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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Become a super searcher online

Have you always wanted to be more knowledgeable about computers and the internet? The Shawnee Public Library is teaching some “Super Searching Skills” in an upcoming free class, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.

The class is for ages 18 and up and will feature shortcuts, tricks, and other methods to get around the internet and become a “super searcher.”

Basic computer skills are required. The class takes place in the Computer Training Center of the library and space is limited, so registration is required in advance. Registration can be completed online.

Firefighters to the rescue!

book jacket for Firefighters Help Us by Aaron R. MurrayThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes the Shawnee Fire Department for its program “Fire Fighters to the Rescue!” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7.

Members of the fire department will talk to children about fire safety and also bring along one of their vehicles for children to get an up-close look.

All ages are welcome, and registration is not required in advance to attend.

For more information about firefighters and fire safety, checkout some of the books and DVDs available for children at the library.