All Pioneer Library Branches will be closed for Labor Day Sunday, Sept. 4th and Monday, Sept. 5th. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 6th for all branches.
According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, Labor Day was first celebrated in the U.S. in New York City in 1882, and "[w]orkers of all kinds still enjoy the day off in early September. It has come to signify the end of summer and a time for workers to celebrate the economic prosperity and high standard of living their labor has made possible."
Stock up on books and movies now, and use the catalog to find out more about Labor Day!
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With our app you can:
- Use the physical catalog
- Renew & place holds
- Pay fines
- Read eMagazines
- Use self check machines
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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.
It has been an exciting summer of friends, laughs, and reading. We've logged minutes read and written reviews. We've watched performers and learned new things. Perhaps, some of us have even found our new favorite reads?
You can still log your reads online until the end of August. But if you have reached your reading goals (and are a child or teen) be sure to stop by your hometown library and pick up your Summer Reading Prize!
What was your favorite part of Summer Reading? Be sure to take our survey and let us know!
Dogs are awesome animals! According to the National Dog Day website, "Dogs put their lives on the line every day... for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they're detecting cancer and seizures...things even humans cannot do." That's why National Dog Day was made: to give back to these outstanding animals for everything they do and to celebrate the unconditional love that we share with them!
On August 26th, you can celebrate National Dog Day too! Save an animal or donate to a shelter, throw your dog a special doggy party or just give your dog one of these special Homemade Treats by Cricket (Primary Search powered by EBSCOhost).
- 1/4 cup hot tap water
- 8 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 cups wheat germ
- 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 3250F.
- Pour hot tap water into a large bowl and add bouillon cubes. Crush them with a fork until they are dissolved. Stir in yeast, cover the bowl with a clean dishtowel, and set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes.
- Add tomato juice, 1 cup all-purpose flour, sugar, and wheat germ to the bowl. Stir to form a smooth batter.
- Stir in the remaining cup all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour. The dough will be very stiff and dry.
- Knead the dough with your hands.
- Sprinkle flour on a cutting board. Take a few handfuls of dough and work it into a small ball shape. With a rolling pin, flatten the ball to about */4 inch thick.
- Grease cookie sheet. Cut dough into shapes with lightly floured cookie cutter. Transfer shapes to cookie sheet with a spatula.
- Bake for one hour. Turn the oven off, but don't open it.
- Let the treats dry in the oven for at least four hours. Your dog will like them best if they are hard and crunchy.
- Allow treats to cool completely before serving them to your dog.
Of course, we have a ton of books about dogs in our catalog too. Check out some of your favorites today!