“Rook and Roll” with a morning of chess

Chess boardThe Shawnee Public Library presents its series “Rook and Roll Chess,” twice in August, at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19.

Members of the Shawnee Chess Club will be at the library to teach basics of the game, with information that will be helpful to any experience level of player. Ages 4 and up may attend, although parent or guardian must accompany any children under age 12, per library policy.

Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Come to weekly story times at the library and the mall

Girl readingThe Shawnee Public Library is bringing its Preschool Story Time to families multiple times during the week, both inside and outside of the library.

Weekly Preschool Story Times are scheduled for twice on Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The programs are geared to ages 30 months to five years, and feature not only books but rhymes, music, board stories and creative movement.

And on Wednesday afternoons, library staff takes the show on the road to Shawnee Mall for a weekly 10 a.m. story time starting on Aug. 23. These activities are geared to ages 2 1/2 to 5 and take place at the mall’s Center Court.

Registration is not required to attend any of the events.

Go inside the basics of Facebook with class

iPad and screenGet into the world of social media with the Shawnee Public Library and its class “Facebook for Beginners,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

The presentation looks into the popular social networking site. Basic computer skills and an email account are required to participate.

Ages 18 and up may attend. Registration is required in advance.

Eclipse viewing glasses part of recall

EclipseCertain eclipse viewing glasses, distributed by the Pioneer Library System in Pottawatomie County, are being recalled. They were given away to the public at an event at Shawnee Mall on August 13th as well as at the Tecumseh Public Library.

Anyone who received these eclipse glasses is urged to destroy and discard them.

Distribution of the eclipse glasses was ended immediately upon notification of the recall by Amazon, which sourced the glasses from vendors that failed to provide documentation to verify their products were compliant with safety standards.

Eclipse glasses distributed at other PLS branch events are safe to use. They were received from the STAR Library Education Network, which has distributed more than 2 million ISO-compliant glasses to libraries around the nation

Everyone with glasses is encouraged to ensure their safety by checking them against the list of reputable vendors compiled by the American Astronomical Society.

Other ways to enjoy the eclipse without looking at the sun are also being provided by the AAS and can be found here.

Anyone with questions or who needs help determining if their eclipse glasses are safe are encouraged to visit their hometown PLS library.