Looking for great reads and ways to enjoy the cold days and nights ahead in January? The Shawnee and Tecumseh libraries have readers covered with the Pioneer Library System’s collection of more than 675,000 books, magazines, DVDs and downloadable items.

In addition, the libraries also have a wide range of program opportunities in January.

At the Shawnee library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave., the schedule features:

Children can learn through fun experiments at Science Monday, taking place at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7. The monthly program looks at various aspects of science and is geared to children in kindergarten, first or second grade.

Moving Into the New Year with Pound, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, is a look at the high-energy cardio exercise known as Pound. Local instructor Danielle Mason-Rains will lead this one-time event for ages 18 and up to learn the basics of the exercise.

Those working to improve their English are invited to the library’s free English as a Second Language classes, scheduled at 6 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8. Ages 18 and up may participate and no advance registration is required.

The Tecumseh Public Library, 114 N. Broadway, offers multiple programs, including:

A new exercise activity coming at 6 p.m. on Monday nights beginning Jan. 7 is “Beat It!” Either teens or adults will learn ways to get a workout while using drumsticks.

Chef Tammi Foster returns after a popular December program for a Healthy Cooking class at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. Attendees will learn a variety of recipes during a series of programs promoting healthier cooking ideas.

Teen activities at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30 include topics like cooking and gaming, with a special “Life-Size Gaming” activity on Jan. 23.

Some library projects are funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funds from the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), a federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Find out more by visiting either library or going online to www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org. Also, find the library on the Pioneer Library System Connect App, available through the App Store for Apple devices or Google Play for Android devices.