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Jane Austen's Birthday

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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Read the Book - Then See the Movie

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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Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 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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How do I use the 24 Hour Library?

24 Hour Library MachineThe Pioneer Library System offers two 24 hour library locations in Norman for you to pick up and return library materials.  The 24 hour libraries are located on Vicksburg Ave. in front of Irving Middle School and 300 Norman Center Court in front of Norman Public Library West. Using the 24 hour library is fast and easy.

Select 24 Hour Library as Pickup Location

1. Find the item you want in the catalog
2. Click Place Hold button
      -If not already logged in, log in with 14-digit library card number and  4-digit PIN (usually last 4 digits of phone number)
3. Select a location to pick up materials
      -Norman East (On Vicksburg Ave.)
      -Norman West (At 300 Norman Center Court)
4. Click Request button to finalize
6. Click Return to Searching or Logout and Return to go back to the catalog to continue browsing

You will be notified by phone, email, text, or traditional mail when your hold is available for pick-up.

 

Pick Up Hold Items

1. Press Checkout
2. Scan library card
3. Enter PIN
4. Hold items will be dispensed from slot below screen
5. Press Print for receipt

 

Check Out Items

1. Press Check Out
2. Scan library card
3. Enter PIN
4. Type in number location of item (ex: 3456)
5. Press Check Out to confirm
6. Item will be dispensed from slot below screen
7. Press Print for receipt or Done to end session

 

Return Items

1. Press Return
2. Place items one at a time in slot below screen
3. Press Print for receipt

1-On-1 Technology Assistance

Hours of Assistance
Monday-Thursday 10 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 10 am. - 7:30 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday 2 pm - 5:30 pm

Pioneer Library System offers individual assistance for customers' digital devices.

Customers may use the walk-up counter at the Norman Public Library West  for quick assistance or schedule an appointment with the Virtual Library for more detailed assistance.

Customers with eReaders, mp3 players, smartphones, tablets, and laptops can be helped with:

  • learning how to use the device;
  • installing and configuring apps and software;
  • downloading books, music, and videos;
  • accessing business, genealogy, tutoring, and research resources;
  • and more!

30 minute or 1-hour appointments can be scheduled online, at least 24-hours in advance.

For more information about the service, call 405-801-4530.

 

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