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  • 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:

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, November 05, 2015

    For our fifth anniversary as a library system in 1970, we treated ourselves to a computer! Well, 45 hours of leased computer time on the Oklahoma County Assessor's IBM Model 25/360 anyway (you may have seen Don Draper wrestle one just like it in Mad Men). We were also the main distribution point in Oklahoma County for Parent-Teacher Guides distributed by some new television show called Sesame Street. And three generous donors provided free land to build future libraries Edmond, Southern Oaks and The Village. Here's what else was happening in 1970:

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, October 29, 2015

    While Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” became an anthem to the masses, buzzwords like “staycation” and “fist bump” dominated our vocabulary. Apple’s launch of the iPhone 3G also helped it corner our wallets, and the market, amid a turbulent economy. See what else dominated the headlines and made popular culture memorable in 2008.

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, October 22, 2015

    The year we were introduced to Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and Google and the Auto-Tune debuted with Cher's "Believe" which went straight up to #1—you could say 1998 is really the first year of the 21st century. But that would depend on what your definition of "is" is.

  • Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    From the Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers allows you to search millions of pages of America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922.

  • India Flag Stamp
    Posted on: Saturday, October 17, 2015

    “The sun never sets on the British Empire,” a phrase that evokes the vastness and strength of a nation that, at its peak, ruled 25% of the world’s land surface including large areas of North America, Australia, Africa and Asia. Librarian Gloria Melchor presents the best of British literature, history and culture on the pages of Rule, Britannia! Join her this time for the end of the British Raj and the beginning of Indian independence.

  • Throwback Thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, October 15, 2015

    Like, gag me with a spoon! Take a totally tubular trip back to 1983 when the Valley girls roamed the earth, the King of Pop was perched atop his musical throne and the Outsiders were in. Stay gold, people.

  • throwback thursday
    Posted on: Thursday, October 01, 2015

    It seems like just yesterday we entered 2004 - mere toddlers in the new millennium. It was a swiftly changing world with one musical foot still planted in grunge rock and one in a new, strange land of Eminem.  A tsunami devastated the Indonesian coast—the Boston Red Sox finally broke the 86-year “curse of the Bambino” by winning the World Series for the first time since 1918—Oops! She did it again!

  • Posted on: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
  • Posted on: Thursday, September 24, 2015

    This is a searchable collection of early American newspapers from 1690-1999.


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