Rolls On in Hometown Libraries

Through the support of community partners and sponsors, a wide range of program presenters, dedicated librarians and, perhaps most of all, the library cardholders and program attendees throughout its three-county area, the Pioneer Library System’s Summer Reading Program welcomes the biggest crowds of the year to its hometown libraries.

This year, the Summer Reading Program has been exploring ways to “Build a Better World” through a variety of themed programs that seek to build community, inspiration and in some cases, help participants build actual things.

SRP continues in July with visits from the Oklahoma City Zoo to each of the 11 PLS hometown libraries, as well as numerous other programs in Cleveland County libraries.

Featured are:

“Animal Architects” with the Oklahoma City Zoo–Take a look at the variety of critters that are builders, from beavers to birds to prairie dogs, in an interactive event. Appearing at Norman Central July 3, Norman West July 6, Southwest OKC July 8, Noble July 10, and Moore July 18.

“Escaping the Carroll House,” presented by Science Museum Oklahoma–For ages 18 and up, a version of the popular safe-room craze, as participants undertake a puzzling and dangerous escape challenge. Coming to the Noble library at 6 p.m. July 6.

“Maker Mobile Project”–Teams featuring one adult and one tween or teen (ages 8 to 17) will work in pairs to create a charging station that can be used for multiple devices. The hands-on project will include elements of computer design, machine cutting and construction. The Maker Mobile event comes to Norman West at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9.

The full schedule of events coming up this month in libraries is available on SRP calendars in each library, or through the PLS website,

July and August also mark the time when readers can return their completed reading goals and receive recognition for their efforts during the summer. All children and teens will receive a free book for completing their reading goals this year.

While the variety of entertaining and educational programs are a big feature in libraries during the summer, it’s that reading component that ultimately is the goal of Summer Reading, to keep students’ reading levels up before they return for their next year of school in August.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

And for another way to find out about the programs and services offered by the library, download the free Pioneer Library System Connect App from the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.