Author Mary Leader to discuss, sign books

Pen and journalNorman Public Library West welcomes Oklahoma author and poet Mary Leader for a presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.

She will sign books and present a reading on her latest work “She Lives There Still,” published in 2018 by Shearsman Books. She also will discuss poetry and its connection to music and painting.

Dr. Leader is a member of the American Academy of Poets and winner of the National Poetry Series and the Iowa Poetry Prize. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a J.D., from Warren Wilson College with a M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Brandeis. She taught at Warren Wilson College, Emory University, Louisiana State University, University of Memphis, Brandeis University, and retired from Purdue University Professor Emerita. While in law school, she started writing poetry, which lead to a second career.

Ages 18 and up are invited to attend. Registration is not required in advance.

Activities promote a love of reading for children

Baby readsNorman Public Library West presents a number of regular programs encouraging reading and a love of libraries for young readers.

The weekly Story Time: Budding Bookworms, is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Tuesday mornings the library is open. It includes books, games, music and more geared to children up to pre-K age.

And new readers can practice their reading and make a new friend on Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Sit! Stay! Read! Therapy dogs will visit to listen to young readers in an encouraging environment.

In August, the library also presents the special bilingual activity, Family Play Time/la hora de jugar en familia, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Activities are for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and is a chance for children to learn and develop their brains through simple play. The program 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.