COVID-19 Update

The Library is carefully reviewing options related to the COVID-19 pandemic: things may change rapidly, so keep an eye on our website and social media for the most up-to-date information.

As of today, Monday, March 16th, the Library is open, but all Library-sponsored events have been canceled until further notice (Storytime, Teen Night, Adult Craft Nights, etc.) and we encourage you to stay home whenever possible.

However, if you must visit the Library, we ask the following:

– Practice social distancing. Try to stay at least 6 feet away from others

– Wash your hands! (Way more often than you think is necessary)

– Don’t linger in the Library. Now is not a good time to have meetings or tutoring sessions.

– If you are sick, STAY HOME! This protects everyone, especially those more vulnerable.


The never-ending stream of information on social media can be overwhelming! We recommend the following resources:

World Health Organization:…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Oklahoma State Department of Health:

Library closed for President’s Day


Our physical building will be closed on February 17th, but we’re open 24/7 online! Check your account, place holds, download ebooks and audiobooks, learn a language, research your family history – all from where ever you are, day or night.

Read On! Homicide at Harrison House

If you’ve ever wanted to be a sleuth in a murder mystery, the Friends of the Pryor Public Library are hosting a fundraiser that will allow you to do just that. On January 28th at 7:00 PM at Fat Toad Brewing Company, we’ll play a mystery game called “Homicide at the Harrison House.”

Tickets are on sale now via the Friends’ Facebook page ( and include one drink, food, and fun. All the proceeds from the evening will benefit the Dolly Parton Imagination Library service that provides free books to Mayes County children ages 0 – 5 years.

Everyone who buys a ticket ($35 for a single ticket, $60 for a couple) will be assigned a character to play during the event – the annual Harrison House Bed & Breakfast bash. There aren’t very many characters on the guest list who get along, so the evening will be interesting and full of gossip!

The game is played in three rounds with clues given out each round. Everyone will know who their character is and what they’re supposed to say and do, so don’t be daunted by being assigned a role to play. Plus, your hostess, Drew Beasley (played by Cari Rérat), will guide you through each round and answer any questions you have about the game.

At the event, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for membership in the Friends group as well as enroll any children under 5 years old for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. It’s truly a wonderful service that sends free, age-appropriate books to children each month in the mail. For the Friends group, the cost is only $25 per year, per child. So far, they have over 100 children enrolled in the program!

If you can’t make it to the event but still want to help the Friends group, feel free to contact them via Facebook or email them at

Read On! Winter Lull


It’s the middle of December, so there’s not much new and exciting happening at the Library. We take a break from classes and events each December until after the New Year, so things are pretty quiet these days. 

December seems to be when all of our books come back to the Library, so if you’re interested in binge-reading an entire series this winter, now’s the time to get started. You’ll likely find the whole series on our shelves waiting for you to check it out. 

Of course, quieter times doesn’t mean we’re not busy. We’re getting a lot of in-house chores done like cleaning out storage areas, restocking class and workshop supplies, inventorying our furnishings and collection, etc. 

We’re also using this time to work on some of our Strategic Plan projects. The Library Board decided we will not pursue creating and maintaining a community calendar on the Library’s website – other organizations are tackling this project and we don’t want to duplicate their effort or muddy the waters. 

The Board also decided we will begin the design and writing of an electronic newsletter for anyone interested in hearing from us from time to time. We still have a lot of decisions to make about the newsletter, but you’ll likely hear about it sometime in the new year. 

The biggest item on the Library staff’s Winter-Time To Do List is brainstorming and planning the Summer Reading Program for next year. We average five classes and/or events each week during Summer Reading (not to mention the reading challenge for each age group), so we’ve got a lot to get ready for! 

We’d love to see you this month, but we understand that December gets hectic. Your library is always available online ( if you can’t make it into the building. Ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and more are just a click away!