Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA database

The Shawnee Public Library invites business owners to learn a resource for improving productivity and efficiency at the program “Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Computer Training Center.

Bill Carlson with ReferenceUSA will lead this demonstration of the database, showing ways it can be used for such tasks as identifying new sales prospects, creating customizing business and consumer marketing lists, defining delivery routes and more.

ReferenceUSA is a database of business information and resources available for Pioneer Library System cardholders.

Ages 18 and up may attend, and having a Pioneer library card is helpful but not a requirement. Space for the program is limited, so advance registration will be required.

The program is presented in a partnership with Shawnee Forward, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, the REI Women’s Business Center and the OKSBDC.

See all the Shawnee library has to offer

The Shawnee Public Library welcomes members of the surrounding community to enter a new world upon entering our downtown location.

Library card holders get access not just to what’s available inside the walls of the library, but also the more than 700,000 books and downloadable items available through the Pioneer Library System’s collection.

Program opportunities start right away for the youngest of children. Join us for Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the library, then at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Shawnee Mall. And on Thursdays, a Baby Lapsit story time “Buzzing Bumblebees,” (at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10 and Oct. 24) and Read and Relax for Infants (at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17) give families with babies a chance to introduce their child to the library and a love of books.

Get an introduction to the world of podcasting online with the workshop appropriately titled “What is a Podcast?” Ages 18 and up are invited at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, to learn about the types of podcasts available online and how to access them. Advance registration is required as space in the library’s Computer Training Center is limited.

The library also will be part of the Halloween celebration, “Boo on Bell,” on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Friday’s activities, beginning at 6:30 p.m., will feature mini-pumpkin decorating while Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m. is part of the festivities along the downtown area with trick-or-treating and much more.

Find out about everything going on this month in Shawnee through the online calendar or pick up a copy of our physical calendar inside the library.

Thursday series set for infants, young children

The Shawnee Public Library is bringing even more opportunities for families with young children to experience the library through a new series of Thursday programs offered this fall.

At 10:30 a.m. on most Thursdays, the library will host several themed programs. The schedule in September and October features:

Sept. 12 and 26, Oct. 10 and 24 – Buzzing Bumblebees: Baby Lapsit Story Time, for babies up to 18 months, with stories, songs, interactions and a stay-and-play time;

Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 – Read and Relax for Infants, fun, calming activities for children up to age 5. The program is presented by the Pottawatomie County Health Department and led by Children Development Specialist Angie Porter;

And in addition to these new offerings, the library continues to present its popular Story Time activities at 10:30 a.m. most Tuesdays at the library, and 10:30 a.m. most Wednesdays at Shawnee Mall.