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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.


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.



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.


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.  


Shelf Discovery

Book shelves with industrial lighting

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?”


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.


Calling all writers!

typewriter, glasses, paper

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.


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.


Best of Kanopy: Indie Flicks

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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.


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.


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.


Best of Kanopy: Romantic Comedies

kanopy image - romantic comedies couple riding on a bike

   Love is in the air!


Tax Resources and More!

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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.


Best of hoopla: Oscar-Nominated Film Scores

woman listening to music on headphones

There are a million reasons to love hoopla. Using only your library card and an internet connection you can access a massive collection of e-books, audiobooks, movies, and music. Better yet, you never have to wait on hoopla items because they are always available. What’s even more impressive is that the curators at hoopla are constantly updating their digital library with the latest releases. In January the Academy Award nominees were announced and I always look forward to hearing the nominees for “Best Music (Original Score),” so I was elated to find that hoopla already had all five of the nominees available to check out!


Best of hoopla: Television

hoopla image - couple sitting on sofa watching tv

In my new obsession with streaming television shows I’ve discovered that Hoopla helps to fulfill that obsessive need! And I’m not talking about that fleeting kind of obsession that normally happens to me when I’m shopping at Target and I come across an item that I saw on late night TV and had to have, I mean who doesn’t want a “Flippin’ Fantastic” that makes 7 perfectly shaped pancakes at once?!?


Best of hoopla: Comics

hoopla image - girl reading comics on a tablet

Have you tried hoopla yet? It’s great for reading graphic novels, and there’s never a waiting list for the title you want. You can stream or download 6 items each month. All your need is your Metropolitan Library System card number and a web browser, smart phone, or tablet, and you can keep your loans for 3 weeks. I download comics using the hoopla app on my iPad.


Best of hoopla: Audiobooks

hoopla image - man in a short suit listening to an audiobook in the park

If you like to listen to audio books, try Metropolitan Library System’s hoopla Digital, where there is never any waiting for the book you choose. You can download 6 items per month, ending on the last day of the month and resetting on the first of each month. All you need is your library card number, and a web browser, smart phone, or tablet, and you can keep them for 3 weeks. I downloaded them using the hoopla app on my android phone. If you don’t have a particular title or author in mind, try browsing some of the fun categories such as “happier family road trips,” “best of hoopla 2017,” or “celebrity readers.”


Best of hoopla: Movies

hoopla image - family watching tv young girl with a remote

This is the time of year when I go into movie-watching high gear. At any other time of year, I can watch whatever strikes my fancy, be it studio blockbuster or weird indie film. But between December and March, I’ve got to get as many of the major award nominees watched as possible before the telecasts of the awards ceremonies, so I can feel cultured while I critique everyone’s outfits and speeches. It’s tradition.


Fantasy Kingdoms

Gandolf the Grey lego

It was recently announced that there will be a prequel TV series for the Lord of the Rings. Some people are saying that this is going to be the next cult TV sensation. We all know that Tolkien helped pioneer the fantasy genre, but when it comes to TV, Game of Thrones is the original. With the final season airing in 2019 and then spin-off series already in the works, it is highly unlikely anyone can compete with the juggernaut that is Game of Thrones. What do you think? Is the Lord of the Rings fandom big enough to make the new series an instant success or do you think that Game of Thrones is unstoppable? No matter which side you fall on, we all have a long wait before either show puts out new content.


Best eBooks on hoopla

girl in yellow coat reading an hoopla ebook

Have you heard the hubbub about hoopla? One of the newest additions to the Metropolitan Library System family, hoopla is your one-stop-shop for everything digital! From audiobooks to movies, hoopla has it all, and you get six free downloads each month, thanks to your library card.

Not sure where to start? Check out some of these popular eBooks, and explore all that hoopla has to offer.


New Year, New Books

new year new books logo

It’s a new year and that means it is time for all of the new books! *Cue trumpets and confetti canons* It’s also time for new reading challenges. Whether you are wanting to challenge yourself to read more books through setting your own Goodreads reading goal or you want to try to expand your reading horizons with the Popsugar reading challenge.  There is a reading challenge out there for you.


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