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.

Make some “superhero snacks”

book jacket for The Green Teen CookbookThe Shawnee Public Library is giving teens a lesson in the kitchen with “Superhero Snacks” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 1.

If you are in 6th - 12th grade, come by the library to make healthy snacks with the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Service.  Learn about the "super powers" of foods from each color group and try some new foods.

Registration is not required in advance to attend, but arrive early to get a spot.

For more cooking ideas, try some of our teen cookbooks or natural foods cookbooks in the library's collection.

Extreme Animals unmasked in presentation

book jacket for Super Little Giant Book of weird Animal FactsThe Shawnee Public Library welcomes some unique friends for “Animal Heroes: Unmasked” at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, in the Community Rooms.

The presentation by Extreme Animals of Oklahoma City will showcase exotic wildlife from different parts of the world, and show off some of their “superhero” abilities - enhanced adaptations for sight, sound, touch, strength and movement.

Not only will you learn about the animals' super powers, you will find out how you can be a superhero for animals in need.. 

The program is geared to children, but all ages are invited to attend. Registration is not required in advance.