City of Norman, Pioneer Library System to host Sister City Chat series

In seeking to build community, the Pioneer Library System is working with the City of Norman on a new program series that will expand that community in a global way.

Through a partnership between Norman Public Library Central and the City of Norman comes the Sister City Chats Series, a six-week event highlighting Clermont-Ferrand, France, which is one of Norman’s Sister Cities.

The series debuts from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, and runs at that time weekly through Tuesday, June 1. The talks will take place via Zoom and  advance registration is required.

It’s a positive idea that was hatched from the challenging circumstances of the past year. Norman Mayor Breea Clark facilitated this idea of conducting a series connecting residents of the two cities via Zoom chats, by engaging the Pioneer Library System and the international community along with the group Passports: Norman’s International and Sister Cities Organization, which works to promote and advance international relations between Norman and communities around the world.

"Pre-pandemic, it would’ve seemed impossible to create an event series targeted to connect people around the world with the goals of building relationships and practicing another language,” Clark said. “I am thrilled we are able to use the skill set we all acquired in the current COVID-19 world to help us further connect our Sister Cities in a meaningful way that will positively impact our respective communities and residents well past the pandemic."

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Find a movie with help from our “Five Minute Film Finder”

Through the Hoopla and Kanopy services, library card holders with the Pioneer Library System have access to thousands of movies from across a spectrum of genres.

While that’s another great virtual resource offered by the library, it also can produce a daunting mountain of material for viewers. However, a podcast presented by library staff members is helping viewers navigate the offerings.

Five Minute Film Finder highlights a variety of movies in “bite-sized” five-minute productions. Norman Central library staff members will share their expertise on topics of interest through movie offerings available via Hoopla and Kanopy.

The content of the podcast is safe for all ages, but the content of some movies discussed may not be, so listeners should participate at their discretion.

Find downloadable and streaming content offered by the library at our Hoopla, Kanopy and OverDrive pages.  

Library service update


The Pioneer Library System has been monitoring COVID-19 numbers and status updates in our communities throughout the pandemic. Based on a number of actions at the state and local level, beginning May 12:

  • Based on CDC recommendations, it is recommended face coverings be worn in indoor public settings. Face coverings are required at Norman Public Libraries in compliance with the current City Ordinance.
  • Public computer use continues to be available. Customers are able to reserve a time slot for public computer use by calling 405-792-0777 and following steps in the automated phone system to place a reservation. Please have your library card number and PIN number available when you call.
  • Curbside material pickup continues. Parking spaces are designated for curbside pickup at each library, and customers should follow the instructions on the sign at their parking space after they arrive.
  • The library’s digital and virtual resources also are available for those not yet comfortable visiting a physical branch. Explore hundreds of digital library programs on YouTube and brwse thousands of titles through the OverDrive, Hoopla and Kanopy services available here.
  • Digital items also are available on mobile devices through the PLS Connect app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Please continue to monitor our website and social media outlets for further updates to services. We are grateful for your continued support and patience.