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Library Announces Events Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month

OKLAHOMA CITY– The Metropolitan Library System will celebrate Black History Month with diverse library programs throughout Oklahoma County in the month of February.

Black History Month programs will include performances from Rhythmically Speaking and Adam and Kizzie, Freedmen genealogy presentations, a film series presented at Ralph Ellison Library and others.

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A Man Uses Library System's Free Access [to] Create Dyslexia App

Pierre LiepenbergBY HEIDE BRANDES, THE Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pierre Liebenberg of Norman knew his son was having trouble reading. He started switching letters and words around, dreaded having to get up in front of the class to read aloud and lost his confidence.

"We started seeing the signs, and we had him diagnosed. He has dyslexia, pretty severe dyslexia," Liebenberg said to The Journal Record . "We looked for help, but local schools don't recognize dyslexia as a learning disability. I started doing my own research and found if I showed him one word at a time on a yellow background with a specific black font, he would recognize the word."

As a software designer and a former English teacher, Liebenberg came up with an idea to create an app based on the flashcards. However, he needed to learn iOS programming and other skills in order to create the app.

"I found out I could take all the courses at the Metropolitan Library using Lynda.com for free," he said.

Socks, Soup, Hot Drinks, and Hygge

Hygge Books

Snow days are the best days. When work and school are closed, and you’ve already made your obligatory milk and bread run to the store, you’ve got nowhere to be and are in no hurry to get there. Everything is covered in a sparkling blanket of white, sounds are muted, and the world slows down. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of winter on these days, when you’re snuggled up in your cozy home, possibly with a good book courtesy of your local library!

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This Includes Everyone: Picture Books that Encourage Inclusivity

This Includes Everyone

One of my heroes, Mister Fred Rogers, once said, “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”  Below are some picture books families can read together that prompt conversation about inclusion and recognizing worth in all of our neighbors.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This year, I will. Start Learning with Lynda.

Lynda.com

Learning - no strings attached.

Lynda.com is an online learning resource available from your home computer, smartphone or mobile device FREE with your library card. Browse over 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

 

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Best of 2018

Best of 2018

What did you read this year?

See if your favorite reads of the year made our best of 2018 list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All

Dove in City

As I begin writing this blog post, we’ve just had our first snow of winter. On November 12. And despite the fact that I am staunchly Team No-Christmas-decorations-before-Thanksgiving, the weather has me thinking of the winter holidays. 

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Tips for Sharing the Road with the Downtown Streetcars

Metro Libraries Announce Holiday Hours

Penguin with books on sled

OKLAHOMA CITY – All libraries in the Metropolitan Library System will close Dec. 24 and 25, in observance of Christmas. Although the physical libraries will be closed, customers can still use the library online, 24/7, at http://www.metrolibrary.org to find their next read, download eBooks, audiobooks, MP3s and digital magazines, or access one of the research databases. MLS libraries will reopen to normal operating hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

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Winter Blues

Winter Blues

In the words of The King, Elvis Presley himself, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.” The holidays can be a hard time for many people. We feel so much pressure to be thankful, make merry, and attend or host a score of events while looking flawlessly festive and creating magazine-worthy spreads for meals and parties. It can be a lot to handle for anyone, but for those who may be suffering the loss of a loved one, going through a divorce or break-up, or dealing with mental health challenges, the holidays can be especially trying.

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