For the past decade, the Pioneer Library System has made its PLS Big Read and NEA Big Read a tradition in the springtime each year. And the 11th edition of the event is bringing literature into the 11 communities served by the library system with programs slated throughout March.
This year marks the first time the book has been a nonfiction selection and also the first time it's come from outside the NEA's list. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, focuses on a difficult topic – the end of life. The author, a practicing surgeon, looks into the way medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.
The PLS Big Read is presented this year in a collaboration between PLS and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
Two separate programs throughout the PLS service area during the PLS Big Read will focus on the book:
Each PLS Hometown library will host a scholar-moderated community book discussion of Being Mortal. Those discussions will be:
Blanchard, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28;
Shawnee, 7 p.m. March 2;
Norman Central, 2 p.m. March 5;
McLoud, 6 p.m. March 7;
Newcastle, 6 p.m. March 7;
Noble, 1 p.m. March 9;
Purcell, 6 p.m. March 9;
Southwest Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m. March 9;
Tecumseh, 6:30 p.m. March 9;
Norman West, 7 p.m. March 13;
Moore, 5:30 p.m. March 20
Also, each library will host a screening for the FRONTLINE film "Being Mortal," followed by a panel discussion of local authorities. The 60-minute film was produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston.
Dates for this presentation are:
Norman Central, 6 p.m. March 9;
Tecumseh, 6:30 p.m. March 14;
McLoud, 6 p.m. March 21;
Moore, 6 p.m. March 21;
Newcastle, 6 p.m. March 21;
Shawnee, 7 p.m. March 21;
Blanchard, 5:30 p.m. March 23;
Noble, 5:30 p.m. March 23;
Norman West, 2 p.m. March 25;
Purcell, 2 p.m. March 26;
Southwest Oklahoma City, 6:30 p.m. March 29
Tax Season is here, and your hometown libraries are ready to help you find the resources you need to file your taxes. This year, taxes must be filed by Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Each of the 11 PLS branches is equipped to help you locate, download, and print your federal or state tax forms. Library cardholders may file their taxes online from library computers, but library staff is not trained to answer tax-related questions or work in actual preparation of forms.
- Standard charges for printing or photocopying apply. Black and white prints or copies are $0.15 per page. Color prints or copies are $0.30 per page.
- Hometown libraries are unable to install personal tax software onto library computers.
Use the following information to find Oklahoma and federal tax forms online and other tax assistance resources:
As we all know, February is the month of love, making it a great time to show our love and appreciation for schools and libraries of all types! Library Lovers' Month encourages you to remember the value of our hometown libraries and the great things that they bring to our communities! Come in to check out the selection of books or attend an event this month to support your library.
Use the library from home with our Pioneer Library System Connect App!
With our app you can:
- Use the physical catalog
- Renew & place holds
- Pay fines
- Read eBooks and eMagazines
- Listen to MP3 Audiobooks
- Use self check machines
- Locate library events