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Tecumseh Public Library will be closed Friday, July 28, for maintenance work. We plan to resume normal hours of operation on Saturday, July 29th.

“Horse in the City” project coming to the library

Shawnee horseThe Shawnee Public Library is giving local teens a chance to show their artistic side this summer while getting to be part of a permanent project for the library, with work on "Be a Part of Public Art" taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

As part of the City of Shawnee’s public art presentation “Horse in the City,” the Shawnee Public Library will be displaying a decorated horse sculpture outside the library. The painting and design work for the project will be completed by local teens, under the direction of Julie Blackstone, assistant art professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, who will create the design and facilitate the painting of the horse. 

Teens going into sixth through 12th grades are invited to participate in the project, which will involve painting throughout the day. Registration to be part of it will be required in advance and begin July 10. Teens may be registered for a time to come paint by calling the library.

The project has been made possible thanks to the funding and support of the Cleo L. Craig Foundation, a Shawnee-based foundation that works with projects focusing on human services and education.

The library has hosted similar art-centric activities for teens since 2010. The fruits of those projects adorn walls throughout the library and include colorfully painted pieces in the Community meeting rooms and Children’s Department, as well as multiple permanent murals in the library lobby. 

Maker Mobile coming to Shawnee Mall

Maker MobileThe Shawnee Public Library and Pioneer Library System are bringing the library’s Maker Mobile to Shawnee Mall for an appearance during Tax Free Weekend.

The Maker Mobile will be at the mall from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.

On display will be many of the STEAM offerings of the library, which present Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics in a unique way. The Maker Mobile’s 3D Printer, laser cutter and several STEAM kits will be demonstrated. There also will be books available for checkout to PLS library card holders.

All ages are invited to come by and registration is not required in advance.

“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.

Take a look at the Learn-a-Test database

KeyboardAs the school year approaches, it’s a good time to brush up on the resources the Shawnee Public Library has to offer for students.

Get a look at one of the library’s online databases in the program “Learning with Learn-a-Test,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, in the Computer Training Center.

The database can be used for practice for tests like the GED, ACT, civil service tests and many more. There also are resources for job searching and building career skills.

Ages 12 and up may attend. Space is limited, so registration is required in advance.