Summer Reading Program set to “Build a Better World”

SRP BannerIt’s almost time. The hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System are all geared up for the annual Summer Reading Program, the busiest time of the year inside our libraries.

And we’ve got you covered with SRP Kickoff events throughout the hometown libraries of Pioneer in late May and early June.

Join us for any or all of these events, hosted at the library unless otherwise indicated:

Blanchard, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 31;

McLoud, 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1 at the McLoud American Legion Hall; Also, Teen Lake Bash, 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Wes Watkins Lake;

Moore, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 1, SRP Parade starting at Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway;

Newcastle, Noon Friday, May 26;

Noble, 10 a.m. Friday, June 2;

Norman Central, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30; Also, Readers Extravaganza for teens and adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1;

Norman West, How-To Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 3;

Purcell, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 6;

Shawnee, 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, Kickoff Concert at Celebration of Life Park;

Southwest Oklahoma City, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1;

Tecumseh, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 25;

This year, Summer Reading explores ways to “Build a Better World” through a variety of programs that build community, inspiration and in some cases, help participants build actual things.

Activities are planned throughout June and July for children, teens and adults, as well as several intergenerational events for all ages.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, SONIC, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and The Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

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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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.

Read more: Take a musical journey with Boulevard Brass