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Inspirational and Faith-Based Movies

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Need a little pick-me-up? Inspirational and faith-based movies are popular checkouts! The library has a growing collection of inspirational books and movies. Here are some popular titles from the DVD collection. 

 

 

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Instructional Genealogy Books and Videos

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If you are looking to begin your research on your family history, general research books and instructional videos are a great place to get started. The library has a variety of resources available to you, and most of these titles are available from home. To Learn more about the library's genealogy collection, visit our genealogy webpage

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5 Simple Steps to Get Started on Your Family Tree

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Getting started in your genealogical research can be daunting. Maybe you have tried before, but you hit a wall and lost steam, maybe you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information to organize or maybe you just don’t know what resources are available and how to use them. Wherever you may be in your journey, the library is a great place to get started. Through the library, you have access to professional librarians who specialize in genealogy, robust eResources accessible through your home computer and a large collection of physical resources available in the library.

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Día De Los Muertos Reads

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As fall begins to take shape and celebrations commence, Day of the Dead looms ahead. While many may not know about this holiday or its origins, the recent blockbuster hit Coco and other mainstream media have commoditized death. However, what you see in Mexico today, on television in the United States or in the aforementioned movie is a fusion of prehispanic, colonial and European traditions. A cultural celebration at first glance but a festivity that represents a much larger picture that reflects issues related to cultural identity, traditions, and political discourse just to name a few.

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Paranormal Romance to Check Out this Fall

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Are you a fan of all the spooky creatures that come around this time of year? If you’re hoping to dive into a new paranormal romance series this fall, check out some of these series favorites.

 

 

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Voting: A Family Affair

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Election season is upon us and there’s a good chance your little ones have noticed. From yard signs and to canvassers knocking on your door, the political climate is brewing just as intensely as the fall winds. Involving children in the voting process is a great way to develop a sense of citizenship at a young age. There’s a good chance your children have already participated in a vote: voting for which movie to watch, or whether to buy chocolate or vanilla ice cream at the store. This can be a great starting point to discuss political voting. Just as families vote for a movie, so do citizens vote for their political leaders. Here are some are some talking points paired with book titles to help facilitate the conversation.

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Language Learning Resources Available through the Library

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Did you know that you can learn a new language through cutting-edge language learning software available through your local library? These language learning resources are even available from the convenience of your home computer or mobile device. Check out the below available language learning tools accessible with your Metro library card.

 

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Access Magazines Anywhere on RBdigital

Magazine and Coffee

RBdigital is a fun and easy to use magazine resource with a diverse selection of magazines for any age user. RBdigital can be accessed from the Downloads & Streaming page on the library’s website. Here are some features of interest on RBdigital:

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Join us at the Oklahoma Book Festival Oct. 20

Oklahoma Book Festival

Love reading? Since you're reading a blog on your library's website, I'm going to say "yes, you do"! Then you'll definitely want to know about the first Oklahoma Book Festival, organized by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. This big event will take place Saturday, October 20th in the OKC Boathouse District from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Your library will be there, with lots of smiles, answers, high fives-- and a fun temporary tattoo station. 

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Halloween-Themed Books to Read with Your Kids

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I’m so glad Autumn is finally here!  I love all the rain we’ve been having, the cooler days and even chillier nights, the warm drinks and snuggly blankets.  My kids love it too, but, most of all, we love Halloween.

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Make Mine Gothic

It’s October, and that means I want the weather to be chilly, the foliage to be flaming, and for lots of spooky ghosty things to happen. But it’s also Oklahoma, which means the temperature is still 80 degrees, most of the grass and leaves are still green, and the scariest thing is the politics.

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Oh, the Horror! Reads that will Give You Shivers

Oh, the Horror! Reads that will Give You Shivers

Looking for some Halloween reads to send shivers down your spine? Check out some of these horror titles this month.

 

 

 

 

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Make Your Voice Heard!

Group surrounding Fearless Girl Statue on Wall Street

Burning to vote, but not quite 18 yet? Here’s some good news: there are plenty of ways to get involved, even before your first trip to the polls. Here are some ideas to kick-start your civic engagement!

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Walking Dead Day Reads

Walking Dead Day Reads

Ghouls, revenants, the infected, the undead, the walking dead, shamblers, reanimated corpse…all are ways to say ZOMBIE!!  On October 13th it’s Walking Dead Day!  A day in which we celebrate not only the TV show, but the comic/graphic novel, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary!  So in honor of The Walking Dead, here’s a list of library items that will help keep your Zombie spirit alive…well, sort of.

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Join us for Mad Science!

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Join us Sat. Oct. 6 for Spooktacular Science with Mad Science!

Spark your child’s scientific imagination through their scientific discoveries in the Mad Science program. Mad Science is an enrichment provider that hosts programs throughout the U.S. to teach children about science concepts in a fun and engaging way. These programs promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), areas of high employment in the U.S. and particularly Oklahoma. These fields make up over 6 percent of all occupations in the U.S.

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Teen Read Week 2018

It's Written in the Stars ... Read.

October 7-13 is Teen Read Week, which means our libraries are celebrating teenagers and the books and events they enjoy at the library. This year's theme is “It’s Written in the Stars: READ”. To encourage teens to read and visit the library, Metro Libraries are offering programs to make crafts and DIY, watch movies with friends, join a book club, play games and trivia, explore STEAM activities (science, tech, engineering, art, math) and more! Check the list below for upcoming events.

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Homework Help Resource Post #7: Finding Credible Resources for Research Papers

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Students who are still early in their academic career may not realize the importance of finding credible sources or know the different types of sources teachers may ask for. This short guide will get you started. Check out some of the homework help eResources on the Dog-Eared Blog's homework help resource series.

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Homework Help Resource Post #6: College Prep

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Today we want to talk about college prep – the homework every high school junior and senior dreads. So, how can the library help? The library has some great easy-to-use college prep resources to ease the pressure on you and your student.

 

 

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You Heard it First - At Your Local Library

You Heard it First - At Your Local Library

If you enjoy reading the headlines of magazines at the supermarket checkout or are in search of an article about your great uncle twice removed, but don’t want to spend the bucks on expensive subscriptions – we have got the perfect solution. So, stop creating new email addresses to get another free 10-day subscription and visit the Metro Library online research collection instead.

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Homework Help Resource Post #5: Geography & Culture

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If your student is researching other countries, working on a report about the most popular foods in Mexico, learning their states and countries or just curious about other places and cultures - these are excellent resources to spark their curiosity. Exploring these resources can be a fun way for you and your student to learn about the world we live in together. You may even try a new recipe inspired by another culture's favorite cuisine. If you find this post useful, check out the other homework help posts on the Dog-Eared Blog.

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Anxiously Awaited Sequels

Anxiously Awaited Sequels

In this age of streaming video, everybody’s binging. Binge watching is the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession. I’m currently re-watching all seven seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. Because I can. And I often like to binge read, as well. Why wait years for the next book in the series, when you can just read them all at once?

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Homework Help Resource Post #4: History & Special Topics

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Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a few resources for an academic paper or school presentation, most of the library’s resources tackle history in some way or another. A library card gives you access to historical newspapers and specialty databases to cover historical topics you may have a special interest in.

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Homework Help Resource Post #3: Math

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Math can be one of the most difficult topics to work on with your student as your method of solving a problem may vary from the method they were taught in class. This is a good way to give your student access to credible resources for practice and help to ease some of those anxieties. If you enjoy this post, check out the related articles at the bottom of the page introducing other homework help resources.

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Join us for a Discussion about Invisible Man by Oklahoman Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man

This month the Library is hosting a series of discussions about Invisible Man, by Oklahoma City native Ralph Ellison. The book was selected by PBS "The Great American Read" as one of America's 100 best-loved books. So what makes Invisible Man one of the greatest reads of all time? Tell us what you think. Join in the discussion at your local library.

 

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Homework Help Resource Post #2: Science

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Whether you are a regular scientist or in need some assistance in the science department – you will find a great variety of online resources covering topics in all areas of science on the Library's website. We have materials for all ages – whether your student is writing a difficult report or simply has a science-related question you are looking for an answer to – this is the place to go. This post is a part of a series about homework help resources, so if you're looking for more, check out the related articles at the bottom of the page.

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