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Foundation Gives a Boost to Summer Reading Program

Amazing things happen every day at your local library. Toddlers and their parents read together for the first time. Adults learn language and job skills that help them support their families. Seniors stay mentally and socially active, adding years to their lives by participating in book discussion groups and engaging in workshop activities.

The Pioneer Library System Foundation advances these efforts by funding transformational learning experiences in your community. Dedicated to “supporting literacy and a love of learning,” we help people of all ages gain the knowledge they need to succeed in life.

In a state where one out of five Oklahomans struggle to read the newspaper, we believe everyone deserves the opportunity to learn traditional reading and English language skills. Pioneer Library System Foundation also supports educational programs involving non-traditional types of literacy important in today’s society–such as financial, health, digital and cultural literacy.

We invite you to experience first-hand some of the fun-filled educational events offered through Pioneer’s Summer Reading Program. Pioneer Library System Foundation secures funding for interactive learning activities and artistic touring performances. You can attend these at any Pioneer library, including locations in Moore, Norman, Southwest Oklahoma City and Noble. While many of the programs emphasize keeping young children mentally active during the summer months, there are also activities designed for teenagers and adults. Nearly 30,000 people attended Summer Reading Program events during 2016 alone.

The Summer Reading Program features something for everyone. Through a partnership with the Oklahoma City Zoo, zookeepers bring exotic animals to the libraries to captivate and teach children about nature. Science Museum Oklahoma staff inspire teenagers to explore their imaginations by engineering Rube Goldberg machines and other inventions. People of all ages can immerse themselves in cultural events, such as live musical performances by Cimarron Opera and Boulevard Brass, and presentations by Benjamin Franklin (as portrayed by a historical re-enactor).

The Summer Reading Program is made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Hitachi Foundation, and The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, funding from Friends of the Library groups, and the generous support of individual donors. To find Summer Reading Program events near you, please pick up a calendar at your nearest Pioneer library or go online to the PLS website, pioneerlibrarysystem.org.

To learn more about Pioneer Library System Foundation and to donate online, please visit us at pls.foundation.

Amber Cole is a development officer for the Pioneer Library System.