Film, discussion focus on PLS Big Read's "Being Mortal"

PLSBigReadLogoIf you were diagnosed with a serious life-limiting illness, what would be the things that would matter most to you and who would you want to know?

The Pioneer Library System is tackling that topic in its activities surrounding the 11th edition of its PLS Big Read, focusing on the novel Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

Each library will host a screening for the FRONTLINE film "Being Mortal," followed by a panel discussion. The 60-minute film was produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston. Norman Public Library Central's presentation will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in the Lowry Room. Scholar Annette Prince will lead the post-film 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.

Sponsors for this year's PLS Big Read are the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

Great Decisions series brings month of discussions

GlobeNorman Public Library Central is bringing discussion on topics of worldwide interest to the community on Tuesday evenings throughout March with its 2017 Great Decisions discussion series.

Great Decisions is a presentation of the Foreign Policy Association and is America's largest discussion program on topics concerning world affairs.

Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday of the month. This year's schedule of discussions features:

March 7 – "The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis," presented by University of Oklahoma professor Dr. Mitchell Smith;

March 14 – "U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum," presented by Dr. Bo Kong, International and Area Studies professor at OU;

March 21 – "Nuclear Security," presented by Dr. Suzette Grillot, Dean of OU's College of International Studies;

March 28 – "Conflict in the South China Sea," presented by Dr. Peter Gries of OU;

Ages 12 and up are invited to attend the discussions. Registration is not required in advance.

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.