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 Newcastle Public Library will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. Scholar Cynthia Thomas 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.
The Newcastle Public Library welcomes families with young children to its weekly Pre-K Story Time, scheduled at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the library.
Each event is geared to ages 2 to 5, but younger or older children are welcome also. The story times feature not just books but songs and other activities, and a chance to learn more about the services offered for young readers at the library.
Registration is not required in advance to attend.
The Newcastle Public Library welcomes young readers to the library for weekly time to read with therapy dog friends at the library during February.
Share a Story with Maggie takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28. And the library also will have dogs at the library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Young readers may bring their own books or pick from the many that are part of the library's collection.
The goal of the program is to provide young readers a place to practice their reading in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment.
Parents or caregivers are asked to set up a time slot in advance for their children to read.