Traveling exhibit on water policy visiting Pioneer Library System

Water Exhibit Carl Albert Center OUThrough the end of October, several of the hometown libraries in the Pioneer Library System will host the exhibit WATER: Congressional Representation to Protect a Precious Resource, a creation of the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Center.

The exhibit currently is displayed in the Campbell Gallery Room of Norman Public Library Central, and will be there through Labor Day. Future stops for the exhibit will be:

Purcell Public LibraryTuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 23;

Shawnee Public LibrarySaturday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 17;

Norman Public Library WestTuesday, Oct. 18 through Monday, Oct. 31

The exhibit is a six-piece interactive display that details historical events, highlights pivotal congressional figures through time, and explains current water-related issues the state is facing.

The physical exhibit will be available for viewing during operating hours at each of the libraries. While there, viewers will learn how to access additional content by opening the exhibit’s web app on their smart phones, or by dialing in on basic cell phones. The exhibit's web app can be found on the exhibit's web page

This is a project of the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Oklahoma Humanities Council and is in the midst of an 18-month tour to various sites around Oklahoma.

Boost research skills with library resources

LibraryComputer jarmolukGoogle and Wikipedia may be the first places many look online for help. But there are many more positive resources available in your research efforts for an important paper or project, and there's a place to get help thanks to the Shawnee Public Library.

The library presents the class "Improve Your Research Skills," for teens or adults, at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Computer Training Center.

The class looks at ways to use the Internet effectively for research and also introduces several of the online databases offered free of charge for library cardholders through the Pioneer Library System.

Space for the class is limited, so registration is required in advance.

Shawnee Friends to host Book Sale

BooksaleThe Friends of the Shawnee Public Library group presents its annual fall Book Sale Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 6-8, in Community Rooms A and B of the library.

The sale begins with a Friends of the Library members' pre-sale from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, with hours open to the general public from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The sale continues from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8.

The sale features a variety of gently-used items arranged by type and genre.

Proceeds will go to help the Friends in their support of library programs and activities throughout the year.

ACT Prep classes show off Learning Express database

LibraryComputer jarmolukTest stress?

With getting ready for college on the horizon for high school students, one of the big tests to pass is a literal test to pass – the ACT.

The Shawnee Public Library is giving a helping hand to students with its class Get Ready for the ACT, offered at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 and a repeat of the same class at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Classes will go over Learning Express Library, a database offered for library card holders that has practice tests and resources for preparing for the ACT.

The classes are for adults to learn about the service or teens who will be taking the ACT test soon. Space is limited so registration in advance is required.

"Rook and Roll" series gives introduction to chess

Chess byElvertBarnesThe Shawnee Public Library is introducing a board game classic in its series "Rook and Roll" Chess, meeting from 10 a.m. to noon twice in October on Saturdays, Oct. 1 and 15, in Community Room A.

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 level of player from beginner to advanced.

All ages are invited, although parent or guardian must accompany any children under age 12, per library policy.

This will be a continuing series on the first and third Saturdays of the month through December. Registration is not required in advance to attend.