Summer Reading Program Kick Off Events 2016!

ChildrensSRPLogo1School's out and you know what that means, right? S U M M E R - R E A D I N G! That's right. We are inviting you, you and you to our Summer Reading Kick-off events! Why not start off the summer with fun activities, food, and goals to set throughout the season? This is something you don't want to miss! You will also be able to sign up for our summer reading program while at one of these events. Click below to find the kickoff at your own branch. So water you waiting for? Be there or be square!  laugh Click to see when your library is holding their event.

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All Libraries Closed for Memorial Day 2016

USAAll hometown libraries will be closed Sunday, May 29th, and Monday, May 30th, for Memorial Day. Libraries will be open on Tuesday, May 31th for regular hours.

If you're looking for a dish to bring to your Memorial Day cookout, look no further! Try out this Chipotle Guacamole Recipe (article This is Chipotle's Actual Gaucamole Recipe. Enjoy! by Sabrina Toppa in Time magazine, accessed via EBSCOHost Kids Search).

Chipotle Guacamole Recipe


  • 2 ripe Hass avocados
  • 2 tsp lime juice 2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 jalapeño, including seeds (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt 


  1. Choose the right avocado. It should feel squishy yet firm (like the palm of your hand), and be a nice dark green color on the inside.
  2. Cut the avocado in half and the remove the pit (carefully!)
  3. Scoop the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
  4. Toss and coat with lime juice.
  5. Add the salt and using a fork or potato masher, mash until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  6. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  7. Taste the guacamole (over and over) and adjust seasoning if necessary.

If you're looking for more information about Memorial Day, click here.


Move to the music at teen dance workshop

Rachel HendricksRachel 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.

“I worked with some of the best of the best in the whole world and was able to learn so much from the other instructors,” she said.  “I didn’t speak their language, but it was interesting to see how universal the language of dance is.”

As a teacher, she works with all ages, from children as young as 3 to adults who may just be learning themselves.

A big part of her goal is to spread the passion she has for it to students, a particularly important goal in her mind for the teens she crosses paths with this summer as something they may be able to apply to areas of their life they mind have passion about.

“Dance is really a social art form. And I’m so passionate about it that I hope that rubs off on them and they can see that and get something from that,” she said.

“It helps me feel young. All my dance friends tell me their age and I think ‘wow’ that can’t be, because they all look so young still also.”

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“Be Wild for Art” with teen painting program

Wild for ArtBe Wild for Art has invigorated hometown libraries the past two summers with its painting classes for adults, giving artists or would-be artists a chance to show their creativity in a festive environment of camaraderie.

The group takes its talents outside its Norman studio again for this summer’s tour of the library to add to what they’d guess is thousands of individual paintings since its opening in 2010, all of them unique.

“People all come in and pretty much they’re all frightened,” said owner Desiree Cashman. “But by the end of the class they all are having fun and find they’ve really learned something.

“At the end what they’ve painted may not be identical to what I’ve done but you always expect that. I can paint the same thing seven times and have seven paintings that all look a little different.”

This year’s library event will be for teens ages 12 to 17, who will begin from a sample design that will be displayed for all to see and then work on their own canvas. Class size will be limited to 20, not only so enough materials are available but also so staff members are able to help artists with tips for their new creations.

The staff at the studio also have seen a variety of interesting requests from visitors to the studio for projects they’d like to try. One family asked to do a painting based on a photo of the house of a beloved grandmother who recently had passed. And they came to the studio, some 70 strong, to use painting as a way of honoring their family member. 

“And it was great, because everybody had a different remembrance of Grandma’s house,” Cashman said. “It was really a way they were able to celebrate her.”

Be Wild for Art has moved forward in remembrance in the past year also, as Desiree’s sister and co-founder of the business, Cyndy, died last summer after a battle with cancer.

The staff has remained strong and the studio moved earlier this year, down the street from its longtime site to a new Norman address, 480 24th Ave. NW No. 142, a location that will allow them more flexibility on the sizes of programs they will offer.

But for a third year in a row, some of those programs will be headed on the road and throughout the Pioneer Library System.

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Duo to bring unique sound for summer library tour

Adam & KizzieAs the musical duo Adam & Kizzie, Adam and Kim Ledbetter are making beautiful music together.

But that’s just part of the lives of this couple, whose musical talent has been blended together even as their lives have blended. And it’s a talent they’ll share with audiences in hometown libraries during this year’s Summer Reading Program.

Once choir classmates in junior high school at Classen School of Advanced Studies, they had gone their separate ways for more than a decade before their paths again crossed in 2001.

“We came back together as friends, and things like blossomed almost like magic,” Adam said with a big smile. “We were developing this whole romantic thing, but the music was still kind of separate.”

The couple actually started their music career together about as far away from Oklahoma as you could get. They had an opportunity to go to India and perform as a cover band in locations on the other side of the world.

After six months there, things were going alright but hadn’t taken off the way they might have wanted.

“One night we were sitting by the pool talking and realized we needed to do something else,” Adam said. “We talked about things we wanted to do and to be back home. We wrote it all down, and it’s crazy to see how now we just keep ticking things off the list from that conversation we had that night.”

Since their return to Oklahoma, the pair have developed their own style, which they call “a tribute to everything that is genuinely great about music.” They’ve also worked to spread their music in different phases and regions, first locally, then branching out to audiences statewide and eventually to different parts of the country.

“We really followed the same strategy as we did here, just find places that would let us perform,” Kim said of their efforts to go on a national level. “When we got a footing here, had earned a bit of a following, and then we started touring. From there, once you get your foot in the door, they want you to come back.”

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