Book discussion group set for monthly meeting

The monthly meeting of the Shawnee Public Library’s Book Discussion Group for adults will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Conference Room of the library.

This month’s discussion will be on the novel Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Information Desk of the library.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to attend the monthly discussions, which generally take place the first Thursday of the month. Registration is not required to attend.

Computer class series adds offerings

computerThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes new computer users for a chance to build their skills at a series of free computer classes in May in the Computer Training Center of the library.

There will be two weeks of classes! The first week features three classes for beginning computer users while the second week gets into some more advanced topics.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 – 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, May 18 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web, security information and more. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19 – Create a free email account using one of several free services available online. Basic computer skills required

Improve Your Search Skills, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 – Go beyond Google to find other resources for searching online.

Advanced Email, 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 – Learn about sending and opening attachments, organizing email and more. Basic computer skills required

Transform Your Photos, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26 – Fix minor flaws or crop photos using the basic program

Registration is required separately for each class.

Debut Author Spotlight for 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.

Library to host series of citizenship classes

usaThe Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services department will present an eight-week series of free citizenship classes at the Shawnee Public Library, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 30 through June 18.

Classes are conducted by the Pottawatomie County Literacy Office, a part of PLS Literacy Services, 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, adult 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, and registration is required for those interested.