MyLibrary eNewsletter - A Month of Opportunities - April 2011

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  Pioneer Library System, Oklahoma


April 2011

Someone once said, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." This eNewsletter is providing the preparation you need for lots of library opportunities! Poetry events, award winning author visits, a chance to volunteer & make a difference & gardening resources are just a few of the opportunities available this month.


Libraries will be closed:

April 24


Hello Visitor,


National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets wants you to celebrate Poetry Month this April. The purpose of the month is to "increase visibility & availability of poetry in pop culture while acknowledging & celebrating poetry's ability to sustain itself."

Your hometown library has a large collection of poetry for children, teens & adults available to checkout or download. Both classic and modern. It also may have special events scheduled this month.

The Academy of American Poets suggests several ways for you to celebrate the power of poetry this month. Here are just a few:
► April 14 - Poem in your pocket day
► Write a poem on pavement with sidewalk chalk
► Put some poetry in an unexpected place
► Ask the post office for poet stamps

Visit or your hometown library for more ideas on celebrating National Poetry Month.

Author Tim O'Brien Visits

The PLS Big Read program will end with National Book Award winning author Tim O'Brien giving two public talks on his book The Things They Carried.

The talks are free & seats are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Books will be available for purchase at the event & a book signings will follow after each talk.

Below are the two locations where you can catch this great event.

Wednesday, April 27th, 7:00 pm, Geiger Center, Oklahoma Baptist University

Thursday, April 28th, 7:00 pm,Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, in the Great Hall


April hath put a spirit of youth in everything - so writes the bard.

Your hometown libraries are offering you numerous chances this month to enjoy the spirit of youth in everything. Poetry contests, free classes, author visits, story times, book sales & more are all scheduled to keep you active this month.

Click the name of your hometown library to see what else we have in store.


» Blanchard
» McLoud
» Moore
» Newcastle
» Noble
» Norman
» Purcell
» Shawnee
» Tecumseh

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Library Volunteer Opportunity: Literacy Tutor

The Pioneer Library System has approximately 45 ESL & Adult Literacy students who need tutors. Wondering if you have what it takes to make a difference in a Literacy student's life? Here's what it takes:

Tutors are asked to:
• Attend a 6 hour orientation
• Agree to meet with their adult student once/week for about 1 hour at the nearest PLS hometown library
• Commit to meeting weekly for up to 9-12 months
• Work on improving English speaking & listening skills, or
• Improving reading comprehension & writing skills

Tutors will have the opportunity to:
• Share skills in speaking, reading & writing English
• Make their own schedule & choose day/time they can meet with student
• Change lives
• Make a new friend

If you are interested contact the nearest PLS Literacy Office:

• Cleveland County: 701-2682
• McClain County: 701-2664
• Pottawatomie County: 273-3334



National Garden Month

April is National Garden Month, sponsored by the National Gardening Association.

Your hometown libraries have a variety of gardening related programs & books available for both the novice and experienced green thumb. Check out some of these books:
All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew
Oklahoma Gardener's Guide, by Steve Dobbs
Best Garden Plants for Oklahoma, by Steve Owens
The Conscientious Gardner, by Sarah Reichard
Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks, by Sharon Lovejoy
Sugar Snaps & Strawberries, by Andrea Bellamy

Join us in our Facebook discussion on your favorite gardening tips, books, tools & local resources!


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