via a conveyor belt into designated bins for all 11 Pioneer branches and separates items on reserve for customers.

Product details: http://www.envisionware.com/amh

 

ScanPro 2000 Microfilm Scanner

Vendor: e-Image Data

In use since: 2012

Available at: Norman and Shawnee branches

What it does: Digitally scans microfilm and microfiche so that images can be viewed, stored on and printed from a computer.  The included PowerScan Productivity Suite software with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) allows for word searching, copying selected page areas to the clipboard, and creating word-searchable PDFs.

Product details and specs: http://www.e-imagedata.com/assets/Downloads/ScanPro2000_WB.pdf

 

Hitachi StarBoard

Vendor: Hitachi

In use since: 2013

Available at: Pioneer Library System training lab

What it does: This interactive whiteboard responds to both finger and pen to easily control a computer from a projected image. Included with every StarBoard is a set of software tools designed for multi-touch and multi-user collaboration.

Official product videos: http://www.hitachisolutions-us.com/starboard/resources/Product_Videos.shtml

 

Cisco TelePresence videoconferencing system

In use since: 2011

Available at: Shawnee and Purcell branches

What it does: This videoconferencing solution provides high-definition 1080p video, spatial audio, and a setup designed to link two physically separated rooms so they resemble a single conference room, regardless of location. Provided by a grant from OKConnect, this technology can be reserved for public use and a PLS technology expert can assist with setup and operation.

Data sheets, brochures and other literature (PDF): http://bit.ly/OUjaqb

Summer Night Concert Series

Summer Nights is a free concert series hosted by the Moore Public Library and City of Moore.

Concerts are every Friday in June at Buck Thomas Park and range from pop to red dirt to blues.

For more information on the Summer Nights Concert Series please contact the Moore Public Library at (405) 793-5100.

How do I access magazines with Zinio?

Online

  1. Visit Pioneer Library System’s Zinio for Libraries website justsoyouknow.us/zinio and select a magazine.
  2. Select Checkout Now (you will be prompted to login/create an account for the library’s Zinio)
  3. Click Start Reading (you will be prompted to login/create another account for Zinio.com)
    1. We suggest using the same login information for both accounts.
    2. Enjoy the full-color magazine!

Through the App
Available: Apple IOS | Android | Windows 8

  1. Follow steps 1 through 3 above in an internet browser.
  2. On your device, go to your App store and download the Zinio app.
  3. Open the Zinio app.
  4. Log into your Zinio.com account in the app.
  5. While you are on the main page of the app, tap on the symbol near the bottom or top of the screen (depending on the device you use) that looks like an open book. It might have the word read next to it if you have an apple product.
  6. The magazine that you selected online should be in your library. Tap on your free magazine and enjoy.
  7. If you choose a magazine from the shop while in the app, you will be charged for a subscription. The only way to get free magazines is to go back to your web browser and check out a magazine from the library’s Zinio website.

If you ever have any questions or problems, feel free to contact the Virtual Library at 801-4530 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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