Other Funding Initiatives


Growing Like a Read
Growing Like a Read, or GLAR, is a nationally recognized research-based sensory-enriched program of the Pioneer Library System promoting brain development and early literacy skills in children from birth to age 4 through reading, talking, playing and singing. Research show that it is the primary caregiver interaction and involvement with the child that is critical for early learning and literacy. Originally funded by a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation, the program recently received funding from an anonymous donor making it possible to translate materials into Spanish.

As an extension of Growing Like A Read, the PLS Foundation supports Grow A Reader. Through this program, funded by the PLS Foundation, hospitals in the Pioneer Library System service area are able to provide a stair-step booklet and tote to parents heading home with their little bundles of joy. The booklet contains simple rhymes and songs to develop the neurons required for lifelong reading and learning success. Literacy begins with even the tiniest of babies!

Citizenship & Adult Literacy Services
Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie County Literacy Services provide free, confidential assistance to adults who want to improve their English, learn more about the process of gaining U.S. citizenship, develop reading and writing skills, or work on promoting reading as a regular family activity.

Hundreds of people each year benefit from the library’s Adult Literacy Services. The library offers tutoring for both English as a Second Language students as well as native speakers of English, who work one-on-one with volunteer tutors to help students meet personalized learning goals. Literacy Corners are in five of the eleven hometown branch libraries–Norman Central, Moore, SOKC, Shawnee, and Purcell–with a variety of information about library locations offering citizenship help as well as general information sheets on steps for seeking U.S. citizenship.

Summer Reading Program Incentives
The Foundation provided funding to the PLS Virtual Library for the purchase of reading incentives used during the Online Summer Reading Program. The online program coincides with the Summer Reading Program available at each of the hometown branch libraries and allows library users another avenue to participate. In 2015, the PLS Foundation partnered with Friends groups and Feed the Children to provide a free book to every child participating in the Summer Reading Program.