Pioneer Library System schedules several programs at county locations.

The Shawnee Public Library invites new computer users to a pair of three-part introductory computer series coming up at the library in March.

Each class offers hands-on instruction for students in basic computer skills. The schedule includes:

Introduction to Computers, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, features an introduction to basic terms and functions and how to use a mouse.

Introduction to the Internet, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, gives tips on searching the Internet and how to keep a computer safer.

Getting Started with Email, at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, gives an introduction to email and allows class participants to create their own email account using a free service from the Internet.

In addition to this three-day series, the same classes will be offered later in the month in a three-part series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday nights. That schedule features Introduction to Computers March 14; Introduction to the Internet March 21 and Getting Started with Email March 28.

Registration is required for each class and can be completed in person at the library, or by calling 275-6353.

Shawnee Book Discussion Group goes “Old School”

The Shawnee Public Library’s Book Discussion Group gets a start on The Big Read for 2013, discussing the Tobias Wolff novel “Old School” at its next meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in Community Rooms A and B of the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

Dr. Bill Hagen, Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, will be the special guest facilitator for this month’s discussion.

The group meets monthly to discuss a selected book, and the title is available at the library’s checkout desk a month before the meeting date.

“Old School” is the featured book in the seventh commemoration of The Big Read by the library and the Pioneer Library System. Activities in PLS communities throughout March and April will be centered around the book, culminating with a visit by the author in late April.

Wolff will make a public appearance at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at OBU’s Geiger Center, as well as a second speech at 7 p.m. that evening at Longfellow Middle School in Norman.

The Big Read is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Humanities Council, Norman Arts Council, University of Oklahoma Outreach, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Pioneer Library Foundation and the Pioneer Library System.

Registration is not required to attend.

For more information, call the library at 275-6353 or go online to

Tecumseh Public Library continues Babygarten, Toddler Story Times

The Tecumseh Public continues its Babygarten and Toddler Story Time Series on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the library, 114 N. Broadway.

The Babygarten story times are designed for ages 18 months and younger and their caregivers and feature rhymes, songs, a craft and playtime. Library Assistant Sue Walker leads the weekly programs, which will wrap up their latest six-week session with programs March 5 and 12.

The library also invites families with young children back at 11 a.m. on Thursdays for its Toddler Story Time each Thursday in March.

Walker and Cyndi Seeley will offer a variety of songs, stories and fingerplays for young children and their caregivers.

Also, the Pioneer Library System’s initiative Growing Like a Read will be introduced. Growing Like a Read promotes brain development for literacy skills in children from birth to age 4 through reading, talking, playing and singing. It is funded through a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.

Registration is not required to take part in either program.

For more information on Babygarten, go online to

For more information on the programs and services of the Tecumseh Public Library, call 598-5955 or go online to