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International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! This special day began with two guys playing basketball while speaking like pirates. Then they created Talk Like a Pirate Day and participated with a few of their friends. It was a fairly low-key holiday, but became popular after being featured by a newspaper columnist who loved their idea. The rest is history.

In the spirit of this day, we can all learn how to speak like pirates by using the Mango database. We all need a bit of silliness in our lives so join us in this fun holiday. To get started, watch the brief tutorial below on how to get started with Mango.

John Green's Birthday

John Green, a popular writer and YouTube sensation, was born on August 24, 1977. He has been awarded the Michael L. Printz Award and the Stonewall Honor Book in Children & Young Adult Literature award. He has also been recognized as a #1 best selling author of the New York Times Bestseller list. If you're interested in reading his heart wrenching tales, check out the following list of some of his books:

Paper Towns

One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.

Read more: John Green's Birthday

The Death Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe

On August 5, 1962, the classic Marilyn Monroe passed away tragically at the age of 36. The world fell in love with her unique combination of sensuality and approachability. She was the epitome of Hollywood glamour and had made 29 films during her movie career. Now, 51 years later, people are still talking about her success and personality. Let's take a moment to learn about her and review her accomplishments. You can do so by checking out the following titles:

Marilyn Monroe book jacketMarilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming

Barbara Leaming's Marilyn Monroe is a complex, sympathetic portrait that will totally change the way we view the most enduring icon of American sexuality. To those who think they have heard all there is to hear about Marilyn Monroe, think again. Leaming's book tells a brand-new tale of sexual, psychological, and political intrigue of the highest order. Told for the first time in all its complexity, this is a compelling portrait of a woman at the center of a drama with immensely high stakes, a drama in which the other players are some of the most fascinating characters from the world's of movies, theater, and politics. It is a book that shines a bright light on one of the most tumultuous, frightening, and exciting periods in American culture.

Read more: The Death Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe

Back to School Services 2013

It's that time of year again! School is about to start, and the library offers several great resources for kids and teens while they start the upcoming academic year. Check out the information below about some of our databases and tutoring opportunities that are available from your hometown library.


Brainfuse is an excellent database with help for students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Students are able to access a 24-hour online writing lab where they can submit their papers for proof reading. They can also receive live homework assistance from online tutors.

To learn how to use Braifuse, feel free to attend the Brainfuse computer class in Shawnee on September 10th at 6:30 PM. Registration is required in advance to attend.

Learning Express

The Learning Express database provides access to a multitude of practice tests and skill strengthening for students from elementary school to grad school. Whether you're there to learn how to read or prepare for a graduate school entrace exams, Learning Express has something helpful to offer.

For additional information, high school students can attend a computer class in Shawnee on August 29th, September 3rd, October 1st, October 5th, and November 21st at 4:30 PM. This class will will teach attendees how to prepare for the ACT with Learning Express. Registration is required ahead of time.

Tutoring at the Library

Tutoring will be offered at some of the libraries once students get settled into their school routines. Take a look at the list below to see the schedule for a library near you.

Noble Homework Helpers - Students in 1st to 12th grade can receive free tutoring at the Noble Public Library from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM every Tuesday and Thursday while school is in session.

Renewing Items and Placing Holds

How do I request an item/put an item on hold?

Requesting an item ensures that you will be able to borrow the item when it is next available.  In order to request an item, you have a few options: the catalog, telephone the library, or ask at the circulation desk.  The following are directions for using the catalog to request an item.  If you have trouble using the catalog to request an item, please contact your hometown library for help.

Using the Catalog

Please note: When using the catalog use Internet Explorer for the easiest searching experience.

- Find item you wish to request with a keyword, title, author, or subject search
- Click "place a hold" button on the bottom right of catalog record
    - If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login
         - Enter borrower ID (all 14 digits of library card barcode)
         - Enter PIN or last 4 digits of phone number
         - Click "login" button
- Will bring up screen with request form
    - Choose pick up location from drop down menu
    - Add any comments
    - Click "request" button
- Will bring up confirmation screen with your number in queue and pick up location
    - Click "return to searching" or "log out and return"

View items you have requested/put on hold

- Click "Your Account" tab on the top navigation bar
   - If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to login
        - Enter borrower ID (all 14 digits of library card barcode)
        - Enter PIN or last 4 digits of phone number
        - Click "login" button
- Your information will be displayed
- Click the "holds" button (third button from the left on purple navigation bar at the top)
    - Your requested items will be displayed

How do I renew an item?

There are several options for renewing an item. You can use the website, a telephone, or come to the library in person.  If you have trouble renewing items, please contact your hometown library for help.

The rules for renewals are:

  • You may renew items up to three times.
  • Items requested by another borrower are not renewable.
  • There are some special collections that are not renewable, such as High Demand and Sizzlers.

Using the Telephone

- Call 405.701.2688
- Will be prompted with options:
    - Press 1 for library information
    - Press 2 for account information
    - Press 5 to renew books
    - Press 6 to request books
- Press 5 to renew books
    - Will be prompted to enter barcode on library card (enter all 14 digits)
         - Press # for instructions on finding barcode
- Will be prompted with options:
    - Press 1 to renew one item
         -Will be prompted to enter the barcode of the item
              -Press # for instructions on finding the barcode
- Press 2 to renew all items
    -All items will be renewed and system will read list of item titles
- Press 4 to listen to a list of items for renewal
    -Will read title of item and give options to:
         -press 1 to renew item
         -press 6 to go to next item
         -press 5 to listen to previous item
         - press 4 to listen to list again
- Press * at any time to cancel current action and go back in the menu

Using the website

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