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Remembering Astronaut Ed Mitchell (1930-2016)

Edgar Mitchell

Edgar D. Mitchell left the Earth for the last time on February 4, 2016. Mitchell was an American astronaut who was best known as a member of the Apollo 14 space mission.  Along with veteran astronaut Alan Shepard, he explored the surface of the moon and is credited with saving the success of Apollo 14 when he repaired a malfunctioning switch on the lunar module. Our space afficionado, Librarian Tim Fisher, has a touching tribute and ideas for further exploration at the library.

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One Weird Trick--Jewelers Hate This! - Signal Boost

Electricity

If you've come for the bunch of moldering skeletons you normally find here, you'll soon be disappointed! This month's Signal Boost is all happy fluffy girlie things! *twirl*

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Anti-Valentine's Day - Virtual Book Display

Faded roses

So it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re single. Well the good news is, you’re not alone. I mean, technically you are but you know what I mean. Lots of people find themselves single on Valentine’s Day. Some people just prefer it that way. Some think the commercialism of the whole thing has gotten too ridiculous. Whatever your reason may be, if you’re having your own personal Anti-Valentine’s Day party this year then we suggest you bring a good book. And here are a few from this month’s virtual book display.

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Man walking down a street

They say that breaking up is hard to do. Circulation Clerk Reagan agrees but she always finds some creative energy there. Read along as she breaks down the breakups with a couple of good reads from the library.

 

 

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Little Books for Big Hearts - Early Literacy Roundup

Drawing of a heart

If you're like children's librarian Josh, you're not in love with Valentine's Day. But he's positive if you take a minute to share one (or more!) of these books with the special little one in your life, you'll be sure to enjoy Valentine’s Day just the teensiest bit more this year.

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog

Punxsutawney Phil awoke this morning to a chilly 22 degree temperature - but no shadow. That means spring is coming early this year! To commemorate this furry harbinger of a bright future, cataloging tech Margo has some movie recommendations for you from the library's DVD collection!

info Magazine - February 2016

info Magazine - February 2016 masthead

Whether you’re a fan of love or cringe at the idea of Valentine’s Day, you can’t escape that love is in the air in February. It’s a month afflicted with paper hearts in pink and red, chalky conversation hearts flirting ‘U R Cute’ and ‘C U L8R’ and enough chocolate and roses to choke a cupid. The expectations of this Hallmark Holiday leave many a star-crossed wisher feeling devoid of warm fuzzies….but there is one place that you can always go to feel the love and that’s your library.

Before you pluck daisy petals while reciting he/she loves me, he/she loves me not, empty out your rolling suitcase and spend the weekend at the Friends of the Library Annual Booksale on Feb. 20 & 21. The biggest booksale of the year is the icing on your sugar cookie where you can shop to your heart’s delight while still maintaining a
healthy relationship with your wallet. Read more in this month’s info.

Count the ways we love you with this month’s reviews, programs and special events. We think you will find something to love here with our offerings of books, movies, music and opportunities to learn, laugh and explore. You + Us, that sounds like a partnership built to last.

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Sizzle in the Stacks: Scottish Edition

Scottish thistle

Browsing the Romance section for this month’s topic, I noticed a great many plaid-clad hunks. Why is this? Think about Scotland and maybe these things come to mind: rugged heroes in kilts, strong willed heroines, vast fields of heather, craggy mountains, and everyone speaking in a vaguely indecipherable but fascinating accent—this could be a recipe for love, right? Come along, lads and lassies, for a brief exploration of Highland romances!

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Remembering Yvonne Chouteau (1929-2016)

Ballerina shoes

This week saw the passing of Yvonne Chouteau, one of the "Five Moons", as the Native American prima ballerinas were known. These five young women were an inspiration to generations of Oklahoma girls like our own Materials Selection Manager, Janet. She's pulled together a list of several wonderful books in the library about the Oklahoma Indian Ballerinas that can help spark a dream for other young girls.

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Celebrate Black History Month at the Library

Hannah Atkins event promotional poster

The Metropolitan Library System invites the community to celebrate Black History Month with original dramatic performances by Rhythmically Speaking.

We are continuing our longstanding partnership with DWe Williams and the Rhythmically Speaking performance team to offer an inside look at Oklahoma’s black history in a compelling and entertaining way,” said the library system’s outreach director, LaVetta Dent.

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