Book to Movie showing - featuring a Oklahoma Basketball story

The Shawnee Public Library celebrates the life and works of author Harold Keith with a movie showing based upon his book “Brief Garland” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

The book was remade in 2006 into a film by Robert Collector and is based on a true story from a 1960s Oklahoma town and the dreams of a local basketball coach.

Keith’s accomplishments are wide-ranging, from being the University of Oklahoma’s first Sports Information Director to publishing more than 20 books for children and adults. He received the Newbery award for children’s literature in 1958 for his Civil War novel Rifles for Watie. The evening also will feature Anne McDonald, retired local sports reporter, who will discuss her experiences with girls’ half-court basketball, a part of Keith’s writing and his career.

Keith is being honored during a ceremony May 3 at Norman Public Library Central, in which the library will be designated as a national Literary Landmark for its display of the Newbery medal since 1993.

Learn the basics of Facebook

Facebook logoDo you have intermediate computing skills and an email address? Do you want to see all those pictures of your friends and family members doing silly things (that they post to the internet)?

Well then, Shawnee Public Library’s free class “Facebook for Beginners,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, is where you want to be!

The class is for ages 18 and up and gives an introduction to the basics of the popular social networking site Facebook, including an opportunity to create a free account. Space is limited in the computer lab, so registration in advance is required.

Download a book with OverDrive

The Shawnee Public Library is showing off the library’s downloadable ebooks and audiobooks at the program “Opt in to OverDrive,” taking place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

The workshop is an opportunity for adults to learn how to use the library’s downloadable content through the OverDrive service. Choose from thousands of titles available for free with your PLS library card, and read or listen while anywhere in the world.

In order to get hands-on experience, participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device: ereader, smartphone, tablets, or laptop. Space is limited so registration is required.

Volunteer to be a tutor

man and two woman at laptop computer

The Pioneer Library System’s Pottawatomie County Literacy Services Department will host a tutor training for prospective volunteer tutors from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18Registration may be completed online or by calling 273-3334.

This training is specifically designed for volunteers who want to work with adults learning English as Second Language (ESL) or native English speakers improving reading and literacy skills in Pottawatomie County. No previous experience in tutoring is necessary.

Each prospective tutor must take part in one training before being placed with a student they will work one-on-one with on literacy skills. Tutors must be age 18 or older and a high school graduate. Tutors will receive information and a plan to follow as they work with their students.

The library system provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults who wish to learn ESL or need help with reading and literacy skills. Adult Literacy Services are offered by each county, with tutors and students meeting at one of the hometown libraries.

Book group offers the latest buzz on reading

The Shawnee Public Library’s Book Buzz Brunch Bunch adult book discussion group gets back together next at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the Conference Room of the library.

Group members are invited to share their thoughts on what they have been reading during the informal book discussion group, which meets the third Friday of each month. Refreshments are served during each meeting.

Registration is not required to attend.


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.

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