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Let’s Get Timey Wimey

time machine train with a witch directing the machine

Time travel is a fascinating thing. H. G. Wells first popularized the concept in his 1895 novel The Time Machine. Einstein even theorized that it was possible, but only in one direction. You could go forward in time, but you couldn’t go back. That doesn’t stop talented writers with coming up with a seemingly endless variety of plots involving time travel, and I love them.

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Gemütlichkeit

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A few months ago, I wrote about the Danish concept of hygge – the feeling of contentment derived from coziness and comfort. Little did I know that Germans have their own “hygge,” called gemütlichkeit!

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Let’s Build Some Words!

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Greetings parents and caregivers of young children! My son has always been a fan of numbers and letters. In fact, he named his cat Numbers and Letters when he was three. One of my most cherished memories (which I captured on my phone and listen to every once in awhile when I’m feeling nostalgic) includes my then-two-year old son sleepily reciting his ABCs and 123s while falling asleep. It’s pretty much the most wonderful thing in the history of everything.  Take a listen below and you'll be convinced. 

Summer of Sam

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If you have been reading my blogs for awhile now then you know that I LOVE summer. It’s truly unfortunate for me that I was not born on the best coast/west coast and was unable to spend every waking moment with sea salt hair and tanned toned legs from early morning surf sessions and afternoons spent roller skating on boardwalks. This is the alternate reality I live in though, the dream world me, which is always blue skies, desert pink motels, and crashing waves.

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Twin Peaks - The Musical World of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti

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Anyone who has been keeping up with David Lynch for the past 30 years knows that he and composer Angelo Badalamenti make quite the team. Badalamenti has scored every one of Lynch’s cinematic projects since Blue Velvet in 1986, garnering himself many awards. Most recently his music can be heard as the soundtrack to this summer’s hit series, Twin Peaks: The Return. What may come as a surprise to many is the fact that these two masters only met by coincidence.

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Metro Libraries to Close in Observance of Independence Day

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Metropolitan Library System will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Customers can still access digital resources like eBooks, audiobooks, online research sources, Zinio digital magazines and Freegal music downloads anytime at www.metrolibrary.org. Find your next read by searching the catalog and reserving or renew material from any Internet connected computer.

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Movie Trip

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Let Ngoc's movie trip guide help you determine what movie trip you need to see!

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Fell on Black Days

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On May 17, Chris Cornell, lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died by suicide in Detroit. This was a shocking blow for fans. Cornell was one of the fathers of grunge in the 1990’s, and he had outlived so many of his contemporaries: Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Kristen Pfaff (Hole), Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon), and Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) in the 90’s and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) more recently. All struggled with drug abuse and some with mental illness, and despite Cornell’s public struggles with drugs, we thought he had triumphed. We thought he had survived. None of us knew that he was secretly suffering from depression.

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Metro Library Donates Kindle Fires to Boys and Girls Club

(Oklahoma City, OK - June 28, 2017) - Today at the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, Rep. Cyndi Munson, D-District 85, read to a group of children to promote the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) Compact’s ReadOKC program. This program encourages OKCPS elementary students to read 20 minutes a day this summer.
 
ReadOKC promotes the love of reading and literacy among children in the Oklahoma City Public Schools District. This summer’s “Get in the Game” program encourages daily reading to prevent a loss of skills during the school break.
 

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LGBTQ+ Characters in YA Science Fiction & Fantasy

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On June 28, 1969, members of the LGBT community rioted after police raided a gay bar called Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Inn Riots proved to be a turning point in the LGBT civil rights movement. In celebration and memory of this momentous event in America, Pride Month now takes place in June. During this month, cities all over the nation host parades, marches, rallies, festivals, and other events to promote respect, equality, and pride for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. In honor of Pride month, and to help spread inclusiveness and representation I have created a list of some adult and YA science fiction and fantasy books that feature or focus on characters that are LGBTQ+.

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