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Teen Tech Month 2019

Teen Tech Get Connected

The Metropolitan Library System is working to inspire Oklahoma teens to explore, create and share by celebrating Teen Tech Month throughout March.

Metro Libraries will be hosting programs that showcase the technology-based learning available through the library to help teens prepare for college and careers by ensuring they are skilled and ethical technology users. The programs inspire teens to explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and much more.

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Celebrate Galentine's Day!

Leslie Knope

“What is Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year,” says Leslie Knope, the optimistic, ambitious community organizer played by Amy Poehler on the TV show Parks & Recreation. In the show’s second season, Leslie explains her made-up holiday, “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

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Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest

Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest artwork

February 1, 2019, is the first day to submit entries to the Southern Oaks Library Fan Fiction and Fan Art contest. Fan Art may be any medium and contain original characters, but must contain copyrighted characters as the main theme. Similar rules apply to Fan Fiction. The last day to submit your work is Sunday, March 24th, 2019 at 6:00pm. The announcement party will be held at the Southern Oaks Library on March 30th, 2019 from 1:30-3:30pm. The announcement party is open to all ages but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. You must be present to win. Prizes will include $50 Gift Cards, gift certificates, DVDs, plushies and more!

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Its time to vote for the Sequoyah Book Awards!

Sequoyah Book Award Logo

Did you know that Oklahoma is home to one of the oldest book awards in the nation?

The Sequoyah Book Awards recognize the unique and creative achievements of American authors, and the best part is, it’s selected by the youth who read their titles!

Students who have read three or more titles on the 2019 Sequoyah Masterlist are qualified to cast a vote for this year’s winners.

The deadline to vote is March 15, 2019.

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Anyone Can Wear the Mask

Comic Book Stand

If you get the chance to see “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” before it leaves the theaters, take it!  I saw it with my grand-nephew last year and we both loved it.  Seeing Miles Morales, a biracial teen donning the mantle of Spider-Man was pretty amazing to my nephew who is also biracial.  After we left the movie theater, a line that Miles said stuck with me… “Anyone can wear the mask”. 

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Check Out an Award Winning Title: Youth Media Award Winners Announced

Book Covers

Every year, the American Library Association awards special recognition to excellent new books for children and teens. The most recognizable of these awards are the Randolph Caldecott Medal, for the most distinguished picture book; the John Newbery Medal, for excellent in children’s literature; the Michael L. Printz Award, for excellence in young adult literature; and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, for books that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

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Library Announces Events Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month

OKLAHOMA CITY– The Metropolitan Library System will celebrate Black History Month with diverse library programs throughout Oklahoma County in the month of February.

Black History Month programs will include performances from Rhythmically Speaking and Adam and Kizzie, Freedmen genealogy presentations, a film series presented at Ralph Ellison Library and others.

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A Man Uses Library System's Free Access [to] Create Dyslexia App

Pierre LiepenbergBY HEIDE BRANDES, THE Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pierre Liebenberg of Norman knew his son was having trouble reading. He started switching letters and words around, dreaded having to get up in front of the class to read aloud and lost his confidence.

"We started seeing the signs, and we had him diagnosed. He has dyslexia, pretty severe dyslexia," Liebenberg said to The Journal Record . "We looked for help, but local schools don't recognize dyslexia as a learning disability. I started doing my own research and found if I showed him one word at a time on a yellow background with a specific black font, he would recognize the word."

As a software designer and a former English teacher, Liebenberg came up with an idea to create an app based on the flashcards. However, he needed to learn iOS programming and other skills in order to create the app.

"I found out I could take all the courses at the Metropolitan Library using Lynda.com for free," he said.

Socks, Soup, Hot Drinks, and Hygge

Hygge Books

Snow days are the best days. When work and school are closed, and you’ve already made your obligatory milk and bread run to the store, you’ve got nowhere to be and are in no hurry to get there. Everything is covered in a sparkling blanket of white, sounds are muted, and the world slows down. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of winter on these days, when you’re snuggled up in your cozy home, possibly with a good book courtesy of your local library!

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