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Summer is finally here! We’re pretty excited, and especially for a particularly good reason: it’s time to start the Summer Reading Program. So why are we excited about the program? Because we like books? Of course. Because we appreciate air-conditioning during hot Oklahoma summers? Well, sure. But the main reason we’re all about the Summer Reading Program is because it prepares our youth for better performance in the future.

It’s not just a good idea that kids stay intellectually stimulated throughout the summer months, its actually pretty vital. There happen to be many studies about the benefits of reading programs (such as the ones listed on the New York State Education Department’s report, The Importance of Summer Reading Programs , or this one by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction). Almost all of them indicate children who miss out on intellectual activities during the summer months – a time many researchers call “the summer slump” – are not only set back when they return to school in the fall, but have achievement gaps later on in middle and high school years as well. (If you are interested in this topic please check out the links at the bottom of the page…)

But your public library is here to help of course! Three words: Fizz, Boom, Read! Following the national summer reading program initiative, Fizz Boom Read reflects the utilization of STEM curriculum in today’s schools. It also strives to increase science-related activities in public libraries.

Thomas J Harrison Pryor Public Library is going to buzzing with some incredibly awesome and fun science activities. We have stuff planned for kids of all ages, by the way. Live performers, exciting visits from the Science Museum of Oklahoma, animal guests from a wildlife rescue, and readings by the most animated of storytellers are mere highlights of what kids will be able to see and do this summer. We’ll also have a weekly book club for kids 9-12, and some pretty rad science projects for teens every Thursday in July.

Of course, all of this starts officially tomorrow/today with our annual turtle race. Come by and check out all the fun we’re having!

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More information on the importance of summer reading programs:

“Library Summer Reading Programs: ALA Library Fact Sheet 17.” Ala.org. American Library Association, January 2014. Web. 2 Jun. 2014.

Alexander, K., Entwistle D., & Olsen L (2007). “Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap.” American Sociological Review. no. 72, 167-180.

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June 3, 2014 · 1:24 am

Happy Birthday to Pride & Prejudice!

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Jane Austen

Pride & Prejudice turns 200 today, and we think it’s looking pretty good for its age! Filled with Jane Austen’s razor-sharp wit and keen eye for the absurd, it remains as well-loved today as it ever was, spawning adaptations ranging from the stage to film … and now a webseries! There are even Jane Austen graphic novels and Jane Austen zombie mash-ups. Below are just a few of our favorites.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: In this webseries adaptation, Lizzie Bennet is a vlogging grad student, living with her sisters Jane and Lydia, her marriage-obsessed mother and mostly absent father. Told mostly in 4-6 minute episodes and accompanied by real-time character tweets and other social media activity, it has a huge fanbase and has been attracting lots of positive press. (Check out this article from The Guardian!) Start with the first episode:

 

ImagePride & Prejudice & Zombies, by Seth Grahame-Smith: The first line of this clever mashup says it all: it is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains. Now doesn’t that make you want to read more?

 

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Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, by Claire Harman: a thoughtful look at Austen’s impact on the world, focusing more on Jane the author than on the biographical details covered so well in other sources.

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January 28, 2013 · 11:17 pm

Welcome to our virtual library!

If you have an ereader, computer, tablet, or smart phone and you’re not taking advantage of our virtual library to check out completely free ebooks, audiobooks, and music  … then what are you waiting for? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

First, go to our online library website, OK Virtual Library. To log in, click on “account.”

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To select our library from the list of participating libraries, click on the arrow by “select library” and choose the Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library from the list.

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If you have a library card, type the card number (found on the back of your card) in the top box. Your PIN is automatically set as your last name (all lower-case.) If you don’t have a card, bring a photo ID and proof of address to the library and we’ll have you fixed up within minutes! If you have a card but it won’t let you log in, call us at 918-825-0777 or shoot us a facebook message or email.

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Now you’re logged in! Click on “menu” to see categories of materials, or type titles, authors or subjects in the search box. If you get stuck or have problems  getting items to work with your device, there’s useful information under the “help” icon. And of course, you can always contact us and we’ll do our best to get you set up and reading.

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January 19, 2013 · 4:35 pm