Monthly Archives: June 2011

Announcing Freedom From Fines Week!

The Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library is celebrating our country’s freedom in a special way! From July 5 through July 8, you can bring in those long (or not so long) overdue items and we’ll forgive the fines.

Here’s how it works:

  1.  Bring your items in person to the front desk between July 5 and July 8. (Items dropped in the bookdrop won’t have fines forgiven.)
  2.  Tell the librarian that your item(s) are overdue and you would like to have the fines forgiven.

It’s that simple!

The library will be closed on the 4th, but open regular hours the rest of the week.


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Book Review: The Water Wars

 The Water Wars
by Cameron Stracher

Young Adult Fiction

Warning: while reading, have a glass of water at your side. Reading The Water Wars may cause extreme thirst!

This futuristic thriller explores what life would be like if water became the world’s most precious – and rare – resource. Siblings Vera and Will live in the republic of Illinowa (formerly the midwestern USA), a land parched by lack of water. There is no vegetation, dust gets everywhere, and very last drop of water is treated as if it is gold.

And then they meet Kai: standing in the middle of a road, casually drinking water from a plastic cup and then shockingly, illegally, tipping out the last few drops onto the dirt. They befriend this strange boy, and when he disappears one day without warning, they set out to investigate. From then on it’s non-stop action … a fast-paced adventure full of twists and turns, pirates, terrorists, and a trio of very brave kids, out to save the world.

This great summer read will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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Rapid Reviews: new adult non-fiction

Five of our newest adult non-fiction titles:

  • Your Brain At Work, by David Rock:  Have you ever wondered about how our brains process and analyze information? This book shows you how to understand your brain and use that knowlege to work smarter and better, not harder.
  • The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries, by Marilyn Johnson: Ms. Johnson has a gift for making a specialized subject interesting to a wide audience. She discusses her favorite obituaries and obituary writers, old and new, sharing plenty of excerpts along the way.
  • Knuckler, by Tim Wakefield with Tony Massarotti:  Although as the title suggests, this book is about how Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield learned to pitch a perfect knuckleball, it’s also about a lot more than that – like how he went from being a young Florida boy who had a hard time getting on any team to a hardworking baseball player and all-around nice guy.
  • Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days, by Jessica Wu, M.D.: Become beautiful from the inside out! What you put into your body is every bit as important as what you put onto it. Here you’ll find testimonals, menu plans, before-and-after photos, and realistic, practical advice on using what you eat to help you look your best.
  • Fallin’ Up: My Story, by Taboo: from the streets of LA to the biggest concert stages in the world, Taboo, founding member of the Black Eyed Peas, has an honest and inspiring story to tell.

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New to your library: Netbooks!

We’re so pleased to announce that we have six shiny netbooks available for checkout! These sweet little machines are like laptops, only smaller and even more portable. They have 10″ screens, weigh less than five pounds, and even have a built-in webcam. They’re perfect for traveling or using for taking notes during classes or meetings.


Who can check out a netbook? Anyone who:

  • Is over 18 years of age
  • Has had their library card longer than 60 days
  • Has no outstanding fines or overdue materials

Here’s what you need to know about checking out a netbook:

  • Netbooks check out for two weeks with no renewals
  • Overdue fees are $5/day, excluding days the library is closed
  • If a netbook is damaged or not returned, the cardholder will be charged replacement value

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Book Review: The Wilder Life

The Wilder Life
 by Wendy McClure

Adult Non-Fiction

Like many children, Wendy McClure grew up reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. But unlike many of those children, her interest in the world of Laura never really went away, and as an adult she found herself revisiting the books with new interest. It started small: she ground her own wheat berries to make bread like they did in The Long Winter. She learned to churn butter. She started a Twitter account called @halfpintingalls. But before long she was visiting historical sites relating to the series, ranging from Pepin, Wisconson to Springfield, Missouri – at least seven in all.

With equal parts humor and introspection, The Wilder Life explores the uneasy relationship between the real Ingalls family history, the book series, and the television show … and why we still are enchanted by the Ingalls family after all of these years.

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Book Review: What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

by Elisa Amado
Illustrated by Manuel Monroy

Easy book, ages 4-8

“What are you doing?” asks young Chepito. And one by one, each person he meets responds by telling him what they are doing… reading! Everyone has a different reason: the mechanic reads a manual to find out how to fix a car, a tourist reads a guide book to keep from getting lost, and an archeologist reads heiroglyphics to learn about ancient Mayan history.

This lovely book, illustrated in softly glowing colors, celebrates the place reading holds in a community and the many reasons why reading why a person might read.

But Chepito has the best reason of all: “Because it’s fun!”

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2012 Sequoyah Nominees

You may have seen new stickers on the spines of some of our young adult and children’s books lately: “Sequoyah Masterlist 2012.” What’s that all about? Let us tell you!

The Sequoyah Book Awards are named after the Native American leader Sequoyah, who chose 85 symbols to represent the sounds in spoken Cherokee, allowing his people’s language to be written down and preserved.

There are three Sequoyah Awards – one each for children, intermediate and high school level books. Each year masterlists of outstanding books in these categories are created by Sequoyah Reading Teams (made up of Oklahoma Library Association members from across Oklahoma). Then Oklahoma students are invited to read or listen to books from the lists and vote on their favorite!

(Trivia: The very first Sequoyah Children’s Book Award was given in 1959 to the book Old Yeller.)

Voting doesn’t start until next February, but now is the time to start reading! Look for the display of Sequoyah nominees in the Young Adult and Children’s areas. You can find the lists of nominees for 2012 here.

And if you’re just looking for a really good book, why not check out one of the past winners?

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