By: Amber Harp
Pioneer Library Systems (PLS) offers an array of free programs to their local communities’ for all ages. This next week you can sign your kids up for Story Time, Web Design for Tweens, Come & Go Games, Baby Story Time, Tween Scene: Music, Quadocpters for Tweens, Music Connection, and Minecraft Creative for Tweens. These are just for kids, adults may sign up for Getting started with Computers for Seniors 1 thru 5 stages, Smartphones & Tablets, Beginning Yoga, Golden Agers’ Computer Club, Web Design, Throwback 70s Craft Groovy Jewelry, and Getting Started with Online Selling.
“We believe that an open and free library is fundamental to democracy and that it is our responsibility to ensure equitable library access to quality resources and information services to our communities.” (2016, Word; Magazine of the Pioneer Library System)
The goals for the summer programs are the same for all that the library does, “to engage the community in lifelong learning and meet them where their needs and interests are”, Niky Styers, former PLS board of trustees said.
PLS facilities are located in the towns of Blanchard, McLoud, Moore, Newcastle, Noble, Norman, Purcell, Shawnee, Southwest Oklahoma City, and Tecumseh. In a few other surrounding areas they have set up Pioneer Library System Information “Station” where an individual can check out books as long as they have a Pioneer Library card.
Niky stated, “of course the children activities are more attended, but during the summer, teens are also active, especially in the new STEM and maker space type programs”. Each year the PLS board of trustees analyze the success of each course and what to offer for the next year. ” The community needs and interests will depend on what classes that are offered at each branch. Librarians are attuned to the local needs and help when the time comes to coordinate and plan for the next session.
Who are the individuals that teach or coordinate these activities? They work with the community and the organizations around them to find individuals who are passionate and knowledgeable in the areas needed. It could be your local librarian, a teacher from your local school, or a parent that would like to share their knowledge on to those interested.
Niky who takes an active roll in her community and as a parent had this to say about our local Pioneer system, “Pioneer is amazing at being a leader among libraries and staying on top of trends and new practices. They collaborate and learn from other libraries nationwide. They are also amazing at listening to constituents and customers. It truly is a hometown library”.
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