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Purcell’s Third Thursday book discussion group goes “Old School”


Old SchoolThe Purcell Public Library invites avid readers to its Third Thursday Reads Book Discussion Group, which meets at noon Thursday, March 21, in the Meeting Room of the library, 919 N. Ninth St.

This month will feature a special discussion of the Tobias Wolff novel “Old School.” The book is the featured work in this year’s Pioneer Library System commemoration of The Big Read, and will include retired Oklahoma Baptist University professor Bill Hagen as facilitator for the discussion.

Throughout March and April, book discussions, movie nights and other programming related to the novel will take place throughout the 10 communities served by PLS hometown libraries.


The Big Read will wrap up with an appearance in Oklahoma by Wolff himself at a pair of public presentations, at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Geiger Center at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, and later that evening at 7 p.m. at the Longfellow Middle School Auditorium.

The Big Read is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Norman Arts Council, University of Oklahoma Outreach, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, LevyMart Public Relations, the Pioneer Library Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.

The Third Thursday Reads group is for ages 18 and up and meets monthly to discuss their thoughts on a title to be determined and read by the group. Copies of each month's book will be available at the library's checkout desk leading up to the discussion.

Participants are invited to bring their lunch to eat while they take part in the discussion.

Registration is requested to take part.

For more information, or to register, call 527-5546 or go online here .

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