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 31st 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.

2016 SRP Touring Programs

ExerciseSHoesBookLooking 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 ChallengeTeens 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 Excersice 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. smiley

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Duo making ‘Sugar Free’ music for library audiences

In a summer of being all about healthy inside hometown libraries, it makes sense that Oklahoma’s favorite “sugar free” band is part of the festivities.

For 15 years, the Sugar Free Allstars have made family-friendly music fun and have kept bowties being cool. They’ve also become regular visitors to the Pioneer Library System and its Summer Reading Program, where they will return for a tour of hometown libraries in June, performing a Family Funk Dance Party in each community at the following times:

June 6 - 10:00 AM - Noble Public Library
June 6 - 2:00 PM - Norman Public Library Central
June 6 - 6:30 PM - Norman Public Library Central
June 7 - 10:30 AM - Purcell Public Library

June 7 - 2:00 PM - Moore Public Library
June 7 - 6:30 PM - Moore Public Library

June 8 - 10:30 AM - Blanchard Public Library
June 8 - 2:00 PM - Newcastle Public Library
June 9 - 11:00 AM - McLoud Public Library
June 9 - 2:00 PM - Tecumseh Public Library
June 10 - 2:00 PM - SOKC Public Library

June 14 - 10:00 AM - Shawnee Public Library
June 14 - 2:00 PM - Norman Public Library West

The idea for the Sugar Free Allstars actually began several years before the band officially hatched, when Chris “Boom” Wiser and Rob “Dr. Rock” Martin were music majors at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. They worked together on several projects and in musical groups before going their separate ways after graduation.

The pair found their way back together in 2001 and began putting their musical styles together into what has become a distinctive sound they like to refer to as “Family Funk.”

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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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