Summer Reading Programs at Your Library

We invite you to experience first-hand some of the fun-filled educational events offered through Pioneer’s Summer Reading Programs. PLS Foundation secures funding for interactive learning activities and artistic touring performances. You can attend these events at any Pioneer library. While many of the programs emphasize keeping young children mentally active during the summer months, there are also activities designed for teenagers and adults. An estimated 30,000 people attend Summer Reading Program events each year.

Summer Reading Programs feature something for everyone. Through a partnership with Oklahoma City Zoo, zookeepers bring exotic animals to the libraries to captivate and teach children about nature. Science Museum Oklahoma staff inspire teenagers to explore their imaginations by engineering Rube Goldberg machines and other inventions. People of all ages can immerse themselves in cultural events, such as live musical performances by Cimarron Opera and Boulevard Brass, and presentations by Benjamin Franklin (as portrayed by a historical re-enactor).

Summer Reading Programs are made possible in part by contributions from our supporters – including generous donors like you. To find Summer Reading Program events near you, please pick up a calendar at your local Pioneer library.


  • Hitachi Computer Products America, Inc.
  • Oklahoma Arts Council
  • The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
  • Oklahoma City Zoo
  • The Science Museum of Oklahoma
  • Friends of the Library groups
  • Individual donors to Pioneer Library System Foundation
The OKC Zoo Fun program brought along some slithery friends for a visit to the SOKC library during the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Children learn about nature and animals thanks to the Oklahoma City Zoo Fun program.