Ease your holiday stress with ideas from workshop

CalendarPlanner-by-bphotoartThe holiday season can be filled with joy and family time, but also stress from the many activities and demands placed on people's time.

The Shawnee Public Library seeks to help those feeling the pinch of holiday stress at its upcoming program Have a Healthy Holiday: Taking a Timeout, at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the Conference Room.

The class gives ideas for reducing stress during the holiday season. It will cover a wide range, from the important of enough exercise to simple meditation to overeating at holiday parties.

The program is for ages 18 and up, and registration is not required in advance.

Mix up a tasty holiday creation at workshop

Ingredients bychotdaThe Shawnee Public Library says "Let's Mix It Up!" as it presents a holiday cooking class, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Community Rooms A and B.

Participants will choose from four different combinations of ingredients that they'll make into a packaged mix to turn into a dip for holiday entertaining or gift giving. All supplies will be provided by the library.

The program is for ages 18 and up, and space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Sharpen your computing skills at three-day series

LibraryComputer jarmolukThe Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to improve their skills at a series of free beginning computer classes Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 6-8, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 – 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, Dec. 7 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 – Create a free email account using one of several free services available online.

Registration is required separately for each class and may be completed at the library.

"Rook and Roll" series introduces chess

Chess byElvertBarnesThe Shawnee Public Library continues its series "Rook and Roll" Chess, with sessions from 10 a.m. to noon twice in December on Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 17, 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.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Oklahoma Experience discussion wraps up with two November sessions

OHC logoThe Shawnee Public Library is part of the "Let's Talk About it Oklahoma" discussion series, with the final two of four book talks taking place in November and December.

The talks will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, on the novel Catalogue by George Milburn; and 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, on Briarpatch by Ross Thomas.

The theme for library discussions is "The Oklahoma Experience: from Wilderness to Metropolis," and the series is for ages 18 and up.

"Let's Talk About it, Oklahoma" is a presentation of Oklahoma Humanities, which provides collections of books on a variety of themes for libraries throughout the state. Copies of each book in the series may be checked out from the library prior to the discussions. Otherwise, registration is not required in advance.