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Food for Fines 2014 Results

This November, library patrons brought cans, bags, and boxes of non-perishable food items to their hometown Pioneer Library, which were donated to various organizations, such as Shawnee Rescue Mission, Salvation Army of Norman, Moore Public Schools Food Pantry, and many others. For every item donated, Pioneer Library System removed $1 off of the existing library fines on patrons' accounts.

This year, the entire Pioneer Library System gathered approximately 3.4 tons of un-opened food items from charitable patrons.

That weighs as much as an African Forest Elephant! If you would like more information about elephants, please feel free to explore our Encyclopedia Britannica database here.

Thank you for all of your donations!

Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends at PLS

Happy Thanksgiving! All hometown libraries will close at 6 pm on November 26 and will be closed all day November 27 and 28. Enjoy celebrating with your family over the holiday! We will reopen on November 29 for regular hours. Here are some book titles you might be interested in reading that have a Thanksgiving theme.

Thanksgiving by Michael Dibdin

Thanksgiving is a moving portrait of the profound effects of love when all that seems to remain is loss and grief. Unhinged by his wife's unexpected death, Anthony, a middle-aged Seattle journalist, becomes obsessed with her past. He drives through the Nevada desert to locate her ex-husband looking for some unnamable solace. But, what awaits him is a bizarre and violent encounter with the past that entangles Anthony with his half-estranged stepchildren, the police, and his own disquieted mind and that only makes Lucy's ghostly presence seem all the more real. The crisp dialogue, shadowy atmosphere, and sharp pacing of a master crime writer work to great effect in this arresting story that toys with the precipice of insanity and the extremes of passion and loss. This is a splendid shadow play on the enduring human mystery of love.

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Norman & Purcell Public Meetings to Consider Library Plans

Construction hatPioneer cities Norman and Purcell held public meetings October 5, 6 and 7 to hear presentations by architect Jeffrey Scherer, FAIA, MSRDesign, Minneapolis. Scherer is updating the master plan for the City of Norman’s libraries and developing a plan for the City of Purcell.

More than 100 citizens viewed and discussed site concept drawings for a Norman Central Library on a site at Acres and James Garner Avenue and a Norman East Library on Alameda between 24th and 36th at three public meetings on October 5 and 6. Presentation slides may be viewed on the City of Norman website. Scherer will present his report to the Norman City Council on Tuesday, November 4.

Read more: Norman & Purcell Public Meetings to Consider Library Plans

Literary Characters with October Birthdays

October has finally arrived, and we would like to celebrate some birthdays with you all! Some great literary characters are celebrating another year of life, so check out some of the stories they star in and appreciate what they bring to the tales!

Professor Minerva McGonagall - October 4th

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling

After 10 miserable years with his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter, a young boy with a great destiny, is rescued from their outrageous neglect and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each book follows another year in Harry's education while more of his frightening destiny is revealed. Professor McGonagall in all of her glory and maternal qualities is introduced in the first installment of Rowling's Harry Potter series.

Winnie the Pooh - October 14th

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday. Winnie the Pooh is a wonderful, sweet bear who loves and cares for his friends, but often gets into sticky situations.

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Important OverDrive App Update Information

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With the version 3.2 update the OverDrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), and Windows 8 will no longer require Adobe Authorization when setting up the app on your device. Instead you will create an OverDrive account for authorization that will also allow your progress to sync across multiple devices.

Read more: Important OverDrive App Update Information

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