Libraries closed for holiday

The hometown libraries and offices of the Pioneer Library System will be closed Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Libraries will reopen for their regular hours on Tuesday, July 5.

In the meantime, virtual services of the library are available through the PLS App, or online at www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org.

OKC Zoo talking eggs in library visit

The Shawnee Public Library and the Oklahoma City Zoo collaborate on the upcoming program “Ready, Set, Eggs Are Cracking,” set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

Zoo staff will be at the library to explore eggs of all shapes, sizes and colors and discuss why eggs are a safe place for baby animals to grow.

The program is part of the library’s Summer Reading Program and is geared to children ages 11 and under, but all ages are invited to attend. Registration is not required in advance.

For more information, visit the library, call 275-6353 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/shawnee.

Channel your inner DJ in teen event

The Shawnee Public Library is bringing out the creativity and musical talent of local teens at its upcoming event, “Mixin’ and Makin’ Tunes,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6.

Teens going into grades six through 12 are invited to learn about the library’s new Akai MPK Mini MKII boards and learn how to manipulate their imagination into musical creations.

The DJ equipment makes up one of the hands-on STEAM Power Maker Kits available at the library and throughout the hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System.

Space for the program is limited so registration is required in advance.

Registration may be competed either at the library, by calling 275-6353 or online at www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/shawnee.

Teens taking over Wednesday afternoons with program series

The Tecumseh Public Library continues its series of teen programs during July, with events scheduled for July 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the library, 114 N. Broadway. Ages 12 to 17 are invited to participate.

The schedule features the following events:

July 6, 11 a.m. – Teens Cook Lunch, with representatives of the Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Service demonstrating easy recipe ideas.

July 13, 2 p.m. – Life-Sized Pac-Man, a re-enactment of the popular 1980s video game with a twist, as participants act out the game themselves.

July 20, 2 p.m. – Rack Your Brain, an Oklahoma Museum Network creation featuring engaging puzzles and games to make up a series of competitions.

July 27, 2 p.m. – Take a trip to Firelake Bowling Center, 40945 Hardesty Road, for an afternoon of bowling that is followed by the library’s annual Summer Reading Program Finale event.

Registration is required separately for each program.

For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/tecumseh.

Bilingual story time, activities set at hometown libraries  

The Shawnee and Tecumseh libraries are bringing communities together with its upcoming bilingual story times and activities.

The libraries will present two types of bilingual programs:

¡Viva GLART! puts early literacy skills into practice through basic art play and is for ages 5 and under and their caregivers. All materials will be provided. The program is offered at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, July 7 in Shawnee, and 11 a.m. Thursday, July 21, in Tecumseh.

Family Play Time/La hora de jugar en familia, is for ages 5 and under and their caregivers and is a chance for children to learn and develop their brains through simple play. The program is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Thursday, July 21, in Shawnee, and 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, in Tecumseh.

The programs are part of the Pioneer Library System’s Growing Like a Read initiative and were made possible from a contribution from an anonymous donor to PLS in 2015.

Find out more by visiting either library or through the PLS website, www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org.

Learn the course food takes from “Farm to You”

The Tecumseh Public Library is bringing the “Farm to You,” in a Pottawatomie County OSU Extension Service Office presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the library, 114 N. Broadway.

The program is an interactive, walk-through display of 10 stations that take students from the farm and ultimately to the consumer.

The program is geared to children in kindergarten through 6th grades, and registration is not required in advance to attend.

For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/tecumseh.

Fitness and hula hooping to make for a fun afternoon at the library

The Shawnee Public Library is giving children a new way to move and be active in an introduction to hula hooping. The library’s program “Fitness is Fun: Interactive Hula Hoops” begins at 2 p.m. Friday, July 8, in the Community Rooms of the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

Kelsey Philo of Kelsey Hoops will lead the program, demonstrating her hoop skills to begin the afternoon before a play time with hoops, games and dancing for all to take part in, and most importantly a discussion of the importance of fitness and ways to make it fun.

The program follows up on a similar teen event conducted in early June by Kelsey Hoops.

Ages 11 and under are invited to participate, and registration is not required in advance.

For more information, visit the library, call 275-6353 or go online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org/shawnee.