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Take the next step in robotics with teen workshop

robotThe Shawnee Public Library takes robotics to another level with the upcoming event Robots: The Next Step! Teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to participate in the program at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the library.

The program presenter is TechJOYnT, an Oklahoma City-based academy with the goal of presenting technology-based workshops for children of all ages.

In this event, participants will learn a technology program that produces the interactions of a humanoid robot that can dance, converse, play games, and more. Students will learn how to program the robot and teach it various moves. The program is limited to the first 25 participants, so registration is required in advance. Don't miss out! 


From Fantastic Fiction to Book Buzz, groups have reading covered

The Shawnee Public Library welcomes readers to be part of two book discussion groups and their upcoming meetings.

The library’s Book Buzz Brunch Bunch adult book discussion group gets back together next at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16. 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. Light refreshments are served during each meeting.

The Fantastic Fiction Book Group has its next discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Ages 18 and up are invited to be part of the discussion, which will focus on a different book in the fantasy, science fiction or paranormal genre each month.

Registration is not required.

Keep Reading in October

The Swede by Robert Karjel
Adult Fiction
Swedish author, Robert Karjel, brings his first English translated novel to print in this suspenseful tale of Ernst Grip, a security officer who has been brought to the United States to interrogate a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terror attack. It’s a twisted tale of coincidence and intrigue as the reader follows this tale of shadows and intrigue. This would be a good choice for James Sandford and James Patterson fans.


Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe
Adult NonFiction
For a long time, joining the National Guard was a way of earning extra income or college tuition for many cash-strapped Americans. Then came 9/11 and the whole world changed. Thorpe relates what it was like for three women who had joined the Guard for such reasons only to find themselves called up for service and ultimately sent to Afghanistan when women soldiers were a rarity, not the norm. Thorpe spent ten years researching and interviewing soldiers as they experienced their first tour of duty, their homecoming, and then being sent to Iraq. This is truly one of the most engaging non-fiction books I have read to date.

Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
Teen Fiction
In vitro twins, but born two years apart, Conner and Kyle McAdams may look alike, but they couldn’t be more opposite. When Connor dies on his eighteenth birthday, Kyle sets on a dangerous path to learn why other children conceived at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory have such a short life span. Mature themes, but this is one of the best teen fiction novels I have read in a while.

Fabulous Fiction Finds for October

treeWhat better month to read spine-chilling, death defying (or not) tales than the month of spooks and goblins! Our display exhibits novels in the thriller genre for those of you who love blood and guts with your mystery. They aren’t for the faint hearted, but they are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat or awake at night. Come in browse….if you dare.

Get an introduction to computers at free class series

computerThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes new computer users to build their skills at a series of free beginning computer classes. Afternoon classes will take place Oct. 13-15 in the Computer Training Center of the library!

Registration is required separately for each class.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 – For new computer users, a look at basic terms and functions, including a lesson on using a mouse.

Introduction to the Internet, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 – Create a free email account using one of several free services available online.

Don't miss out on this free opportunity to master some computer skills!