PLS Big Read book 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 McLoud Public Library will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. Scholar Bob French 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.

Tuesday morning brings story time to the library

Baby byjutheanhThe McLoud Public Library has future readers in mind on Tuesday mornings with its weekly Preschool Story Times, scheduled at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28.

The March 14 event will be the library's special monthly bilingual "Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia." Program presenter Florencia Briglie leads a morning of activities that combine play and learning in a bilingual setting.

Story Times include rhymes, songs, flannel board fun, music and learning activities geared to preschool-age children.

Registration is not required for any of the story times.

OKC Zoo presentation looks at "Flower Power"

RosesThe McLoud Public Library brings the fun and learning of the Oklahoma City Zoo to McLoud for the zoo presentation "Flower Power," at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 1. The program takes place in the Board of Education Building.

The program looks at ways flowers play a role in the everyday lives of humans and animals alike and will feature a sweet flower treat like that enjoyed by critters in Rita Gray's book "Flowers Are Calling."

The program is for ages 11 and under and their caregivers. Registration is not required to attend.

The event is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma Zoological Society, the Oklahoma City Zoo's non-profit support group.