Pioneer Library System Foundation:
Sets New Mission, Elects Officers

December 10, 2015 Susan Grossman, Development Officer(Norman, OK) – After a year of self-study, surveys and focus groups, the Pioneer Library System Foundation voted on December 9 to adopt a new mission and logo, along with a new set of fundraising initiatives and a new beliefs statement. “Last year at this time we determined, that after five years of increased …

Building an Ideal Bookshelf

December 6, 2015 Susan Grossman, Development OfficerAs I was wandering through a local antique – OK, probably more like junky stuff – shop around Thanksgiving, I spotted an appealing book cover with the title, “My Ideal Bookshelf.” The colorful and happy design caught my eye, so I picked it up and cracked it open. On the smooth, unmarked pages were …

Community Connections & Fostering A Philanthropic Family

October 29, 2015 Susan Grossman, Development OfficerAn interesting recent entry on the Motherlode blog in the New York Times reinforces the importance of storytelling in the world of philanthropy. It begins with teaching children early about the value of giving. ‘To Teach Children to Give, Tell Them How Much Your Family Has Been Given’, written by Ron Leiber, is a wonderful piece about …

Oklahoma Arts Going Strong

October 27, 2015 Susan Grossman, Development Officer It is good to know that our creative industry is vibrant and going strong in Oklahoma. You might wonder what we were doing at the annual conference of the Oklahoma Arts Council. Each October the conference brings together the state’s arts and cultural industry. And make no mistake. The arts are a thriving industry. …

Friends-Foundation-Fundraising

October 21, 2015 Susan Grossman, Development Officer Together, we can take our libraries from good to great! This tagline was created by a former trustee of the Pioneer Library System and it perfectly ties together the work of we all do to financially support our libraries. One of the most time-honored ways hometown library Friends groups raise funds is through …

Norman Moves Forward

October 14, 2015 Susan Grossman, Development Officer Norman residents overwhelmingly approve a community-wide package of amenities Tuesday. Norman Forward, a citizen-led community initiative, proposed a one-half percent sales tax increase to generate revenue for a number of city projects ranging from new swimming pools, parks and streets improvements, youth and adult recreational sports complexes, public art, an updated senior center and more. The increase will begin …

Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk with the PLS Foundation in 2016

October 13, 2015 Susan Grossman, Development Officer “Libraries are the cornerstones of the communities they serve,” Jeff Miles made this statement at the opening of his inaugural “State of the Pioneer Library System Foundation” address on Columbus Day. OK, ok, so it was not nearly that formal. Miles had a captive audience at the annual Pioneer Library System Staff Day meeting …