PLS Literacy eNewsletter - June/July 2013

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PLS Literacy Newsletter


"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

Dear Visitor,

Summer is here and that means your neighborhood library is the place to be. "Groundbreaking Reads" is the Adult Summer Reading theme.

hiker with backpack of booksAt each hometown library you can Dig Into Dinner with the chefs from Food for Thought Learning Institute or Break New Ground with PLS Genealogy Librarian Kathryn Ramsay who will demonstrate different approaches to your research: reading and writing genealogy blogs and posting on genealogy message boards and forums.

Oklahoma author, Rilla Askew returns to tour the Pioneer hometown libraries after her national book tour for Kind of Kin. Join the discussion about the book that was inspired by 2007 Oklahoma immigration laws and the impact upon those personally affected by the legislation.

Finally, Family Stories is a traveling workshop offered by Nathan Brown, 2013-2014 Poet Laureate of Oklahoma. He will help you get started (break ground) in telling and preserving your own life-stories.

These programs and many more for children, teens and adults are being offered by the 10 hometown libraries of the PLS Library System. Pick up a copy of WORD magazine or go to the PLS event calendar for dates and locations.


All That Bling!

The Pioneer Library System has something special up its sleeve this summer. Adults ages 18 and over are invited to take part in the “My Library Rocks” campaign with several prize drawings taking place in August at the end of the Summer Reading Program.

My Library Rocks logoAs the grand prize, Lewis Jewelers, Inc. of Moore is partnering with the library to provide a free piece of custom jewelry to one contestant drawn at random. In addition, each hometown library will have its own local winner who will receive a diamond-shaped, cut glass paperweight or gift basket.

There are two ways to become eligible for the contest. Any adult with a library card can complete an online entry form at to update their library account. New customers who sign up for a card, either at one of the 10 PLS hometown libraries or online, are automatically entered into the drawings.

Entries will be taken through the end of July. Be sure to tell your student about this gem of a summer opportunity!


Check Out These Online Resources

pizzaAfter you Dig Into Dinner with the chefs from the Food For Thought Learning Institute, dig into these sites for more ideas:
Whether you are a novice or experienced cook you will fine recipes, photos, reviews, ratings and menu planners all designed to simplify your life.
Learn to cook everything from beef stew to Crème Caramel one video recipe at a time.
Get easy-to-understand tips on living a healthy, stress-free life. For students it includes tutorials on writing a check, a housing calculator to figure out what you can afford, a skills inventory to help in reaching a career choice and much more.



Tutoring Tips

Make sure your learner has something interesting to read at home. Go with him to get a library card and show him how to choose books he can read successfully.
- National Adult Literacy Database

Visualize Success! Winning Olympic athletes visualize what they need to do to succeed, and you and your student can do the same. Start by creating your own mental picture of where your learner is going, a strategy that will help you create meaningful lessons that match your student’s goals. Then help your student “see” all the steps in between. The process of visualization can be very helpful in achieving these goals.
- Project Read


Book Clubs

Odyssey Book & Conversation Club
We are taking the summer off. Join us in September for our annual "Back to School Picnic" at Andrews Park in Norman.
Have a safe and happy summer!

New Reader's Book Club
Enjoy your summer and join us in the fall as we begin a new series of thought provoking and entertaining book discussions.

McClain County Classes

English as Second Language
Date: Thursdays - June 6, 13, 20, 27
Thursdays - July 11, 18, 25
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Blanchard Public Library

English as Second Language
Date: Mondays - June 3, 17, 24
Thursdays - June 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

GED Class
Date: Wednesdays - June 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Citizenship Class
Date: Mondays – June 3, 17, 24
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Location: Purcell Public Library

Please Note: There will be no ESL, GED or Citizenship classes at the Purcell Library during the month of July.


Save the Date

Be sure to mark Tuesday, September 10th on your calendar and join us at Andrews Park (just north of the Norman Library) for our annual "Back to School" picnic.
Bring your favorite dessert. We will provide sandwiches, salads and water.
More information will be provided.


As always, don't forget to report your tutoring hours for the month. You may report your volunteer hours online, call 701-2682 or email us at

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