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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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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Maker Mobile taking STEAM on the road

Maker MobileFor the past year, the Pioneer Library System has introduced communities throughout its three-county area to new technology and ideas through its Maker Mobile.

This summer the Maker Mobile again will be hitting the roads of Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties for a series of events highlighting its offerings and also challenging local families to show off their skills in a project.

The Maker Mobile Tween/Teen and Adult Team Project will be offered at each of the 11 hometown libraries in the library system during June and July as part of this year's Summer Reading Program, "Build a Better World."

Teams featuring one adult and one tween or teen (ages 8 to 17) will work in pairs to create a charging station that can be used for multiple devices. The hands-on project will include elements of computer design, machine cutting, and construction.

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