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 Noble Public Library will present a community book discussion on Being Mortal at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Kathryn Ramsay 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.

Youngsters welcome for "Tadpole Tuesdays"

FamilyStoryTimeThe Noble Public Library invites families with preschool children to the library every day, but particularly to visit on Tuesday mornings for its "Tadpole Tuesdays" program series.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays the library is open, events are tailored to ages 2 to 5 and include different themes focusing on early literacy skills each week.

In March, program dates and themes are:

March 7Preschool Story Time

March 14Make and Take

March 21Learning by Leaps

March 28Magic of Music

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

A showcase of art, creativity for kids

GLARSpanishLogoThe Noble Public Library is taking art into a bilingual setting with its program ¡Viva GLART, Grow a Learner through Art! at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1.

Activities are for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and provide a bilingual setting for learning through art play.

The ¡Viva GLART! series is part of the Pioneer Library System's Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required in advance.

American Girl book series running on Wednesdays

Meet RebeccaThe Noble Public Library is bringing the American Girl book series to life with its American Girl Book Discussion series, at 3 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays, Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1 and 8, in the Ina Byerly Activity Room of the library.

The discussions are geared to ages 9 to 12 and will be related to the book Meet Rebecca, part of the American Girl collection.

Each program features themed activities, games, crafts and treats.

Registration is not required to attend.

Go "DEEP" in diabetes management series

AdultLectureThe Noble Public Library invites the community to its Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) series, at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 7 and running for six weeks, through Tuesday, March 14.

Participants will learn tools and methods for better managing diabetes through principles of empowerment and adult education.

The presentations are for ages 18 and up, and registration in advance is required to attend.