In 2020

 /LEARN TO COOK  Looking to expand your menu and cooking skills in 2020? International Pantry offers cooking classes taught by local chefs. The classes are fun for a date night, girls' night out, a club outing or birthday/anniversary present. Classes include both observation and hands-on styles. Observation classes are structured like “dinner and a show.” You receive recipes of each dish, observe…

The Naked Ladies

Spark a memory? This lovely sculpture previously stood on the site of the original Schwab Mansion (of Schwab Meat Co. fame) at South Broadway and 19th in Moore where Sunnyside Up diner now is located. Kathy Griffith—daughter of previous owners Norman and Rose Ann Bewley (and now a broker/co-owner of Prime Realty)—said that, sadly, after the oil boom bust, the…

Night Out With the Arts

Among the city’s other monikers, Norman is known as the “City of Festivals” for its plethora of arts festivals, including the May Fair, Medieval Fair and 2nd Friday Art Walk, as well as other fun and arts-related events, such as the Norman Music Festival, Groovefest and Chocolate Festival. With the help of Erinn Gavaghan, executive director of the Norman Arts…

Entertainment, Education & More

 Article Christian Potts  2018 SRP sponsors: Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In Corp., Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoman Newspapers in Education  The Pioneer Library System is famous for its entertaining yet…

‘The Big Read’

When it comes to the “best of” in the local library scene, not much is a bigger deal on a yearly basis than the Pioneer Library System’s participation in The Big Read.

Active Readers

A longtime source for exercising the minds of readers through LITERALLY millions of pages of material, the Pioneer Library System also is giving its customers multiple opportunities for physical fitness.

Holiday Happenings

Question: What do penguins, golden anniversaries, holiday music, Santa and thousands of books have in common?

Look to the Library

A centerpiece for literature in the community, Norman Public Library West adds the sound of music for visitors on many occasions during the month. A favorite recurring event are the library’s monthly Lunch and Listen concerts. The free concerts, offered during the noon hour on the fourth Wednesday of the month, have been a big part of the library’s program…

Comic Connection

One of the ways the Pioneer Library System is serving its communities is through direct outreach to school students. One such example is at the Noble Public Library, which is partnering with Noble High School on a pair of book discussion clubs for students. The groups will meet before school, with the Noble High School Book Club meeting at 8…

Toot, toot!

It’s a morning of smiles, family time and, of course, the sights and sounds of big trucks, as the Pioneer Library System Foundation and numerous community partners present the 13th edition of Touch A Truck, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., in Norman.

Learning at the Library

The heat of August means the end of summer vacation for area children, with local school districts getting back in session this month. And the start of school brings many parents to thoughts of the library and how it helped them in their school days. But the Pioneer Library System’s services go beyond just the thousands of books in its…


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.

Standing in Support

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 Big Read’

For the past decade, the Pioneer Library System has made its PLS Big Read and NEA Big Read a springtime tradition. The 11th edition of the event is bringing literature into the 11 communities served by the library system.

Tis the Season

It’s a special season at Norman Public Library Central, as 2016 marks 50 years in its current location at 225 N. Webster Ave. in downtown Norman. And this year’s Holiday Open House at the library takes on that theme, with a Golden Holiday gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. During that time, the library will be filled with festive activities,…

Moore’s New Central Park

It’s a great time to live in Moore! The long-awaited, eagerly anticipated Central Park–featuring state-of-the-art recreation and aquatics centers as well as a host of other amenities for young and old–held its public grand opening ceremonies on April 16. (At press time, work was still ongoing at the Aquatics Center.)

Norman West library debuts interactive play wall for children

Norman’s newest public library now has a new feature that will delight the youngest visitors to come through its doors. Norman Public Library West recently dedicated its new interactive play wall, located in the children’s area, in the southwest corner of the library portion of the Pioneer Library System facility, at 300 Norman Center Court on the west side of…