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    Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

    Ask any proud Oklahoman and we’ll give you a wealth of information about the great things from our state, not the least of which includes the amazing and talented people. We’ve got hall of fame baseball players like Mickey Mantle and Johnny Bench, great musicians like Wanda Jackson and Woody Guthrie, and actors like James Garner and comedian Bill Hader. Fortunately, we’re also blessed with a number of great authors as well. Enjoy this sampling of Oklahoma authors from this month's book display at the Downtown Library!

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, December 31, 2015

    Our year-long celebration of the Metropolitan Library System's 50th birthday is finally coming to close. We hope you've enjoyed celebrating your library system as much as we have. We're already planning to make the next 50 years better than ever! In the meantime take a look back at some of the hottest titles of the previous year!

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, December 24, 2015

    In happier news, 1995 also brought us all the Wide World of the Web as America Online and Prodigy began offering easy Internet access to people without fancy technical skills. Other new timewasters that year included the release of the Sega Saturn and the Sony Playstation, the founding of eBay, and the announcement of a shiny new storage medium called the DVD.

    What else were people doing in 1995? Well, Steve Forbes was running for President, O.J. Simpson went on trial, Bret Hart won the WWF title from Diesel (Kevin Nash), Queen Elizabeth II advised Prince Charles and Lady Diana to divorce, and meanwhile regular folks were reading books and going to movies and listening to CDs…

  • info Magazine header image - January 2016
    Posted on: Wednesday, December 23, 2015

    Do you ever wonder about the legacy you’ll leave? If you do wonder about such things, do your thoughts stretch beyond your own family? Do your aspirations reach your neighbors? Your community? Your world?

    An interesting thing about libraries is that they are all about legacy. While libraries constantly update collections to provide the most current resources and items in popular demand they are also quietly preserving the histories of our culture and archiving our story for future generations. Less tangibly, libraries create legacy with access to the written word, environments for learning, cultural experiences and opportunities to engage with others in life changing ways. This issue of info magazine contains more than words.

    Inside these pages you’ll find book suggestions, resources, history, encouragement and heartfelt ways to make a difference in your world. In these pages, you will find ways to leave your legacy.

  • Queen Elizabeth II
    Posted on: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

    On Christmas Day, December 25, millions of viewers around the world will tune in to see The Queen's Christmas Message. Each year Queen Elizabeth addresses her subjects in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, presenting highlights of the royal year and is one of the few times that the monarch speaks from her heart, directly to the people, without consulting with her advisors. In "Dear Old Blighty" families plan Christmas Day around the speech, generally gathering around the television to see the Queen at 3:00 PM (GMT) before enjoying Christmas dinner. Even if you're only mildly interested in the royal family, this year is one you may not want to miss as the Queen will certainly address her new status as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2015

    In 1972, the Northeast Library was renamed after Ralph Ellison, and Southern Hills became Southern Oaks! It was a big year in pop culture, too: TV shows debuting in 1972 included Sanford and Son and M*A*S*H. ABBA was formed, Creedence Clearwater Revival broke up, Dallas won the Super Bowl, Pedro Morales was WWWF champion all year, and the first Star Trek convention was held.

     

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, December 10, 2015

    While libraries were expanding throughout Oklahoma County, America was in turmoil in 1968. CNN states it was arguably the most historic year in modern American history. It was a year poised to break through the barriers caused by generations of backward thinking. Groovy, baby!

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, December 03, 2015

    Well, we survived Y2K!!!  Welcome to the new Millennium!  Putin was elected the President of Russia.  The 2000 United States Census began.  Elián González returned to Cuba with his father.  Dora the Explorer debuted on Nickelodeon.  And the 2000 Olympics occurred in Sydney, Australia.   Scroll down to find out all the millennial-approved books, movies, music, and library news of the Millenium!

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2015

    In 1966, the Village Library opened in a storefront in Casady Square. It was an epic year for television as a little show called Star Trek aired its first episode in September. Other shows debuting in 1966 include Batman, The Newlywed Game, Dark Shadows, The 700 Club, That Girl, Mission: Impossible, The Hollywood Squares, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. What a year! Meanwhile, people in alarming outfits were reading books and going to the movies and listening to the radio…

  • Throwback Thursdays
    Posted on: Thursday, November 12, 2015

    2010 doesn’t seem that long ago. To think that it was half a decade ago doesn’t seem possible but the impact of many things from 2010 are still hanging around today. The climate of 2010 was controversial in the U.S. and unstable in many places abroad. Bombings plagued cities around the world. Earthquakes wrought destruction to Haiti and Chile. The worst oil spill in U.S. history poisoned the Gulf of Mexico. As the U.S. economy took a dive, new laws with big impacts were created, old laws were removed, and the fights went on and on. Here is the highlight reel from 2010:

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