Travel to a world of dystopian literature at presentation

for the greater goodTake a look inside the category of dystopian literature through the eyes of local author Bob Perry, as he presents the program Creating Dystopia, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Shawnee Public Library.

Perry will discuss his experience creating dystopian literature as it relates to his latest series, For the Greater Good. He also will talk about other examples of notable popular dystopian literature.

This will be a come and go event starting at 5:30, with Perry’s presentation beginning at 6 and a question-and-answer session following.

Ages 18 and up are invited, and registration is not required.

Show off some knowledge in our “Brain Games”

keyboardThe Shawnee Public Library invites seniors to learn a few new tricks with its Brain Games computer class, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Participants are invited to explore several free websites that have interactive computer games designed to enhance brain activity, including the AARP and Yahoo! sites.

Ages 18 and up are invited, though the class is geared towards senior citizens. Space is limited in the computer lab, so registration is required.


Shawnee Friends to host annual Paperback Book Sale

bookThe Friends of the Shawnee Public Library will host a Paperback Book Sale May 6-8 in the Community Rooms of the library.

The sale will take place the following hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

Proceeds from the sale go to help the Friends in their support of library programs and events throughout the year, especially during the upcoming Summer Reading Program in June and July.

Library to host series of citizenship classes

usaThe Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services department will present an eight-week series of free citizenship classes at the Shawnee Public Library, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 30 through June 18.

Classes are conducted by the Pottawatomie County Literacy Office, a part of PLS Literacy Services, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need.

In the classes, adult participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, and registration is required for those interested.