Press Releases http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:30:47 -0600 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mythology and Folklore http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5877-mythology-and-folklore http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5877-mythology-and-folklore

Have you ever been interested in mythological creatures or characters? We've compiled a combination list of informative and fictional books that might pique your interest. Check out the following titles at your hometown library!

Gardner book coverSir Gawain and the Green Knight: In a Modern English Version by John Gardner

The adventures and challenges of Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew and a knight at the Round Table, including his duel with the mysterious Green Knight, are among the oldest and best known of Arthurian stories. Here the distinguished author and poet John Gardner has captured the humor, elegance, and richness of the original Middle English in flowing modern verse translations of this literary masterpiece. Besides the tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this edition includes two allegorical poems, "Purity" and "Patience"; the beautiful dream allegory "Pearl"; and the miracle story "Saint Erkenwald," all attributed to the same anonymous poet, a contemporary of Chaucer and an artist of the first rank.

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virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Virtual Library) Reader Services Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:00:00 -0500
Exploring a Laugh http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5876-funny-books http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5876-funny-books

Sometimes life gets stressful and can be kind of a downer. We all need a good laugh, so we've compiled a random list of books that some people have found humorous. Feel free to explore the books that have been suggested and check them out at your hometown library.

Kaling book coverIs Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck-impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence "Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I'll shut up about it?" Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages).

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virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Virtual Library) Reader Services Thu, 15 May 2014 14:00:00 -0500
2015 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award List http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5855-2015-oklahoma-sequoyah-book-award-list http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5855-2015-oklahoma-sequoyah-book-award-list

The Sequoyah Administrative Team and the Pioneer Library System are proud to announce the following books for the 2015 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Masterlists. Voting for the winner begins in February, so check out these great books before voting begins.

Children’s (Grades 3-5)

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virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Virtual Library) Reader Services Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:00 -0500
2014 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Winners http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5854-2014-oklahoma-sequoyah-book-award-winners http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5854-2014-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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virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Asia Perkins) Reader Services Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:40:29 -0500
2014 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award List http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5663-2014-oklahoma-sequoyah-book-award-list http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5663-2014-oklahoma-sequoyah-book-award-list

The Sequoyah Administrative Team and the Pioneer Library System are proud to announce the following books for the 2014 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Masterlists. Voting has already begun, so check out these great books before you vote.

Children's (Grade 3-5)

  • Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta - Dancing Home
  • Sarah Aronson - Beyond Lucky
  • Randi Barrow - Saving Zasha
  • Joan Bauer - Close to Famous
  • Doreen Cronin - The Trouble with Chickens
  • Cynthia DeFelice - Wild Life
  • Jessica Day George - Tuesdays at the Castle
  • Jennifer Jacobson - Small as an Elephant
  • Thanhha Lai - Inside Out & Back Again
  • Kate Messner - Marty McGuire
  • Kadir Nelson - Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
  • Dorothy Hinshaw Patent - Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance
  • Dan Santat - Sidekicks
  • Lee Wardlaw - Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku
  • Sally Warner - EllRay Jakes is NOT a Chicken!
  • Ruth White - You'll Like it Here (Everybody Does)

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    Jane Austen, a popular English writer, was born on December 16, 1775. In honor of the anniversary of her birth, check out some the following titles written by her!

    Northanger Abbey

    In this spirited comedy of manners, Catherine Morland falls in love with a young clergyman while vacationing in Bath, and his father, thinking her wealthy, invites her to be a guest at Northanger Abbey, the family's country estate. But things take a turn for the worse when it's discovered that she is not wealthy.

    Mansfield Park

    At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund, but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive, and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy, Fanny has to fight to retain her independence. This new edition places Mansfield Park in its Regency context and elucidates the theatrical background that pervades the novel.

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    virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Asia Perkins) Reader Services Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:00:00 -0600
    Read the Book - Then See the Movie http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5441-book-movies http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/5441-book-movies

    Do you like to read the book before you see the movie? Here’s a look at the books turned into movies in November, December, and January. Check them out at your hometown library today!

    Big Sur
    In theaters Nov. 1 (R)
    Based on the book Big Sur by Jack Kerouc 
    Retiring to a seaside cabin near San Francisco, Jack Duluoz looks for tranquility, but finds only horror and despair.

     

    Ender's Game
    In theaters Nov. 1 (PG-13)
    Based on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth.

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    shaye@pioneerlibrarysystem.org (Kate) Reader Services Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:17:45 -0600
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Birthday http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/4590-fyodor-dostoyevskys-birthday http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/4590-fyodor-dostoyevskys-birthday

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian author and was born on November 11, 1821. His most popular works include: Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot. If you would like to read these pieces or more of his work, check out the following selection:

    The Brothers Karamazov

    The last and greatest of Dostoevsky 's novels, The Brothers Karamazov is a towering masterpiece of literature, philosophy, psychology, and religion. It tells the story of intellectual Ivan, sensual Dmitri, and idealistic Alyosha Karamazov, who collide in the wake of their despicable father's brutal murder. Into the framework of the story Dostoevsky poured all of his deepest concerns-the origin of evil, the nature of freedom, the craving for meaning and, most importantly, whether God exists. The novel is famous for three chapters that may be ranked among the greatest pages of Western literature. "Rebellion" and "The Grand Inquisitor" present what many have considered the strongest arguments ever formulated against the existence of God, while "The Devil" brilliantly portrays the banality of evil. Ultimately, Dostoevsky believes that Christ-like love prevails. But does he prove it? A rich, moving exploration of the critical questions of human existence, The Brothers Karamazov powerfully challenges all readers to reevaluate the world and their place in it.

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    virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Asia Perkins) Reader Services Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:00:00 -0600
    Anne Rice's Birthday http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/4589-anne-rices-birthday http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/4589-anne-rices-birthday

    Anne Rice, the popular gothic fiction author, will be 72 on October 4th! She is well-known for her Vampire Chronicles series, and has sold more than 100 million copies of her books. This queen of gothic fiction is a great way to kick of the spooky month of October, so check out some of the following books!

    Merrick

    David Talbot, an adventurer and near-mortal vampire, narrates the saga of Merrick, a descendant of the Mayfair witches, from whom she inherits her magical gifts, and of a mixed African and French background that is steeped in traditions and lore of voodoo.

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    virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Asia Perkins) Reader Services Fri, 04 Oct 2013 06:00:00 -0500
    F. Scott Fitzgerald's Birthday http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/4588-f-scott-fitzgeralds-birthday http://www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/blblog/4588-f-scott-fitzgeralds-birthday

    F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist in the early twentieth century, and his works have continued to be popular to this day. He was born on September 24, 1896. To celebrate the anniversary of his birth, check out some of his work. We've provided a selection below. Happy reading!

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published on April 10, 1925, it is set in Long Island's North Shore and New York City during the summer of 1922. The novel chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age." Following the shock and chaos of World War I, American society enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers and led to an increase in organized crime.

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    virtuallibrary@pls.lib.ok.us (Asia Perkins) Reader Services Tue, 24 Sep 2013 06:00:00 -0500