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Book to Movie showing - featuring a Oklahoma Basketball story

The Shawnee Public Library celebrates the life and works of author Harold Keith with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

The book was remade in 2006 into a film by Robert Collector and is based on a true story from a 1960s Oklahoma town and the dreams of a local basketball coach.

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel Rifles for Watie. The evening also will feature Anne McDonald, retired local sports reporter, who will discuss her experiences with girls’ half-court basketball, a part of Keith’s writing and his career.

Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3 at Norman Public Library Central, in which the library will be designated as a national Literary Landmark for its display of the Newbery medal since 1993.

Learn the basics of Facebook

Facebook logoDo you have intermediate computing skills and an email address? Do you want to see all those pictures of your friends and family members doing silly things (that they post to the internet)?

Well then, Shawnee Public Library’s free class “Facebook for Beginners,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, is where you want to be!

The class is for ages 18 and up and gives an introduction to the basics of the popular social networking site Facebook, including an opportunity to create a free account. Space is limited in the computer lab, so registration in advance is required.

Download a book with OverDrive

The Shawnee Public Library is showing off the library’s downloadable ebooks and audiobooks at the program “Opt in to OverDrive,” taking place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

The workshop is an opportunity for adults to learn how to use the library’s downloadable content through the OverDrive service. Choose from thousands of titles available for free with your PLS library card, and read or listen while anywhere in the world.

In order to get hands-on experience, participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device: ereader, smartphone, tablets, or laptop. Space is limited so registration is required.

Book group offers the latest buzz on reading

The Shawnee Public Library’s Book Buzz Brunch Bunch adult book discussion group gets back together next at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the Conference Room of the library.

Group members are invited to share their thoughts on what they have been reading during the informal book discussion group, which meets the third Friday of each month. Refreshments are served during each meeting.

Registration is not required to attend.


We've Got Some Doggone Good Books!

girl in raincoatCheck out the Fabulous Fiction Finds display for titles containing man’s best friend. Ranging from straight fiction with the word “dog” in the title to mysteries with a protagonist who happens to be a canine, we have a wide variety for your April reading.

As if that isn’t enough, the east end cap has books for when those April showers keep you inside and nothing is better than to curl up with a good book. These titles have the word “rain” in them, but you will stay dry and happy with one of our titles.

Keep Reading in April 2015


One Step Too Far by Tina Seskies

I started reading this book because it is about a woman who walks away from her family, changes her name, and begins a new life. As I turned each page, I remembered why I am not a fan of most English authors….they just move too slowly. When I finished the last page, I was glad I hadn’t quit in the middle, however, I don’t think I will be reading any other novels by this debut author.


The Reaper by Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek

This is an autobiography by one of the deadliest special ops snipers in the armed forces. A first-person account of the 2009 summer in Afghanistan when Irving set a record for the number of enemy kills on a single deployment. An intimate look of the cold reality of taking a life to protect another.


Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

A beautiful high school student has acid thrown in her face and suddenly her life turns a 180. Nicole says she doesn’t know who harmed her, but loner Jay Nazzaro, incognito hacker, becomes obsessed with finding the guilty individual. What follows is a game of cat and mouse as he marks from his list possible perps. The relationship between Nicole and Jay develops as she discovers her physical beauty truly doesn’t matter to Jay. This is not a romance story as such, but a good read. That’s why it’s on the Sequoyah List for teens.