The Norman Transcript

April 2, 2014

Library briefs

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Book boxes available

During the repair period for the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge between Purcell and Lexington, the Pioneer Library System is working to offer more options for Lexington residents.

The library has worked with City Manager Charlie McCown and his staff and will add book boxes adjacent to Lexington City Hall, 111 W. Broadway St. The boxes will be on the corner of the city hall building in the doorway alcove between city hall and the Lexington Police Station.

The book boxes are lockers that resemble mailboxes but hold books that customers request from the Pioneer Library System catalog at

Customers who choose the Lexington Book Box will have their requested items delivered every Tuesday and Friday. Customers arriving to pick up books after notification should enter the customer account number into the keypad and the locker on the box will pop open — with the selections inside.

Customers have seven days to pick up their materials, which are already checked out to them, and can return them to the book drop near the machine, the book drop at Lexington High School or any Pioneer Library System hometown library.

The library system continues to operate its information station and book drop at Lexington High School, 801 E. Broadway St. That service is available during school hours.

For more information, contact the PLS Outreach department at 801-4573 or email

Science museum program set in Moore

The Moore Public Library, along with the experts from Science Museum Oklahoma, are giving children a lesson about what they can find “In My Backyard,” at an afterschool program at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms A and B of the library, 225 S. Howard Ave.

The program is for ages 4 to 12, and will be an interactive learning experience teaching about some common amphibians and reptiles in Oklahoma.

Children will learn how they move, grow, find their food and protect themselves from harm. They’ll also see if they have what it takes to survive a mini-obstacle course, where they’ll have to jump like frogs, move like snakes and crawl like lizards.

Registration is required to attend the program.

For more information, visit the library, call 793-4347 or visit

Literacy program seeks tutors

The Pioneer Library System’s Cleveland County Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors at 9:30 a.m. April 12 at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave., in the Lowry Room.

This training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to work with learners of English as Second Language in Cleveland County. Registration may be completed through the Cleveland County Literacy Office at 701-2682.

The library provides free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners, both for ESL students and also for native speakers of English who need help with their reading. Services are offered by county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system’s 10 branch libraries.

Each prospective tutor must take part in one training session before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and be high school graduates. Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session, as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.

— Transcript Staff

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