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About the City of Moore

The city of Moore, Oklahoma is located in central Oklahoma and is considered part of the Oklahoma City metro.  As an inviting city in the metro, many people are enticed to live in Moore and commute the 9 miles north on Interstate-35 to Oklahoma City for work.  

Similar to many communities in Oklahoma, Moore was founded during the great land-run of 1889 by settlers hoping to grab a piece of land out west.  The town was soon populated and named "Verbeck" by the railroad company that founded the settlement.  Local historians continue the story with a railroad employee named Al Moore, a conductor or brakeman on the railroad, who lived in a boxcar and had difficulty receiving his mail.  He painted his name, "Moore," on a board and nailed it on the boxcar. When a postmaster was appointed to the town, he continued to call the town, “Moore” and the name stuck. When the town was incorporated in 1893, the name “Moore” was legalized.

Man outside Moore Magnolia Gas Company StationMoore continued to be a small town for about seventy years until it exploded in a great rush of growth and development in the early 1960’s. In 1961, the town annexed additional area and officially became a city in 1962. The next decades saw the population grow by leaps and bounds. The 1970 census showed an increase of more than 950% and the 1980 Census showed an 86% growth rate.

Currently, Moore is still a growing community with an estimated population of 52,361.  The city of Moore attracts residents with its perfect location between the vibrant metro of Oklahoma City and educational community of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Several businesses have relocated to the area and the economy is doing well. Residents of Moore are very active in the community and work to keep it a great place to live, work, and visit.

If you are in Moore, there are several places of interest to visit and enjoy.  For those who enjoy the outdoors, Buck Thomas Park offers 102 acres of open space with a playground, skate park, tennis courts, nature trails, and picnic area. If you are looking for entertainment, the Warren Theater is an luxurious experience and the Yellow Rose Theatre is an evening of delicious food and a show.  Recently, the downtown area of Moore on Broadway has been revitalized and new businesses have moved into the old buildings such as the historic school building.  The Old Town Association is involved in keeping the area active and open for residents and visitors.  This includes a Farmers Market from May to October, Halloween trick-or-treating, and Holiday festivities.  Other traditional community events include the Art in the Park Celebration on July 4th, the "Moore War" annual football game between Moore High School and Westmoore High School at the end of August, and Red Ribbon Parade and Jam on the last Saturday of October. 

For people interested in living in Moore or current residents who have children, the Moore Public school system offers a highly ranked education.  Check out the  Moore Public School district website where both parents and students can find information on teachers, athletics, grades, and an events calendar.  More information on the Moore schools, is found in the Academic Performance Index (API) and Accountability Report Cards provided by the state as part of the "No Child Left Behind" initiative.

The Moore Chamber of Commerce website offers a wealth of information for business owners and professionals who are interested in starting a business, moving to Moore, meeting other business people, or getting involved in the community.

For additional information on Moore and the opportunities, check out the City of Moore website.

Library Cards & Online Resources

LaptopIf you have a Pioneer Library System card you already have access to all of our online homework & research resources.
To apply for a Pioneer Library System card you need to meet the requirements.
There are two cards available for those who meet the requirements:  a Virtual Library Card which only provides access to online materials or a Traditional Library Card which provides access to online materials as well as books and videos inside our hometown libraries.
To apply for a Virtual Library Card complete the online form.
To apply for a Traditional Library Card, which will be mailed to you, complete the online form.

How do I sign up for library event email reminders?

Just so you know!Sign-up for event notifications

Did you ever miss a library event that you really wanted to attend? Well, now you do not have to miss anymore!

Follow the directions below and you will receive up-to-date information on your favorite type of library events.

Whether it's Story Time in Moore, Game on in Norman, Tutoring in Shawnee or book clubs in any of the hometown libraries your reminders are just a mouse click away.

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About the Town of Tecumseh

Tecumseh, Oklahoma offers its population of 6,667 the friendliness of a small town just minutes away from the city.  The town is located just 40 miles east of Oklahoma City along Interstate 40 and just 5 miles South of Shawnee.  With a central location in Pottawatomie County, Tecumseh really has many opportunities for its residents and visitors.

Historically, Tecumseh has a unique past as it is one of only two towns founded by settlers in the 1891 Land Run.  At exactly noon on September 22,  1891, a gun shot sent settlers racing to claim land to build homes and businesses.  In a short time, many buildings were built and the town was named in honor of the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, a Native American leader who fought and died with the British in the Battle of Thames in 1812. Tecumseh had the pride of being the Pottawatomie county seat from 1891-1937 until it moved to Shawnee after a controversial election.

Once Tecumseh started to grow, local businessmen organized the construction of a railroad to connect to the Choctaw railroad on the East side of Shawnee. In 1907, Tecumseh and Shawnee were also connected by a street car line, which stopped at the popular amusement park named Benson Park.  Sadly, Benson Park was forced to close in 1932, due to the Depression.  Today, there is no park to see, but the name lives on in the street names and businesses like Benson Park Pecans.

students in front of Parkview school in Tecumseh, OklahomaTecumseh has worked hard to preserve multiple historic buildings and treasures from the past.  The Opera house, built in 1905, is no longer the stage for events and school graduations, but is still a landmark on S. Broadway.  Another historical building is The Barnard School, 315 E. Locust St., which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009, and is still used for some classes.  Several of the churches around town are quite old as well, and are worth a look.  For more glimpses of the past, the Historical Museum at 114 S. Broadway, is open on Saturdays from 10am - 2pm.  The museum is home to many pictures and items, including the tables and chairs from the Morgan Drug Store. Check out the Pioneer Library System's Tecumseh Gathering Days album on Flickr for more historic photos and the opportunity to share your comments or stories about the people or places pictured.

Tecumseh also is home to the state's oldest continuing alumni association.  The first school classes were held in 1894, and the 1903 graduating class (less than 10 people) held the first alumni banquet.  Each year, Tecumseh High School graduates gather on Memorial Day weekend to share stories of the present and past. Visit the Tecumseh High School Alumni Association website to find more information.

Currently, Tecumseh is a rapidly growing, prosperous town that offers a wide range of services and activities for residents and visitors.  The Streetscape program has revitalized the town with new sidewalks, flowers, trees, murals, and clean business fronts.  New businesses are attracted to the area as well to create a stable economy with several stores and restaurants. Each year the town celebrates many events including: alumni gathering (Memorial weekend), Frontier Days (3rd week of September), July 4th celebration, Art of Broadway, BBQ contests, and holiday parades.  A great place to stay when visiting is the Maverick Hotel (formerly a bank).  The beautiful Victorian house called "Honeysuckle Rose" is a nice venue for weddings and events.

If you are interested in living in Tecumseh or already a resident and have children, check out the Tecumseh Public School district website.  Find information on schools, athletics, grades, and events calendar.  For more information on the Tecumseh schools, visit the Academic performance index (API) and Accountability Report Cards provided by the state as part of the "No Child Left Behind" initiative.

For information on the town's public services and departments, the City of Tecumseh/Tecumseh Chamber of Commerce website is a good place to start.  Information on the left is about Tecumseh, and Chamber of Commerce information is on the right. It is here that you can find contact information on animal shelters, parks, utilities, the cemetery, municipal court, police and fire departments, chamber activities and scholarships, and much more.

How do I have a children's book discussion?

The Pioneer Library System makes holding a book discussion as easy as checking out a kit! All you have to do is gather the friends and open the book. We do the all the rest for you!

PLS maintains multiple Discussion Kits for children that include at least 8 copies of the book, discussion questions, bookmarks, information about the author/actors, and fun activities to get children involved in the story and theme.  We even have discussion kits with movies!

So, if you or your children are interested in reading an great book with friends, Pioneer Library System has a kit that will bring the story alive.

To reserve a kit please place a hold in the catalog.

Book and Movie Discussion Kits

Each kit contains: Multiples Copies of the Books, One Copy of the Movie, Bookmarks, Discussion Questions on the Book, Author Information, Author’s Others Works, Information on the Movie, Actor/Actresses Information, Theme-Related Games/Activities.

book jacket for Because of Winn Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

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