Hoop and move with Hooplahoma

HooplahomaTeens are getting a lesson in a unique workout and activity this summer at the Shawnee Public Library in the program Hula Hooping with Hooplahoma, scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the library.

The event is part of the library’s 2019 Summer Learning Challenge and will be led by Chelsea Ryan, circus artist and the owner of Hooplahoma. She will demonstrate a variety of hoop tricks and use of a cyr wheel, and will teach hula hooping techniques for teens of any experience level with a hula hoop.

Ryan is the 2018 USA Wheel Gymnastics National Champion with a cyr wheel, and is proficient in many circus skills, including unicycling, stilts, juggling and more.

Registration is not required in advance to participate.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Teens can show off their cooking skills in challenge

Chef hatThe Shawnee Public Library is looking for young chefs to be part of its Top Chef Cooking Challenge, slated for 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the library.

The challenge is for students in grades six through 12, who will have a chance to show off their culinary skills to have a chance to earn the title as the library’s Top Chef.

Registration in advance will be required for this program as there are a limited amount of supplies available.

The Top Chef Challenge is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Rock out as part of the band in library workshop

GuitarExplore music and perhaps find inspiration to “Become a Member of the Band” in a special summer presentation at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Shawnee Public Library.

John McGaha, a professional multi-instrumentalist, music composer and producer with more than 40 years of experience will lead the program. He will bring various instruments for participants to learn more about and explore from his collection that includes a mandolin, violin, guitar, penny whistlers and exotic options like a Guzheng or Oud.

The event is part of this year’s Summer Learning Program at the library and is for ages 18 and older. No advance registration is required to participate.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Blue Zones event looks at “The Edible City”

VeggiesThe Shawnee Public Library continues its series of Blue Zones Project activities with its upcoming screening of “The Edible City: Local Food Systems,” taking place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, in Rooms A and B of the library.

This will be a screening of “The Edible City” documentary in advance of the Blue Zones Project’s Foods 4 Life Festival taking place in downtown Shawnee later in the day.

The event is geared to ages 18 and up, and the documentary will run approximately one hour. No advance registration is required to attend.

The program is funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Inspyral explodes with energy and engagement in program

InspyralJeremy and Kelsey Philo bring a passion for creating magical experiences through their energetic performances using a variety of skills and items. Together they make up Inspyral Entertainment, and they’ll be visiting libraries throughout the Pioneer Library System for activities this summer.

Their program “Juggling with Inspyral” comes to the Shawnee Public Library at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21.

This event is geared to children age 11 and under and will feature a glow show with lasers, hoops, acrobatics and a unicycle as they demonstrate grit and growth. Children also will get the chance to practice their anti-gravity skills juggling balls and spinning plates.

Registration is not required to attend.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Summer at the library is rocketing along

RocketThe Shawnee Public Library invites local teens to a literal blastoff in its Summer Learning Program. The event “Rockets! We Have Liftoff!” takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 19.

Under the direction of a representative from Science Museum Oklahoma, participants will build a rocket kit and then take the rockets outside to launch them. The program also gives an opportunity to learn about the history and science of rockets.

The program is for teens in sixth through 12th grades, but participation size is limited, so advance registration is required.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.

Do It Yourself in summer activities

PaintThe Shawnee Public Library invites would-be artists, experienced creators and anyone in between to take part in the program “Create Some DIY Art,” part of the library’s Summer Learning Program.

Arts and crafts experts from Coffee N Crafts of Shawnee will lead the activity, as participants will create their own piece of art to take home as a decoration or a gift.

Sessions of the activity are planned separately both for teens or adults. Dates, times and themes are:

For teens2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5: Participants will paint their own acrylic work on canvas. The theme for the project is “Universe.”

For ages 18 and up6:30 p.m. Monday, June 17: Attendees will create a custom, hand-painted wood sign with a quirky quote or saying using the theme “Home Sweet Home.”

All supplies will be provided but space is limited, so advance registration is required for the program.

Sponsors for this year’s Summer Learning Program are the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America (Inc.), Institute of Museums and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic, Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoman Newspapers in Education.