The Pioneer Library System is giving back in advance of the holidays, thanks to the donations of readers throughout the library system's three-county area. The Food for Fines campaign returns Nov. 5-14, with donations being taken in each of the 11 hometown libraries in the system.
In the Food for Fines program, readers who may have had a little trouble getting their library materials checked back in on time can help take away some or all of their fines by bringing a donation of a non-perishable canned of boxed food item. For each can or box of food, $1 will be wiped off of their fines, up to a $20 total.
One limitation is that any cardholders whose fine total has caused their account to be sent to debt collection will not be eligible for a reduction in that amount.
The most important part of the program is the final result – a significant donation of resources to local agencies that are able to use them to help families in the holiday season. Last year, donations totaled more than 3 tons of food received and donated by hometown libraries, with a total of almost 29 tons of food donated since the campaign began in 2005.
Organizations that will receive this year's donations are:
Blanchard – Blanchard Lions Club, for their Christmas food baskets
McLoud – First Baptist Church of McLoud
Moore – Brand Senior Center
Newcastle – Veterans Corner
Norman Central, Norman West – Salvation Army of Norman
Purcell – McClain County Christmas Connection
Shawnee – Salvation Army of Shawnee
Tecumseh – Highland Church of Christ
World Origami Days, from October 24 to November 11, is a two-and-a-half week event of the international community of origami. During this celebration, we can get the world to fold! Celebrate these days by encouraging others feel the joy in paper folding everywhere they go. You can teach your classmates, fold designs while riding on the bus, make little gifts to your friends and create a collection with your models. There are various styles that you can make so the possibilities are limitless!
Need ideas of what you can fold? Check out our catalog! We have many options.
Through the end of October, several of the hometown libraries in the Pioneer Library System will host the exhibit WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource, a creation of the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center.
The exhibit currently is displayed in the Campbell Gallery Room of Norman Public Library Central, and will be there through Labor Day. Future stops for the exhibit will be:
Purcell Public Library – Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 23;
Shawnee Public Library – Saturday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 17;
Norman Public Library West – Tuesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 31
The exhibit is a six-piece interactive display that details historical events, highlights pivotal congressional figures through time, and explains current water-related issues the state is facing.
The physical exhibit will be available for viewing during operating hours at each of the libraries. While there, viewers will learn how to access additional content by opening the exhibit’s web app on their smart phones, or by dialing in on basic cell phones. The exhibit's web app can be found on the exhibit's web page.
This is a project of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Oklahoma Humanities Council and is in the midst of an 18-month tour to various sites around Oklahoma.