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March 4 at 12:30 pm
Purcell Public Library will CLOSE at 1 pm today (3/4)
All other libraries will CLOSE at 3 pm today (3/4)
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Keep Reading in March 2015


book jacket for Fives and Twenty-FivesFives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

This debut novel explores the effects of war on a group of Marines returning from Iraq.  Much in the vein of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, the characters are fictional, but the personal and professional battles are real.  This is an inside look at what it means to be today’s soldier.

Read more: Keep Reading in March 2015

Move to the music at the library

music notes“Wiggle Your Nose and Touch Your Toes” with a creative movement program for children. The monthly program next takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12.

Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to the library’s Community Rooms for a morning that will feature music, dancing and creative movement activities for the children to enjoy. Registration is not required to attend.

Sharpen your computer skills with three-day series

The Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to sharpen their skills at a series of beginning computer classes. Afternoon classes will take place March 10-12 in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Registration is required separately for each class and may be completed at the library, by calling 275-6353, or by clicking on the links for each of the events below and registering online.

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Discover digital magazines with free class

The Shawnee Public Library has a new way for readers to get connected with their favorite digital magazines through the library’s new Flipster service, from EBSCO Information Services.

Readers can learn to use the service at the free class, Discover Flipster, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 10Space is limited so registration is required for the program.

Flipster provides easy access to digital magazines for online browsing via a computer desktop or a mobile device 24 hours a day.

Read more: Discover digital magazines with free class

Get prepared for the ACT with library workshop

book jacket for ACT Strategies for Super Busy StudentsGet a step ahead in planning for the ACT test this spring with Shawnee Public Library and a pair of test preparation workshops covering the Learning Express Library database.

Classes take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, with a second class at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, each in the Computer Training Center of the library.Space is limited so registration is required in advance. register online, at the library, or by calling 275-6353.

Read more: Get prepared for the ACT with library workshop

Travel to a land of fantasy with book discussion for The Big Read

The Shawnee Public Library invites readers into a world of fantasy and fiction with The Big Read, and a discussion of this year’s selected novel, “A Wizard of Earthsea,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Conference Room of the library. The discussion is for ages 18 and up, and is part of a discussion group that meets monthly on the first Friday of the month.

The novel, by author Ursula K. Le Guin, is considered one of the classics of the fantasy genre. Published in 1968, it tells the tale of a young mage, named Sparrowhawk, and his time at a school of wizardry. During a spell recalling the dead - he unwittingly unleashes evil on the land. He grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world. 

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