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  • 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…

  • All Things Patti Smith
    Posted on: Friday, November 13, 2015

    Sitting in a quiet corner of a sparse, bare wooden-floored café with long stretches of window-filtered light—a park bench on Rockaway Beach, the salty ocean spray as it tingles your face and whips through your hair—walking and finding the perfect home in a rundown bungalow because you have learned over the years to see the potential in all things imperfect. That’s how I feel about M Train, the new book by Patti Smith. Her writing is beauty in the true sense of the word

  • 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:

  • Child playing the piano
    Posted on: Wednesday, November 04, 2015

    Many people consider the classical music produced during the 20th century to be loud, dissonant, and even mean-spirited.  The works written during this period are often sonically linked to the terrors of war and oppression so many faced, thus sounding “ugly” to some listeners.  It is interesting, then, that two of the greatest composers of the last century wrote music that is still used by parents and teachers all over the world as a child’s introduction to classical music. For more information on the lives and music of Sergei Prokofiev and Benjamin Britten, check out these items:

  • 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.

  • The Multiple Personalities of Classical Russian Music
    Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    It’s autumn in MLS Land and that means it is time for another system-wide tour highlighting the rich cultural musical traditions of our global brethren. Throughout the month of October we celebrated folk musical contributions of the Gaelic variety with the Roots of Celtic Music tour. For the month of November we have set our global coordinates eastward to provide the community with an entertaining and edifying showcase of traditional Russian folk music with Moscow Nights. You will find a number of resources available in the Metropolitan Library System to help you explore the passion and beauty of Russian music. Hope to see you at Moscow Nights!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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