The Pioneer Library System continues to look for new ways to reach out to readers, particularly as the coronavirus pandemic has limited some library services and activities.

The library is introducing a new bilingual service for families – PLS Dial a Story – serving children through stories delivered over the phone in both English and Spanish.

To use the service, customers will call 405-701-2665 (405-701-BOOK) and listen to a pre-recorded story. Each story will be read in both English and Spanish and will primarily come from a collection of picture books. Roxanne Pico, Children’s Library Assistant at Norman Public Library Central, will present the stories, which will change each week on Fridays.

The goal of the service is to allow families with limited Internet connectivity to engage with literacy in a unique way. It also can help children who are spending extensive time in front of a screen to get a break from that while still giving them a way to connect with a new story or book.

Participation in PLS Dial a Story will count toward minutes earned for the library’s Summer Learning Challenge, where readers have a goal of spending six million minutes learning and engaging with the library and their community. Find out more about ways to participate in the Summer Learning Challenge here.

Similar services to PLS Dial a Story have found success at library systems around the country, including the Tulsa City-County Library System and the Kansas City Public Library.

The 12 libraries of the Pioneer Library System have reopened with limited services available. Also, interaction with the library continues through its many virtual resources available here.

Please continue to monitor our website and social media pages for further information on possible changes to schedule and services, as well as digital programming and activities.