All PLS branches will closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day! We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, May 29.
Here is a brief history of Memorial Day via Encyclopedia Britannica:
Originally known as Decoration Day because citizens used flowers to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers after the Civil War.
Held services for both fallen Union and Confederate soldiers.
Orginally, this day was promoted as a holiday for May 30th "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”
Memorial Day officially became a holiday in 1971.
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Since its first commemoration in the late 19th century, Memorial Day has stood as a time for honoring those who have fallen in battle and in service to their country.
Many words have been written to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so those books could be written and read. Here are a few in the Pioneer Library System collection among many that are available for checkout in this holiday season and anytime.
Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home by Robert M. Poole – Mr. Poole recounts stories of courage and sacrifice by fallen heroes and the ways they are honored and remembered by those left behind.
The Good Soldiers and Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel – Focusing primarily on the Iraq War, Mr. Finkel tells stories of men and women and they battles they fought not just in the war but after, and those who gave all.
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway – It’s a classic with a message that still resonates. The World War I-based book tells a story of the harsh realities of war and has stood the test of time as one of the most noted works by the legendary Hemingway.
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – Once the featured novel for The Big Read in the Pioneer Library System, O’Brien’s novel tells stories of those who didn’t come home from the Vietnam War and those who did.
Find these books and many more through the Pioneer Library System’s collection, either in print or in downloadable materials.
Looking for ideas for a quick getaway or a once-in-a-lifetime long summer vacation? The library can be a great place to start your research.
Start somewhere around the 910 section in your local library and you can find a number of great reads with ideas for vacationing around the globe.
Here are a few possibilities to launch dreams:
Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs and Girls on Getaways by Terri Peterson Smith – What could be better than combining the loves of reading and travel? Ms. Smith takes avid readers to sites throughout the United States that they can tie into their reading interests, from East to West Coasts.
World’s Best Travel Experiences by National Geographic – Perhaps the world’s most renowned travel magazine puts together site after site with colorful photography and detail. Travelers could spend the rest of their lives and not see every site listed in this 319-page book.
Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door – The popular television travel host has all the inside information for a look at Hungary, and specifically its largest city, Budapest. Find walking tours, restaurants and out-of-the-way activities in an area of Europe that doesn’t get the traffic or crowds of many others. It’s one of dozens of books by Steves that are part of the PLS collection.
(And if your travels are taking you to a land where a different language is spoken, make sure and brush up with our Mango Languages database, which has some 70 foreign languages offered.)
Route 66 Road Trip by Candacy Taylor – Want to stay closer to home? A journey through the heart of America down Route 66 can produce many great memories and can begin right here in central Oklahoma. Find hours of adventures in Oklahoma and beyond through 349 pages of illustrations, maps and stories.