PLS Big Read discussion focuses on Being Mortal

PLSBigReadLogoFor 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.

Norman Public Library Central will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Scholar Annette Prince will lead the discussion.

Being Mortal was the 2015 Indies Choice Book Award winner in the Adult Non-Fiction category. The author also is the recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science and two national magazine awards.

The PLS Big Read is presented this year in a collaboration between PLS and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Sponsors for this year's PLS Big Read are the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

Workshop focuses on preserving family memories in writing

NoteTakingNorman Public Library Central is giving genealogy researchers and those just interested in preserving the stories that make their family what it is with the program Saving Family Memories, set for 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the Lowry Room.

Author Louise Farmer Smith will lead the workshop, focusing on helping participants get in writing stories of their family history.

Smith is a former winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award and author of several novels, including One Hundred Years of Marriage: Cadillac, Oklahoma, which looks back at the family histories of four generations within on American family. She is a Norman native.

The program is part of this year's PLS Big Read and is for ages 12 and up. The PLS Big Read, in its 11th year, is focusing on the novel Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Space is limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.

Color to relax in monthly event

ColorPencils by9BombsNorman Public Library Central's series "Color Your Cares Away!" is bringing the world of coloring back to adults.

The next edition of the monthly series will be 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Rooms A and B.

While many parents do have children that like to color, this series is for ages 18 and up only. The library will provide coloring sheets, crayons and colored pencils, although participants may bring their own supplies if they wish.

Registration is not required in advance.

Busy slate of computer, technology classes offered in March

Coding-Girl-Binary-by-GeraltNorman Public Library Central's Computer Training Center sports a busy month of activity during March, including several special series during students' Spring Break March 13-17.

All classes are offered free of charge, but registration for programs is required in advance. To register, visit the library, call 701-2697 or go online to the links below.

Microsoft Word10 a.m. March 1-3

Robot Club4 p.m. March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

STEAM Tweens4 p.m. March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

Minecraft: Survival5 p.m. March 3, 17 and 31

A Beginner's Guide to the Internet1 p.m. March 6-8

Girls Who Code4:30 p.m. March 6 and 27

Younger Girls Who Code4 p.m. March 7, 21 and 28

Golden Agers' Computer Club10 a.m. March 8 and 22

Minecraft: Creative5 p.m. March 10 and 24

Computer Programming with Python10 a.m. March 13-17

Beginning Computer Programming with ScratchNoon March 13-17

Stop-Motion Academy2 p.m. March 13-17

Tween Lego Robotics4 p.m. March 13-17

Getting Started with Computers10 a.m. March 27-31

Black History Month commemorated at 13th annual Crowns Tea

CrownsTeaNorman Public Library Central invites the community to the 13th annual edition of its Crowns Tea. There will be two identical seatings for the Crowns Tea, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Lowry Room at Norman Central.

The event is a Black History Month celebration of the cultural tradition of the church hat. The event is based on the book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, a collection of black and white portraits and essays of women in their hats. The Tea is open to ladies of all ages, races and backgrounds, and wearing of hats is encouraged.

Entertainment will be provided by Erica Thomas and the Praise Team from Quayle United Methodist Church and catering will be done by Legend's.

Free tickets are available during library hours on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desks at Norman Central and Norman West.

The Crowns Tea is made possible thanks to a grant from the Norman Arts Council as well as the support of the Friends of the Norman Library.