OKC Zoo, Science Museum visit for busy week of summer events

The Shawnee Public Library joins forces with two of the area’s popular sites for families – the Oklahoma City Zoo and Science Museum Oklahoma – for a busy week of activities, as part of its Summer Reading Program.

The library staff itself is heroic, bringing “Heroes at the Library Story Time” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, for stories, games, songs, crafts, and more, geared to children ages 3 and up and their caregivers.

The zoo invites teens to the library for its “Nighttime Ninjas” program at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. Teens in grades six through 12 will learn about and meet some nocturnal creatures who do their best living in the dark.

The next day, representatives of the library return for their “Zooper-heroes” activity, at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 16. All ages are invited to learn about some of the animals that have inspired popular superheroes with their abilities.

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Fabulous Fiction Finds for July

These three new books will start your July with a popping good time. All are exciting and a little out of the ordinary. Just the right fit for our summer reading program.

Adult Fiction

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry

This is a strange, but addicting debut novel. Circa New York, 1895, Parry brings together three seemingly disconnected stories of three people who are members of the poor, the unwanted group of civilization. As the story unravels, the reader is presented a world in which a newborn baby is abandoned in the privies behind the tenement houses, two sisters who were raised in the world of a Coney Island sideshow, and a young woman who awakens to find herself in a lunatic asylum. They cross paths in a beautiful tale of secrets and love.

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Get your home, life organized with workshop's help

book jacket for 5 Days to a Clutter-free houseBecome a super hero inside your own home with the help of the Shawnee Public Library and the upcoming program “Get Organized,” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11The program is for ages 18 and up, and registration is required in advance.

Professional Organizer Hallie Palmer will give her best ideas for helping take a home from “overwhelmed to organized,” with plans for dealing with kitchen clutter, disorganized cabinets and out-of-control closets.

For more information about organizing your home, come by the library and checkout one of our home organization books.

Learn about super foods, cooking ideas in library program

“Superfoods is not a made-up term, but superfoods are foods that can give you the maximum nutrition for the calories,” said Matthew Joplin, one of the co-founders of Food for Thought.

A super summer of superhero activities at the library means it’s time for the staff at Food for Thought Learning Institute to bring out a program on superfoods and their benefits, set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, at the Shawnee Public Library. The program will be limited to the first 40 participants, so there are enough supplies available and so everyone can get a good look at what’s happening. Registration is required and can be completed using the online form.

As in their visits the past two summers to Hometown libraries, the Food for Thought crew will demonstrate easy recipes for using items that many people might already have around their house, as a way to be cost-effective and practice good nutrition.

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Get active at the library with Super Hoopers

Do the kiddos need to burn off some of their energy? The Shawnee Public Library is giving children an active afternoon at its Super Hoopers program, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. Registration is not required in advance to attend.

Kelsey Hoops will present an interactive hula hoop program, with children having a chance to learn basic hula hooping skills, do some tricks, and play some group games. The program is for ages 4 and up and is made possible thanks to funding from the Friends of the Shawnee Public Library.


IFYR rodeo returns to Shawnee and the library

The International Finals Youth Rodeo makes its annual return to Shawnee, and that means a continuation of the partnership between the event and the Shawnee Public Library. We hope you have been looking forward to it as much as we have!

Youth directors from the rodeo will visit the library at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, for a special program in which they’ll demonstrate their skills in riding and roping for the library audience. There will be chuckwagon snacks for all who attend, as well as free autographed posters, opportunities for pictures with the rodeo stars and a pass for the Thursday morning rodeo performance, which starts at 9 a.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center.

In fact, the July 9 morning session of the rodeo is a special library event. Anyone showing their library card at the gate at the Expo Center that morning receives free entrance into the morning session of the rodeo, which takes place at 1700 W. Independence St.

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