Pioneer Library System’s Executive Director announces retirement

Anne Masters Color PhotoDuring a career in library service that started in school libraries and moved to one of Oklahoma’s largest multi-county library systems, Anne Masters has seen libraries adapt to a world of ever-changing technology and the needs of readers.

What hasn’t changed with her or the people she works with is their desire to provide the service those readers need in a changing world.

“The library-related skills are important, but working with people is the biggest thing,” Masters said. “You can be successful at the technical part of libraries but if you can’t also work well with people, it doesn’t work.”

The Executive Director of the Pioneer Library System since 2007, Masters has announced her retirement, effective in January 2017. She has invited members of the community to a reception on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15, at Norman Public Library West, 300 Norman Center Court.

And Norman West is a great place to start in a look back at Masters’ time with PLS. The building is the first owned by the library system, purchased in 2011 after work by Masters and her staff and approval by the PLS Board of Trustees. The former Borders Bookstore has served as a hub of activity on the busy west side of Norman, as well as a central location for PLS administrative offices.

Masters’ tenure leading PLS also has seen the organization open a new library in Blanchard in 2010 and add a 10th branch in Southwest Oklahoma City in 2011 before Norman West opened in late 2013. A 12th library is on the way, with Norman East slated to open in 2018, part of the Norman Forward plan passed by Norman voters in October 2015.  A new Norman Central will open in 2019.

“We have worked to stay current. Being Pioneers, I think we have been ahead of a lot of libraries in implementing a lot of things in service to our customers and in technology options; our new Brand Promise is perfect for us, 'Pioneering tomorrow’s library,'” Masters said.

“With the millage in 2008, we were able to increase our hours and our collection size; all libraries are now open on Sunday afternoons year-round and our collection has grown substantially thanks to the voters in our three counties.”

 Also during Masters’ time as Executive Director, the Pioneer Library System Foundation was formed in 2009. It serves as a nonprofit charitable organization supporting literacy and learning throughout PLS communities. As Executive Director, Masters has been an ex-officio member of the Foundation Board since its formation.

In honor of her retirement, the Foundation is encouraging members of the community to consider donating to an endowment being established. Masters is making a sizable donation herself to begin the process, and the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma will match gifts by donating an additional $5,000 if the Foundation reaches its goal of $25,000 by Dec. 31, 2016.

Masters followed Bill Lowry and Mary Sherman in becoming just the third Executive Director in the history of the system, which was founded in 1957.

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Pioneer Library System donates more than four tons of food in "Food for Fines"

Supermarket ShelfMore than four tons of food is on its way to families in need this holiday season, thanks to the Pioneer Library System's Food for Fines campaign. The program gives readers, who may have had a little trouble getting their library materials checked in on-time, the chance to make at least some of their fines go away with the donation of a non-perishable canned or boxed food items.

The 11 PLS libraries collected a total of approximately 8,200 pounds of food, which comes to more than 4 tons. It will go to food pantries around Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties during the holiday season.

The total marks a large increase over last year when donations topped the three-ton mark. So far around 33 tons of food have been donated since the "Food for Fines" campaign began in 2005.

Organizations that will receive this year's donations are:

BlanchardBlanchard Lions Club, for their Christmas food baskets

McLoudFirst Baptist Church of McLoud

MooreBrand Senior Center

NewcastleVeterans Corner

NobleFirst State Bank, First Baptist Church, Maguire Farm Store

Norman Central, Norman WestSalvation Army of Norman

Purcell – McClain County Christmas Connection

ShawneeSalvation Army of Shawnee

Southwest Oklahoma CityMoore Public Schools Food Pantry and Moore Food Resource Center

TecumsehHighland Church of Christ

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Gingerbread Decorating Day

gingerbread houseWhat a joyous season it is! Guess what day it is again? Gingerbread Decorating Day! On December 10, we encourage everyone of all ages to continue the classic holiday tradition. Building a gingerbread house can bring the hold family together. Each person can place their favorite treat onto the gingerbread house and the results and memories of this will be special.

Want to bake your own pieces to make a gingerbread house? Here's a DIY Gingerbread House from Lori Guerrini from Ladybug Magazine (Powered by EBSCOhost Primary Search

16 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 1/2 cup butter-flavor shortening
2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
3 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
  1. In a large bowl, mix together 8 cups flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and cloves.
  2. In microwave, melt the shortening, brown sugar, and syrup together. Stir until smooth.
  3. With mixer at low speed, gradually add syrup mixture to flour mixture. At medium speed, beat in 4 additional cups flour. Mix b the remaining flour by hand with a wooden spoon. The dough should be firm but not sticky.
  4. Divide dough into 4 parts. Roll out immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate. (May be refrigerated up to 1 week. Let dough come to room temperature before rolling.) Helpful hint: if dough is too dry, microwave for a few seconds.
  5. Make pattern pieces out of cardboard. Roll dough 1/4" thick and cut around pattern pieces with a sharp knife or x-acto knife. Dust pattern pieces and working area with flour as needed so dough doesn't stick.
  6. Carefully transfer each piece to cookie sheet and bake at 350 degree for 8-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool before using.


Use icing as glue to hold the gingerbread house together as well as for decorating.

4 large egg whites at room temperature
2 pounds confectioners sugar
1 tsp. cream of tartar
  1. Mix all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Apply icing to edges of pattern pieces and glue the pieces together. Helpful hint: use soup cans to prop the walls until icing sets.
  3. Use the icing as adhesive to add candy or other decorations.

Want some more gingerbread house ideas? Check out our catalog!

Popular Authors and Series

The Pioneer Library System automatically purchases titles written by popular authors and titles part of popular series. Below are the authors and series you will find in the Pioneer Library system collection without the need for a request for purchase.

Adams, Alice Garwood, Julie Miller, Linda Lael
Adler, Elizabeth Gear, Kathleen Mitchard, Jacquelyn
Albert, Susan Wittig Gear, Michael Morrison, Toni
Allende, Isabel George, Anne Mosley, Walter
Anderson, Poul George, Elizabeth Muller, Marcia
Andrews, V.C. Gerritsen, Tess Norton, Andre
Anthony, Piers Gibbons, Kay Oates, Joyce Carol
Archer, Jeffrey Gilman, Dorothy O'Banyon, Constance
Atwood, Margaret Goldsmith, Olivia O'Brian, Patrick
Auel, Jean Goudge, Eileen Oke, Janette
Bachman, Richard Grafton, Sue Palmer, Diane
Baldacci, David Graham, Heather Paretsky, Sara
Barker, Clive Greeley, Andrew M. Parker, Robert B.
Barnes, Linda Griffin, W.E.B. Patterson, James
Barr, Nevada Grimes, Martha Patterson, Richard North
Bear, Greg Grisham, John Pearson, Ridley
Beaton, M. C. Gulley, Phillip Peart, Jane
Beattie, Ann Hager, Jean Perry, Anne
Berg, Elizabeth Hambly, Barbara Peters, Elizabeth
Bernhardt, William Hamilton, Laurell K. Peters, Ellis
Binchy, Maeve Hannah, Kristin Peterson, Tracie
Blackstock Terry Hart, Carolyn Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
Block, Lawrence Henderson, Dee Pilcher, Rosamunde
Bova, Ben Henley, Virginia Plain, Belva
Bradbury, Ray Hess, Joan Preston, Douglas
Bradford, Barbara Taylor Hiassen, Carl Price, Eugenia
Bradley, Marion Zimmer Higgins, Jack Pronzini, Bill
Braun, Lillian Jackson Hillerman, Tony Proulx, E. Annie
Brookner, Anita Hoag, Tami Quick, Amanda
Brooks, Terry Hoffman, Alice Quindlen, Anna
Brown, Dale Holt, Victoria Ray, Jeanne
Brown, Dan Hooper, Kay Reichs, Kathy
Brown, Rita Mae Howard, Linda Rendell, Ruth
Brown, Sandra Howatch, Susan Rice, Anne
Buchanan, Edna Iles, Greg Rice, Luanne
Burke, James Lee Irving, John Rivers, Francine
Burke, Jan Isaacs, Susan Robards, Karen
Cannell, Stephen J. Jakes, John Robbins, Harold
Card, Orson Scott James, P. D. Robbins, Tom
Carr, Caleb Jance, Judith A. Roberts, Nora
Cherryh, C. J. Johansen, Iris Roosevelt, Elliot
Chesney, Marion Johnston, Joan Rosenberg, Nancy Taylor
Chiaverini, Jennifer Johnstone, William Roth, Philip
Clancy, Tom Jordan, Robert Saberhagen, Fred
Clark, Carol Higgins Karon, Jan Sanders, Lawrence
Clark, Mary Higgins Kellerman, Faye Sandford, John
Coben, Harlan Kellerman, Jonathan Saul, John
Collins, Jackie Kelton, Elmer Scottoline, Lisa
Connelly, Michael Kemelman, Harry Shatner, William
Connolly, John Keneally, Thomas Sheldon, Sidney
Conroy, Pat Kidd, Sue Monk Shreve, Anita
Cook, Robin Kienzle, William Siddons, Anne Rivers
Cookson, Catherine King, Laurie Silverberg, Robert
Coonts, Stephen King, Stephen Smiley, Jane
Copeland, Lori Kingsbury, Karen Smith, Lee
Cornwell, Bernard Kingsolver, Barbara Smith, Martin Cruz
Cornwell, Patricia Kinsella, Sophie Smith, Wilbur
Coulter, Catherine Koontz, Dean R. Sparks, Nicholas
Crichton, Michael Krantz, Judith Spencer, Lavryle
Cross, Amanda Krentz, Jayne Ann Steel, Danielle
Cussler, Clive Lackey, Mercedes Steinberg, Richard
Dailey, Janet Lacy, Al Stewart, Fred Mustard
Dallas, Sandra LaHaye, Tim Stewart, Mary
Davidson, Diane Mott LeCarre, John Straub, Peter
Deaver, Jeffrey Lehrer, Jim Tan, Amy
Deighton, Len Leonard, Elmore Tanenbaum, Robert
Delinsky, Barbara Lewis, Beverly Trigiani, Adriana
DeMille, Nelson Lindsey, Johanna Truman, Margaret
Deveraux, Jude Lowell, Elizabeth Turow, Scott
Diamant, Anita Ludlum, Robert Turtledove, Harry
Douglas, Carole Nelson Macomber, Debbie Tyler, Anne
Dunant, Sarah Marcinko, Richard Updike, John
Eddings, David Margolin, Philip Uris, Leon
Estleman, Loren D. Marillier, Juliet Vidal, Gore
Evanovich, Janet Martini, Steven Vine, Barbara
Evans, Nicholas Mayle, Peter Walker, Alice
Fairstein, Linda McBain, Ed Wall, Judith Henry
Fast, Howard McCaffrey, Anne Wambaugh, Joseph
Fielding, Joy McCall-Smith, Alexander Weiner, Jennifer
Flagg, Fannie McCrumb, Sharyn Weis, Margaret
Flynn, Vince McCulloough, Colleen Weldon, Fay
Follett, Ken McMillan, Terry Westlake, Donald
Forsyth, Frederick McMurtry, Larry White, Stephen Walsh
Fowler, Earlene McNaught, Judith Whitney, Phyllis
Francis, Dick Meltzer, Brad Wick, Lori
Friedman, Kinky Michael, Judith Woodiwiss, Kathleen
Gabaldon, Diana Michaels, Barbara Woods, Stuart
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel Michaels, Fern  
Garlock, Dorothy Michener, James  


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Adventures of the Baily School Kids Children Series
Alaskan Quest Adult Series
Amazing Days of Abby Hayes Children Series
American Girl History Mysteries Children Series
American Girl Today Children Series
American Girls Children Series
American Odyssey Adult Series
An American Family Portrait Adult Series
Andy Russell Children Series
Angel Teen Series
Angelina Ballerina Children Series
Animal Ark Series Children Series
Animal Ark: Pets Children Series
Arthur Chapter Books Children Series
Avon True Romance for Teens Teen Series
A-Z Mysteries Children Series
Barnstormers Children Series
Batman-Scholastic Children Series
Bloodhounds Children Series
Bones Children Series
Boxcar Children Children Series
Brides of Montclair Adult Series
Brio Girls Teen Series
Buffy (Dark Horse) Teen Series
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Teen Series
Cam Jansen Adventures Children Series
Camulod Chronicles Adult Series
Captain Underpants Children Series
Charmed Teen Series
Cheney Duvall, M.D. Adult Series
Chet Gecko Mysteries Children Series
Choose Your Own Adventure Children Series
City of Angels Adult Series
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Children Series
Cul-de-sac Kids Children Series
Daughters of the Moon Teen Series
Dear America Teen Series
Deltora Quest Children Series
Discworld Adult Series
Disney Fairies Children Series
DK Eyewitness Children Series
DK Readers Level 1 Children Series
DK Readers Level 2 Children Series
DK Readers Level 3 Children Series
DK Readers Level 4 Children Series
DK Readers Pre Level Children Series
Dora the Explorer Children Series
Dragon Slayers Academy Children Series
Dragonlance Adult Series
Dragonlance for Young Readers Children Series
Dripping Fang Children Series
Everworld Teen Series
Fairy Realm Children Series
Files of Madison Finn Children Series
Forgotten Realms Adult Series
Franny K Stein Children Series
Geronimo Stilton Children Series
Ghostville Elementary Children Series
Girls of Many Lands Teen Series
Goddesses Teen Series
Hank the Cowdog Children Series
Hank Zipser Children Series
Hardy Boys Children Series
Heartland Children Series
Henry and Mudge Children Series
Heritage of Lancaster County Adult Series
House of Winslow Adult Series
I Spy Readers Children Series
Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogal Children Series
Jack Russell: Dog Detective Children Series
Jackie Chan Adventures Children Series
Jigsaw Jones Children Series
Judy Moody Children Series
Junie B. Jones Children Series
Justice League Children Series
Katie Kazoo Children Series
Kim Possible Children Series
Land of the Far Horizon Adult Series
Left Behind Kids Teen Series
Liberty Bell Adult Series
Lineage of Grace Adult Series
Little Bill Children Series
Lizzy McGuire Children Series
Love Stories Teen Series
Magic Attic Children Series
Magic Tree House Children Series
Magical States of America Children Series
Mail Order Bride Adult Series
Mainstreet Children Series
Mandie Children Series
Matt Christoper Legends Children Series
Mcgrowl Children Series
Mercy Watson Children Series
Moongobble & Me Children Series
Mostly Ghostly Children Series
My Name is America Teen Series
Nancy Drew Children Series
Nancy Drew Notebooks Children Series
National Geophraphic World Hist Bio Children Series
New Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley Children Series
New True Books Children Series
Phantom Stallion Children Series
Pony Pals Children Series
Portraits Adult Series
Prairie Legacy Adult Series
Princess Charming Children Series
Princess School Children Series
Promise of Zion Teen Series
Rainbow Magic Fairies Children Series
Rainbow Magic Weather Fairies Children Series
Ready Freddy Children Series
Red River of the North Adult Series
Remnants Teen Series
Ribbons of Steel Adult Series
Ribbons West Adult Series
Ricky Ricotta Children Series
Rookie Reader Children Series
Rookie Reader Science Children Series
Roswell High Teen Series
Rotten School Children Series
Royal Diaries Teen Series
Russians Adult Series
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Teen Series
Sam Keaton: Legends of Laramie Adult Series
Sam, Dog Detective Children Series
Seasons of the Heart Adult Series
Secrets of Droon Children Series
Secrets of Heathersleigh Hall Adult Series
Series of Unfortunate Events Children Series
Shannon Saga Adult Series
Sherlock Holmes and the Bakers Street.. Children Series
Signature Lives Children Series
So Little Time Teen Series
Soccer Cats Children Series
Songs in the Night Adult Series
Spiderwick Chronicles Children Series
Spirit of Appalachia Adult Series
Star Trek Deep Space Nine Adult Series
Star Trek My Brother's Keeper Adult Series
Star Trek New Earth Adult Series
Star Trek New Frontier Adult Series
Star Trek Next Generation Adult Series
Star Trek Voyager Adult Series
Star Wars Boba Fett Children Series
Star Wars Jedi Apprentice Children Series
Star Wars Jedi Quest Children Series
Star Wars Young Jedi Knights Teen Series
Stink Children Series
Suite Life of Zack and Cody Children Series
Sweet 16 Teen Series
Tales of London Adult Series
Tales of the House of Bunnicula Children Series
Third Grade Detective Children Series
Thoroughbred Children Series
Time Warp Trio Children Series
Tom Clancy's Net Force Teen Series
Totals Children Series
Trailblazer Books Children Series
Two of a Kind Children Series
Unicorns of Balinor Children Series
We both Read Children Series
Weird Planet Children Series
Werewolf Club Children Series
Women of Valor Adult Series
X files Adult Series
Yellow Rose Trilogy Adult Series
Yukon Quest Adult Series