Thursday series set for infants, young children

The Shawnee Public Library is bringing even more opportunities for families with young children to experience the library through a new series of Thursday programs offered this fall.

At 10:30 a.m. on most Thursdays, the library will host several themed programs. The schedule in September and October features:

Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24 – Buzzing Bumblebees: Baby Lapsit Story Time, for babies up to 18 months, with stories, songs, interactions and a stay-and-play time;

Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 – Read and Relax for Infants, fun, calming activities for children up to age 5. The program is presented by the Pottawatomie County Health Department and led by Children Development Specialist Angie Porter;

And in addition to these new offerings, the library continues to present its popular Story Time activities at 10:30 a.m. most Tuesdays at the library, and 10:30 a.m. most Wednesdays at Shawnee Mall.

Newest teen art collaboration set for debut

The Shawnee Public Library culminates its Summer Learning Program with what’s become a yearly tradition with its Teen Mural Unveiling, taking place at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.

This is a celebration of the public art display “Painting with Van Gogh,” which was put together by teens during this year’s Summer Learning Program. The exhibit will feature 24 individual canvasses put together by teens and then assembled to reveal Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” masterpiece.

The display will join multiple murals put together in past summers by Shawnee-area teens. Those adorn the walls in the library’s Community Rooms, the library foyer and the children’s department.

All ages are invited to attend the unveiling, and no advance registration is required.

Experience a world of reading at the library

As Downtown Shawnee continues to grow and revitalize, the Shawnee Public Library continues its role as a community leader through its programs and services offered for all ages of readers.

Through its vast collection, plus access to a total of 700,000 books and downloadables available through the Pioneer Library System, the library gives those interested in virtually every genre something.

And program opportunities will abound for all ages. That starts from the library’s youngest visitors with a variety of story times and activities. Twice a week, we present Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the library, then at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Shawnee Mall.

And September marks the debut of a new 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning story time for families with infants and an afterschool series at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays that will bring a focus on technology, art and other hands-on activities.

The Shawnee library also has been a big part of the City of Shawnee’s Blue Zones initiative. The library has hosted a variety of book discussion, speaker presentations and other activities relating to Blue Zones, which Shawnee has participated in as a city since 2017.

And there is a lot more, including dedicated programming options for teens and adults throughout the year. Find out about everything going on this month and beyond in Shawnee through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

Simplify your life with ideas from organization workshop

WritingTake steps to be more efficient in your daily life with the Shawnee Public Library workshop “Get Organized, Stress Less,” presented from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, in Community Rooms A and B of the library.

Krista Scammahorn, Business Development Coordinator with Moore Norman Technology Center, will lead the program, which also will use information from the book “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. Scammahorn is a recently published author with more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing.

Participants will get tips on topics like increasing focus on their most meaningful work; organizing information; prioritizing commitments; creating mental space for innovation; and achieving stress-free productivity.

The program is presented in a partnership with Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee Forward and the REI Women’s Business Center.

Ages 18 and up may attend and advance registration is required.