The Pryor Times

April 15, 2014

National Library Week: ‘Lives change at your library’

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — All over Mayes County, people are learning new languages, traveling to faraway places, fighting crime, solving mysteries and making new friends. And they're doing it all at the library.

April 13 through 17 is National Library Week, and Mayes County Libraries are ready to celebrate.

The American Library Association chose the theme for this year, “Lives change at your library.” Library staffs all across Mayes County agree.

“To me, libraries are life-changing in the fact that they give us a place to belong,” said Nichole Davis of Salina Public Library. “Whether you're checking out the latest Alex Cross novel, waiting for story time, researching family history, or just after the morning paper, the library is a place for everyone. You can't walk through the doors of a library and not feel a sense of community, friendship and belonging.”

Chouteau Library staff said, “one of the most significant ways our library has changed lives is having public computers available.

“In this computer age, so much is done online. We have had people apply for jobs and get them. Other people apply for benefits, and have received them. Many, many other patrons have used the information highway to simplify their lives,” said Becky Selgelid of Chouteau Library. “And, of course, just having access to books is incredible in our small comunity.”

“Libraries provide unlimited opportunities for the communities and are intrinsically linked to the patrons who use them. “Tech & Tool” loaning libraries in urban areas, outdoor “Little Libraries” in small towns, language and technology classes and brilliant children's programs are but a handful of examples that can illustrate how libraries can affect our lives,” said Heather Hutto of Pryor Public Library.

Pryor Library's Maria Reist added her thoughts.

“Libraries can open up the entire world to anyone, even if they never physically leave their town,” said Reist. “As a child, I even experienced a piece of outer space at the library when I got to hold a moon rock as part of a space themed summer reading program. But more importantly, libraries fed my passionate curiosity about the world and that, more than anything, changed my life.”

“While many people think a library is just a place to gather information or find entertainment, it is also a repository of ideas and inspiration for creativity,” said Jacinda Ramsey of Pryor Library.

Each library invites the community to come experience the library and celebrate National Library Week.

Salina Library is  open Tuesdays from noon to  7 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. -to 5 p.m. It offers genealogy classes the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 5 p.m. and Family Movie Night the second and fifth Tuesdays of every month at 5 pm. For added enjoyment, Salina Library has movies playing throughout the day via Netflix and Game Night on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. Story Time is every Wednesday at 11 am. and includes a craft or activity.

Chouteau Library has an active month planned, starting with a birthday open house celebration April 3. The library is celebrating its fourth birthday with an open house at 6 p.m, featuring two local authors doing book signings. Charlie Jordan, author of “Moonshiner's Son” and Kenny Bowyer, author and youth pastor, will be present.

Friends of the Library's annual Library Rummage Sale fundraiser is April 12 at the Senior Citizen Center, in the same building as the library. Chouteau Library will wrap up the month up with a booth at Chouteau Heritage Days Festival, April 26. The library will use their booth to display pictures and information from Chouteau's early days. Also April 26, Library volunteers will provide refreshments to the volunteers working on Community Clean-Up Day.

Pryor Public Library is open Monday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. They are open 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdy and closed on Sunday.

Pryor Library’s regular schedule of events includes Toddler Story Time Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and Teen Movie Night the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. The genealogy group meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

With aummer fast approaching, each library has something special in mind for a summer program.

As part of the week long celebration, April 15 is National Library Workers’ Day, April 16 is National Bookmobile Day and April 17 is Teen Literature Day. In fact, April is National School Library month, designated so by the American Association of School Librarians.