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.

Variety of Story Times greet children and families

kidsCome on over and join the Shawnee Public Library for some awesome programs for children and their caregivers!

Preschool Story Time, for ages 3-5 and their caregivers, resumes at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday from Feb. 16 through April 26. Each program not only includes stories, but also fun rhymes, songs, story boards and more!

Come get your groove on at the Wiggle to the Music Story Time! This program for kids 2 to 5 years old will take place from 10 a.m. to 10:45 Thursdays, February 4 and March 17.

And the stories take a turn to classics in the library’s Fairy Tale Friday, scheduled the third Friday of most months. The February edition takes place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, for children ages 5 to 11

Registration is not required to attend any of the events.