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Keep Reading in September

Girl at War by Sara Novic
Adult Fiction
This debut novel begins as ten-year-old Ana watches her country and her family destroyed when a civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia in 1991.  It then switches to 2001, New York City, as  Ana, now a college student, tries to escape the horror of her past.  Moving back and forth through time, GIRL AT WAR traces this young woman as she tries to determine who she is and what her future holds.  This is a well-written picture of how war changes our present and our future.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Adult Nonfiction
The author was the freshman dean at Stanford University for over ten years. During that time, and in her research for this book, she interviewed many parents, college students, professors and administrators to attempt to understand the startling rise in parental involvement in students’ lives…much to the detriment to the student.  This book is full of information, examples, and guidelines in completing the job of parenting and allowing our children to be healthy, happy adults.  A must read for every parent.

Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel
Teen Fiction
When I read the inside leaf of this book, I couldn’t wait to read it.  A young man goes missing in a plane crash, and at his memorial service, two young women from different parts of the world discover they are each the other “unknown girlfriend.”  As the two compare notes, they discover Charlie wasn’t who he claimed to be to either one of them.  What could be better, right?  The only problem with this book is that I didn’t like any of the characters.  In fact, I finished the book feeling upset with all three.  3 out of 5 for me.

Fabulous Fiction Finds for September

September brings thoughts of football, fall colors, and cooler weather.  With that idea in mind, the FFF corner at Shawnee Public Library is celebrating those beautiful fall colors.  “Orange you glad you can check out a book?” is the theme kicking off a new season for our customers as we highlight the many shades of orange novel covers on our shelves.  Come by and check it out because I know you can find something to entice you to sit down for a while and escape to another place.

Need a tutor? Check out Brainfuse database workshop for teens

Students can use the technology resources from the library to lend a helping hand with their homework. One of these resources, the tutoring database Brainfuse, will be highlighted at the Shawnee Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

Brainfuse is one of more than 50 databases offered through the library and includes resources for homework assistance from online tutors for kindergarten through 12th grade. This workshop specifically is for teens ages 12 to 17 to learn the basics about using the site and its resources for their needs.

Space in the computer lab is limited, so registration is required in advance to attend.

Stories, songs and more in September

kidsThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes young children and their caregivers every day, but especially during some of the dedicated programs and activities that are just for them.

In September, activities include:

Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday – Children, ages 3, 4 or 5, can listen to stories, rhymes, songs and take part in other activities in either a morning or afternoon program, or both.

Wiggle to the Music Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 and Sept 17 – It’s a morning of creative movement activities for preschoolers, ages 2 to 5, as music will fill the air of the library’s Story Time Room.

Fabulous Fairy Tale Friday Story Time, 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 – This afterschool event is geared to slightly older children, from ages 5 to 11, and each month centers on fairy tales or folk tales from different parts of the world.

Come out with your kids to join us in these magical events! 

Three-day beginning computer series set for beginners

The Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to build their skills at a series of beginning computer classes. Afternoon classes will take place Sept. 15-17 in the Computer Training Center of the library.

The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 – 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, Sept. 16 – Basic tips on searching the World Wide Web. For new computer users.

Introduction to Email, 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 – Create a free email account using one of several free services available online.

Classes are designed for adults ages 18 and upRegistration is required separately for each class.