The Norman Transcript

March 18, 2014

Library briefs

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Movie nights set in Moore, Shawnee

The Pioneer Library System’s annual Big Read is taking readers to the Wild West through the words of author Charles Portis and his novel “True Grit.”

The novel also inspired two notable film versions — the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and a 2010 remake starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen.

The Coen brothers’ adaptation of the novel is coming to the big screen, free of charge, at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at the Warren Theatre, 1000 S. Telephone Road in Moore. The same presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. April 3 at Cinema Centre 8, 3031 N. Harrison Ave. in Shawnee.

Preceding the movie will be the premiere of “The True ‘True Grit,’” a documentary film commissioned by the PLS and produced by the University of Oklahoma Video and Media Services Department.

The film looks at Arkansas and Oklahoma settings used in the novel and contrasts the ways they were used in the Hollywood film versions of “True Grit.”

Admission is free for the Moore and Shawnee events, but anyone who registers online in advance will be entered into a drawing for a piece of framed Western art. Also, each event will have a costume contest. Audience members can come dressed either as a character from the novel or in their most elaborate Western wear.

Registration for the Moore showing can be completed at

Registration for the Shawnee showing can be completed at

For more information about the PLS Big Read activities, visit or call any hometown library or visit

Great Decisions discussions set

The Norman Public Library’s annual Great Decisions Discussion Series returns for its first of four sessions at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in Rooms A and B of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.

The debut discussion will be on the topic “Islamic Awakening,” presented by Dr. Norman Stillman, professor of Judaic History at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Stillman’s presentation will be preceded by a video presentation produced by the Foreign Policy Association.

Future presentations in the discussion series include:

· 6:30 p.m. April 3 — “Israel and the United States” with Dr. Gershon Lewental

· 6:30 p.m. April 10 — “Energy Independence” with Dr. Bo Kong

· 6:30 p.m. April 24 — “Defense Technology” with Dr. Suzette Grillot

Participants may register to attend any or all of the Norman Public Library’s Great Decisions programs.

For more information, go to the Adult Information Desk at the library or call 701-2620. An optional Briefing Book, which contains all the essays and reading material, is available for purchase.

The Great Decisions Program is sponsored locally by Friends of the Norman Public Library.

To learn more about the Great Decisions program, visit and click on “Great Decisions.”

Members to show quilting process

The Norman Area Quilters Guild returns to the Norman Public Library for a daylong demonstration of the quilting process, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 in the Lowry Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave. The theme for this year’s demonstration is a focus on a “new” view of the “old” art of quilting.

In advance of the program, group members have provided a quilt display that will be exhibited in the Campbell Gallery Room of the library throughout March. Registration is not required to attend.

For more information, call 701-2620.

— Transcript Staff

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