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Sugar Fix Sunday! Find out about cupcakes!

Sugar Fix Sunday!  Find out about cupcakes!

As of today, there are only 9 more shopping days until Christmas. Luckily, today is National Cupcake Day, so grab a tasty snack on your way to the mall. Feel the sugar coursing through your veins while fighting holiday crowds.

First mention of the cupcake in America can be traced back to 1796. Amelia Simmons mentioned “a cake to be baked in small cups” in American Cookery. Quite popular with colonial cooks, only 4 copies are known to exist from that first printing. 

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What’s Red and White and Leafy All Over?

What’s Red and White and Leafy All Over?

Poinsettias!

With their large, predominately red or white leaves, the poinsettia is the botanical representation of Christmas. Right after the evergreen tree. And mistletoe. And holly. Wow, there are a lot of plants associated with Christmas, but the poinsettia is the only one that is deadly!

Not really. Poisonous poinsettias are a myth. While eating them can cause profuse vomiting, they will not kill you, or your pets. But really, they taste terrible so DON’T TRY IT!

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Technically, no one should know this day exists.

International Ninja Day

But we at the library are all about providing access to information, so here you go. International Ninja Day is December 5th.

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Perfect Cookie Recipe. You won't believe how simple it is!

Celebrate National Cookie Day and treat yourself! Check out a stack of cookbooks from the library and figure out the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth. We have so many beautiful illustrated recipe guides, you're sure to find the perfect treat.

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Staff Picks: Best of 2014

Interested in what we're reading, watching, or listening to? Check out our list of Staff Picks for the Best of 2014.

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Protect Yourself When Buying Online

Here are some tips to stay safe while shopping online.

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Beyond the Infinite: Resources to Fight Your Space and Interstellar Withdrawal

Beyond the Infinite:  Resources to Fight Your Space and Interstellar Withdrawal

Space travel and exploration have been making waves in the media the past few weeks.  The Rosetta Space Probe, Philae, recently completed its 10 year mission to land on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  The European Space Agency is the first to accomplish this feat and hopes to complete the most detailed study of a comet to date.  This probe will study the nucleus of the comet and record the changes that occur as the comet passes by the sun.  

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World Kindness Day

November 13 is more than Kindness Day, it’s a Kindness Movement. Being kind is universal, spanning across cultures, ages and genders. While I was researching this ‘holiday’, I wondered if people are inherently kind or is it something we learn. I searched the library’s EBSCOhost database to find some scientific evidence to answer that question.

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Alien Abduction or Rapture? Two Osage Hunters Enter Woods But Only One Returns

Native American Heritage Month

Highway 64 leaves Keystone northward for a distance of four miles, where it turns west. At this point it draws close to the Arkansas River, which may be identified by the fringe of timber to the north backed by a range of rugged hills. In these hills, directly north of this corner, Soldier Chief was "taken up".

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After School at Your Library

In After School at Your Library, local artists at select library locations work with teens on a weekly basis, using creative projects to encourage and reinforce positive interactions, teach skills, and provide an outlet for artistic expression. Every participating library location has a different artist with a different specialty and project focus. Sometimes it's visual art like drawing and painting, sometimes it's film and video production, or creative movement and dance.

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Two Indian Tribes Visited Oklahoma City in 1889 Looking to Trade - You Won't Believe What They Got

When part of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes first agreed to leave their homelands in Montana and Wyoming in 1867 (known as the Medicine Lodge Treaty) they were given land in the Cherokee Outlet of Indian Territory. Upon arrival in what would become western Oklahoma, though, they much preferred the land south of the Canadian River valley and settled there. As the land was not claimed by anyone else, the government formalized Cheyenne-Arapaho ownership of that land.

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President Bill Clinton, Lisa Simpson, and Kenny G share one thing. Find out what.

President Bill Clinton, Lisa Simpson, and Kenny G share one thing.  Find out what.

Can you guess what these three have in common?  You won't believe it!

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Miss any of our Huun Huur Tu performances?

Miss any of our Huun Huur Tu performances?

Last night marked the end of Huun Huur Tu's tour of our libraries.  If you missed any of these performances or want to continue this listening experience, we have you covered!  Here are some of their CDs plus a few other materials to experience and enjoy.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

In the unbelievable chance that the non-stop political ads of recent weeks didn’t get through to you, today is Election Day. All across America, voters are casting ballots for local, state and federal officials as well as local ballot measures. You’ve probably made up your mind on how you’re going to vote (or have already voted) but if you’re curious to learn more about voting, we have collected some resources for you that chronicle the history of voting in America as well as issues affecting the current and future state of voting in U.S. elections:

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It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

Many sources report that November 3 is Sandwich Day because it is John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich’s birthday, who is rumored to have first invented the sandwich. However, upon researching this fact in two library databases, Brittanica Library Reference Center and Daily Life Through History, I have discovered this information to be incorrect.

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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

American Indian/Native American Heritage Month is happening, and in Oklahoma, now the location for 39 federally recognized tribal governments, there are a lot of options for celebrating. In 1990, President Bush approved November as National American Heritage Month. This month is a celebration of contemporary Indian Country, and the wealth of traditional and contemporary diversity in different indigenous nations throughout the Americas.

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Write It at the Metropolitan Library

Write It at the Metropolitan Library

November is National Novel Writing Month, and Metropolitan Libraries offer writing space, tools, motivation and guidance from published authors.

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13 Days of Halloween - Ghost on Mingo Creek

13 Days of Halloween - Ghost on Mingo Creek

Welcome to MetroLibrary’s 13 Days of Halloween! We’ve gone deep into the crypts of our Oklahoma Folklore Collection to find a treat bag-full of eerie tales from our state’s spine-tingling past. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Kelley Riha spins these strange and ever-so-slightly scary stories for you in her own special way. We’ll wipe away the cobwebs on a different story every day through Halloween.

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13 Days of Halloween - Ferry Ghost

13 Days of Halloween - Ferry Ghost

Welcome to MetroLibrary’s 13 Days of Halloween! We’ve gone deep into the crypts of our Oklahoma Folklore Collection to find a treat bag-full of eerie tales from our state’s spine-tingling past. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Kelley Riha spins these strange and ever-so-slightly scary stories for you in her own special way. We’ll wipe away the cobwebs on a different story every day through Halloween.

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Candy Corn Facts That You Might Need to Win Trivia One Day

National Candy Corn Day

National Candy Corn Day- yes it is a thing! A de facto National Candy Corn Day is October 30, conveniently scheduled right before the crescendo of candy consumption. I am almost positive this day was created by someone who wanted to sell a lot of candy corn.

You can make a day for pretty much anything. Or, most likely, there is a day already for pretty much anything. Look it up! I dare you!

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13 Days of Halloween - A Churchyard Apparition

13 Days of Halloween - A Churchyard Apparition

Welcome to MetroLibrary’s 13 Days of Halloween! We’ve gone deep into the crypts of our Oklahoma Folklore Collection to find a treat bag-full of eerie tales from our state’s spine-tingling past. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Kelley Riha spins these strange and ever-so-slightly scary stories for you in her own special way. We’ll wipe away the cobwebs on a different story every day through Halloween.

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13 Days of Halloween - Woman at the Tub

13 Days of Halloween - Woman at the Tub

Welcome to MetroLibrary’s 13 Days of Halloween! We’ve gone deep into the crypts of our Oklahoma Folklore Collection to find a treat bag-full of eerie tales from our state’s spine-tingling past. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Kelley Riha spins these strange and ever-so-slightly scary stories for you in her own special way. We’ll wipe away the cobwebs on a different story every day through Halloween.

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13 Days of Halloween - Vampire Cat

13 Days of Halloween - Vampire Cat

Welcome to MetroLibrary’s 13 Days of Halloween! We’ve gone deep into the crypts of our Oklahoma Folklore Collection to find a treat bag-full of eerie tales from our state’s spine-tingling past. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Kelley Riha spins these strange and ever-so-slightly scary stories for you in her own special way. We’ll wipe away the cobwebs on a different story every day through Halloween.

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Catalog Tip: Signing in to your account is "EZ"

Tired of trying to remember your library card number in order to sign in to your account? Then setup an EZ Username and EZ Password!

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13 Days of Halloween - Ghost Rolled in the Sand

13 Days of Halloween - Ghost Rolled in the Sand

Welcome to MetroLibrary’s 13 Days of Halloween! We’ve gone deep into the crypts of our Oklahoma Folklore Collection to find a treat bag-full of eerie tales from our state’s spine-tingling past. Our Community Outreach Coordinator Kelley Riha spins these strange and ever-so-slightly scary stories for you in her own special way. We’ll wipe away the cobwebs on a different story every day through Halloween.

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