“Rook and Roll” with a morning of chess

Chess boardThe Shawnee Public Library presents its series “Rook and Roll Chess,” twice in August, at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19.

Members of the Shawnee Chess Club will be at the library to teach basics of the game, with information that will be helpful to any experience level of player. Ages 4 and up may attend, although parent or guardian must accompany any children under age 12, per library policy.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Come to weekly story times at the library and the mall

Girl readingThe Shawnee Public Library is bringing its Preschool Story Time to families multiple times during the week, both inside and outside of the library.

Weekly Preschool Story Times are scheduled for twice on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The programs are geared to ages 30 months to five years, and feature not only books but rhymes, music, board stories and creative movement.

And on Wednesday afternoons, library staff takes the show on the road to Shawnee Mall for a weekly 10 a.m. story time starting on Aug. 23. These activities are geared to ages 2 1/2 to 5 and take place at the mall’s Center Court.

Registration is not required to attend any of the events.

Go inside the basics of Facebook with class

iPad and screenGet into the world of social media with the Shawnee Public Library and its class “Facebook for Beginners,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

The presentation looks into the popular social networking site. Basic computer skills and an email account are required to participate.

Ages 18 and up may attend. Registration is required in advance.

Advance your skills with computer class series

Keyboard and mouseThe Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to improve their skills at a series of Beginning Computer Classes scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 15-17, in the Computer Training Center.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15 – For new computer users, a look at basic terms and functions, including a lesson using a mouse.

Introduction to the Internet, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 – Create a free email account using one of several free services available online.

Registration is required separately for each class.

Sugar Free Allstars ready to rock back-to-school concert

Sugar Free AllstarsThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes the Sugar Free Allstars for a Back to School Bash, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Celebration of Life Park, located just south across Main Street from the library.

With more than a decade of experience, the band was part of a Grammy-award winner in 2012 for Best Childrens’ Album for an anti-bullying CD compilation titled “All About Bullies Big and Small.” Their song on the CD, “Cooperate,” is a collaboration between the Allstars and a North Carolina-based rapper named “Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.”

The concert is part of the Safe Events for Family Series sponsored by the Third Friday Downtown Block Party of Shawnee. It’s a rescheduled event from a similar concert that had been planned in May but was postponed due to poor weather.

All ages may attend and registration in advance is not required.