Winter 2024 Newsletter

Jan 30, 2024 | Newsletter

Supporting literacy and a love of learning throughout Pioneer Library System communities


Our heartfelt thanks

We want to express our deepest gratitude for your incredible support of our annual year-end campaign. Thanks to your generosity, almost $25,000 was raised to enhance and enrich programming and services throughout Pioneer Library System communities. Your unwavering support and belief in our mission mean the world to us!


Join us for a whimsical evening in Wonderland

Tickets on Sale Now!

Make plans to join us at the 2nd Annual Enter Into Our Wonderland: A Mad Hatter Tea Party on  Tuesday, March 26, at the Lakeside Wedding Venue in Shawnee.

Event chair Amanda Johnson and her committee have a fabulous evening planned featuring a delicious dinner, live entertainment, a raffle, and more!

Don’t be late for this very important date! Click here to reserve your place today, or use the button above.

You’ll have an unforgettable experience while supporting a great cause. Proceeds benefit the Pioneer Library System’s Pottawatomie County branches and the programming and services they provide to the community.


IMPACT: Helping children discover the magic of reading

In September 2022, the Pioneer Library System partnered with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide free, age-appropriate books to children under five in Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie Counties.

This program aims to instill a love of reading in children at an early age, which helps them to become “reading-ready” when they start kindergarten.

Since its launch, the Pioneer Library System’s partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has distributed more than 109,000 books to eligible children in our communities.

Thank you to our donors for making a real difference in the lives of our youngest community members by supporting early literacy initiatives like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. To learn more or enroll your child, please visit


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Celebrate Black History Month at the Library

Please join us for programs and exhibitions celebrating Black culture through literature, music, and art in observance of Black History Month. All ages are welcome! Registration is requested for the Crowns Tea (link below).


In My Experience: Barron Ryan

Friday, Feb. 23, Norman Public Library West

Oklahoma native and jazz pianist Barron Ryan will perform classical music, some jazz numbers, and some of his own compositions, including a reading from his book, Honey, If It Wasn’t for You.


Crowns Tea: A Celebration of Black Fashion

Sunday, Feb. 25, The Well, Norman

2024 marks the 19th annual Crowns Tea! This community event includes a reading from the book Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, a panel discussion of Black fashion, and food and tea.


In addition to the scheduled programs, Norman Public Library West and Norman Public Library East will exhibit works by local artist Markus Muse throughout the month.

These projects were made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program.