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How do I have a children's book discussion?

The Pioneer Library System makes holding a book discussion as easy as checking out a kit! All you have to do is gather the friends and open the book. We do the all the rest for you!

PLS maintains multiple Discussion Kits for children that include at least 8 copies of the book, discussion questions, bookmarks, information about the author/actors, and fun activities to get children involved in the story and theme.  We even have discussion kits with movies!

So, if you or your children are interested in reading an great book with friends, Pioneer Library System has a kit that will bring the story alive.

To reserve a kit please place a hold in the catalog.


Book and Movie Discussion Kits

Each kit contains: Multiples Copies of the Books, One Copy of the Movie, Bookmarks, Discussion Questions on the Book, Author Information, Author’s Others Works, Information on the Movie, Actor/Actresses Information, Theme-Related Games/Activities.

book jacket for Because of Winn Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

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How do I use the Norman Book Box?

book locker at Sooner MallThe Pioneer Library System is now offering more locations for you to pick up library materials.  If you are out shopping at the Sooner Mall or visiting the B&B Country Store, you can pick up your requested materials from the new book boxes.  Using the book boxes is very easy and fast.


Selecting Book Box Location

1. Find the material you want in the catalog
2. Click the "place a hold" button
      -If not already logged in, log in with 14 digit library card number and  4 digit pin number
3. Select a location to pick up materials
      -B&B Country Store book box
      -Sooner Mall book box (located near the family seating South of Old Navy)
4. Write a short comment if necessary
5. 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, or traditional mail when your hold is available for pick-up.
     -Wait until AFTER noon to pick up materials
     -If checking status online:
          -"on hold shelf" means item will be delivered the next day
          -"checked out" means item is at the book box
     -Items are checked out to patron the day it is placed in book box
     - Please pick up items within a week

Picking Up Materials at Book Box

1. Type in the last 7 digits of your library card number.
2. Box will pop open and you can receive materials

Returning Materials
The book boxes are pickup locations only.  Bookdrops for returning materials are located at both locations:
     -Sooner Mall bookdrops are located outside the North entrance of Sears & inside by Old Navy
     -B&B bookdrop is located in front of store

About the Town of Purcell

Purcell, Oklahoma is an active town with an official population of 5,571 people. It is located in central Oklahoma South of Oklahoma City along Interstate-35. Purcell is the county seat of McClain County and sits on the border between McClain County and Cleveland County.

The area was originally settled by Chickasaws who raised cattle, horses and hogs on the land beside the South Canadian river. In 1887, Purcell was founded on land overlooking the South Canadian River, as a railroad station. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads all passed through the area. The town is named in honor of ATSF railroad director Edward Benton (E.B.) Purcell, of Manhattan, Kansas.

Historic photo of Love HotelAs the town grew many now historic buildings were built. The Love Hotel, which is listed on the National Historic register, holds many memories of the past and is still in operation. Purcell also played an important role in Oklahoma's statehood. On September 30, 1893 representatives from Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory held the first meetings for single statehood at the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church at 319 West Washington. A model of the church can be found in the McClain County Historical Society & Museum at 203 West Washington.

Today, the vibrant town of Purcell offers multiple tourist attractions, opportunities for businesses, and a great lifestyle for its residents.  The Chamber of Commerce website "The Heart of Oklahoma" offers information for tourists, current residents, and potential residents on working, playing and living in the Purcell area. There are festivals, antique shops, restaurants, real estate, and horse ranch tours.

For information on the city's public services and departments, the "City of Purcell" website is the place to visit.   Here you can find information in the municipal court, police and fire departments, and animal shleter. A database of Hillside Cemetary records is also available.

If you are interested in living in Purcell or already a resident and have children, check out the school disrtict's website.  Find information on schools, athletics, and educational tools.  For more information on the Purcell schools, visit the Academic performance index (API) and Accountability Report Cards provided by the state as part of the "No Child Left Behind" initiative.

Check out the Pioneer Library System's Gathering Days album on Flickr for more historic photos of Purcell.  Comments about the people or places pictured are appreciated, so share your stories.

How do I use the Shawnee Book Box?

book locker at Sooner MallThe Pioneer Library System is now offering more locations for you to pick up library materials.  If you are out shopping at the Shawnee Mall, you can pick up your requested materials from the new book box.  Using the book box is very easy and fast.

Selecting Book Box Location

1. Find the material you want in the catalog
2. Click the "place a hold" button
      -If not already logged in, log in with 14 digit library card number and  4 digit pin number
3. Select a location to pick up materials
      -Shawnee Mall
4. Write a short comment if necessary
5. 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, or traditional mail when your hold is available for pick-up.
     -Wait until AFTER noon to pick up materials
     -If checking status online:
          -"on hold shelf" means item will be delivered the next day
          -"checked out" means item is at the book box
     -Items are checked out to patron the day it is placed in book box
     -Please pick up items within one week

Picking Up Materials at Book Box

1. Type in the last 7 digits of your library card number.
2. Box will pop open and you can receive materials

Returning Materials

The book box is a pickup location only.  A bookdrop for returning materials is located next to it.

Community Information - any time and any place

Computer The internet makes the world available to you with a tap of the fingertips and a click of the mouse - but sometimes what you really need is a good resource for local information.

Search engines like Google, Yahoo and LocalSearch provide a corporate take on locating local information - but sometimes it takes a local effort to provide the best hometown information. Luckily Oklahoma has statewide resources that are meant to help individuals find resources and services in their area.

JOIN is an online tool developed by several state agencies whose mission is:

"...to provide Oklahomans information about available public and private social services and other resources, to facilitate easy access and referral to those services and resources, and make de-identified information available for policy analysis, planning, reporting, and program evaluation.

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