Beyond the Book group looks at PLS Reads titles

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 East 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 East’s Beyond the Book discussion group will host a PLS Reads Book Discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, with a guest moderator leading a talk about the books. Copies of the books will be available at the library for those attending book discussions as supplies last.

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Children and families can experience the library in many ways

Kids in tunnelNorman Public Library East invites families with children to attend a variety of program opportunities offered throughout April.

A special activity for the spring season is “Seeds of Kindness,” scheduled at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. Children ages 5 to 11 will decorate pots and plant flowers that will be donated to local senior centers in the community. All supplies will be provided by the library in an event that is presented thanks to the support of the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Also featured during April are:

Family Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays, April 4, 18 and 25 – Listen to stories, learn rhymes and songs and more in a time for discovery of new literacy skills.

After School Explorers. 4:30 p.m. Mondays, April 8 and April 22 – School-age children can use experiments, arts and crafts, games and more to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics) related topics. 

Music Time With Jennifer Voss, 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11 – Using music, Voss provides an interactive program for developing pre-literacy skills and appreciation of music.

Registration is requested in advance of each of the activities.