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Go inside the numbers of healthy living

Heart-Doctor-Donor-MedicalNorman Public Library West welcomes faculty members from the Bird Health Sciences Library at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to lead the discussion "Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics," at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 30.

The program will focus on the book of the same name, which includes topics like calculating risk, putting risk in perspective and the importance of healthy skepticism. The program will include current news stories and videos to apply the book's concepts.

A copy of the book is available here and the library also has a limited number of copies.

The event is for ages 18 and up, and registration is not required in advance.

FRONTLINE film featured in PLS Big Read event

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 West's presentation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Scholar Rebecca Huskey 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.

It's a vocal treat at next Lunch and Listen concert

Music byHebi65Norman Public Library West continues its Lunch and Listen free concert series with an afternoon of vocalists at noon Wednesday, March 22.

Steve Elkins Kennedy and four other vocalists from the University of Oklahoma will perform at the free concert. Kennedy is a vocal music instructor on the faculty at the OU School of Music and will bring students Brianna Clancy, Mel Delgado, Maura Grace and Alex Bolerjack for the concert.

Lunch and Listen is a monthly event hosted the fourth Wednesday of most months at the library. Attendees are encouraged to purchase lunch from Paisley Café inside the library or bring their own.

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

Bring your little ones for story time on Tuesday mornings

KidsFunNorman Public Library West is sharing stories and a love of reading with its youngest readers in its weekly Story Times, hosted at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays throughout March. Story Time dates are March 7, 14, 21 and 28.

The programs are geared to children in pre-Kindergarten and younger and their caregivers and include books, music, stories, games and more.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Kids + dogs = a great reading opportunity

DogWithChildren bykatcsendElementary-school age children are invited to make a new friend and work on their reading at Norman Public Library West's "Sit! Stay! Read!" program for reading to therapy dogs, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

Dates in March for the reading sessions are March 2, 9, 16 and 23.

The goal of the program is helping reluctant readers to practice their reading skills in a low-stress, non-judgmental environment. Children ages 11 and under are invited to participate.

Registration is not required in advance.