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Get an introduction to computers at free class series

computerThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes new computer users to build their skills at a series of free beginning computer classes. Afternoon classes will take place Oct. 13-15 in the Computer Training Center of the library!

Registration is required separately for each class.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 – For new computer users, a look at basic terms and functions, including a lesson on using a mouse.

Introduction to the Internet, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 – Create a free email account using one of several free services available online.

Don't miss out on this free opportunity to master some computer skills! 

Shawnee Friends to present annual book sale

bookThe Friends of the Shawnee Library announce their annual Book Sale, with this year’s dates set for Oct. 7-10 in the Community Rooms of the Shawnee Public Library.

The first night of the sale Wednesday, Oct. 7, is a Friends members preview sale, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friends memberships are on sale at the door, and it’s a chance to get the first purchases of the sale.

The public sale takes place during regular library hours Thursday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 10, specifically 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The sale features a variety of gently used items in many genres at bargain prices. Proceeds from the sale go to support the Friends in their year-round support of the programs and services of the Shawnee Public Library.

Library to offer series of free citizenship classes

The Shawnee Public Library begins an 8-week series of free U.S. Citizenship Classes at 10 a.m. Saturdays beginning Oct. 3, and classes will continue at the same time on Saturday mornings for eight total weeks, through Nov. 21!

Classes are conducted by the Pottawatomie County Literacy Office, a part of the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Program, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need.

In the classes, participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process. 

Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, so those interested need to register in advance. To register for the classes, call 273-3334.

In addition to these classes, the grant has allowed the Pioneer Library System to establish “Citizenship Corners” inside five hometown libraries – Moore, Norman Central, Purcell, Shawnee and Southwest Oklahoma City!

Each will have information such as reference sheets, study guides contact numbers for organizations that can advise on specific questions on citizenship and information about the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services program for adults.

Learn more about your library at upcoming free classes

techThe Shawnee Public Library is showing off the library’s resources for downloadable materials and more at a pair of upcoming free classes at the library.

Dive in to Overdrive is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. The workshop is an opportunity for learning how to use the library’s downloadable content through the service OverDrive. Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile device so they get a hands-on chance to learn how to download materials with their own device. Devices that can be used to download books from the library include eReaders, smartphones, computers or iPads.

Library 101 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, takes a deeper look at several of the databases offered by the library, including Novelist for finding good reads, WorldCat to request titles and much more.

Space is limited so registration is required to attend either program.

Move to the music with Wiggle to the Music Story Time

kidsWiggle Your Nose and Touch Your Toes with the Shawnee Public Library and its creative movement programs for children! October features two editions of the program, at 10 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1 and 15.

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.