Charles Dickens turns 2oo today! In honor of the his birthday, we’d like to share a few weird-but-true facts about the great man’s life:
1. Young Charles’ father was thrown into a debtor’s prison, and Charles, just aged 12, had to quit school and go work in a shoe-polish factory to help support the family. Sounds like a plot straight out of a Dickens novel, does it?
2. He was first published in 1933 – when he was just 21 years old.
3. He was an avid theatre-goer, wrote some plays himself, and even performed in front of Queen Victoria.
4. There are at least 22 film version of A Christmas Carol.
5. Dickens is buried in Westminster Abbey, but he specified in his will that no memorial be built for him. He is buried near George Frederick Handel and Rudyard Kipling.
(We think the party hat is a good look for Dickens – don’t you?)
Here at the library, we love to read, no matter the format. In print, as an audio book, or on an eReader, it’s all good! And now we’re pleased as punch to offer you access to almost 6,000 eBooks and around 1,500 downloadable audio books (with more items being added all the time) as well as a selection of downloadable music. Just think: no late fees, no scratched or missing CDs, no damage charges because your new puppy mistook your book for a chew toy. What’s not to like?
Here’s how it works:
First, go to the OK Virtual Library site and click on the My Account tab.
Next, choose the Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library from the list of participating libraries.
And finally, log in using your library card number, with your last name as the PIN.
If you need help, check out the downloadable digital media tour, or look at Overdrive’s new feature MyHelp! And of course, you can always call us (918-825-0777), comment here, or leave us a post on Facebook. We’ll do our best to help.
Enjoy, and let us know how this service is working for you!
The holiday season is coming, and we have the programs to prove it!
We’re starting things off with a Spooky Storytime on October 31 at 5:00 pm. Bring the kids – costumes encouraged – for some scary (but not too scary) stories, monstrously delicious snacks, and creepy crafts.
Next up is Cards and Cookies with Carolyn on November 10 at 7:00 pm. Get a head start on those holiday cards and benefit from the creative inspiration of our resident card-making guru Carolyn. There will be card kits available for a small fee to cover supplies, and the class size is limited to 15 – so sign up now to reserve your spot! You can call us at 918-825-0777, comment here, or notify us on Facebook.
Then on November 28 at 7:00 pm we have Beginning Jewelry Making. Handmade jewelry is the perfect gift for mothers, daughters, friends … or any special lady in your life. Jewelry kits will be available starting at $10, and again, class size is limited to 15, so sign up early.
Finally, on December 8 at 7:00 pm we’ll be hosting a Cookie Exchange. You must have an invitation to attend, but one is easy to get – just tell us you want to be invited! Bring two dozen cookies (and the recipe), and you’ll leave with two dozen cookies in all sorts of flavors. There will be a prize for the ugliest Christmas sweater, so dig out your tackiest holiday-themed clothing and wear it with pride.
Libraries believe in many things, not the least of which is the freedom to read – we’re all about preventing censorship and encouraging intellectual freedom. The American Library Association says it best when they define intellectual freedom as “the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular.”
Every September since 1982 libraries have been raising awareness of the many challenges to intellectual freedom by observing Banned Books Week, when we highlight some of the books challenged or outright banned. Some are banned from an entire country, such The Da Vinci Code in Lebanon. Some are banned from a specific school or library, like the California school district which removed all copies of the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary from their schools, though this ban was later overturned. You can see where and why some books have been recently challenged by using this interactive map. Yes, there are some in Oklahoma!
To draw attention to Banned Books week, we’re giving away copies of Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which won the National Book Award in 2007 and the California Young Reader Medal in 2010. It has been challenged many times and banned by at least one school board. It’s a book about racism, bullying, and what it means to be Native American … and most of all, how to find the strength to overcome challenges.
Libraries are for everyone, and so we strive to have something for everyone. Not every book is right for every reader, but we each have the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or watch.
Celebrate your freedom to read … and stop by to enter to win a copy of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. We’ll be drawing names daily until Friday!
School’s back in session … and that means homework. Whether it’s 2nd grade reading, 6th grade science, or 10th grade math (geometry, ugh), HomeworkHelpOklahoma has tutors available to provide live one-on-one assistance. And it’s easy to use – just select your grade, subject, how much help you need, and in minutes you’ll be connected to a tutor who can help you through those tricky math problems or explain the nuances of grammar rules.
But that’s not all. HomeworkHelpOklahoma isn’t just for K-12 students. In college? Check out the College Center, with tutors ready to help with everything from physics to trigonometry. Studying for the GED, Citizenship Test, or going back to school after time away? There’s the Adult Education Center ready and waiting. Need a job? The Career Center can help you organize a resume, search for jobs, and or prepare for an interview.
So contact the library for login details and head on over. There’s something for everyone at HomeworkHelpOklahoma!
HomeworkHelpOklahoma is provided by the Oklahoma department of Libraries and is powered by Tutor.com.
Bring the kids out on Saturday, July 23 for SMO-DOT, an interactive program celebrating the rich history of Oklahoma roads! SMO-DOT was created by the Science Museum Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation in honor of the 100th anniversary of ODOT. The fun includes a zinc experiment, Bridge Building 101, edible roads (potholes served on the side), and instant root beer floats.
When: Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 10:00 am.
Where: The Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library
We’ll see you there!
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:
- 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.)
- 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.