Students in grades 3rd - 12th are invited to vote for the Sequoyah Book Award 2018 winners. If you have read or listened to at least 3 books from the lists below, please VOTE HERE for your favorite title. Voting is open until March 15, 2018.
- Children's 2018 Masterlist (3rd - 5th grade)
- Intermediate 2018 Masterlist (6th - 8th grade)
- High School 2018 Masterlist (9th - 12th grade)
With this award, Oklahoma honors the Native American leader Sequoyah, for his unique achievement in creating the Cherokee syllabary. Sequoyah chose eighty-five symbols to represent all spoken sounds of the Cherokee language. In so doing, he created a way to preserve his people's language and culture.
The first Sequoyah Children's Book Award was given in April 1959, making the award the third oldest children's choice award in the nation. In 1988, the first Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award was given. Twenty years later the YA book award was changed to “Intermediate Award” and a High School award was created and was first awarded in 2010.
February marks not just the beginning of Black History Month but also the birthday of one of the most famous African American authors, whose work began decades before Black History Month existed as we now know it.
Langston Hughes composed more than 60 books, poems, short stories and more during more than four decades through the late 1960s when he died in 1967.
Mr. Hughes was born in 1902 and is one of the most influential African American authors in American history. His work helped shape the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s as the cultural movement redefined that generation.
It was around that time that Black History Month had its beginnings as Negro History Week, which began in 1926 from inspiration of historian Carter Woodson. President Gerald Ford recognized the first Black History Month in February of 1976, and it’s been commemorated at that time since.
The Pioneer Library System will mark the month with several events in libraries, including:
Hip Hop as Poetry and Cultural Expression, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at SOKC – Dr. Catherine A. John, professor at the University of Oklahoma, will present a spoken word performance and engagement in conversation on the history, culture and art of the African American community.
African American Read-In, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at Norman West – The event is a part of a national initiative that celebrates diversity in literature and will feature readings by local community leaders in an effort to shine a spotlight on African American authors.
Kids Celebrate Black History, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at SOKC – Award-winning author Gwendolyn Hooks will present about her book “If You Were a Kid in the Civil Rights Movement,” and the first 30 children in attendance will receive a free copy of the book.
13th Annual Crowns Tea, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Norman Central – The Crowns Tea is based on the photo essay “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats,” which celebrates the tradition of the church hat. Guests are welcome to wear their Sunday best and the library always is filled with dozens of colorful hats. A free ticket is required to attend and can be obtained at the Read-In Feb. 11 and afterward at the Norman Central Information Services Desk.
Tax Season is here, and your hometown libraries are ready to help you find the resources you need to file your taxes. This year, taxes must be filed by Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
Each of the 11 PLS branches is equipped to help you locate, download, and print your federal or state tax forms. Library cardholders may file their taxes online from library computers, but library staff is not trained to answer tax-related questions or work in actual preparation of forms.
- Standard charges for printing or photocopying apply. Black and white prints or copies are $0.15 per page. Color prints or copies are $0.30 per page.
- Hometown libraries are unable to install personal tax software onto library computers.
Use the following information to find Oklahoma and federal tax forms online and other tax assistance resources:
A story of the blended backgrounds of a group of men weaves its way through some of the picturesque settings of the Rocky Mountains as part of Ron Carlson's novel Five Skies.
The novel, the selected work for this year's PLS Big Read in the Pioneer Library System, paints many pictures of not just the scenery but the lives of those living in it.
To add an artistic element to celebrate that surrounding world as the novel does, there will be a PLS Big Read Photo Contest conducted along with other activities of this year's PLS Big Read.
Entries for the contest will be taken from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. Topics for photos mirror those explored in the book and include good work, nature, guilt, mercy, friendship/relationship and building/rebuilding.
Amateur photographers ages 12 and up may participate. Their photos should be original and taken by the person submitting it. Entries will be judged on artistic creativity, technical skill and representation of book theme.
Winners and prizes will be announced in early March prior to the conclusion of this year's PLS Big Read.
The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS: The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.
Via the use of technology, this year’s PLS Big Read featured author, Ron Carlson, will be coming to the Pioneer Library System service area for a pair of presentations.
Carlson will present via videoconference in “A Conversation with Ron Carlson,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd. in Norman. Carlson will discuss the themes of his novel Five Skies and his writing process in general.
Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote Five Skies after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. The book is this year’s PLS Big Read featured novel, with activities throughout the library system geared around it.
One of these will be a Creative Writing Workshop presented by Carlson from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, with the stream airing at multiple PLS libraries. The Blanchard, McLoud, Moore, Norman West, Shawnee, Southwest Oklahoma City and Tecumseh libraries will have the author’s workshop.
The presentations will wrap up this year’s 12th edition of The Big Read in the Pioneer Library System. The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the National Endowment for the Arts as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature.