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 Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library and its Penn Avenue Readers Society will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Scholar Robert Salinas 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 Penn Avenue group meets on the second Thursday of the month for a discussion of a book being read by all group members. The discussion is for ages 18 and up and registration in advance is required.

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.

Be nutritious with "Stealth Health" ideas

VegetableThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library's series of healthy literacy programs takes a look into nutritious eating with its workshop "Stealth Health: Nutrition for Picky Eaters," at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Rooms A and B of the library.

A dietitian representing the Chickasaw Nation Get Fresh! Program will give a cooking demonstration and hand out samples of the finished product. It's a chance to get ideas for meals that are healthy yet please picky eaters at the same time.

All ages are invited to attend. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

The program is made possible through the Health Literacy Grant by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma Literacy Resource Office and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Learn the facts about water and caring for your teeth

ToothCould water be hurting your teeth?

Many things can be a challenge to care of teeth, but many people wouldn't think about water being one of them. Yet the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library looks into that topic at its program "Is Water Destroying Your Teeth?" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in Rooms A and B.

Dr. Carson Nail will share tips on care of teeth, focusing specifically on the types of drinks that can either help or hurt a person's teeth.

All ages are invited to attend, and registration is not required in advance.

It's our fifth birthday! Come and celebrate!

Cake byPollyGIn March 2012, the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library opened its doors to expand library service throughout the area.

Now the library is turning 5, and it's time for a community celebration. "Happy Birthday, Celebrating Five Years of Innovation," is a come-and-go event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. It will feature a special singing of "Happy Birthday" at 5 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy crafts, games, pizza, cupcakes and more, as well as getting tours of the library as staff looks forward to the next five years in Southwest Oklahoma City.

Also, the Pioneer Library System's Maker Mobile will visit for the event. The Maker Mobile features many science and technology education items, including a three-dimensional printer and scanner, CNC milling machine, laser cutter and laptops, as well as Wi-Fi access and an informational touchscreen television that will allow customers to learn about the library's downloadable collection through OverDrive and many other online features.

All ages are invited to attend. Registration is required in advance to participate.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss, stories and more during March

BoyReading2The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library provides a variety of age-appropriate programs and activities for children and families throughout the week along with its vast collection of books and materials for checkout.

A special event this month is a Dr. Seuss Party, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. The program celebrates the life and books of Dr. Seuss, with games and crafts related to the famous children's author. All ages are invited to attend and encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character.

More activities scheduled at the library in March, by age group, include:

Family Music Time (for younger children) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1

Toddler Story Time and Play (ages 1-3) – 10 and 11 a.m. Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

After School Kids (Pre-K through 3rd grade) – 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 2 and 16 (Registration required in advance)

Family Story Time and Craft (all ages) – 10 and 11 a.m. Mondays, March 6, 13 and 27

Baby Lapsit (ages 15 month and under) – 10 a.m. Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28

Lego Quest (ages 5-12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7

Family Play Time/La Hora de Jugar en Familia (for ages 5 and under) – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11

TweenScene (ages 7 to 12) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 and 28

TLC (Touch, Learn and Create) (ages 2 to 6) – 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 15

Sensory Story Time (ages 11 and under, geared to children prone to sensory overload, on the autism spectrum or have trouble with big crowds) – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21

Red Cross Pillowcase program (for all ages) – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23

OKC Zoo Presents Bear Wants More5 p.m. Thursday, March 30