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Shawnee to host four-part “Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma” discussion series

The Shawnee Public Library, with the aid of the Oklahoma Humanities Council, is going back to the days of the Founding Fathers for the “Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma” book discussion series on the topic “American Icons.”

This will be a four-part series, with discussions taking place at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 4 and 18 and Oct. 2 and 16, at the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

Discussions will be led by local scholars, including Dr. Bill Hagen, retired Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University; James Farthing, Dr. Trisha Yarbrough, and Dr. Carol Sue Humphrey, Professor of History at OBU.

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Shawnee to unveil mosaic piece created by teens this summer

The work of teens during this year’s Summer Reading Program gets its public debut at the Shawnee Public Library at the unveiling of the mosaic art piece “Magic Carpet Ride of Imagination,” taking place at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

The piece originally was designed by local artist Julie Blackstone and then created by teen participants in the Summer Reading Program during a workshop. The mosaic adds to several projects Blackstone has led teens in during recent summers.

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Fabulous Fiction Finds

Take a step back into the distant past -- or even the more recent past -- as you browse our FFF corner for August.  Historical fiction places you in a specific time period and lets your imagination wonder "what if...?"  Follow the author as the protagonist's story weaves through real events.  Who knows, it may even spark an interest for more research of the actual events that affected modern society.

For Smaller Bookworms, August 2014

Swipe coverSWIPE by Evan Angler (Book 1 of Swipe series)
AR Level: 4.6; AR Points: 10.0 

Logan admits he's paranoid, but that doesn't mean he's wrong.  He knows he's being watched.  Just a few months away from taking the Mark and Pledging allegiance to the American Union, Logan secretly wonders if he'll end up disappearing like his sister.  When he and a new friend start gathering information on Logan's stalker, Logan realizes that he's up against a far greater enemy than he ever imagined.

Read more: For Smaller Bookworms, August 2014

Keep Reading! August, 2014


It has been forty years since three once close friends have seen each other.  Their separation is the result of a secret tragedy resulting in the death of their fourth best friend.  The fact that the women are witches is really beside the point.  I trudged through the first half of this novel, but when the characters finally came together to rectify and confront their past, the book suddenly became a story of warmth and heart.  I’m not sure if I can recommend it, but at the end I did feel satisfied.

Read more: Keep Reading! August, 2014

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