McLoud Public Library will be closed Thursday, January 12th through Tuesday, January 17th, for painting.  

Improve your computer skills with our help

ComputerKeyboardThe Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to improve their skills at a series of free beginning computer classes scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 24-26, in the Computer Training Center.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 – 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, Jan. 25 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 – 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.

Come to the mall for Monday story times

DadAndbaby bySandorWeiszThe Shawnee Public Library is partnering with Shawnee Mall this fall for a series of Monday morning story times. Story Time at the Mall is in the center court of the mall, with the first sessions set for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, and Monday, Jan. 30 and events scheduled each Monday through the end of February.

In February, the story times will take place at 4:30 p.m. each Monday afternoon.

The programs are designed for preschoolers ages 30 to 48 months old and their caregivers. Activities will include books, board stories, fingerplays, rhymes and more.

And it's a chance to learn a little more about the programs and services of the Shawnee Public Library.

Registration is not required to attend.

Take in an Afternoon Adventure

ChildrenPlayingVideoGamesThe Shawnee Public Library is taking children on a series of Afternoon Adventures in its afterschool series, next meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Story Time Room.

Children in kindergarten through 5th grades are invited to the program, where they will explore a variety of activities with books and hands-on projects.

The program series is scheduled for the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Find ways to combine love of reading, social media

Stackofbooks byjill111A love of social media and reading can go hand in hand, and the Shawnee Public Library gives fans of each some good ideas at its class Getting Social with Books, set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Participants will get an introduction to websites where readers can connect to others to share their favorite books or get ideas for future books to read.

The class is offered free of charge, but space is limited so registration in advance is required. It is for ages 18 and up.

Citizenship class series to begin in January


The Shawnee Public Library presents a free Citizenship Class series, starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, and running for eight weeks through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The classes will help those wishing to take their U.S. citizenship exam. Study materials will be provided for participants.

Registration is not required in advance.

The Pioneer Library System offers services for adult literacy through its Adult Literacy Services department. Find out more about those services by contacting Janie Davis at the Shawnee Public Library or by calling 273-3334.