Keep Reading in May


Beginning this month, we are introducing a new column for the Shawnee page of the PLS website.  KEEP READING has gone away, and in its place is an introduction to a debut author’s first published novel.  Readers who are looking for the next good read will be able to draw from this capsule of new books coming to a library near you.


The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

Many find the idea of reincarnation a fascinating one.  Guskin incorporates this concept in a story of a single mother and her 4-year-old son as they try to deal with memories the child seems to have of another life and his own murder. Noah has knowledge and skills that seem unexplainable and out of the ordinary for a young child. He can score a baseball game, discuss Harry Potter, and claims to have an older brother.  What is even more interesting is that the author includes documented episodes from around the world of cases where young children claim to have been someone else and can provide details from that life. If nothing else, this novel makes one think.

Fabulous Fiction Finds in May

Some days you just need a good cry. Stress has been building even without your knowledge and you need a creative way of just letting go. That’s when you turn to a story that tugs at your heartstrings.  This is the theme of May’s novel corner as we display books guaranteed to make you cry.  Take one home with you and let it all go.

Travel to a world of dystopian literature at presentation

for the greater goodTake a look inside the category of dystopian literature through the eyes of local author Bob Perry, as he presents the program Creating Dystopia, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Shawnee Public Library.

Perry will discuss his experience creating dystopian literature as it relates to his latest series, For the Greater Good. He also will talk about other examples of notable popular dystopian literature.

This will be a come and go event starting at 5:30, with Perry’s presentation beginning at 6 and a question-and-answer session following.

Ages 18 and up are invited, and registration is not required.

Show off some knowledge in our “Brain Games”

keyboardThe Shawnee Public Library invites seniors to learn a few new tricks with its Brain Games computer class, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Participants are invited to explore several free websites that have interactive computer games designed to enhance brain activity, including the AARP and Yahoo! sites.

Ages 18 and up are invited, though the class is geared towards senior citizens. Space is limited in the computer lab, so registration is required.


Shawnee Friends to host annual Paperback Book Sale

bookThe Friends of the Shawnee Public Library will host a Paperback Book Sale May 6-8 in the Community Rooms of the library.

The sale will take place the following hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

Proceeds from the sale go to help the Friends in their support of library programs and events throughout the year, especially during the upcoming Summer Reading Program in June and July.