The Shawnee Public Library welcomes to the community to its program “Celebrating Black History Month: A Local Perspective,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in Rooms A and B of the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

Featured speaker Betty Katherine Permetter Falato, a Shawnee resident who grew up in Earlsboro, will tell the story of her journey from rural Oklahoma to Washington D.C. for a career with the Federal Aviation Administration.

She is the author of three books on inter-race relations and education with a fourth book co-authored with her husband Adam Falato, “Black Interpreters Living Among the Absentee Shawnee Indians in Early Central Oklahoma: the Chronicles of William Ellsworth Shawnee,” due for release in 2019.

Ages 18 and up may attend the presentation, and no advance registration is required.

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

Crafts and cooking highlight teen schedule in February

The Tecumseh Public Library invites local teens to its series of after school activities at 4 p.m. on each Wednesday during February.

Programs are for ages 12 to 17, and themes for February’s events include:

Feb. 6 – Heart Key Chains: Make a heart-shaped craft for the upcoming holiday;

Feb. 13 – Teens Cook Chocolate: It’s a sweet activity making chocolate items in time for Valentine’s Day;

Feb. 20 – PVC Mirror: Use PVC pipe to construct a unique decorative mirror;

Feb. 27 – Life-Sized Gaming: Become the “pieces” in a large-scale afternoon of playing games. This event is made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries through a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Space is limited for the programs so advance registration will be required.

For more information, visit the library, call 598-5955 or go online to