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Organize and preserve family recipes with Shawnee workshop

The Shawnee Public Library is giving local residents a lesson in “Cooking Up Your Family History,” at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26, in Community Rooms A and B of the library, 101 N. Philadelphia Ave.

Participants will get ideas for preserving family recipes and memories as they create a keepsake family cookbook. It’s a good addition to genealogy research within a family or as a standalone item.

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Group bringing improv and fun to the library for teens

Educating through laughs and smiles, acting and improvisation, the name OKC Improv says it all about this troupe of local thespians.

The group seeks to raise awareness and understanding of improvisation, or improv, as an art form through the many venues in which its performances take place. And this summer, that includes a stop at the Shawnee Public Library at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, as part of the group’s tour of the Pioneer Library System.

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Teen Book Club

Read any good books this summer?  Join teens “rock the talk” book club.  Recently teens enjoyed pizza while sharing information about books they’ve been reading.  Space is limited, so registration is encouraged.


For Smaller Bookworms, July 2014

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
AR Level: 5.3; AR Points: 11.0 

In Princess Violet's world, stories are told of the twelve gods who created the multiverse.  One day Violet and her friend, Demetrius, come across the secret story of a thirteenth god, a creature called the Nybbas that was imprisoned in the mirrored sky of their world for enslaving both dragons and people.  When the Nybbas grants Violet a wish, the whole world ends up in terrible danger. Written from the point of view of the castle's official storyteller, this book begs to be read aloud.

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Keep Reading! July, 2014

Here are my three selections for this month. All are good summer reads.


THE CURSED by Heather Graham

Graham returns to Key West in her latest Krewe of Hunters series as a gang leader called The Wolf terrorizes the town and bed and breakfast owner Hannah O’Brien.  Local legends and mysteries have made Hannah the target of unscrupulous and evil men.



This book examines the importance of a father, no matter the family structure.  Drawing on various fields of science, the author explores the importance of a father from conception to adulthood and the importance of the relationship between mother and father.



Peter loves baseball; being a pitcher defines him.  However, when he blows out his elbow at the end of his eighth grade season, he must enter high school trying to find out who he is now.  This Sequoyah Intermediate Masterlist selection is a story of family, friendship, and personal discovery.  A good choice for boys and girls.

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