PLS Big Read looks to "Five Skies"

Five Skies coverFor a 12th consecutive year, the Pioneer Library System will be celebrating literature with its PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts’ initiative, The Big Read.

The Big Read is a celebration of literature started by the NEA as a way for communities to get together for activities centered around classic literature. The featured book selected by PLS representatives for this year is Five Skies by Ron Carlson.

The Tecumseh Public Library will host a scholar-led discussion of the book at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Leading the discussion will be award-winning author Rilla Askew. Copies of the book are available from the library’s Information Services Desk.

Carlson is a longtime and award-winning short story writer who wrote Five Skies after a break of about 30 years from novel writing. It tells the story of three men from different backgrounds brought together for a summer construction project in the Rocky Mountains. It builds a story from how their collective pasts intertwine.

The NEA has funded five Big Read projects for PLS:  The Grapes of Wrath in 2007; Bless Me, Ultima in 2008; The Maltese Falcon in 2010, Old School in 2013 and A Wizard of Earthsea in 2015. PLS Big Reads produced solely with state and local funding include were To Kill a Mockingbird in 2009; The Things They Carried in 2011, The Joy Luck Club in 2012, True Grit in 2014, Fahrenheit 451 in 2016, Being Mortal in 2017 and this year’s project.

Sponsors for this year’s activities are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Norman Arts Council, Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.

Teen afterschool series features variety of activities

TeensThe Tecumseh Public Library invites local teens to the library for several afternoon afterschool events.

This month’s programs, which each begin at 4 p.m., will include:

Feb. 7 - Minecraft, an afternoon of challenges, books and a craft based on the popular game;

Feb. 14Cake Decorating, a basic lesson in decorating just in time for Valentine’s Day;

Feb. 20Heart Key Chains, using provided supplies to make a colorful key chain;

Feb. 28 – Gaming, with board game and video game favorites;

Registration is required in advance for the programs, which are for ages 12 to 17.

Series teaching safety and confidence for teens

Self defenseThe Tecumseh Public Library is giving local teens a chance for some basic Self Defense lessons in a four-part series beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, and continuing at the same time on Mondays, Feb. 19, Feb. 26 and March 5.

Attendees will learn several basics of self defense from representatives of Synergy Defense and Fitness, who will lead the classes.

Ages 12 to 17 may attend. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Preschoolers can learn and grow at weekly Story Time

Baby crawlingThursday morning means time for stories and a lot more for preschoolers at the Tecumseh Public Library.

The library’s Preschool Story Time series continues in February with activities on Thursdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22.

Each week’s activity brings songs, finger plays, rhymes and stories along with early literacy tips to get children ready to read.

Registration is not required for any of the activities.