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May 6 at 4:22 pm

All libraries in Cleveland and McClain counties are closed due to severe weather. McLoud Library has closed early.
Shawnee & Tecumseh libraries will be closing at 5:30pm.
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Learn the basics of computer use

mac computer keyboard and mouseThe Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to build their skills at a series of beginning computer classes May 12-14 in the Computer Training Center.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers: 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 – For new computer users. Instruction in basic computer terms and functions, including a lesson in using a mouse.

Introduction to the Internet: 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 – A basic introduction to the internet with instruction on searching for information, security concerns, and more..

Introduction to Email: 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14 – An introducton to the basics of sending and receiving emails. Participants will be assisted in creating an email account.

Registration is required separately for each class. Register at the library, by calling 275-6353, or online by clicking on the titles of the classes above.

Join our Fantastic Fiction Book Group

book jacket for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsDo you enjoy fantastic tales, science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal? Want to explore mysteries of the human and inhuman kind?

The Shawnee Public Library’s new Fantastic Fiction Book Group, for adults ages 18 and up, gets together at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 to discuss the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

As Jacob explores the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous.

Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk in the library.

Pottawatomie County Job Fair

business peopleJobseekers ages 18 and up are welcomed to a terrific opportunity to get connected with prospective employers at the Pottawatomie County Job Fair, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 12, at the Shawnee Public Library.

It’s a chance to learn about new career opportunities, get resume and cover letter assistance, meet local employers, and potentially go through on-site interviews.

Employers scheduled to appear include:

Keep Reading in May 2015

Adult Fiction

Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

The murder of Grace Baker’s younger sister, Nica, is quickly solved—but something about it just doesn’t ring true for Grace. Trying to make sense of the circumstances around her sister’s demise shatters life as Grace knows it, and she uncovers more about her family than she ever wanted to know. Anolik’s debut novel was one I found intriguing and involving. I look forward to more from this author.

Adult Non-Fiction

Brave Girls by Stacey Radin, PsyD with Leslie Goldman

The lessons a girl learns and the habits she develops in middle school will establish the way she conducts the rest of her life. After lengthy study of and consulting with working women, Radin founded Unleashed, an after-school program that empowers middle-school-age girls to address a cause they care deeply about: animal welfare. It is through these skills that they learn to navigate life. They develop leadership skills, identify their values, communicate their ideas, and ultimately embrace what makes them different from men. This is a book for those who live or work with young girls.

Teen Fiction

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael and his mother move often because of the teen’s amazing electrical powers. They have to hide their identities because someone is after them. When Michael meets a girl who has similar powers, they try to discover what happened to them as babies. It is this search that brings about huge problems and the discovery that there are others like them. This is the first of a series as the teens face powerful enemies in the attempt to save the world. Great read.

FFF: Read by the Numbers

What’s your lucky number? 7? 9? 64? Whatever is your personal numerical talisman, it could also be important to the title of a book. This month, the Fabulous Fiction Finds will highlight novels with a number in the title. You may be surprised that there are so many. Come search the display and check out one or two.