Find resources for help with writing papers, taking tests

testWhether it be for homework purposes or getting prepared for standardized test season, the Shawnee Public Library has a number of resources available to students!

Library staff will show some of those resources off in a pair of upcoming classes in the Computer Training Center of the library:

How to Write a Research Paper is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. The class focus is providing information on finding reliable information, documenting and citing resources, narrowing searches and tips for the actual writing of the paper. 

Learning Express, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, looks at one of the library’s database options for library cardholders. The Learning Express database has resources for preparing for the GED, ACT, civil service tests and more, including practice tests. 

Teens and adults are invited to both classes, and registration is required separately for each class. If you're having trouble writing that paper of yours that is due soon or you're preparing for an important exam, then you should register soon to attend! 

Fabulous Fiction Finds in February

BookloveFebruary is the traditional month of love, so we have stories depicting the many facets of love in the FFF corner this month.  As we all know, the story does not always have a happy-ever-after ending, and sometimes they involve some characters who are not always nice.  If you have been reading serious literature, try cleaning your pallet with a nice “love” story.

Get a lesson in library downloadables in free class

tabletHave you heard of OverDrive or are you confused about the app? If you're interested in getting a lesson on how to use it, then here's your chance! The Shawnee Public Library will give readers a look inside the library’s resources for downloadable materials at Dive in to OverDrive, a program being offered at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Computer Training Center of the library.

The workshop is an opportunity for learning how to use the library’s downloadable content through the service OverDrive. Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile device so they get a hands-on chance to learn how to download materials with their own device!

Devices that can be used to download books from the library include eReaders, smartphones, computers and tablets!

Space is limited so registration is required to attend the program. All participants must bring their library card or card number.

Go high-tech with monthly teen series

robotThe Shawnee Public Library goes high-tech in its series for teenagers, Teen Tech Tuesdays, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Rooms A and B of the library.

It’s a chance to get familiar with the library’s new STEAM Power Maker Kits, which push science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. They include kits for basic circuitry, 3D pens and more.

This will be a monthly series that runs through the end of the school year, and is for ages 12 to 17.

Registration is not required to attend. 

Sharpen your computer skills with free class series

computerIf you are interested into learning the basic functions for using a computer, then you won't want to miss out on these classes happening right in the library! The Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to build their skills at a series of free beginning computer classes, which will take place Feb. 9-11 in the Computer Training Center.

The schedule includes:

Feb. 9 Tuesday 10 a.m. - Introduction to Computers: will look at basic terms and functions, including a lesson using a mouse. For new computer users. 

Feb. 10 Wednesday 10 a.m. - Introduction to the Internet: will have basic tips on searching the World Wide Web, security concerns, and more! For new computer users.

Feb. 11 Thursday 10 a.m. - Introduction to Email: will show you how to create a free email account using one of several free services available online. Basic computer skills are required. 

Registration is required separately for each class. Register as soon as you can so you don't miss out on these series of classes!