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Touch A Truck Event to Feature Special Quiet Hour

The honk of the horns, the luster of chrome, the sight of smiling faces and the tremendous trucks. It’s a morning that brings families out for a close-up look at some of the community’s biggest, most helpful and sometimes loudest vehicles.

A family favorite in Cleveland County for a dozen years, Touch A Truck is back again this fall from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. in Norman.

The event, organized by the Pioneer Library System Foundation and sponsored by many community partners, has the community’s favorite local librarians on hand to keep things going smoothly amidst dozens of vehicles of many shapes and sizes.

While the honking of horns and purring and revving of engines is common throughout the morning, the first hour of the event won’t feature any of that–it’s a special “Quiet Hour” from 9 to 10 a.m. During this time, all engines and horns are silent so families of younger children or those with sensory sensitivity can enjoy all the big rigs, too.

Then from 10 a.m. to noon, the noise will begin as young visitors can take turns in the driver’s seat of the many vehicles at the event, test out their horns, and learn a little about what each one’s use is in the community.

Past editions of Touch A Truck have drawn more than 3,000 visitors to the Fairgrounds, with library and vehicle enthusiasts of all ages getting a chance to get an up-close look at a variety of mobile mechanical marvels.

There is no admission charge for Touch A Truck, although donations will be taken at the entry points for the event.

The five Cleveland County libraries in the Pioneer Library System–Norman Central, Norman West, Noble, Moore and Southwest Oklahoma City–are benefactors of the funds raised from the day’s events, with people who attend library programs throughout the year getting the ultimate benefit. And many of the favorite librarians from those communities will be on hand to greet many of their favorite young library customers.

The Pioneer Library System also will have its newest “truck” at this year’s event. The PLS Maker Mobile is a mobile maker space, featuring many science and technology education (STEM) items, including a three-dimensional printer and scanner, CNC Mill, laser cutter and laptops, as well as Wi-Fi access and an informational touchscreen computer that will allow customers to learn about the library’s virtual library services and many other online features.

And it’s a great chance to learn more about the library system, which serves residents in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties. A PLS card is free for anyone who lives, works, attends school or owns property in any of the three counties, where Pioneer operates 11 libraries in 10 communities.

For an ongoing and updated list of trucks participating in the event, as well as sponsors making this year’s event possible, visit the Touch A Truck website at pioneerlibrarysystem.org/tat.