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Golden Globes 2018

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The Golden Globe nominations are out, and the winners will be announced January 7th. As usual, there are many literary adaptations for us to explore, beginning with two films in the “best motion picture” categories.

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2017 National Book Awards

National Book Award Winner sticker

The National Book Awards were announced November 14, and the winners are-----

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Kanopy - Showing Now at a (Home) Theater Near You

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We are happy to introduce, Kanopy - our newest streaming service. Kanopy offers “thoughtful entertainment” including selections from Criterion, PBS, and The Great Courses. With a collection of  over 30,000 films, you can stream from the web, iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku.

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Making a Murderino

stay sexy don't get murdered - Making a Murderino

When I was eleven, we took a family road trip to Los Angeles. I remember many things about that trip—my drawings of the ever-changing landscape out the car window, seeing my first drag queen on Hollywood Boulevard, my dad bribing me with polished rocks (which I collected at the time) to go through the Hall of Horrors at the wax museum, my weird guilt over not loving my stuffed animal from Disneyland as much as I loved my stuffed animal from Universal Studios—but perhaps the thing I remember most vividly is reading a magazine in our hotel room.

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Warning: Stay away from my house!

sick teddy bear with medicine

Greetings, parents and caregivers of young children! Autumn in Oklahoma is finally here. Finally. Sadly, our favorite time of the year has been sullied by a near-constant barrage of colds. The twins are currently fighting off hacking and shnortling. My 8-year-old is fighting off post- and pre- (the grossest kind) nasal drips. Superwife is battling an epic wheeze and a record-setting intracranial clog. Yours truly? I've got a nasty headache, a bone-rattling sneeze, gloopy eyes, and a weird brain fog. Though, honestly, the brain fog is pretty normal for me.

We've Got the Recipe for That

Thanksgiving spread with happy family

Thanksgiving is almost here! The recipe books are in high demand and our digital collections are no exception.

Our digital magazine collection, RBdigital (formerly called Zinio), is full of great cooking magazines.

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Justice League Comics Available at Your Library

Justice League poster

Justice League hits the theaters this weekend, and fans get to see Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg on the big screen together for the first time. Villains beware!

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Marvel Movies

Marvel Movies

Do you like Marvel movies? It seems like they have so many of them coming out every year! Marvel Entertainment is “one of the world’s most character-based entertainment companies, build on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.” We have lots of Marvel movies in our collection. Feel free to explore what we have and if we're missing one, you can suggest we buy it!

 

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31 Titles of Fright and Delight

October and fall are two of my favorite things. It is the season of all things monster, horror, and paranormal. So I’ve pulled together a list of 31 titles for all of you guys and ghouls! Some are scary, some are classics, and some are something else entirely; but they are all monster-rific!

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Stranger Things

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Someone recently asked me this: "If you could choose any category to play in Jeopardy, what would it be?" My immediate answer: "80s pop culture, please!" To me, the 80s were a wonderful and awkward decade of perms, mullets, "mom jeans," and wood paneling, alongside some of the best films, books, music, and art.

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Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

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As the Cold War simmered on, the world’s two great powers–the democratic, capitalist United States and the communist Soviet Union–continued to find ways to antagonize one another. From setting up puppet regimes and engaging in proxy wars to practicing espionage and disseminating propaganda, both nations desperately sought to gain any sort of an edge in the pursuit of dominance. Beginning in the late 1950’s, the race to outer space would take on a central role in this struggle, with each side seeking to attain superiority in technology, military might and political prowess.

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Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2017

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144 novels were submitted, the longlist of 13 was whittled down to the shortlist of six, and the winner was announced October 17. First awarded in 1969, the Man Booker is one of the leading prizes for literary fiction written in English. For most of its history, the prize was limited to the UK and Commonwealth, but the rules were changed in 2014 to expand to all English language novels published in the UK during the year.

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Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

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The Nobel Prize in Literature is given in recognition of a writer’s entire body of work rather than a single title. This year’s just announced recipient is British author Kazuo Ishiguro.  Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Ishiguro moved to Surrey, England when he was 5 years old and was raised and educated there.  In a recent interview, he said he discovered his love for literature through the Sherlock Holmes stories he found at the library.  Yeah, libraries! Once again, we can take the credit for starting someone on the path to literary greatness.

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Let’s Get Dark and Twisted, Part 2

lore podcast logo

Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!

So what is Lore? It’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast containing non-fiction (meaning real) scary stories, often told through the lens of folklore, written and narrated by Aaron Mahnke. Listeners have compared the experience to listening to campfire tales. If podcasts aren’t your thing, never fear. Lore is being adapted into a TV show, streaming on Amazon and a book series.

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Let’s Get Dark and Twisted, Part 1

lore podcast image

Do you like spooky stories, folklore, and history? Then you NEED to check out Lore!

So what is Lore? It’s an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast containing non-fiction (meaning real) scary stories, often told through the lens of folklore, written and narrated by Aaron Mahnke. Listeners have compared the experience to listening to campfire tales. If podcasts aren’t your thing, never fear. Lore is being adapted into a TV show, streaming on Amazon starting on October 13, and a book series, the first of which was released on October 10.

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Zoinx!

girl levitating

As a kid, I absolutely loved the Scooby-Doo cartoons. They were scary, but not too scary. There was lots of creepy stuff, but the monster always turned out to be just a guy in a costume, and everyone was fine in the end. It was silly and funny. There was a really smart girl who wore glasses. The color scheme was groovy. There were a lot of sandwiches. What’s not to love?

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Bread & Wine

group of friends sitting around the table enjoying eachother's company

Who has ever hesitated to invite a friend over for a meal because of a dirty house, doubts about cooking, and performance anxiety? *raises hand* Inviting someone into our homes, even if they are a dear friend, can feel like more work than it’s worth. Wouldn’t it be easiest to go out to eat instead?

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I’ll Take Metadiscourse for $800, Alex

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It’s often been said (by me) that the hardest part of writing one of these blog posts is cranking out a good introductory paragraph. Ideally, it would introduce a theme that ties the whole list together. Depending on who’s writing, a joke might be cracked or a heartfelt sentiment shared. And then we would gracefully segue into the part where the books go. Anyway, here are some of the great things you can check out at the library!

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Surf & Moon

surfing in the moon light

Usually I’m really good at making all of my selections fit together, have a theme, or at least finding some sort of vague way to bind them together, but this time I’m really not sure what that is. Here we have three stories that seemingly have nothing in common. A story of a life spent surfing (and eventually writing) sounds like heaven to me, but to the author made him feel at times lost, because he had spent his life chasing waves instead of stability, family, and the comforts of home.

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Celebrate Read an eBook Day

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Today is Read an eBook Day!  What's that you ask?  Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the festivities by checking out your favorite eBook. Join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love eBooks with the hashtag #eBookLove on social media.

If you've never read an eBook, today is the perfect time to try one out! Borrow one of our favorites (listed below), one of your favorites, or something completely new.  Checking out an eBook will help you discover the joys of digital reading!

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Historical Films

Historical Films

What are some of the films with historical context? Some of the films exaggerate more than what had happened, and some may not. Nonetheless, these films attracted viewers with what they may remember from their times or the time before them.

Let’s look at what historical films can be found in the Metropolitan Library System!

 

 

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Introducing Film Scripts Online

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Well, I ain’t a lawyer, but it sounds like a good contract to me.

Recognize that line? It’s the first words uttered in the classic movie, 42nd Street, written by Rian James and James Seymour.

How about -  “I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product…of me.

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Matt de la Peña Author Visit

Matt de la Peña Author Visit

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times-bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels and two picture books. In 2016, his picture book Last Stop on Market Street won the prestigious Newbery Medal.

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What’s more Oklahoman than…bunnies?

bunnies in an oklahoma field

Our members frequently donate books, magazines, and other materials to the library. It’s often fun to go through these donations, as there are sometimes unusual treasures to be found. Recently, we received a box containing, among other things, four special collector’s editions of Oklahoma Today magazine from 1979. I’ve written a few articles for Oklahoma Today, so I was curious to see what the magazine was like before I was even born.

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Ahoy, Me Hearties! It Be Labor Day!

mother and daughter preparing for International Talk like a Pirate Day

Greeting, parents and caregivers of young children! It’s Labor Day! Without consulting a smartphone (or smartfriend), do you have any idea why we celebrate this holiday? While its merits for celebration are numerous, I didn’t have a clue without first doing a little research. It makes sense now, but I’ll admit that I was stymied for the first 30 years of my life. Time off from work? I’ll take it! Family and friends? Sure! Yay, Labor Day!

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