Get moving with dance series

Dance into an active series with the Shawnee Public Library and “Let’s Move! Discover the Power of Dance,” presented at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Thursday, March 5 and continuing for five sessions through Thursday, April 2.

Juan Cabral, professional dance instructor and choreographer, will lead the classes. He has experience working with many types of dances and will lead participants in learning a variety of movements. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, have fun and gain some skills on the dance floor. All skill levels and welcome and partners are not needed to participate.

Ages 18 and up may take part. Advance registration is required.

This project is being funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  

Bring the kids for a wealth of program offerings

The Shawnee Public Library has something for children of all ages through many activities scheduled during March.

Start the month with Science Monday, a presentation at 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of most months (in March, it takes place on March 2.) Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will engage in hands-on experiences about the physical and natural world.

Preschool Story Time, for ages 2 ½ to 5, takes place at 10:30 a.m. each Tuesday. It features stories, music, rhymes and early literacy activities for families with young children.

Story Time moves across town to Shawnee Mall, 4901 N. Kickapoo Ave., for weekly presentations at 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday during March.

Thursdays bring multiple events for young readers. Lego Club, at 4:30 p.m. March 5 and March 19, is best for elementary school children and is time for creativity and problem solving while putting together Lego projects.

Families with younger children are invited to Buzzing Bumblebees, a baby lapsit story time at 11 a.m. on March 12 and March 26, as well as Read and Relax for Infants, offered at 11 a.m. on March 19. This program brings in certified infant massage instructor Angie Porter in a presentation offered in partnership with the Pottawatomie County Health Department.

No advance registration is required for any of these activities.

Check out our new look!

The Shawnee Public Library has a new look thanks to a recent redesign project! 

And we have many resources that, while not necessarily new, might be opportunities community members may not yet know about.

The library provides access to all of the resources of the Pioneer Library System, including more than 700,000 items in its collection, more than 60 online databases and multiple resources for downloading or streaming like OverDrive, Hoopla and Kanopy.

And program options range from Preschool Story Time both at the library and at Shawnee Mall for the youngest of library visitors, to our Lego Club – meeting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 – to our regular schedule of activities related to the Blue Zones movement taking place throughout Shawnee.

Find out more by visiting the library, and check out our calendar of events either in physical form at the library or the online calendar, which will have the most up-to-date list of upcoming library programs.