Coronavirus Information

As state and municipal governments increasingly move toward ordering people to shelter in place to blunt the spread of COVID-19, Pioneer Library System will remain closed until further notice.

The safety and wellness of our customers and staff remains our top priority at PLS. We know the Library is a critical resource for all our customers, so we continue to take steps to support our customers as much as possible during this temporary closure:

All fines continue to be waived, and due dates extended until we reopen.

The Library is working to expand access to e-books and increase awareness of our vast array of online resources. Please connect here or through our PLS Connect App.

Ask Us will continue to be available to answer library questions.

This is an unprecedented time and we are grateful for your continued support and patience. Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information and digital programming and activities.

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing.  For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For up-to-date information about Oklahoma, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health's Coronavirus Response page.

 

General Information

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has teamed up with Oklahoma Magazine to produce a video answering Frequently Asked Questions.

What is coronavirus?
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
How does coronavirus spread?
How is coronavirus prevented and treated?
Information for International Travel
Information for Spanish and Vietnamese Speakers (courtesy  of Seattle & King County Public Health)

Nuevo coronavirus PDF (Lengua Española)

Vi-rút Corona Mới PDF (Ngôn ngữ tiếng Việt)

Preventative Measures and Information for Patients

CDC Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus
Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Hand-washing PDF
Sanitizer Hand Rub Application Technique PDF
Information for Patients with Coronavirus

English PDF

Spanish PDF

Additional Resources

Oklahoma State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
PubMed 
Disaster Lit 
Medline Plus
Wiley Online Library
Coronavirus and Pregnant Women and Children
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety about the Coronavirus

Libraries closed until further notice

As state and municipal governments increasingly move toward ordering people to shelter in place to blunt the spread of COVID-19, Pioneer Library System will remain closed until further notice.

The safety and wellness of our customers and staff remains our top priority at PLS. We know the Library is a critical resource for all our customers, so we continue to take steps to support our customers as much as possible during this temporary closure:

All fines continue to be waived, and due dates extended until we reopen.

The Library is working to expand access to e-books and increase awareness of our vast array of online resources. Please connect here or through our PLS Connect App.

Ask Us will continue to be available to answer library questions.

This is an unprecedented time and we are grateful for your continued support and patience. Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information and digital programming and activities.

Experience the world from home

We've compiled a plethora of virtual activities for families to check out while they are home practicing social distancing!
 
Special thanks to our friends at the Pflugerville (Texas) Public Library for some of these suggestions.
 

And keep an eye out in this space for more ideas as they become available and as we hear about them.

 

For Children

Educational Opportunities

Amazing Educational Resources

Barefoot Books

Brain Pop

Clavis Publishing  (Printable activity sheets) 

Click Clack Books

Free Educational Subscriptions

50 Best Lego Duplo Play Ideas

Gifted and Talented Resources

Girls Who Code

Holiday House Publishing

Mad Science

Maker Maven  (STEAM activities) 

Mundo Primaria (en Espanol)

Mystery Science Lessons      

National Geographic for Kids

National Inventors Hall of Fame

Random House

Saved You a Spot (Screen free activities)

Scholastic  (Home learning)     

Simon and Schuster (Tween book recommendations and activities)

Speech Buddies (online speech therapy resources)  

Tumblebooks

K-6 children's ebook database
K-6 math ebook database
Grades 7-12 ebook database
All ages audiobook database

 

Make sure you're counted in 2020 Census

Citizens received an important item in their physical mailboxes in mid-March - their invitation to respond to the 2020 U.S. Census

And it's not just an opportunity to help your local community by being counted, it's also the law for all people living in the United States to be counted.

The easiest way to respond, especially in a safe way to avoid the spread of coronavirus? Go online to the Census homepage and follow several steps to respond. The online format takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Some notable details:

ID number: Each letter mailed to an address will have a 12-digit Census ID number to be used in the online format.

Census Day: People will be counted based on their residence on April 1. 

Multilingual effort: The Census can be completed online in 13 languages, and webpages and guides are offered in 59 non-English languages.

The Youngest Count: Funding for many projects related to give families with young children a strong start are funded based on Census data.
Yet about 2.2 million children age 5 and under were missed during the 2010 Census. That number adds up to nearly 10 percent of the age group. This has been blamed on many families simply not realizing babies should be counted.

College Students: Coronavirus has affected college classes and disrupted living arrangements for many students. The Census Bureau's statement for college students' residence is as follows: "Per the Census Bureau's residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the Covid-19 pandemic."

Physical counters: Those that do not complete the form online still will need to be counted. Physical Census counters will canvas the country to complete forms for each U.S. address, although their timeframe is likely to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Avoiding scams: the Census Bureau will only make contact by mail or in person - never by email. For questions about an in-person Census interviewer, check to make sure that they have a valid ID badge, with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. If you still have questions about their identity, you can call 800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Deadline date (for now): The current deadline date for having all people counted has been extended to mid-August from its original date. However, as the coronavirus pandemic continues and develops, that date could be further extended.

Census results are used for many reasons. They help determine allocation of billions of dollars in federal funding for schools, roads and other public services based on needs in areas based on population.

The results also help to draw legislative district lines and determine a state's seat numbers in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Find out more online or call 1-844-330-2020.