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Happy Z Year!

Wood Block Z

Our literacy guy, Josh, welcomes in the new year. No, really, it's a totally new year - Year Z!

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Goodbye 2016…Hello 2017!

Blissful woman

Library Aide Andrea is excited about a new year, new beginnings...and a new Pilot Precise v5 pen. Check out her list of books to help make your new year a success.

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January: Neat Stuff For U

Cat in Space

Hello, are you ready to welcome 2017! I think we could all use a fresh start, don’t you? And the library is just full of things to help us. Let’s take a stroll along the ol’ bookshelf and see what jumps out.

 

 

 

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The New Guard: A Playlist for 2017

Sometimes you just have to try new things. That's a tall order for a classical music aficionado, but our expert Breck is setting a great example for the rest of us in 2017.

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Metro's Most Popular Titles of 2016

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Who doesn't love a Top 10 list at year's end? Here are the Top 10 print and digital titles you checked out this year, the Top 10 songs you downloaded using Freegal, and the Top 10 magazines you read using Zinio.

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She Was Our Only Hope: Carrie Fisher in Memoriam

Carrie Fisher

Just leave us be, 2016 - you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf-herder!

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Father Figures: How George Michael and Others Redefined Masculinity

George Michael

2016 just had to take one more jab at pop music on Christmas Day. Librarian Kassy remembers George Michael and puts him in good company with other fallen musical heroes on their way to Valhalla.

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Fairytale Holiday (Not Really)

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December's not all a winter wonderland for Circ Clerk Reagan. She's got some great reads for the last week of the year.

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Free Downloads from Metro Library!

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Got new tech? If so, learn how to use it to enjoy free eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and music from Metro Library!

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Joyeux Noël

The Christmas Truce

History blogger Chris looks at the fact and legend behind holiday traditions in this month's history post.

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The Best Fantasy Books of 2016

It’s the end of the year so “Best of” lists are running rampant on the internet. I’m normally the type of person to buck the trend, but I think this one is actually useful. I figured this would be a good opportunity to highlight some of the best Fantasy books that have come out within the last year that some people might have missed out on.

Here are a few of the best of the best:

 

 

 

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A Geek's Gotta Eat

Whether you put a bird on it or pair it with a nice Chianti, Kassy's cookbook selections will provide the perfect dish to make your holiday party sparkle.

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Take a Break with a Holiday Short Story

Holiday stress

Schedules get crazy this time of year. Between all the holiday parties, the shopping, the Christmas specials on TV… who has time to read? Well, have no fear loyal Buzzreads fans! I have your solution. Short stories! What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to read some festive short stories!

Check out my holiday picks below…

 

 

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Books to Read on a Snowy Day

Some Westerosi say winter is coming. It's probably  some new trick of the High Septon's but anyway, be prepared with our snowy day reading list from literary expert Tracy. Ready to cuddle up with a hot drink, your comfort food of choice, and a good book?

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Pearl Harbor at 75

USS Arizona Memorial

On this 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Dec 7, 1941 - a date that still lives in infamy - we look back at true Oklahoma hero and some of the best works on this momentous entry of the US into WWII. 

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Murder is Cat-astrophic

You never forget your first pet but Librarian Phyllis' memory spurred a post on mysterious cats.

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NaNoWriMo - The End

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National Novel Writing Month has drawn to a close for 2016...take one last peek at Sarah and Bobby's progress to see how they did.

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The 12 Days of Books

Cats and dogs

A friend’s informal survey showed that most people think it’s acceptable to start Christmas music right after Thanksgiving. Who’s ready for an earworm??

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Shostakovich and the Music of War

Leningrad Symphony

There are few experiences as wonderful as reading a truly enthralling book and our music expert Breck found just such inspiration in a new work about Soviet composer Shostakovich who proved creativity and beauty can spring from even the harshest political conditions.

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Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest

Fan Fiction & Fan Art Contest artwork

January 15, 2018, is the first day to submit entries to the Southern Oaks Library Fan Fiction and Fan Art contest. Fan Art may be any medium and contain original characters, but must contain copyrighted characters as the main theme. Similar rules apply to Fan Fiction. The last day to submit your work is Sunday, March 18th, 2018 at 6:00pm. The announcement party will be held at the Southern Oaks Library on March 24th, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm. The announcement party is open to all ages but children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. You must be present to win. Prizes will include $50 Gift Cards, gift certificates, DVDs, plushies and more!

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Art Nights in NYC, Circa 1980s

Graffiti

Circ Clerk Reagan discovers 1980s art in this month's post. They had her at "graffiti."

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Books You Fall in Love WIth

Snow fantasy

Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul. Librarian Sarah has a list of books that do just that.

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Cool it!

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Cold nose. Warm heart. Early childhood librarian Josh loves winter and loves the joy it brings children even more. Take a look at his suggestions for sharing winter together.

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It's All Downhill from Here

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Sarah and Bobby are in the final stretch for NaNoWriMo 2016. Check in on their progress for support or to find a writing workshop.

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Thanks for That?

Landing of the Pilgrims

Did your Thanksgiving include squabbles over Pilgrim myths and legends? History blogger Chris gives you a leg up for next year with some great early colonial reads.

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