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Tornado Relief Information

The following are services available to assist those affected by the May 2013 tornadoes.
Please ask library staff if you need assistance finding information for additional tornado relief services.

American Red Cross


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5/21 A Message from PLS Director Anne Masters

We watched in terror as the tornado made its way along the path one mile south of the Southwest Oklahoma City Library and about a block south of the Moore Public Library where 54 people were sheltering from the storm.  We were so relieved when they were passed, but others were not so fortunate.
In addition, our friend and Board Member Steve Eddy is City Manager of the City of Moore and our hearts break for him and for his wife who is Director of the Red Cross as we think of all they are seeing and dealing with.
At this time I don’t know how we can help, but I will keep you informed as we learn more.  Late last night the power was out in Blanchard, SOKC and Moore libraries.  Those staff members should check with their supervisors as we determine plans for them and  their libraries.   All other libraries should be open and staff reporting normally.  I’m sure many customers will need our services.
If you have information about other Pioneer staff members affected by the tornado, please let me know.  We recognize that many of our customers were affected, also, and will want to know how we can help.
Anne Masters, Director of the Pioneer Library System
405 701-2642 

Since cell service is spotty for some - You can also communicate via text with the library. Text PLS to 66746 to register. Then text your questions to 66746.

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MyLibrary2Go makes it quick and easy to access Pioneer Library System on the go! Search Pioneer Library System’s catalog, download items, manage your account, and find suggested reading instantly with your iOS device.

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Books of April

There are so many interesting books out there to read, but why limit yourself to one genre when you can explore them all? Check out the following collection of ecclectic books, which is sure to have something that peaks your interest!

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of-or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists-who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tract.

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April is National Poetry Month

The caged bird sings with
A fearful trill of things unknown
But longed for still and his
Tune is heard on the distant hill
For the caged bird sings of freedom. 

Maya AngelouRobert Frost.  Walt Whitman.  Shel SilversteinSylvia PlathAllen Ginsberg.  John MiltonEmily Dickinson.  William Blake.  Anne BradstreetBilly Collins

Just a few of the greatest and most popular English-language poets ever to put quill to parchment.  Their names remind us to celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2013.

Conceived in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry that hopes to "increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture while acknowledging and celebrating poetry’s ability to sustain itself in the many places where it is practiced and appreciated."

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