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Gemütlichkeit

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A few months ago, I wrote about the Danish concept of hygge – the feeling of contentment derived from coziness and comfort. Little did I know that Germans have their own “hygge,” called gemütlichkeit!

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Let’s Build Some Words!

Word "child" in blocks

Greetings parents and caregivers of young children! My son has always been a fan of numbers and letters. In fact, he named his cat Numbers and Letters when he was three. One of my most cherished memories (which I captured on my phone and listen to every once in awhile when I’m feeling nostalgic) includes my then-two-year old son sleepily reciting his ABCs and 123s while falling asleep. It’s pretty much the most wonderful thing in the history of everything.  Take a listen below and you'll be convinced. 

Summer of Sam

campfire - something lurking

If you have been reading my blogs for awhile now then you know that I LOVE summer. It’s truly unfortunate for me that I was not born on the best coast/west coast and was unable to spend every waking moment with sea salt hair and tanned toned legs from early morning surf sessions and afternoons spent roller skating on boardwalks. This is the alternate reality I live in though, the dream world me, which is always blue skies, desert pink motels, and crashing waves.

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Twin Peaks - The Musical World of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti

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Anyone who has been keeping up with David Lynch for the past 30 years knows that he and composer Angelo Badalamenti make quite the team. Badalamenti has scored every one of Lynch’s cinematic projects since Blue Velvet in 1986, garnering himself many awards. Most recently his music can be heard as the soundtrack to this summer’s hit series, Twin Peaks: The Return. What may come as a surprise to many is the fact that these two masters only met by coincidence.

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Movie Trip

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Let Ngoc's movie trip guide help you determine what movie trip you need to see!

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Fell on Black Days

man with depression (hands on head tilting)

On May 17, Chris Cornell, lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, died by suicide in Detroit. This was a shocking blow for fans. Cornell was one of the fathers of grunge in the 1990’s, and he had outlived so many of his contemporaries: Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Kristen Pfaff (Hole), Shannon Hoon (Blind Melon), and Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) in the 90’s and Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) more recently. All struggled with drug abuse and some with mental illness, and despite Cornell’s public struggles with drugs, we thought he had triumphed. We thought he had survived. None of us knew that he was secretly suffering from depression.

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LGBTQ+ Characters in YA Science Fiction & Fantasy

Gay Pride Flag

On June 28, 1969, members of the LGBT community rioted after police raided a gay bar called Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Inn Riots proved to be a turning point in the LGBT civil rights movement. In celebration and memory of this momentous event in America, Pride Month now takes place in June. During this month, cities all over the nation host parades, marches, rallies, festivals, and other events to promote respect, equality, and pride for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. In honor of Pride month, and to help spread inclusiveness and representation I have created a list of some adult and YA science fiction and fantasy books that feature or focus on characters that are LGBTQ+.

Summer Reads

woman reading book in lush green grass

On those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer there is nothing quite like a compelling book to keep you company. If you are lucky enough to take a vacation, or even if you get to stay home, you will need something to read. Here is a short list of hot reads for this summer’s reading pleasure, and all are available in several formats, including eBook.

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Developing Early Literacy Skills

reading to a baby

There are many milestones on the road to reading success. Keep in mind that kids develop at different paces and spend varying amounts of time at each stage. Homes full of language and book reading can build an environment for reading milestones to happen.  If you have concerns, talk to your child’s doctor.  Early intervention is the key to helping a struggling reader.

 

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Summer Fun!!!

Woman Screaming

Summer fun for people who’d rather stay inside, that is. Seasonal affective disorder is usually associated with wintertime, but did you know that 10% of people with seasonal affective disorder get bleh, blue, and bummed out in the summer? Reader, that’s me! Fortunately, my friendly neighborhood library is filled with happy distractions to help me get through the season.

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Not Your Momma's Romance Novel - Summer Love Edition

couple embracing on the beach

Hello again, romance readers!

I have some good news for you: SUMMER IS COMING. You know what that means? Pool reads. Beach reads. Lounge-chair-with-lemonade reads. Romance is one of my favorite genres year-round, but it especially lends itself to warm weather and sunshine (and long plane rides... or while waiting in epic lines… or snow days… well, I digress).

Let’s discuss the benefits, shall we?

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Big Library Read: The Other Einstein

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From June 12-26, Metro Library is participating in a worldwide, digital book club. As part of OverDrive's Big Library Read, we'll be reading The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. To ensure as many of you as possible can participate, there is no wait list for this title so you can check it out right now.

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Visit the ReadOKC Room at Penn Square Mall

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As a part of our ONEcard partnership with Oklahoma City Public Schools, we are co-sponsoring a reading room this summer at Penn Square Mall with the ReadOKC Task Force. This is a great opportunity for children to read while at the mall with their families and will be great exposure for the initiative. The Reading Room is located on the second floor of the west end of the Mall next to Dillard’s.

 

 

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Midwestern Flair

Midwest flair - Kansas rustic farm grounds

“Local color” or “American Literary Regionalism” is a term used to describe a literary genre that weaves place and landscape into a story in a way that brings to life the dialects, customs, and practices of a certain geographical area. The South boasts an impressive arsenal of authors in the genre that are well-known and loved: William Faulker, Haper Lee, Flannery O’Connor. The Midwest has its own trove of stories that unabashedly celebrate the plains, farming, and quiet life away from city lights.

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Not Just for Kids!

Summer Reading isn't just for kids

Summer Reading is for everyone! You might remember participating in summer reading as a kid, but our program is for all ages-- even adults.

Studies have shown that reading can stimulate your mind, reduce stress, improve your memory and concentration, and strengthen your analytical thinking skills. Even better, it only takes 20 minutes of reading each day to enjoy these benefits. "Reading" doesn't mean you have to sit perfectly still in a chair with a 900-page book from another century. Your 20 minutes per day will net you the same benefits from reading no matter if you're "reading" in print, digital, or even audio formats.

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Beat the Summer Slide

Beat the Summer Slide

Summer is almost here and that signals the arrival of the one thing kids everywhere look forward to – summer vacation. It’s the time when children and young adults have fun just being a “kid” and can’t wait for summer camp, pool time, family time or vacation. But one thing you may not be aware of during the summer is the "Summer Slide."

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2017 Oklahoma City Literary Festival Wrap Up

2017 Oklahoma City Literary Festival Wrap Up

The 2017 Oklahoma City Literary Festival was one for the books.

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Laugh Out Loud

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Laughter is the best medicine, so they say. Ngoc has some hilarious library stuff to make even the gruffiest gruff laugh.

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Introducing Speakaboos – the Love to Read App

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Introducing Speakaboos - brought to you by the mind behind many of PBS’s early childhood series and geared toward children ages 2 – 6.  Speakaboos is an early literacy product designed to introduce children to the joy of reading through interactive and engaging stories featuring characters they love.  Parents and caregivers looking to supplement storytimes and provide healthy screentime will appreciate the multiple options to read.

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A Day for Mothers

mother and child

She's the one that we like best...read more about literary mothers in Tracy's latest post. 

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The Sequoyah Challenge Pt. 1

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Hello loyal Buzzreaders!  It’s that time of year again.  Summer is almost upon us.  Soon the kiddos will be out of school and the pools will be opening up.  And most importantly, the new 2018 Sequoyah lists have just been announced.

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
High School (Grades 9-12)

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Bugtopia!

Blue beetle

This month, early literacy expert Josh has just the creepy, crawly books your little readers will enjoy!

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Fur-Ever Friends

Katherine's got the best finds for your favorite fur-ever friends.

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13 Reasons Why

Sad Clay - 13 Reasons why

By now you’ve likely heard about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on Jay Asher’s bestselling young adult novel. The book, first published in 2007, has been stirring discussions on teen suicide since.

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Comics - All Day Every Day

Gear up for Free Comic Book Day with Sarah!

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