Rock On with the Maker Mobile!

Maker MobileThe Pioneer Library System’s mobile maker space – the Maker Mobile – is hitting the road for this year’s Summer Reading Program for a series of activities geared to teens ages 12 to 17.

The Shawnee Public Library hosts the Maker Mobile crew for the program "Rock On!" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the library.

Participants will create their own laser-engraved rock by using Inkscape software to create designs that then will be etched on decorative rocks using the Maker Mobile’s Laser Cutter.

Class size is limited to 10 participants so registration is required in advance to attend.

The PLS Maker Mobile features a variety of technology gadgets, including some of the library’s STEAM Power Maker Kits, a CNC Mill and a 3-D Printer, along with the laser cutter teens will be using in this activity.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Come see the Maker Mobile at the mall!

STEM graphicVisit the Pioneer Library System’s Maker Mobile and check out the Shawnee Public Library's Summer Reading Kiosk at Shawnee Mall in a Kiosk Kickoff Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the Center Court of the mall, 4901 N. Kickapoo Ave.

The Maker Mobile staff will show off some of the truck’s gadgets, including a 3D printer, CNC mill and laser cutter, among other STEM-based offerings.

It’s also a chance to learn more about the activities taking place at the Shawnee Public Library this summer during its Summer Reading Program.

All ages are invited, and no advance registration is required.

Summer Reading going on the road

SRP logoThe Shawnee and Tecumseh Public Libraries are taking their Summer Reading Program show on the road during June for programming in multiple local communities.

Summer Reading activities are scheduled in Maud, Asher and Macomb, and activities are scheduled on the following dates, beginning the week of June 4:

Maud – Mondays at 11 a.m., with events taking place at the Maud Community Center, 306 W. Main St.

Asher – Wednesdays at 10 a.m., with events taking place in the Fellowship Hall of Asher First Baptist Church, 109 Main St.

Macomb – Wednesdays at 11 a.m., with activities at the Macomb Public Schools, 36591 OK-59B in Macomb.

Activities are geared to children up to age 11, and no advance registration is required to participate in any of the events.

We’re bringing the zoo into the library for an afternoon

ChickThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes a visit from friends from the Oklahoma City Zoo for the presentation “What Does the Flock Say?” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5. The event is part of the Summer Reading Program at the library.

It’s a lesson in the songs and sounds of a variety of types of birds, with a look into what they’re actually trying to do with all that tweeting, squawking, honking and hooting.

All ages are invited to the program, and no advance registration is required.

The program is presented thanks to support from the Friends of the Shawnee Public Library.

Science isn’t just for kids – join SMO for library activity for adults

BrainThe science experts from Science Museum Oklahoma are bringing their show to the libraries of the Pioneer Library System for readers of all ages, including Mom and Dad.

The Shawnee Public Library will welcome SMO at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, for the program “Aroma as a Soundtrack.”

This activity looks into the scientific principles behind why smells can be so deeply tied to memories in the human brain. Participants will create new, scent-based experiences in the hands-on program.

Ages 18 and up are welcome to participate. Space is limited so registration in advance is recommended.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Reading Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, the Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In, Corp., the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.