Libraries to be closed April 1

The libraries of the Pioneer Library System will be closed Sunday, April 1.

During the closing, library users still can access online materials through the PLS website, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org, or the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available for free download through the App Store for iPhone or Google Play for Android.

Libraries all will open for their regular hours Monday, April 2.

Use ballet as exercise in new library series

Combine some of the skills of ballet dance into a unique workout as the Tecumseh Public Library presents the four-week series "Meet Me at the Barre," a ballet exercise class at 6 p.m. on Mondays during April, starting April 2 and running through April 23.

Participants will learn a basic workout routine featuring Barre exercises that are used by ballet dancers.

The activity is for ages 18 and up. Registration in advance is required.

For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/tecumseh.

Story Times set on Tuesdays, Thursdays at the library

The Tecumseh Public Library has expanded its Stress Relief Story Time to a five-week series beginning Tuesday, March 27 and running through April 24 at the library, 114 N. Broadway.

Each event begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be led by Child Development Specialist Angie Porter, MS, CCPS, of the Pottawatomie County Health Department. The class seeks to promote bonding, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, use of the senses, imitation, interaction, stimulation, relief and relaxation.

It’s geared to preschool-age children and their caregivers.

Also, the library continues its weekly series of Toddler Story Times at 11 a.m. on each Thursday of the month. Activities include songs, finger plays, rhymes and stories along with early literacy tips to get children ready to read.

Registration is not required to attend any of the activities.

For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/tecumseh.

Winners announced for PLS Big Read Photo Contest

As part of the 12th edition of The Big Read and PLS Big Read, the Pioneer Library System invited photographers to share photographs as part of the PLS Big Read Photo Contest.

There were more than 30 entries for the contest, with winners announced on Thursday, March 15, during a videoconference with Ron Carlson, author of this year’s PLS Big Read novel, “Five Skies.”

The contest winner was Angela Stanley-Coolahan. She attended the event and received a gift card and a copy of “Five Skies” autographed by Mr. Carlson, courtesy of the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Second-place finisher was Rhonda Calhoun while the third-place finisher was Sam Bowen.

All winning photos were displayed at the event, and copies of all the entries received for the contest also were made available at tables set up for the presentation, which took place at the National Weather Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

Topics for photo entries mirrored those explored in the book and included good work, nature, guilt, mercy, friendship/relationship and building/rebuilding.

A similar contest for PLS staff members also took place. Winners were Andrew Peters, 1st; Paul Clark, 2nd; and Grace Pistilli, 3rd.

The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS:  The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.

Sponsors for this year’s activities are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Norman Arts Council, Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.

For more information, go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/bigread.