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New Almonte Library Opens To Serve Oklahoma County

Something unexpected happened when the newly renovated Southern Oaks Library re-opened last September. It quickly gave birth to another library ready to serve the public.

During the renovation, library services were re-located to the Almonte Shopping Center at 2914 S.W. 59th Street. The temporary Almonte Library closed its doors in September with the opening of Southern Oaks Library at 6900 S. Walker.


Deep Deuce Culture and History Celebrated by Metro Libraries

New York has Harlem and the Apollo Theater. Oklahoma City had Deep Deuce and the Aldridge Theater. Habitués had great times there with the music of Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

The Glory Days of N.E. 2nd Street come alive again when the Metropolitan Library System presents “Swingin’ and Singin’ in Deep Deuce” in celebration of Black History Month from February 2 through 28.


Lose the Winter Blues With a Free Concert at Belle Isle Library

Get in the mood for Mardi Gras without having to go to New Orleans.

The Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, presents a Winter Mardi Gras Concert with the Roger Kimball Duo. The musical fun is Saturday, February 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the library. There is no charge for admission and the event is open to everyone.


Enjoy a Jazzy January at Belle Isle Library

Belle Isle Library invites you to move into the New Year with the smooth musical styling’s of one of central Oklahoma’s most popular jazz duos. That’s Miss Brown to You.

“Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg are an eclectic duo that expands every musical genre they play,” said librarian Ann Meeks. Reynolds and Goldberg will capture you with their subtle ballads, soulful blues, sophisticated bop and swinging classical jazz. They will be performing at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, on Sunday, January 27 beginning at 2:00 p.m.


Get an Introduction to Watercolor Painting at Edmond Library

Watercolors are among the most popular media for hobbyists who love to paint. The transparent luminosity has delighted viewers and artists since the Paleolithic days of cave painting.

Local artists Jim and Marilyn Pourtorkan will visit the Edmond Library, 20 S. Boulevard, to share their love of watercolors and introduce the basic skills and techniques of watercolor painting on Saturday, January 26, at 10:00 a.m.


History Book Club Looks at a Time of Optimism And Horror in America in 1893

No matter how overstated the threat of serial killers might be, readers are still fascinated by them.

One of the most sinister of the breed was Herman Webster Mudgett, aka H. H. Holmes, owner of the “Murder Castle” in Chicago. Mudgett rented rooms to out-of-towners who came to the Windy City to take in the marvels of the 1893 World’s Fair. No one knows how many of them did not check out.


Fan Fiction and Fan Art Contests Return to Southern Oaks Library

Don’t listen to what the grouches tell you—the truth is that it’s impossible to get too much of a good thing.

And that’s why the Metropolitan Library System Southern Oaks Teen Advisory Board, the Scarlet Kitsune Anime Club, Atomik Pop!, and Speeding Bullet Comics are co-sponsoring the 2013 fan fiction and fan art contest with winners to be announced at the Southern Oaks Library. Entries are now being accepted and the last day to submit your work is Sunday, March 17 at 6:00pm.


Library Endowment Trust Receives Historical Donation

To ensure that that her love of reading continues, the Metropolitan Library System Endowment Trust recently accepted a donation of approximately $1.4 million from the estate of LaVerne Taylor.

The gift, which is the largest in the library system history, was given to the Library Endowment Trust to help benefit and support the library for generations to come.

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