Learn some basics of screen printing at teen workshop

screenGet an introduction to screen printing as the Shawnee Public Library welcomes teens to a Summer Reading Program event, Teen Scene: Screen Printing, at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the library.

Participants will create designs, prepare the screen printing machine and then print their design on a T-shirt. The screen printing kit is one of the library system’s STEAM Power Maker Kits, which promote science, engineering and technology through unique learning tools.

The program is for students going into grades 6th through 12th. Registration is recommended since supplies for the program will be limited.

Kick off Summer Reading with an afternoon concert and more

SRPKidsThe Summer Reading Program brings thousands of readers into the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, and this year’s activities once again provide opportunities for all ages to experience the library.

The Shawnee Public Library gets its Summer Reading Program festivities started with a kickoff concert, taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the gazebo area of Celebration of Life Park, across the street from the library. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets.

The brass quintet Boulevard Brass will provide entertainment with tunes for the whole family, and after the concert library staff will set up in the patio area near the library’s Main Street entrance to issue library cards and register participants in this year’s Summer Reading Program.

This year’s SRP takes a look at exercise, not just of body but of mind as well, as both mental and physical activity are featured for those who come inside the library. The themes for SRP in 2016 are “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” for children; “Get in the Game: Read” for teens and “Exercise Your Mind. Read!” for adults.

A slate of performers will tour throughout the 11 hometown libraries in the system, and activities are set nearly every day as SRP hits its peak during June and the first part of July.

Sponsors for this year’s edition of the Summer Reading Program are Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Sonic, The Oklahoman Newspapers in Educationthe Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Pioneer Library System Foundation, Friends of the Library groups and the Pioneer Library System.

Book discussion group set for monthly meeting

The monthly meeting of the Shawnee Public Library’s Book Discussion Group for adults will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the Conference Room of the library.

This month’s discussion will be on the novel Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Information Desk of the library.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to attend the monthly discussions, which generally take place the first Thursday of the month. Registration is not required to attend.

Computer class series adds offerings

computerThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes new computer users for a chance to build their skills at a series of free computer classes in May in the Computer Training Center of the library.

There will be two weeks of classes! The first week features three classes for beginning computer users while the second week gets into some more advanced topics.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 – For new computer users, a look at basic terms and functions, including a lesson using a mouse.

Introduction to the Internet, 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web, security information and more. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19 – Create a free email account using one of several free services available online. Basic computer skills required

Improve Your Search Skills, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 – Go beyond Google to find other resources for searching online.

Advanced Email, 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 – Learn about sending and opening attachments, organizing email and more. Basic computer skills required

Transform Your Photos, 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26 – Fix minor flaws or crop photos using the basic program Paint.net.

Registration is required separately for each class.

Debut Author Spotlight for May


Beginning this month, we are introducing a new column for the Shawnee page of the PLS website.  KEEP READING has gone away, and in its place is an introduction to a debut author’s first published novel.  Readers who are looking for the next good read will be able to draw from this capsule of new books coming to a library near you.


The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin

Many find the idea of reincarnation a fascinating one.  Guskin incorporates this concept in a story of a single mother and her 4-year-old son as they try to deal with memories the child seems to have of another life and his own murder. Noah has knowledge and skills that seem unexplainable and out of the ordinary for a young child. He can score a baseball game, discuss Harry Potter, and claims to have an older brother.  What is even more interesting is that the author includes documented episodes from around the world of cases where young children claim to have been someone else and can provide details from that life. If nothing else, this novel makes one think.