Visit the library for stories and more on Tuesdays

Dad and babyThe McLoud Public Library welcomes families with preschool-age children to attend its weekly Tuesday morning activities geared especially to young children.

Each program begins at 11 a.m. and takes place in the Milburn Room. Activities and themes for February include:

Feb. 6Preschool Story Time, featuring stories, songs, rhymes and more for preschool-age children and their caregivers;

Feb. 13Viva GLARt! Grow a Learner Through Art, with art and play combined in a bilingual environment;

Feb. 20 Preschool Story Time, featuring stories, songs, rhymes and more for preschool-age children and their caregivers;

Feb. 27Stress Relief Story Time, a morning of stories and massage, with two certified infant massage instructors from the Pottawatomie County Health Department;

Registration is not required for any of the programs.

"We Love Legos" at the library

LegosBuild creativity with an afternoon of Lego projects in the McLoud Public Library activity "We Love Legos," at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Milburn Room.

Children ages 8 to 12 will work with Lego WeDo 2.0 software to program Milo the Science Rover to perform several tasks. All Legos and software items are provided by the library. 

Registration is required in advance as space and supplies will be limited.

PLS Big Read looks to “Five Skies”

Five Skies coverFor a 12th consecutive year, the Pioneer Library System will be celebrating literature with its PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts’ initiative, The Big Read.

The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the NEA as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature. The featured book selected by PLS representatives for this year is Five Skies by Ron Carlson.

The McLoud Public Library's Ravenous Readers group will host a scholar-led discussion of the book at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Leading the discussion will be award-winning author Rilla Askew. Copies of the book are available from the library’s Information Services Desk.

Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote Five Skies after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. It tells the story of three men from different backgrounds brought together for a summer construction project in the Rocky Mountains. It builds a story from how their collective pasts intertwine.

The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS:  The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.

Sponsors for this year’s activities are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Norman Arts Council, Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.