March 2017

Dear Readers,

Here are some highlights of upcoming adult programs and activities. As always these activities are free and open to the public. If you have any questions or comments about the activities listed please let me know.

The Enid Author Fest, postponed from January will take place this month. Please join us on March 4th to celebrate books and the authors who create them at our inaugural author festival. The festival will host over 30 authors with ties to Oklahoma and will feature readings, book selling and signing, and wonderful opportunities to network with readers and authors. The book genres represented include children’s picture books, juvenile and young adult works, and adult fiction and non-fiction. This free event will take place from 10:00am – 3:00 pm and is open to the public.

The Friends of the Library will hold a clearance book sale March 15-18th.

Fundamentals of Sustainable Living, a “Great Courses” video class continues each Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00.

3/2/2017              Fresh Food from Your Garden with guest speaker: Friends of Sustainable Gardening and Agriculture and a video on straw bale gardening if time allows.

3/9/2017              Winter Gardening  & Sustainable Water Use

3/16/2017            Transportation Alternatives and the Ecocity &  Sustainable Products for the Home with recipe handouts on DIY green cleaning products

3/23/2017            Inner Dimensions of Sustainability & guest speaker

3/30/2017            Green Economics & Shifting to a Sustainable Worldview

Become a more thoughtful consumer, save money, and reduce your ecological footprint with this course that teaches you how integrate sustainable practices into your everyday life. By learning techniques for working more efficiently with the energy, water, and food you consume, you can live a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle positively impacting the world around you.

Wonders of the National Parks, a Geology of North America, a Lunch & Learn series is held each Thursday at noon. Bring a sack lunch and discover awe-inspiring natural landscapes and explore the geographical histories and mysteries of your national parks with National Geographic.

Quilting for Charity meets March 3 from 10:00-12:00. We are hand-quilting a quilt for Compassionate Quilters of Enid, an organization that donates quilts to patients going through chemo and other treatments.  If you’ve never hand-quilted, this is a great opportunity to give it a try, and if you’re more experienced we welcome your help.

The Book Talk @ the Library group will discuss Orphan Train by Christian Baker Kline. Orphan Train  interweaves the stories of seventeen year old Molly and ninety-one year old Vivian, who rode an orphan train from New York City to Minnesota in 1929. About to age out of foster care, Molly takes a job helping to organize the contents of Vivian’s attic and the two women, from different eras find in each other a common understanding of what it is to be alone in the world. The discussion will be held on March 14 at 6:00. Copies of the book are available at the service desk; but if all of the copies are checked out please ask to have the book put on reserve for you.

We began this year’s Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma series on in January, but it’s not too late to join us for this scholar-led book discussion series. Participation is free. All events take place in the library’s Great Plains Room at 10:00 a.m. The books may be checked out from the library before or after each discussion. Although recommended, books do not have to be pre-read to participate. The schedule of events for this series is as follows:

3/11       Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer

 Schaefer, in this fictional biography of a lone cowboy, pays attention to the concerns of Andy Adams but adds a note of cynicism that leaves a stronger sense of the reality of the historical cowboy’s life. This work will be presented by Dr. Sara Jane Richter and will be followed by a light lunch and the movie Monte Walsh.

3/25       Lonesome Dove Miniseries Marathon 10:00 am-4:30 pm, a light lunch will be provided.

4/1         Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

McMurtry’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel sets the modern standard for cowboy fiction, where realism overwhelms whatever ballistic or pugilistic activity might otherwise be taken to represent heroic effort. Though written in the best Wister tradition, McMurtry still separates cowboys from cows to weave a sad narrative about people who spend their lives loving other people who cannot or will not (but in any case do not) reciprocate.

“Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma” is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities with generous funding from the Inasmuch Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.


Margo Holmes

Adult Programming and Development Coordinator, Enid Public Library        580-616-7183