Are you the person we’re looking for?

We have a job opening! The official posting is here, but … well, we felt it was more than a little boring, and didn’t convey what we were actually looking for very well.

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Without further ado, our new and improved job posting!

The Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library is seeking a fun and engaging personality to manage the youth department and lead youth programing from 0 – 18. Funny socks encouraged but not required. No divas need apply! Duties include acting zany in public, collection development, thinking outside the box, storytelling (with all the voices), planning and organizing exciting events such as teen movie nights, teen and youth summer reading programs, toddler and bilingual story times, and more.

Crafty and organizational skills a plus! Must be a team player, and enjoy being around humans, even humans who shriek, ask inappropriate questions and/or may be slightly sticky.

Must have a tolerance for mild chaos and a reasonable amount of noise.

Of course, all the boring but necessary requirements apply: working knowledge of computers and common computer software, ability to perform troubleshooting on common technology, customer service skills, cheerful demeanor.

If this sounds like you, fill out an application online at www.pryorok.org or pick up a paper application at the Pryor, Oklahoma City Hall.

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What’s the value of a library?

This is Marie writing, and before you read this post, you should know a little background about me:

* I grew up in a very literary family who visited the library weekly
* I read a lot (but now I can use the excuse that it helps me be a better librarian!)
* Since 2000 I’ve kept meticulous records of books read & movies watched
* I’m not a math person by anyone’s definition, but I do like statistics
* I can make great pies, but my pie-chart making skills are below average

I was thinking recently about how much my family used the library as I was growing up, and how we would never have been able to afford to make reading our primary entertainment if we’d had to buy all the books we read – not to mention all the library programs we attended and other library services we used.

And that got me thinking … how much money did we save by using the library? Well, I don’t have records of my reading back that far, but I thought it would be fun to take my records from last year and create a little chart using the average prices for books, ebooks, audiobooks, and dvds.

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Yeah … I’d say the library is a pretty valuable resource to me!

What is the library’s value to YOU? If you’re curious, there’s a wonderful library value calculator you can use. Comment and tell us your results!

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Go Beneath the Surface with our teen summer reading program!

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It’s that time again! Yes … Summer Reading Program time, which means great books to read, programs to attend, and lots of chances to win awesome prizes. For kids age 4 through 12, it’s not too late to sign up for our kid’s program – but this is a special post for teens age 12 – 17. Teens, here’s what you need to know:

1.  We’re having a Teen Summer Reading Program! It’s during June and July, and if you’re a teen all you have to do is sign up at the library.

2. The more you participate, the more chances you have to win prizes like Kindle Fires and iPod Shuffles. But wait! The more teens sign up, the more prizes there will be. So tell your friends to sign up too.

3. There are so many ways to earn more chances to win. One way is to keep keep track of the books you read – for every three books, you get one chance. (We’ve got a form for that – pick one up at the front desk.) You get another chance (limit one per day) each time you tell us something about what you’re reading by:

  • Commenting on our Facebook wall
  • Commenting on this post
  • Tweeting @TJHPPL
  • Calling us
  • Attending a teen program

4. Yes, teen programs! We’ll be sharing more info later, but we’re going to have some great programs on July 11th, 18th, and 25th.

5. Here’s the tl;dr recap: SIGN UP, READ, PARTICIPATE and possibly WIN A KINDLE FIRE OR IPOD! 

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Are you ready for SUMMER?

We are! And we have a lot planned for you this summer. Below are some highlights:

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  • As it has for the past thirty-one years, this year’s Summer Reading Program – that’s SRP from now on – will start with a Turtle Race for ages 4 – 12! That will be on June the 4th, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. New this year is the parade of turtles, but don’t worry: you don’t have to teach your turtle to walk on a leash (we’ve talked to some turtles and they are very against being walked on a leash.) Instead, bring your child’s trike, bicycle, wagon, or anything else on wheels (non-motorized, please). Decorations optional but encouraged! And of course, bring your turtles – just make sure they’re not snapping turtles, since we want to keep everyone’s fingers intact.
  • Through the rest of June and July, we’ll be offering special SRP performances every Tuesday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. We’ve invited magicians and storytellers and puppeteers and so many others … you’ll just have to show up to see everything we have in store!
  • For those already signed up for the Bulldogger’s Club (registration is already closed for this, sorry), they will meet every Monday (starting May 30th) at 2:00 pm for read-alouds from the book The Bulldogger’s Club by Barbara Hay and related events.
  • For ages 12-17, make plans to join our Teen SRP and check back here for more details on how to get chances to win a Kindle Fire or an iPod Shuffle. We’ll also be offering some exciting teen programs on Thursdays in July – again, check back soon for more information!
  • And for the littlest guys, our 10:00 am Wednesday Toddler Storytime continues throughout the summer.

We hope to see you all many, many times throughout the summer!

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Spring poetry

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April is National Poetry Month … and it’s also the month spring hits Oklahoma in earnest (although after yesterday, we are kind of wondering about that.)

The cheery tulips in our front flower bed made us think of this poem by William Carlos Williams, an American poet from New Jersey:

The Tulip Bed

The May sun–whom
all things imitate–
that glues small leaves to
the wooden trees
shone from the sky
through bluegauze clouds
upon the ground.
Under the leafy trees
where the suburban streets
lay crossed,
with houses on each corner,
tangled shadows had begun
to join
the roadway and the lawns.
With excellent precision
the tulip bed
inside the iron fence
upreared its gaudy
yellow, white and red,
rimmed round with grass,
reposedly.

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How does your garden grow?

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If you’re like me, this lovely spring weather has you itching to get out into the dirt – whether your taste runs to vegetables, flowers or herbs, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of growing things! And luckily for you, we have a fabulous collection of books to cover all your garden needs.

Need to know when to plant bulbs for next spring? How to prune your roses? Best vegetables to grow in containers? How to keep pests out of your prize tomatoes?

Guess what? You’re right … we have books for that. Here’s just a sampling of titles available:

The American horticultural society encyclopedia of gardening
The 20 minute vegetable gardener
The beginner’s guide to vegetable gardening : everything you need to know
The big book of gardening skills
Big ideas for small gardens
The book of gardening projects for kids : 101 ways to get kids outside, dirty, and having fun
Carrots love tomatoes: Secrets of companion planting for successf
The complete shade gardener
The handy garden answer book
The herb gardener: A guide for all seasons
Indoor gardening the organic way
Lasagna gardening: A new layering system for bountiful gardens1,001 old-time garden tips: Timeless bits of wisdom on how to grow everything organically, from the good old days when everyone did

See even more titles at our online catalog! And stop by soon to check out your favorites.

 

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Hey! There’s a grocery store in the library!

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A very special ribbon cutting with staff of the
Thomas J Harrison Pryor Public Library.

Why is there a grocery store in the library, you ask? Because it’s fun … and educational. This wooden grocery store set up (complete with all kinds of realistic food, a cash register, play money, and even a credit card!) is from Lakeshore Learning, a company that sells “products designed with learning in mind,” and it’s part of our library’s continuing effort to promote literacy. You see, this may look like a fun toy, but it’s actually an Early Childhood Literacy Center. This type of imaginative play encourages the skills children need to get ready to learn to read, as well as other skills that will help them succeed in life. For small children, work is play and there is a lot of learning that goes on in learning centers!

Public libraries are the only government-funded educational centers where service is available to all children free of charge. Everyone is welcome to drop by the library and see the wonderful things going on in the children’s area … but please do not disturb the smallest patrons who are hard at work in the Early Childhood Literacy Center.

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Jackson was one of the first children to explore some the new things in the children’s area – from the look of concentration on his face, we think he approves!

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