Traveling exhibit on water policy visiting Pioneer Library System

Water Exhibit Carl Albert Center OUThrough the end of October, several of the hometown libraries in the Pioneer Library System will host the exhibit WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource, a creation of the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center.

The exhibit currently is displayed in the Campbell Gallery Room of Norman Public Library Central, and will be there through Labor Day. Future stops for the exhibit will be:

Purcell Public LibraryTuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 23;

Shawnee Public LibrarySaturday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 17;

Norman Public Library WestTuesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 31

The exhibit is a six-piece interactive display that details historical events, highlights pivotal congressional figures through time, and explains current water-related issues the state is facing.

The physical exhibit will be available for viewing during operating hours at each of the libraries. While there, viewers will learn how to access additional content by opening the exhibit’s web app on their smart phones, or by dialing in on basic cell phones. The exhibit's web app can be found on the exhibit's web page

This is a project of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Oklahoma Humanities Council and is in the midst of an 18-month tour to various sites around Oklahoma.

ACT Prep classes show off Learning Express database

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With getting ready for college on the horizon for high school students, one of the big tests to pass is a literal test to pass – the ACT.

The Shawnee Public Library is giving a helping hand to students with its class Get Ready for the ACT, offered at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 and a repeat of the same class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Classes will go over Learning Express Library, a database offered for library card holders that has practice tests and resources for preparing for the ACT.

The classes are for adults to learn about the service or teens who will be taking the ACT test soon. Space is limited so registration in advance is required.

"Rook and Roll" series gives introduction to chess

Chess byElvertBarnesThe Shawnee Public Library is introducing a board game classic in its series "Rook and Roll" Chess, meeting from 10 a.m. to noon twice in October on Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 15, in Community Room A.

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 level of player from beginner to advanced.

All ages are invited, although parent or guardian must accompany any children under age 12, per library policy.

This will be a continuing series on the first and third Saturdays of the month through December. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Art, creativity featured in bilingual event

GLARSpanishLogoThe Shawnee Public Library goes artistic and bilingual with its program ¡Viva GLART, Grow a Learner through Art! at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Activities are for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and provide a bilingual setting for learning through art play.

The ¡Viva GLART! series is part of the Pioneer Library System's Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required in advance.

Story Time coming to Shawnee Mall on Mondays

Family ReadingThe Shawnee Public Library is partnering with Shawnee Mall this fall for a series of Monday morning story times. Story Time at the Mall is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. each Monday, beginning Sept. 12  through Nov. 28 in the Center Court of the mall next to JCPenney.

The programs are designed for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, but children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Activities will include books, board stories, fingerplays, rhymes and more.

And it's a chance to learn more about the programs and services offered by the Shawnee Public Library for families with young children, including our weekly Tuesday story times.

Registration is not required to attend.