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Stories, music and more at Shawnee Public Library Story Times

The Shawnee Public Library has two great children's programs beginning in September!

The library hosts Preschool Story Time in two separate sessions, at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., each Tuesday, beginning Sept. 1. The events feature stories, music, rhymes and other activities geared to children from age 3 to 5 and their caregivers.

And it’s all music and movement for the library’s Wiggle to the Music Story Time every other Thursday at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 3. Activities for the 45-minute event are geared to ages 2 to 5.

Registration is not required in advance to attend any of the programs.

Teen Summer Reading Program art mosaic unveiled Sept. 1

The Shawnee Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program is leaving a lasting reminder of this year’s activities in the form of a mosaic art piece crafted with the help of teens this summer.

The piece will be unveiled in its permanent home inside the library in a ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Local artist and Oklahoma Baptist University Assistant Professor of Art Julie Blackstone guided teens in the design of the mosaic. This has become a yearly project for teens to work with Blackstone on an art mosaic that later is displayed inside the library. Past projects adorn walls in the Community Rooms, Children’s Department and the lobby of the library.

The project is funded by support from the Junior Service League of Shawnee.

Research 101 class has all your research needs covered

The Shawnee Public Library presents the class “Research 101,” a look at library resources for research, in two separate sessions, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, and again at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

It’s a chance to learn about the many resources the library has to offer for researching just about anything, from books in the physical collection to the wealth of information in the library’s online databases.

The class is for teens and adults, and registration is required for each session.

Fabulous Fiction Finds for August 2015

library bookshelvesIt’s hard to believe summer is almost over and school will soon start.  You have some time, however, to read one or two novels before life grabs you by the throat.

This month our FFF corner spotlights books coming from out bottom shelves; you know, those you have to almost get down on your knees to see the titles.

We have some good ones on the shelves where you can pick them up and take a closer look.

Keep Reading in August

The new selections for August cover a variety of situations and individuals.  I always enjoy checking out a debut author or returning to a familiar favorite.  I hope you will join me with one of these titles.

book cover for Burning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew ErvinBurning Down George Orwell's House by Andrew Ervin
Adult Fiction
Disillusioned ad man, Ray Welter, is watching his professional life and his marriage fall apart, and he blames himself for causing the world’s unfavorable spin.  Ray sells all his belongings and escapes to the Scottish Isle of Jura, where Orwell lived while writing 1984, in an attempt to find reality. The people and events he encounters do, indeed, change him and it’s a wild ride for this confused American. This is a good change-of-pace choice.

book cover for The World of PostSecretThe World of PostSecret by Frank Warren
Adult Non-fiction
Frank Warren started inviting people to anonymously mail artful secrets to him in 2004 that he posts online at each Sunday They arrive on postcards, pictures, pieces of clothing, almost anything one can imagine, and there have been over 1,000,000 deliveries from all over the world.  In these messages people share thoughts, promises, truths, and hopes they have not been able to share with anyone else.  Some are funny while others are heartbreaking and tragic.  Please take a couple of hours to read his fifth book and think about your own secrets. 

book cover for Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish DollerWhere The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Teen Fiction
Kidnapped by her mother when she was five, Callie spends the next 12 years moving from dingy apartment to dingy apartment. Not staying in one place long enough to go to school, Callie misses out on so much of what is considered a normal life.  When her mom is stopped for a motor vehicle violation and ultimately placed in jail, Callie is returned to her dad who now has a wife and two sons.  Adjustments are extremely difficult for this teenager as she tries to determine her self-worth and what it means to be part of a family.  This is a mature-themed Sequoyah High School Masterlist title, and I liked it, even though the end was somewhat weak.