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

crafting supplies, watch and camera

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

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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

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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Paranormal Romance to Check Out this Fall

Full Moon

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

Young Girl with American Flag

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

Girl Reading Book with Map

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!

Mad Science

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

Homework Help 7

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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