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Get a lesson in coffee brewing with the library

coffeeTake time for some morning coffee at the Shawnee Public Library, but in a program that takes a much deeper look inside what’s in your mug!

Local coffee roaster Matt Egging of Manchester Street Coffee will answer What Makes a Great Cup of Coffee? at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in a program for adults ages 18 and up.

Egging will take participants through a tour of the subtle and not-so-subtle difference in coffee varieties and roasts.

The event is currently full but if you would like to join the waiting list, then click here


Shawnee Library Closing at 5 pm Dec. 3rd for Christmas Parade

treesOur Shawnee Public Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3rd, to participate in the Shawnee Christmas Parade. We hope to see you there!

Get healthy inside and out with free yoga, meditation classes

YogaThe Shawnee Public Library is offering a series of yoga and meditation classes for all ages throughout the fall and winter.

Classes are scheduled on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings through February. The November schedule includes yoga classes at 6:30 p.m. on ThursdaysNov. 5 and 12, and Tuesdays, Nov. 17 and 24. Meditation classes follow the yoga sessions at 7:30 p.m. beginning those final two Tuesdays, Nov. 17 and 24.

In December, yoga classes at 6:30 p.m. will be followed at 7:30 p.m. by meditation classes on each of the following dates – Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Carla D. Haddox will be the instructor for the yoga classes, while Susan Burke will lead the meditation sessions.

The classes are offered free of charge and are part of the library’s learning pathway for Fitness, part of the library’s Winter Reading Program. Books and information on the topics will be available at each session.

Registration is not required to participate, but a waiver, available at the programs, will be required to participate in the yoga classes.

Fabulous Fiction Finds for November

bookIt’s already November! Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is this month, and then comes Christmas and the end of 2015! I encourage you to make these last weeks of 2015 personal, about family and friends more than the commercialized side of the holidays. And, one of the best ways to center yourself during these busy weeks is to take some time for yourself. What better way than to steal away for a little time of reading just for you? So, rather than trying to read the latest literary piece, choose a familiar author or a new title of popular fiction. Just because a book is not a critic choice doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.  The FFF corner has suggested readings just for you.

Keep Reading in November

Keep Reading! The hustle and bustle of the holidays has begun and sometimes you need just a little time to yourself to forget that list that just keeps getting longer and longer. Try one of these highlighted picks to take you away—just for a little while.


Re Jane by Patricia Park

A contemporary Jane Eyre, Park takes the reader on a trip of discovery and rite of passage for a half- American, half-Korean orphan as she tries to determine just exactly who she is. The story is relatable and entertaining for all who have searched for true identity.  This is one of the best debut novels I have read in quite some time.  Two thumbs up.


Sync or Swim by Gary Chapman, Paul White, ad Harold Myra

Having difficulty in reaching goals at your workplace?  Perhaps it’s the method of communication you use.  This is an entertaining fable about workplace communication and coming together in a crisis.  The characters are animals who ironically act like typical workforce personnel.  What is especially helpful are the actual comments made by various managers who received a copy of this tale. Insightful and resourceful.


The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

If you are a Stephen King fan, you will probably enjoy this Sequoyah Intermediate Masterlist selection; however, this novel has major adult themes.  When a tornado tears up much of Orleander, Kansas, murders and mayhem are the norm.  Only five survivors have any hope of stopping the town from destroying itself.  And it’s a slim hope.