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Dare to Dream: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Rosie the Riveter modified graphic with "We can Do it"

A few years ago, my sweet little daughter was born (alongside her fantastic twin brother). It was a moment I’d dreamed about for years, and as I lavished upon my brand new little girl her very first snuggles, I wondered what mark she’d leave on the world. Would she be an astronaut? A surgeon? A teacher? A full-time mother? An artist? A construction worker? An architect? A librarian? A collector? A spender? A saver? As I listened to her little squeaks in those precious moments it dawned on me that it didn’t matter. I didn’t care.

Best of Kanopy: Documentaries

Documentary film maker filming iceburgs

Documentaries are little glimpses into other people’s lives. They can give you new perspectives, shift your focus, open your eyes and make you see things in a whole new way, and remind you that your world is not the only world. Documentaries can not only help keep you grounded but can also inspire you to new ideas and ambitions.

Farewell Pyeongchang, Hello Beijing

Seoul Korea  Han River Night view

The closing ceremony in Pyeongchang ended another chapter in Olympic history. In a flashy display of fireworks and ingenuity, organizers created a program that infused components of ancient Korean culture with elements highlighting strong economic and technological advancements. Among its many exports that were on display, K-pop was front and center with performances from EXO and former 2NE1 member, CL.  

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Author Victoria JamiesonBestselling author and illustrator Victoria Jamieson will visit OKC in March for a series of writing workshops and author appearances.

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Shelf Discovery

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Librarians are misunderstood creatures. We see ourselves as warriors: defenders of information, crusaders against censorship, guardians of knowledge! Most everyone else sees us as old maids who wear cardigans and shush people. When I first told people I was going to library school, I got scoffs and sneers, “What do they teach you, how to alphabetize?”

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Teen Tech Month 2018

teen tech month 2018

Teen Tech Month is happening this March to help our libraries showcase the great resources and services we have to help teens succeed, demonstrating how libraries are important in extending learning beyond the classroom.

This month we're highlighting our mobile makerspace kits in free programs where teens can explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and much more. We'll be using Snap Circuits, Sphero Robots, Ozobots, Raspberry Pi, and Paper Circuits to help teens learn, create, and share.

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Calling all writers!

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Are you interested in becoming a published author? The Metropolitan Library System is proud to announce that submissions are open for our second annual Literary Magazine. This year we will accept submissions for short story, poetry, and non-fiction essay. All ages are encouraged to participate in this inclusive literary publication.

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Best of Kanopy: Indie Flicks

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The struggle is real when it comes to finding decent viewing options for Independent films. But hey, it's 2018 and we're moving on up in the world. The Tower Theatre in Uptown OKC is showing Indie films before any of the major theatre chains, and here at the library, we're offering our customers a great streaming media service called Kanopy.

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Wakanda Forever

Black Panther comic:  A nation under our feet, book one

Who’s excited about the Marvel movie Black Panther? This girl that’s who! Let me give you a brief background on the character. Created by writer/editor Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1966, Black Panther (T’Challa to his friends) was the first super hero of African descent in American comics. He made his comic debut in The Fantastic Four #52 (1966) and joined The Avengers in 1968.

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Month of Love

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On a recent out-of-town trip, I met a new friend who was completely befuddled by her mother’s addiction to romance paperbacks. “I just don’t get it,” she confided, “my mother is an educated woman! Why is she reading this trash?”

Friends, it’s the month of love, and as your neighborhood librarian, I am telling you that romance novels are NOT trash.

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