All hometown libraries will be closed Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th for Independence Day. Libraries will be open for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5th.
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Looking for something to make these long summer days more entertaining? Come join us at the library for this year's Pioneer Library System Touring Programs! We have tons of awesome events that are perfect for everyone. If you can't make the event at your local branch, you're welcome to attend at another branch!
Kids can learn and have fun at the same time with programs like Dino O'Dell, Ironscientist Triathlon, and Minecraft Redstone Challenge. Teens can get fit with SMO Crunch Time or save humanity with SMO Saving the Universe. Adults can have a night of relaxation with SMO Bath Lab 2.0 or test their culinary skills with An Exercise in Taste. There are many more programs to choose from. Click below for the full list, including locations and dates! We can't wait to see you.
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Rachel Hendricks’ career in dance began at age 5, and her first dance shows were for other kids around the Ada neighborhood where she grew up.
“I would make the flyers and tickets, we’d have different themed shows in different places,” she remembered.
Today, Hendricks is an instructor with Norman-based Modern Dance Arts and for a second time will share her talent with teens around the Pioneer Library System as part of a summer tour.
While a lesson lasting an hour or so in a library program may not seem like a long time to learn much, Hendricks has seen a difference in teens who have participated.
“They actually are a little nervous at first, but you can gradually see them learning and see their confidence grow as they see they really can do this and really are dancing,” Hendricks said. “By the end of an hour I see them having a different appreciation for it.”
Hendricks added to her knowledge by spending parts of the past two summers working at an international dance festival in Brasilia, Brazil, where she taught dancers from all around that country and beyond.
The worst day of Kelsey Philo’s life also was the day that turned her life in a new direction, taking her to places she couldn’t have imagined and likely wouldn’t have gone without that fateful experience.
In the past decade, her life went from a diagnosis of perhaps never walking again to a battle with depression and physical pain, as she rebuilt her life in into one spreading a positive attitude and inspiration to those she meets through hula-hooping.
“Hooping was the one thing I started doing that was positive that started pulling me out of it,” she said. “Hooping got me back on my feet, helped me to feel alive and capable.”
It was one of those few days each winter when the weather turns nasty in Oklahoma. Not cold enough for an all-out snowstorm, not warm enough to just be a cold rain, so everything turns into a slick, icy mess.
This was an unusually early day for such weather, in late November 2006. And it went from bad to worse for Kelsey, then a college student at the University of Oklahoma. An accident on the ice had left her stuck underneath the car, and she hadn’t been found for about two hours. “I thought I was going to freeze to death,” she remembered. A woman eventually spotted her and called 911 for someone to come help.
But the responding fire truck lost control on the ice-covered street and crashed into Kelsey and her car, further pinning her. She suffered a fractured vertebrae and 4th degree burns on her lower back. “The exhaust pipe was just pushing into my back and burning me.”
She was finally freed and rushed to a local hospital. Multiple procedures followed. She endured five surgeries on her back in a short period of time, including having removal of a disk that had been forced into her spinal cord, just to try to stabilize her condition.
She was told there could be complete paralysis of her left foot and leg, in addition to the damage done to her lower back. Life as she had known it appeared to be over. And it was, but not in the way she thought at the time.