Keep Reading in February

Some very interesting reads reside on the page this month.  I enjoyed each of these titles and I hope you do, too.


The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

I seem to be on a roll with debut authors, and this one is one you want to check out.  Charlotte Cates is a divorced woman who has recently lost her only child.  Before she is able to return to work at a fashion magazine, she has dreams of a little boy in a boat asking her to save him.  She then becomes entangled in an old missing child case in the swamps of Louisiana.  As Charlotte investigates the boy’s disappearance, she discovers secrets, betrayal, and murder.  I thoroughly enjoyed this one.


Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt

When Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, neither realized they had started down a path of love, frustration, and transformation.  Before turning three, Wyatt lets his family know he hates being a boy, and that he is really a girl.   Pulitzer Prize author Nutt documents the family’s journey through a world lacking scientific and psychological information about transgender young people as they try to find help for their child.  With so much media attention today, this book provides an intimate picture of a family who just wants to love each other.


Flashes by Tim O’Rourke

Charley has visions of crimes involving trains and young women lying on the tracks.  She doesn’t understand these flashes and her father is adamant that she ignore them because they are just dreams. When her best friend dies and Charley meets a young detective, she becomes determined to discover just what is happening.  British author, Tim O’Rourke, brings his fifteen years of police work to the page of his debut young adult novel.  Not a bad read.


Facebook, Flipster featured in free classes

loginShawnee Public Library has the perfect program for people who aspire to upgrade their computer skills! Find out about Facebook, Flipster and more awesome online information with these two upcoming computer classes.

Facebook for Beginners will take place at 2 p.m Feb. 17 and will look into the popular social networking site. Basic computer skills and an email account are required to participate.

Flip through Flipster will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 and will show off the library’s source for free digital magazines. Attendees should bring their library card so they can log in to see how to browse magazine titles for free.

The classes are for ages 18 and up, and registration is required separately to attend each class.

Find resources for help with writing papers, taking tests

testWhether it be for homework purposes or getting prepared for standardized test season, the Shawnee Public Library has a number of resources available to students!

Library staff will show some of those resources off in a pair of upcoming classes in the Computer Training Center of the library:

How to Write a Research Paper is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. The class focus is providing information on finding reliable information, documenting and citing resources, narrowing searches and tips for the actual writing of the paper. 

Learning Express, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, looks at one of the library’s database options for library cardholders. The Learning Express database has resources for preparing for the GED, ACT, civil service tests and more, including practice tests. 

Teens and adults are invited to both classes, and registration is required separately for each class. If you're having trouble writing that paper of yours that is due soon or you're preparing for an important exam, then you should register soon to attend! 

Fabulous Fiction Finds in February

BookloveFebruary is the traditional month of love, so we have stories depicting the many facets of love in the FFF corner this month.  As we all know, the story does not always have a happy-ever-after ending, and sometimes they involve some characters who are not always nice.  If you have been reading serious literature, try cleaning your pallet with a nice “love” story.

Get a lesson in library downloadables in free class

tabletHave you heard of OverDrive or are you confused about the app? If you're interested in getting a lesson on how to use it, then here's your chance! The Shawnee Public Library will give readers a look inside the library’s resources for downloadable materials at Dive in to OverDrive, a program being offered at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

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 and tablets!

Space is limited so registration is required to attend the program. All participants must bring their library card or card number.