Geek The Library
What do you geek?
That’s the question staff members at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library are asking their customers as part of the national Geek the Library community awareness campaign.
Geek the Library features local educational material that introduces “geek” as a verb and encourages the public to talk about what they geek, whether it’s engineering, superheroes, music, zombies, or cooking. The campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something—everyone geeks something—and that the library supports them all.
To get the message out in the community, the SOKC Library staff is planning a series of photo opportunities for community members to share their geeks. The first is a community photo day taking place all day Jan. 8 at the SOKC Library. Community members interested in taking part in the campaign will be able to visit the library (preferable dressed in black for picture quality), and have their photo taken. The photos will be added to the Pioneer Library System Flickr Page and will be available for download. Customers are encouraged to share the photos with their friends, post on their Facebook page, display in their place of business, or portray them in any way to helps get the word out about the library and what all it can offer.
Library staff members are also working on setting up photo sites in the community Feb. 10-17, as part of Love Your Library Month. Businesses in SOKC interested in hosting the library at their site during the week may call the library at (405) 979-2200 to set up a time. Information about photo locations and other campaign events will be available on the PLS website, www.justsoyouknow.us/sokc.
Anybody who wants to have their photo taken, but cannot attend these scheduled events can call the library to schedule a time for their photo. Library staff is also available to attend community organization meetings, school family nights, homeowner association meetings, and other community events to photograph people for the campaign. Just call the library to set up a visit!
One goal of the campaign is to continue to spread the word about the relatively new library and all the services the library offers. The other goal is to get community members excited about supporting the library either as part of a Friends group start up team or as a financial or in-kind donor. By forming a Friends group and reaching donors, the SOKC Library staff can continue to provide programming for customers and participate in the local community.
The campaign is sponsored by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative that has provided services to help libraries deliver more to their users for four decades. Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC partnered with Chicago-based marketing communications agency Leo Burnett USA to create the campaign. For more information, visit www.geekthelibrary.org.
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!
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.
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.
How do I use the 24 Hour Library?
The 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
1. Press Return
2. Place items one at a time in slot below screen
3. Press Print for receipt
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!
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.
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.
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 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.