Create: Stamped magnets, super rock garden markers

Kids byOpenClipartVectorsThe Tecumseh Public Library's Elementary Group provides an afternoon of afterschool creativity while also giving children a look at the resources the library has to offer. The library hosts two meetings for the group in March – at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 9, and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.

The March 9 event will be a craft program, as children will make their own unique stamped clay magnet.

On March 28, participants will paint rock garden markers and then plant their favorite herb seeds in a biodegradable egg carton to take home with them.

Ages 11 and under are invited to attend the programs. Registration is requested in advance so enough supplies for the projects are available.

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 Tecumseh Public Library's Talk of the Town discussion group will present a community book talk on Being Mortal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Scholar Bob French 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.

Craft a unique wind chime out of pipes

ChimesThe Tecumseh Public Library is getting ready for springtime with its Pipe Wind Chimes craft project, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.

The program is for ages 18 and up, and participants will be making their own wind chime made out of pipe to take home as a gift or a decoration for the front porch.

All supplies will be provided but registration is required in advance to participate so enough materials are available.

Thursday mornings deliver Story Time

MotherAndBaby byphanlop88The Tecumseh Public Library welcomes families with young children for its Thursday morning story time events, at 11 a.m. on Thursdays during March.

On March 2, the library presents its Family Play Time/La hora de jugar en familia for ages 5 and under and their caregivers. The activity includes family play time in a bilingual setting as a way for youngsters to develop brains through simple play.

The March 16 Toddler Story Time will be a visit from the Oklahoma City Zoo for the presentation "Bear Wants More!" The program is based on Karma Wilson's award-winning book of the same name and will be presented by OKC Zoo staff.

Toddler Story Times on March 23 and 30 will feature an hour of stories, songs, fingerplays and crafts, with early literacy tips to help children in their pre-reading skills.

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the programs.

Teens welcome for afterschool activities

MinecraftThe Tecumseh Public Library welcomes local teens on Wednesday afternoons at for weekly afterschool events beginning at 4 p.m.

This month's programs will be March 1, 8, 22 and 29 and are for ages 12 to 17 unless otherwise noted. The schedule features:

March 1 - Minecraft, an afternoon of challenges, books and a craft based on the popular game, for ages 10 and up;

March 8Washer Baseball Necklace/Keychain craft, where participants can make their own necklace or keychain with a baseball or softball theme;

March 22Wind Turbines, a chance to learn about turbines and how the type and size of blade effects how much energy is created;

March 29 – Gaming, an afternoon of board games and video game favorites, for ages 10 and up.