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The Best of 2018 So Far

The Best of 2018 So Far

We are officially halfway through 2018 and I’m feeling #hashtagblessed with all of the thought-provoking and creative book releases so far. Below are my top three 2018 books across genres. What are some of your favorites?

 

 

 

 

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Talk Bookish to Me

Talk Bookish to Me

Like most snooty book nerds, I turned my nose up at audiobooks for a long time. I know how to read. I don’t need to listen to someone else read a book to me, I thought. Audiobooks are lazy. But then I realized that there were certain activities not well suited to reading a print book—operating a motor vehicle, for instance—that took up a good portion of my time. Time I was spending NOT reading books, which is just a travesty. Audiobooks allow me to read MORE books than I could the traditional way, and I am all about that!

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10 Must-Reads for Mom

ten books selected just for mom

Looking for the perfect gift for Mom? Or maybe you’re a mom looking for the perfect read? Check out some of these must-reads.

 

 

 

 

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LitFest 2018

Downtown library LitFest advertisment

Come join us at LitFest! Writers of all ages, skill levels, mediums and genres are welcome! The day's agenda includes topics such as diversity in publishing, making comics, branding, self-publishing, writing technique and more! We will also have a book fair and booths with local publishers, authors, and university writing programs.

Register now to receive a form to create your personalized session schedule. You will also have the opportunity to register for one-on-one manuscript critiques with 4RV Publishing. Read more and sign up on our website.

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Belle Isle Butterflies

Belle Isle Butterfly garden

The Belle Isle Library recently welcomed some very special new members to its property: beautiful monarch butterflies! The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is an incredible phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly to migrate two ways, as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can sleep through winter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when to travel south for the winter.

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UPDATED-Oklahoma Teacher Walkout: Resources for Parents and Children

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  • Resources for parents and children for child care and meals during the Oklahoma teacher walkout.
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Making History

Making History

Although I have a history degree and call myself a feminist, Women's History class was the hardest for me. Why? Because I thought our history could be summed up in one sentence: Women's lives sucked until the passage of the 19th amendment and then it got a little less sucky. But, was I wrong! I've since discovered countless stories of incredible women. Did you know one of the best WWII snipers was a Russian woman? Or realize a large female spy network was active in France during the war? Nor did I before diving into these books.

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

It's been five years since Ready Player One swept through the book world, and the movie is landing this weekend. Virtual reality, gaming geekery, and 80's pop culture combined to make this book an instant classic for science fiction fans. Readers have been speculating if (and how) the movie will incorporate anywhere near the 350+ pop culture references from the book. Will the movie live up the hype?

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The Best of Kanopy: A Night at the Opera

Opera on stage

You may already be aware that with your library card and an internet connection you can use Kanopy to checkout 6 titles each month and that can be streamed on your web browser, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV, or Roku device. You may also be aware that Kanopy contains thousands of feature films, documentaries, and educational videos.

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Who run the world? Girls!

Beyonce gif of who runs the world

March is Women’s History Month so what better time to highlight some of the best written female characters in the fantasy genre? Characters that have the full range of characteristics that real-live women have, not just some one-dimensional purpose of being the love interest, jealous mean girl, or damsel in distress.  Feel free to check out some of my past blogs for more recommendations and let me know what other books or series you would add to my list.

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Her-story

historical female pilot standing in front of a vintage airplane

I discovered historical fiction in the first grade. I picked out The Witch of Blackbird Pond from my school library because it sounded spooky—I’ve always been a little Wednesday Addams at heart—but I came to find out it wasn’t the pointy hats and broomsticks kind of witch, but rather the Puritans and witch trials kind. I was fascinated. And appalled. And I instantly had to tell everyone I knew about this horrifying time in our nation’s past.

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Dare to Dream: Celebrating Women’s History Month

Rosie the Riveter modified graphic with "We can Do it"

A few years ago, my sweet little daughter was born (alongside her fantastic twin brother). It was a moment I’d dreamed about for years, and as I lavished upon my brand new little girl her very first snuggles, I wondered what mark she’d leave on the world. Would she be an astronaut? A surgeon? A teacher? A full-time mother? An artist? A construction worker? An architect? A librarian? A collector? A spender? A saver? As I listened to her little squeaks in those precious moments it dawned on me that it didn’t matter. I didn’t care.

Best of Kanopy: Documentaries

Documentary film maker filming iceburgs

Documentaries are little glimpses into other people’s lives. They can give you new perspectives, shift your focus, open your eyes and make you see things in a whole new way, and remind you that your world is not the only world. Documentaries can not only help keep you grounded but can also inspire you to new ideas and ambitions.

Farewell Pyeongchang, Hello Beijing

Seoul Korea  Han River Night view

The closing ceremony in Pyeongchang ended another chapter in Olympic history. In a flashy display of fireworks and ingenuity, organizers created a program that infused components of ancient Korean culture with elements highlighting strong economic and technological advancements. Among its many exports that were on display, K-pop was front and center with performances from EXO and former 2NE1 member, CL.  

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Shelf Discovery

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Librarians are misunderstood creatures. We see ourselves as warriors: defenders of information, crusaders against censorship, guardians of knowledge! Most everyone else sees us as old maids who wear cardigans and shush people. When I first told people I was going to library school, I got scoffs and sneers, “What do they teach you, how to alphabetize?”

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Teen Tech Month 2018

teen tech month 2018

Teen Tech Month is happening this March to help our libraries showcase the great resources and services we have to help teens succeed, demonstrating how libraries are important in extending learning beyond the classroom.

This month we're highlighting our mobile makerspace kits in free programs where teens can explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and much more. We'll be using Snap Circuits, Sphero Robots, Ozobots, Raspberry Pi, and Paper Circuits to help teens learn, create, and share.

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Calling all writers!

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Are you interested in becoming a published author? The Metropolitan Library System is proud to announce that submissions are open for our second annual Literary Magazine. This year we will accept submissions for short story, poetry, and non-fiction essay. All ages are encouraged to participate in this inclusive literary publication.

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The Booksale is Coming

Buddy the Elf excited for the Friends of the Library Booksale

The holidays may be long gone, but another exciting time of year is just around the corner – booksale season! The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System will host their annual booksale Saturday Feb. 24 and 25.

The MLS Friends of the Library host one of the largest booksales in the country. This year's sale includes over 700 thousand books, with over 40 categories of books. Some rare and first editions are also available.

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Best of Kanopy: Indie Flicks

kanopy image - tall wheat grass

The struggle is real when it comes to finding decent viewing options for Independent films. But hey, it's 2018 and we're moving on up in the world. The Tower Theatre in Uptown OKC is showing Indie films before any of the major theatre chains, and here at the library, we're offering our customers a great streaming media service called Kanopy.

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Wakanda Forever

Black Panther comic:  A nation under our feet, book one

Who’s excited about the Marvel movie Black Panther? This girl that’s who! Let me give you a brief background on the character. Created by writer/editor Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1966, Black Panther (T’Challa to his friends) was the first super hero of African descent in American comics. He made his comic debut in The Fantastic Four #52 (1966) and joined The Avengers in 1968.

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Month of Love

couple kissing outside with a park bench

On a recent out-of-town trip, I met a new friend who was completely befuddled by her mother’s addiction to romance paperbacks. “I just don’t get it,” she confided, “my mother is an educated woman! Why is she reading this trash?”

Friends, it’s the month of love, and as your neighborhood librarian, I am telling you that romance novels are NOT trash.

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Best of Kanopy: Romantic Comedies

kanopy image - romantic comedies couple riding on a bike

   Love is in the air!

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Tax Resources and More!

tax documents with calculator

The Metropolitan Library System is here to help make this tax season a little less stressful! 

Check out our Income Tax Resources page for access to:

Best of Kanopy: Horror Flicks

kanopy image - haunted woods

Hey, I’ve got a proposition I would like you to consider. Instead of doing the whole Valentine’s Day business this year, what if you completely ignored the customary hubbub of the holiday and stayed in to get completely unnerved with some good old-fashioned horror cinema? Surely, I’m not the first person to propose such a venture? To sweeten the pot, I have even gone to the trouble of curating a handful of titles to help you pull off this feat.

Black History Month at Your Library

Black History Month headerCelebrate Black History Month at your library! Join us at the library for educational and fun events throughout the month. While you're here, discover our resources to learn more about African American history and culture.

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