Discussion, movies featured in PLS Reads

PLS Reads logoThe Pioneer Library System continues celebrating its 60th anniversary of service by bringing communities together with its PLS Reads initiative, taking place throughout the system during April. The 2019 PLS Reads includes a pair of revolutionary fiction novels for readers at Norman Public Library Central to experience:

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult, tells the racially tense story of a labor and delivery nurse faced with a moral dilemma and how it changes her life and career forever.

 The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, looks at a high school student and the two worlds she has to move between: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the suburban prep school she attends.

In addition, libraries will feature information on read-alikes and other similar books to these two, and scholar-led discussions of the books will be featured throughout the system.

Norman Public Library Central will host a PLS Reads Book Discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11, with a guest moderator leading a talk about each of the selected books. Copies of the books will be available at the library for those attending book discussions as supplies last.

PLS will host multiple free movie showings based on the Angie Thomas book: at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Grand Canadian Theater in Purcell; 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St. in Norman; and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Oklahoma Baptist University Business Center in Shawnee.

There also will be a “PLS Little Read” for young readers this spring focusing on the picture book “The Other Side” by Jacqueline Woodson or the chapter book “My Year in the Middle” by Lila Quintero Weaver.

For the past 12 years, PLS has participated in both The Big Read and PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts. Activities now will continue into the future under the “PLS Reads” theme. Readers chose between three sets of books to determine this year’s titles during voting in late 2018.

PLS Reads is presented thanks to the support of the Norman Arts Council, Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Pioneer Library System Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.