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Annual PLS Reads looks at mental health

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

The Pioneer Library System is taking its communities into a deep look at the importance of mental health as the theme for this year’s PLS Reads initiative.

Readers across the three-county PLS area will interact with the theme through the novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine,” written by Gail Honeyman.

The McLoud Public Library will host a community discussion of the book as part of its monthly Ravenous Readers presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, with a mental health professional onsite to lead the discussion. Readers will be able to obtain a copy of the book through the library in advance of the event.

The book, selected as part of Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club in 2019, is also a former No. 1 New York Times bestseller. It focuses on the topic of mental health through its main character, Eleanor Oliphant and her adventures in daily life as she makes her way after a difficult past. It was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award and the British Book Awards Book of the Year in 2018.

For the past 13 years, PLS has participated in both The Big Read and PLS Big Read, inspired by the National Endowment for the Arts. Activities now will continue into the future under the “PLS Reads” theme. Multiple libraries will host activities in the coming months to continue the discussion in their communities.

PLS Reads is sponsored by the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

For more information, visit the library, call 788-4132 or go online to