Take a musical journey with Boulevard Brass

Boulevard BrassA musical summer journey awaits families as they join the Pioneer Library System for its presentation “A Better World with Boulevard Brass,” at hometown libraries and events during June and July.

Boulevard Brass, a Norman-based brass quintet, will perform a selection of songs that will take participants on a musical journey through time.

Attendees will get a taste of contrasting musical styles from around the world and also learn a little about each of the instruments utilized by the quintet.

Boulevard Brass is made up of Mervin Tay and Derek Blankenship, trumpet; Logan Fish, French horn; Daryl Nagode, trombone; and Paul Nesper, tuba.

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Build a movie from start to finish in Teen Movie Making 101 class

Geoffrey SmithEach summer brings blockbuster movies, and this summer is giving local teens a look behind the scenes of some of the techniques that make those bestsellers possible.

Teens are taking a crash course in putting together their own movie with the program "Teen Movie Making 101," hosted at hometown libraries during June. The free workshop is part of the library’s Teen Summer Reading Program.

The workshop will be led by Geoffrey Smith, a professional in the Oklahoma television and film industry. Smith is an Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council and has taught video production in many venues throughout the state for years, including an annual video production camp at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

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Spreading science during the summer

SRP logoIf it’s summer in the libraries of the Pioneer Library System, it means crowds are up more than any time of the year, activity is bustling throughout the building and the energy of summer is ever-present.

It also means the experts from Science Museum Oklahoma are sure to be on the scene at some point to share their knowledge.

For many years, the museum has partnered with Pioneer and libraries throughout Oklahoma to provide programs, primarily during the summer but also on other occasions throughout the year.

Their events aim both to educate and entertain, as participants of all ages get a chance to learn about the science behind the world where they live.

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Cimarron Opera presentation celebrates “The New Kid”

SRP bannerFor more than 40 years, Cimarron Opera has taken its performances throughout central Oklahoma communities, educating and entertaining through musical theater.

And this summer, its actors will visit the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System as part of the annual Summer Reading Program for its presentation of “Cimarron Opera and The New Kid.”

This summer’s production looks into how being different is not such a bad thing and is what makes each person special and unique. The production is geared to ages 11 and under.

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Ben Franklin coming alive in summer presentation

Ben Franklin“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

  • Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is indeed coming from the 18th century with his many sayings and into the Pioneer Library System’s 2017 Summer Reading Program. The event “Ben Franklin LIVE” welcomes all ages and will tour hometown libraries throughout June and July.

It is, in fact and of course, not THE Benjamin Franklin but a believable facsimile, played by Stephen Smith. Smith’s goal with the program is to “bring history alive,” and he does so through authentic costume and words of the statesman.

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