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All PLS Libraries will be closed Monday, October 12 for a Staff Training Day.
We look forward to seeing you during normal hours of operation on Tuesday, October 13.


An evening of Latin American and Ballroom dancing to fill the library

danceIt’s a collision of reading and rhythm, as the Shawnee Public Library presents a Latin American and Modern Ballroom Dance Workshop, at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Rooms A and B of the library.

Teens ages 12 to 17 or adults are invited to learn from longtime Master Ballroom Instructor Jose Bracamontes Ramirez, who will demonstrate steps and lead participants in learning the basics of several dances.

Ramirez has worked with renowned Oklahoma City instructor Louis Macias and has competed and taught ballroom dancing for many years. He also has presented several programs at the library during its annual Summer Reading Program.

Registration is required to take part in the program. Participants should wear leather-soled shoes that allow them to move easily.

We’re painting pumpkins at the library!

pumpkinAn autumn favorite returns to the Shawnee Public Library, as tweens and teens, ages 9 to 17, are invited to an afternoon of Painting Pumpkins, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the library.

The library will supply the art supplies, paint and pumpkins, while program participants will bring the creativity. Registration is not required in advance.

Come to this event to take home a creative looking pumpkin made by you! 


Take the next step in robotics with teen workshop

robotThe Shawnee Public Library takes robotics to another level with the upcoming event Robots: The Next Step! Teens ages 12 to 17 are invited to participate in the program at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at the library.

The program presenter is TechJOYnT, an Oklahoma City-based academy with the goal of presenting technology-based workshops for children of all ages.

In this event, participants will learn a technology program that produces the interactions of a humanoid robot that can dance, converse, play games, and more. Students will learn how to program the robot and teach it various moves. The program is limited to the first 25 participants, so registration is required in advance. Don't miss out! 


From Fantastic Fiction to Book Buzz, groups have reading covered

The Shawnee Public Library welcomes readers to be part of two book discussion groups and their upcoming meetings.

The library’s Book Buzz Brunch Bunch adult book discussion group gets back together next at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16. Group members are invited to share their thoughts on what they have been reading during the informal book discussion group, which meets the third Friday of each month. Light refreshments are served during each meeting.

The Fantastic Fiction Book Group has its next discussion at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Ages 18 and up are invited to be part of the discussion, which will focus on a different book in the fantasy, science fiction or paranormal genre each month.

Registration is not required.

Keep Reading in October

The Swede by Robert Karjel
Adult Fiction
Swedish author, Robert Karjel, brings his first English translated novel to print in this suspenseful tale of Ernst Grip, a security officer who has been brought to the United States to interrogate a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terror attack. It’s a twisted tale of coincidence and intrigue as the reader follows this tale of shadows and intrigue. This would be a good choice for James Sandford and James Patterson fans.


Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe
Adult NonFiction
For a long time, joining the National Guard was a way of earning extra income or college tuition for many cash-strapped Americans. Then came 9/11 and the whole world changed. Thorpe relates what it was like for three women who had joined the Guard for such reasons only to find themselves called up for service and ultimately sent to Afghanistan when women soldiers were a rarity, not the norm. Thorpe spent ten years researching and interviewing soldiers as they experienced their first tour of duty, their homecoming, and then being sent to Iraq. This is truly one of the most engaging non-fiction books I have read to date.

Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
Teen Fiction
In vitro twins, but born two years apart, Conner and Kyle McAdams may look alike, but they couldn’t be more opposite. When Connor dies on his eighteenth birthday, Kyle sets on a dangerous path to learn why other children conceived at the Genesis Innovations Laboratory have such a short life span. Mature themes, but this is one of the best teen fiction novels I have read in a while.