Build your couponing skills with pair of library workshops

Sometimes grocery shopping can stir up some unwanted stress. However, there's a way to alleviate some of those nerves. The popularity of couponing continues to grow as a way to save money while stocking the shelves of the pantry and refrigerator.

The library is giving an opportunity for local shoppers to learn couponing skills from an expert, welcoming Patsy Smith, the “Consumer Queen,” of the website ConsumerQueen.com for a pair of programs at the library. Registration is required separately for each program.

Basic Couponing, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, looks at techniques for getting started in couponing.

The following week, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 15, is an Advanced Couponing program. This class goes into a little more detail to help bring consumers from regular shopper to coupon guru. It will include use of store rewards and smartphone apps.

Doc Rogers shares silly stories and magic

book jacket for The Iron Giant in Five Nights by Ted Hughes“Doc Rogers the Mind Bender,” portrayed by magician Doug Anderson, will perform his show “Every Hero Has a Story – Magic and Fun Show” at 10:30 a.m. Friday June 5 at the Shawnee Public Library. No registration required.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the show is filled with a variety of super-heroic magical feats and stories highlighting a range of fictional and real-life heroes in the Rocket Patrol.

Interested in more heros and magic? Checkout some of the books about heros and/or books about magic tricks for children available at the library.

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Museum of Osteology gives a lesson in forensics

book jacket for Bones Never Lie by Elizabeth macLeodSolve a crime at the program “Superhero Science: Forensics 101,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3 with the Museum of Osteology. No registration required.

The Community Room will be turned into a crime lab for teens in 6th - 12th grade to perform a forensic investigation of various skull traumas.

After a basic introduction to skull osteology and lab procedures, you will use a variety of tools from your forensic science kit to evaluate and document key evidence to support your results. Museum quality replicas of human skulls from actual crime scenes will be used in the program.

Go deeper into forensic investigation by taking home some fiction and non-fiction titles available at the library.

Sign up for Summer Reading

superhero girl with blond hair and bue costumeThe Shawnee Public Library invites local children for a super summer of reading in its annual Summer Reading Program.

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” and local readers can begin their heroic reading adventure at the library’s 2015 Summer Reading signup day Monday, June 1.

The event features a chance to sign up for Summer Reading and children to receive a Sonic bag with a reading log, bookmarks, and stickers.

The slate of special programming for the summer runs throughout June and July, with activities set for children, teens or adults, as well as some family-friendly programs for all ages.

Signups for Summer Reading may be completed in person or online through July 3.

Keep Reading in May 2015

Adult Fiction

Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

The murder of Grace Baker’s younger sister, Nica, is quickly solved—but something about it just doesn’t ring true for Grace. Trying to make sense of the circumstances around her sister’s demise shatters life as Grace knows it, and she uncovers more about her family than she ever wanted to know. Anolik’s debut novel was one I found intriguing and involving. I look forward to more from this author.

Adult Non-Fiction

Brave Girls by Stacey Radin, PsyD with Leslie Goldman

The lessons a girl learns and the habits she develops in middle school will establish the way she conducts the rest of her life. After lengthy study of and consulting with working women, Radin founded Unleashed, an after-school program that empowers middle-school-age girls to address a cause they care deeply about: animal welfare. It is through these skills that they learn to navigate life. They develop leadership skills, identify their values, communicate their ideas, and ultimately embrace what makes them different from men. This is a book for those who live or work with young girls.

Teen Fiction

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Michael and his mother move often because of the teen’s amazing electrical powers. They have to hide their identities because someone is after them. When Michael meets a girl who has similar powers, they try to discover what happened to them as babies. It is this search that brings about huge problems and the discovery that there are others like them. This is the first of a series as the teens face powerful enemies in the attempt to save the world. Great read.

FFF: Read by the Numbers

What’s your lucky number? 7? 9? 64? Whatever is your personal numerical talisman, it could also be important to the title of a book. This month, the Fabulous Fiction Finds will highlight novels with a number in the title. You may be surprised that there are so many. Come search the display and check out one or two.