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Legos Galore

Many of the hometown libraries affiliated with the Pioneer Library System have become involved with Lego events, including the fun and interesting science of Lego robotics. If you would be interested in attending some Lego events at a library, we've compiled a list of library system happenings in September:

Noble Teen Tuesdays: Lego Robotics on September 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 5:30 pm
Purcell WeDo Legos for ages 5-12 on September 2 and 23 at 3:30 pm
SOKC Tween Lego Quest on September 2 at 4:30 pm
Norman Central Wonder Club: Lego Robotics on September 5 at 6 pm
Norman Central World Domination 101: Lego Robotics for Teens on September 8 at 6 pm
Blanchard Legoquest Come and Go for Grades K-5 on September 9 at 3:30 pm
Norman Central Adult Lego Robotics on September 13 at 10 am
Moore Teen Lego Mindstorm Robots on September 20 at 10 am
SOKC Teen Lego Storystart on September 30 at 4:30 pm

The events require registration because of limited materials, so register online through the Event Calendar or call/visit your own library.

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Labor Day Closing 2014

All Pioneer Library System hometown libraries will be closed for Labor Day on Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st.

Labor Day is a federal holiday and a time to honor and celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. Check out some of these Labor Day themed books from your hometown library!

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

As the end of summer approaches and a long, hot Labor Day weekend looms, the life of lonely thirteen-year-old Henry Wheeler is irrevocably changed when he and his emotionally fragile mother show kindness to a stranger with a terrible secret. Now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Labor Day is a poignant story of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery.

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The Wizard of Oz: Wonderful for 75 years

On August 25th  MGM's version of The Wizard of Oz will be 75 years old! On that date in 1939, the movie had its national debut. Of course we've got the movie and the original L. Frank Baum books. He wrote fourteen of his own, inspring other authors to continue his tale  Look below for a sample of modern adaptations and stories -- true or not -- that only exist because of Dorothy and her friends.

 

Dorothy Must Die Dorothy Must Die coverby Danielle Paige
TEEN F PAIGE

Paige's love and knowledge of Oz shine through this modern sequel to the Oz series. Amy Gumm, another girl from Kansas, is swept into an Oz where Dorothy has gone mad with power. Amy soon finds herself with a cast of strange allies including a goth munchkin, a winged monkey, and wicked witches galore! They all agree: Dorothy must die! And Amy must be the one to do it.

 

Wizard of Oz Lux Theater Cover

The Wizard of Oz by the Lux Radio Theatre 
Overdrive

Judy Garland performs this radio version of the Wizard of Oz. Lux Radio Theatre was known for big budget shows with popular 1930s Hollywood stars.

 

Oz graphic novel coverOz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young 
CF OZ

When not creating X-Men and Avengers tales, Marvel brings Baum's work into the world of graphic novels. Delightful illustrations and a different style of storytelling make this well-known tale fresh and engaging.

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Golden Finds: Gold Rush Facts and Fiction

August is the anniversary of the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush. Some may only know of the event through Jack London's tales and Robert W. Service's poetry.  Here are books about the food, the people, the gold, and -- above all -- the adventure!    True crime, food, romance, and even science fiction all inspired by the rough, perilous, and mysterious lives of  prospectors and sourdoughs.


California Gold Rush Cooking cover

California Gold Rush Cooking

by Lisa golden Schroeder
CNF 641.5 SC

Taste what life was like for prospectors in the California Gold Rush.  Each recipe is followed by an explanation of why and how the food was eaten.  The rest of the history is as easily consumed as the recipes included in this volume, covering topics such as the everyday lives, vocabulary, and hardships from the time period.  The book is part of a series that explores other foods and historical periods.   

Classic Sourdoughs coverClassic Sourdoughs: a Home Baker's Handbook
by Ed Wood
ANF 641.815 WO

For an adult version of the cookbook, why not check out some sourdough recipes?  Did you know that sourdough starters were so common and so important during the Klondike Gold Rush that people who lasted the winter were called sourdoughs?  Sourdough starters not only can be used to make delicious breads, but also are extremely hardy and travel well.

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August is Chemistry Month!

Have you ever wondered what you had in common with the stars above? This August you can find out what we have in common with fizzy soda, cars, and star systems. Chemistry makes up all matter, from the elements on the periodic table to the molecues that form the galaxy. Molecules, particles, elements, and chemical reactions make up everyday life here and beyond. We'll also take a look at the chemists who discovered and made our modern world possible. 

 

How to make a universe with 92 ingredients

by Adrian Dingle

What do cars, stars, skyscrapers, and ice cream all have in common? They're all made from the same 92 ingredients...and so are we. And so is everything in the entire universe! How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients presents a unique and imaginative way for young readers to connect chemistry and science with their daily lives. By using dozens of familiar objects, author Adrian Dingle has built a platform from which to teach kids that trees, cell phones, and the Sun are all made of a handful of chemical elements found on the periodic table.

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