Shawnee Friends to host annual Paperback Book Sale

bookThe Friends of the Shawnee Public Library will host a Paperback Book Sale May 6-8 in the Community Rooms of the library.

The sale will take place the following hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

Proceeds from the sale go to help the Friends in their support of library programs and events throughout the year, especially during the upcoming Summer Reading Program in June and July.

Library to host series of citizenship classes

usaThe Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services department will present an eight-week series of free citizenship classes at the Shawnee Public Library, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 30 through June 18.

Classes are conducted by the Pottawatomie County Literacy Office, a part of PLS Literacy Services, which provides English language learning and tutoring for adult students. These classes specifically have the goal of helping those interested in achieving their U.S. citizenship the tools they need.

In the classes, adult participants will work from special study guides provided to the library from a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. There also may be opportunities for guest speakers with experience on the citizenship process.

Everything is provided free of charge, but space is limited, and registration is required for those interested.

Keep Reading in April

April is the month when the promise of spring teases us into new beginnings.  Just as you must prepare your flowerbeds for new growth, so should you prepare your mind and soul with new books from your local library. Here are this month’s suggestions:


The First Hostage by Joe C. Rosenberg

I wasn’t familiar with Rosenberg before picking up this novel, but it captured my attention from page one.  This is a current events setting with possible events in today’s world.  J. B. Colllins is a writer for a bit-time newspaper on assignment in the Middle East.  When ISIS attacks at the site of a meeting of national leaders, chaos reigns, and Collins is caught right in the middle of the fighting.  This novel is suspenseful and filled with tension and terror.  I definitely recommend this one.


Been there, Done that: Family Wisdom for Modern Times by Al Roker & Deborah Roberts with Laura Morton

I admit I’m a fan of the TODAY SHOW, and I watch almost every morning. Al Roker is one of my favorites, and I happily anticipated reading this book.  However, it isn’t what I expected.  Written in alternating chapters by husband and wife, it just seems somewhat disjointed, jumping from one topic to another with little continuity.  While there are some humorous anecdotes, it was difficult to stay with it. You can probably skip this one.


Hear by Robin Epstein

Upon learning of the actual Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research lab (PEAR), Epstein became fascinated with the idea of the millions of dollars spent by the government on the idea of training psychic spies.  So she took the idea and ran with it, resulting in this tale of a group of teenagers who are recruited to become lab rats to engage Extrasensory Perception.  The teens soon learn that their summer isn’t one of fun and games.  Someone is taking the idea quite seriously.


Fabulous Fiction Finds in April

booksApril is a strange month weather-wise. One day it feels as if spring is here, and the next day winter reminds us that it’s not time to put away the sweats. For those days when being outside just isn’t that enticing, a good book and an afghan will be just the thing to take you to another place. This month’s display titles are books that make you think: What if… Come in and check out one or two for your entertainment!