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.

The Purcell Public Library will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Scholar Katheleen R. Guzman 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.

Gear up for gardening season with vegetable growing workshop

Seedlings byzirconicussoGardening season can go year-round, and the Purcell Public Library looks at good ideas for the garden in its free workshop How to Grow Cool and Warm Season Vegetables at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4.

Wes Lee, Extension Agent with the McClain County OSU Cooperative Extension Service, will cover a variety of topics in the presentation.

He will cover the basics of site selection for plants, soil fertility, what and how to plant, when to harvest it and general pest management of cold and warm season vegetable crops.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.

Teens are making and creating in Friday series

STEAMPowerLogoDive into the world of science and technology with the Purcell Public Library and its Teen Maker Space series, with programs at 4 p.m. each Friday in March, on March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31.

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, and the topics are being shown off in a variety of STEAM Power Maker Kits available through the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, including in Purcell.

Ages 12 to 17 are invited to participate, and registration is not required.

All supplies will be provided.

We're helping families find out more about their history

Genealogy TreeThe Purcell Public Library invites local genealogy researchers to find help in providing information for members of the community tracking down their family history.

Staff will share research knowledge, as well as ideas and how-tos on the many resources available through the library at Individual Genealogy Help sessions, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 13 and 27, in the Meeting Room of the library, to provide individual genealogy help. Registration is required in advance to have a time slot to meet.

And a session of genealogy help will go outside the doors of the library to the McClain County Historical Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. The museum is at 203 W. Washington St. in downtown Purcell.