Shawnee Library to be closed Sept. 1st for city project

Temporary Closed SIgnThe Shawnee Public Library will be closed Thursday, September 1st, so that the city can complete a project with the building's water main. 

The library plans to reopen for its normal hours on Friday, September 2nd.

During the closing, library customers may visit any of the other 10 hometown libraries in the system, with the closest being in Tecumseh.

It's time to 'rook' and roll with series on chess

Chess byElvertBarnesThe classic strategy game of chess comes front and center at the Shawnee Public Library in its series "Rook and Roll" Chess, meeting for the first times from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 3 and 17, 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.

Art and creativity featured in bilingual event

ToddlerWithBlocksThe Shawnee Public Library goes artistic and bilingual with its program ¡Viva GLART, Grow a Learner through Art! at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1.

Activities are for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and provide a bilingual setting for learning through art play.

The ¡Viva GLART! series is part of the Pioneer Library System's Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Registration is not required in advance.

Library still open during Streetscape Project

Shawnee Library Road Closed PicThe City of Shawnee is into Phase II of its Downtown Streetscape Project, which has brought about the closure of Main Street directly south of the Shawnee Public Library. While that may cause some changes for getting to the library, there will be no change in the library's schedule or services available.

The library, 101 Philadelphia Ave., will remain open during its full hours while the work is done along Main Street, which began Monday, July 18 and is expected to take about 180 days to complete. During this time, Main Street will be closed between Bell and Oklahoma Avenues.

The main parking lot north of the library will be open throughout the project, as well as the outdoor book drop adjacent to that parking lot. The lot also has multiple parking spaces for people with disabled parking permits.

The parking lot can be accessed from the north of the library, off of Philadelphia or Oklahoma Avenues, or East 9th Street.

Library hours will not be affected during the work.