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Making History

Although I have a history degree and call myself a feminist, Women's History class was the hardest for me. Why? Because I thought our history could be summed up in one sentence: Women's lives sucked until the passage of the 19th amendment and then it got a little less sucky. But, was I wrong! I've since discovered countless stories of incredible women. Did you know one of the best WWII snipers was a Russian woman? Or realize a large female spy network was active in France during the war? Nor did I before diving into these books.

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Tax Resources and More!

The Metropolitan Library System is here to help make this tax season a little less stressful! 

Check out our Income Tax Resources page for access to:

Spring Break with the Library

Spring Break with the Library

Whether Oklahoma County families are traveling or planning a staycation – the library has a variety of programs and services to keep users of every age entertained during spring break.

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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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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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This Includes Everyone: Picture Books that Encourage Inclusivity

This Includes Everyone

One of my heroes, Mister Fred Rogers, once said, “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”  Below are some picture books families can read together that prompt conversation about inclusion and recognizing worth in all of our neighbors.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This year, I will. Start Learning with Lynda.

Lynda.com

Learning - no strings attached.

Lynda.com is an online learning resource available from your home computer, smartphone or mobile device FREE with your library card. Browse over 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

 

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Best of 2018

Best of 2018

What did you read this year?

See if your favorite reads of the year made our best of 2018 list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All

Dove in City

As I begin writing this blog post, we’ve just had our first snow of winter. On November 12. And despite the fact that I am staunchly Team No-Christmas-decorations-before-Thanksgiving, the weather has me thinking of the winter holidays. 

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Winter Blues

Winter Blues

In the words of The King, Elvis Presley himself, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.” The holidays can be a hard time for many people. We feel so much pressure to be thankful, make merry, and attend or host a score of events while looking flawlessly festive and creating magazine-worthy spreads for meals and parties. It can be a lot to handle for anyone, but for those who may be suffering the loss of a loved one, going through a divorce or break-up, or dealing with mental health challenges, the holidays can be especially trying.

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Chill Out and Read this Winter!

Chill Out and Read

Winter break will be here soon! It's important that students continue reading even when they are out of school to prevent the "Winter Brain Freeze." One fun way to keep reading is to participate in the Winter Reading Challenge hosted by Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Students who read for 20 minutes a day during winter break (380 total minutes) can log their time to be eligible for prizes and recognition. To learn more about the Winter Reading Challenge, visit the OKC Public Schools website.

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Check out some of these Holiday Favorites on Hoopla

Hot chocolate and popcorn by fireplace

Stuck at home this winter? Don't let that stop you from enjoying yourself this winter. The library has a variety of resources you can access from home 24/7. Hoopa launched their Winter Wonderland this month and there is something for everyone including eBooks, movies, music and eAudiobooks. Never tried Hoopla before? Learn more about it HERE.

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Simple Holiday Crafts to Try this Winter

Holiday Garland

If winter weather has you stuck inside, check out the library's Hobbies and Crafts eResource available from the comfort of your home! Here are some simple holiday crafts to get you started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out our Online Hub for Hobbies & Crafts this Holiday Season

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Did you know?

The library has an online hub for hobbies and crafts that you can access 24/7 from home.

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Excelsior! - A Tribute to Stan Lee

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On November 12th 2018, Stan Lee, co-creator of iconic comic book characters Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, the X-Men and Thor among others, died.  He was 95 years old.  When I heard about his passing, I wasn’t surprised, he wasn’t in great health, but I was saddened.  Not only do we share a love of comics, we shared a birthday, December 28th.  So, as a comic book fan and above all a Marvel comics fan, it was a sad day, but it brought back one of my favorite memories.   

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Everyday Instant Pot and Air Fryer Recipes

Soup

Looking for some recipes to try with your new Instant Pot and air fryer? Checkout some of these cookbooks for a variety of everyday meals to please the whole family.

 

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Inspirational and Faith-Based Movies

Autumn Path

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

Family Photos

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

Sugar Skulls

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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