It's story time in the library, at the mall, too

Kids byOpenClipartVectorsIt's stories galore with the Shawnee Public Library, with Preschool Story Time scheduled multiple times during the week, both inside and outside of the library.

Weekly Preschool Story Times are scheduled for twice on Tuesdays during March, at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21 and 28. The programs are geared to ages 30 months to five years, and feature not only books but rhymes, music, board stories and creative movement.

And on Monday afternoons, library staff takes the show on the road to Shawnee Mall for a 4:30 p.m. event on March 6, 13, 20 and 27. These activities are geared to ages 3 to 5 and take place at the mall's Center Court.

Registration is not required to attend any of the events.

"Rook and Roll" and learn the basics of chess

Chess byElvertBarnesThe Shawnee Public Library continues its Rook and Roll Chess series with sessions next planned at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, March 4 and 18, at the library.

Members of the Shawnee Chess Club will be at the library to teach basics of the game, with information that will be helpful to any experience level of player. All ages are invited, although parent or guardian must accompany any children under age 12, per library policy.

Registration is not required in advance to attend the programs.

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 Shawnee Public Library will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Scholar Katheleen R. Guzman 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.