Library receives $15,000 STEAM grant

The Purcell Public Library has been selected as one of 12 libraries to participate in the STAR Net STEAM Equity Project, a competitive grant program that will enable the library and its collaborators to offer special programs, educational products, and exhibitions.

The STEAM Equity project — where STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math — is designed specifically for libraries in rural communities with sizeable Latinx populations.

Through this project, residents of Purcell and beyond are invited join this effort to empower tweens and their families in equitable STEAM learning and career paths by building off of their existing strengths, interests, and diverse cultures. “We are so excited to be chosen through a competitive application process for this amazing opportunity,” said Purcell Public Library branch manager Rebekah Lynam.

“We are looking forward to showing that STEAM subjects offer ways to approach our personal and community needs and to inspire creativity, collaboration, and the curiosity to learn more. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with our community members to launch fun learning opportunities, and we will be working together to encourage participation by community members who are under-represented in STEM fields, especially Hispanic families and individuals, and women and girls.”

During the four-year project, the library will receive $15,000 to buy STEAM learning materials and offer programs especially to meet the needs and interests of tweens and their families.

The STAR Net STEAM Equity Project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute, the American Library Association, Twin Cities PBS, Institute for Learning Innovation, and Education Development Center, with funding from the National Science Foundation.

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.