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We've Got Some Doggone Good Books!

girl in raincoatCheck out the Fabulous Fiction Finds display for titles containing man’s best friend. Ranging from straight fiction with the word “dog” in the title to mysteries with a protagonist who happens to be a canine, we have a wide variety for your April reading.

As if that isn’t enough, the east end cap has books for when those April showers keep you inside and nothing is better than to curl up with a good book. These titles have the word “rain” in them, but you will stay dry and happy with one of our titles.

Keep Reading in April 2015


One Step Too Far by Tina Seskies

I started reading this book because it is about a woman who walks away from her family, changes her name, and begins a new life. As I turned each page, I remembered why I am not a fan of most English authors….they just move too slowly. When I finished the last page, I was glad I hadn’t quit in the middle, however, I don’t think I will be reading any other novels by this debut author.


The Reaper by Nicholas Irving with Gary Brozek

This is an autobiography by one of the deadliest special ops snipers in the armed forces. A first-person account of the 2009 summer in Afghanistan when Irving set a record for the number of enemy kills on a single deployment. An intimate look of the cold reality of taking a life to protect another.


Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

A beautiful high school student has acid thrown in her face and suddenly her life turns a 180. Nicole says she doesn’t know who harmed her, but loner Jay Nazzaro, incognito hacker, becomes obsessed with finding the guilty individual. What follows is a game of cat and mouse as he marks from his list possible perps. The relationship between Nicole and Jay develops as she discovers her physical beauty truly doesn’t matter to Jay. This is not a romance story as such, but a good read. That’s why it’s on the Sequoyah List for teens.

Be part of The Big Read at discussion

book jacket for A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula leGuin

“The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for wizards.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea

The Shawnee Public Library invites readers to enjoy the tale of a young mage and his adventures at wizardry school in this year’s The Big Read novel.

The 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9th discussion will be led by University of Oklahoma professor and award-winning author, Mel Odom. Registration is required, and reshments will be served.

The Big Read is funded by grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Norman Arts Council, Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Norman Public Library and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.

Prepare for AP Exams

book jacket for 5 Steps to a 5Get ready for Advanced Placement (AP) exams to earn college credit with the Shawnee Public Library's workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 7Space is limited so registration is required.

The workshop will focus on the College Preparation Center of the Learning Express Library database, available free of charge for all library card holders and accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. The database features practice AP exams to familiarize you with the official test, including instant scoring and detailed answer explanations.

For more AP practice, try the Skill Surfer section of the Brainfuse database also available from the library.

Discussion of "The Rosie Project"

book jacket for The Rosie Project by Graeme SimsionThe Shawnee Book Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 to discuss The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Copies of the selected title are available at the Information Desk.

Don Tillman a profesor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a 16 page questionnaire. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife...

The Book Discussion Group regularly meets on the first Thursday of every month, this is a change to accommodate the Easter holiday.