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We greatly appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you experience difficulties accessing our calendar or requesting a meeting room please contact your local library for assistance.

Library exhibit, presentation take a look at homelessness

Hands byfalcoThe Shawnee Public Library tackles the topic of homelessness through the work of local artists and community discussion in its upcoming Owning Poverty: Creative Responses to Homelessness in Our Community program and art exhibit.

An opening presentation to debut the artwork, contributed by a number of local artists, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Community Rooms A and B.

The event will include a roundtable discussion focusing on problems, current actions and new ideas for addressing homelessness and poverty in the community.

The artwork will be displayed in the library during the weekend through Sunday, March 26.

Registration is not required in advance to attend the opening, and all ages are invited.

We're helping you be prepared for spring storm season

Tornado byskeezeStorm season is approaching, and the Shawnee Public Library's message to the community is "Be Prepared, Not Scared." Plan out how to be safe this spring at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Community Rooms A and B.

Staff from the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security will present ideas for families to stay safe from storms and be prepared should severe weather hit their area.

All ages are invited to attend.

Registration is not required in advance.

Find out about safer, more green ways to clean

Cleaning suppliesKeeping your house clean sometimes can come with a cost. It's hard to know just what sort of ingredients are in the many common household cleaners sold in stores.

The Shawnee Public Library takes a look at that topic and alternatives in its program "Have You Read the Label on That Cleaner?" The program is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.

Participants will look over ratings for common household cleaners and also explore the use of everyday items like vinegar or baking soda that can be used to create more green-friendly products like laundry soap, shower cleaner and more.

Ages 18 and up may attend. Space is limited so registration is required in advance.

We're talking coffee at brewing workshop

CoffeeLet's Talk Coffee! with the Shawnee Public Library in an informational program at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 27, in Community Rooms A and B.

Local coffee roaster Matt Egging will take the audience through the steps to make a great cup of coffee, doing a demonstration from the first steps of taking green coffee beans all the way to their end as a steaming hot cup of coffee.

Participants will learn about the different kinds of beans, roasting and brewing processes and sample several cups of coffee.

Ages 18 and up are invited. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Annual training for literacy tutors scheduled

PLSLogoThe Pioneer Library System's Literacy Services department presents an annual Tutor Training, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Conference Room of the Shawnee Public Library.

The training is for prospective volunteer tutors for the program, which pairs the tutors with adult literacy learners. Both English as a Second Language learners or native speakers wanting to improve their English are eligible for the program.

This training is designed for volunteers who want to work with either learners of English as Second Language or native speakers in Pottawatomie County. Registration may be completed through the Pottawatomie County Literacy Office at 405-273-3334.

The library provides free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners who need help with their reading. Services are offered by county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the system's hometown libraries.

Each prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and be high school graduates.

Tutors will receive information at the tutoring session as well as a plan to follow as they work with their students.