Use the following link to download a copy of the contest entry form. Please print the form and deliver it along with your poetry submissions to the Children's desk at the Shawnee Library by April 30th. 

Poetry Contest Registration Form

Be part of our Poetry Contest, win cash!

Writing outsideThe Shawnee Public Library is seeking children and teens to be part of its “Live Loud! Spurr Poetry Contest and Celebration of Young Poets.” this spring.

Entries are being taken for the contest during April, and winners will be announced during a celebration event at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the library.

The contest features divisions for 4th through 6th grades; 7th through 9th grades; and 10th through 12th grades. Each poet may submit up to three original works that are not more than one page in length. The entry deadline is April 30.

The poetry contest is named in honor of Jim Spurr, the Poet Laureate of Shawnee, and his love of poetry and belief that it makes a difference in people’s lives. Along with division award winners, a Jim Spurr Award for Best of Contest will be selected. The Jim Spurr Award winner will receive a $75 prize, while the winner in each of the age categories will receive $50. 

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Pair of novels featured in 2019 PLS Reads

PLS Reads logoThe Pioneer Library System continues celebrating its 60th anniversary of service by bringing communities together with its PLS Reads initiative, taking place throughout the system during April. The 2019 PLS Reads includes a pair of revolutionary fiction novels for readers at the Shawnee Public Library to experience:

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult, tells the racially tense story of a labor and delivery nurse faced with a moral dilemma and how it changes her life and career forever.

 The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, looks at a high school student and the two worlds she has to move between: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the suburban prep school she attends.

In addition, libraries will feature information on read-alikes and other similar books to these two, and scholar-led discussions of the books will be featured throughout the system.

The Shawnee Public Library will host a PLS Reads Book Discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 with a guest moderator leading a talk on “The Hate U Give.” Copies of each of the books will be available at the library for those attending book discussions as supplies last.

PLS will host multiple free movie showings based on the Angie Thomas book: at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Grand Canadian Theater in Purcell; 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St. in Norman; and 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the Oklahoma Baptist University Business Center in Shawnee.

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