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PLS Presents: Graphic Novels & Comics Interview with Dr. Buffy Edwards

Photo of hand holding comic bookMay 2, 2009 is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). FCBD is an organized effort to introduce readers of all ages to comic books and graphic novels. Your hometown libraries will be giving away a limited supply of free comics on May 2, to anyone who checks out a book from the teen collections.

In honor of FCBD the Virtual Library interviewed Dr. Buffy Edwards, adjunct instructor at the University of Oklahoma in the College of Education and School of Library and Information Studies, about her research in motivating reading in middle school students.

Dr. Edwards spoke with us about her research regarding motivation, middle school students, and comic books and graphic novels. She explains how the students' test scores improved while reading material presented in this particular literary format along with engaging in "free voluntary reading".

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Food for Fines was music to our ears

Just so you knowThe hometown public libraries of the Pioneer Library System offered customers a chance to help their communities when they donated a can of food to reduce their library fines by $1 (up to $20) during Food for Fines week, December 1 through December 7.

And to thank all of you for contributing, we've recorded a special PLS Presents: version of the 12 Days of Christmas, rather 7 Days of Food for Fines, for all of you to enjoy.

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PLS Presents : Poems and Short Stories with Bite

paper figure of Edgar Allan Poe

The October wind can send a chill down your back and so can the “Books with Bite” being promoted for Teen Read Month at the library. One of the writers with a knack for giving readers the chills is Edgar Allan Poe. We are presenting two of his poems, “The Conqueror Worm” and “Spirits of the Dead” to get you in the mood for a month full of chills as you read some “books with bite.”

Click here listen to the MP3 of our reading.  Be sure to check out his other poems and short stories at the library.

Edgar Poe was born January 19, 1809 in Boston Massachusetts to two struggling actors, David and Elizabeth Poe. After his mother died in 1811, he was taken in by the Allan family who did not have children of their own. Poe attended several boarding schools, the University of Virginia, and West Point, but never stayed at any school for very long.

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PLS Presents : Declaration of Independence

Image of Jefferson statue in front of Declaration of Independence

According to the article Declaration of Independence - located in the The Reader's Companion to American History, by Eric Foner (located by using SIRS Researcher):

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee proposed a resolution to the Continental Congress stating that "these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States." Four days later Congress appointed a committee to draft a declaration embodying the intent of the resolution. [...] On June 28 the committee submitted to Congress "A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled." The Congress passed [the] original resolution on July 2, thus deciding in favor of independence, but took three days to debate and amend the committee's draft declaration before approving it on July 4. "The Unanimous Declaration of the 13 United States of America" (the Continental Congress never officially called it the Declaration of Independence) was engrossed on parchment, and on August 2 every member present signed it, the remaining members signing later.

For this PLS Presents 4th of July Podcast we gathered staff and volunteers, of the Pioneer Library System, for a collaborative reading of the Declaration of Independence. We each took a part and added our own interpretation to it. Although some of the words used are a bit foreign to today's modern listener - we hope to convey to the listener that regardless of our backgrounds (race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, etc) the Declaration of Independence holds a place near and dear to our hearts.

Click here to listen to our interpretation of the Declaration of Independence - or click here to download a pdf copy, from the National Archives, to read for yourself.

PLS Presents : Get Caught Reading in May!

Image of Yoda reading a book - poster from AAP websiteMay is "Get Caught Reading Month!" Sponsored by the Association of American Publishers and brainchild of former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder. Get Caught Reading Month is a nationwide campaign intended to encourage people of all ages to read and to remind them that reading is fun!

Why should you get caught reading? Because research shows -- Adult reading has been linked to higher salaries. Adults who read are more active in their communities and volunteer more. Reading relieves stress and is an enjoyable way to continue lifelong learning. If you are caught reading with your children, know that early language experience stimulates the brain. Reading to a child gives them a valuable advantage when they start school.

Pioneer Library System wants to encourage you to get caught reading this month and all year round - we are here to connect you to the joy of reading and information for lifelong learning.

Click here to listen to what some of our patrons have been caught reading this month (in mp3 format).

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