Today's Commission Meeting has been canceled due to a lack of a quorum.
April is almost over, but poetry is celebrated all year long in Oklahoma, especially by Benjamin Myers. He might not be wearing a crown of laurels, but he is our state’s newest poet laureate. Nominated by the governor for a two year term, the state poet laureate serves in an honorary position promoting poetry throughout the state.
While the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in the United Arab Emirates was just wrapping up construction in 2009, Oklahoma City’s skyline would also be forever changed with the start of construction on the Devon Tower in downtown. Movie goers flocked to see James Cameron’s Avatar, which smashed a box office record previously held by the same director’s 1997 film,
Have you ever wondered about the lives of poets? Where do you they find inspiration? Do they have day jobs? Can you find them wandering the stacks of our libraries? To celebrate National Poetry Month we are interviewing Oklahoma poets to find out about how poetry intersects with their lives.
If you ever find yourself choosing up sides on the Field of Dreams there’s no question you’re taking Babe Ruth first. He was the greatest human who ever played the game. No debate. End of.
The year 2002 was not only a big year in foreign affairs, but was also a palindromic year. We may not be around for the next palindromic year of 2112, so hopefully these books, movie, music, and more help you reminisce about the year 2002 just like it was yesterday.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 - a year of portent. The birth year was shared with Galileo, and it was this year that Michelangelo and John Calvin departed the mortal realm. Much is unknown about Shakespeare as little documentation remains. Not one play or sonnet written in his own hand has survived to the present day.
What is known is that he was the son of a leather merchant and a local land heiress. He likely would have attended the local school which was taught by Oxford graduates, so he would have received a good education.
Today is Jelly Bean Day! You may want to thank Ronald Reagan for bringing jelly beans into the American spotlight. The egg-shaped candy with a soft chewy middle was known as his favorite treat. It is said he often started meetings by passing around a jar to his staff and cabinet members.
Nathan Brown is a singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet who recently served as the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for the 2013/2014 term. His mission is to take back poetry from the hard grip of the ivory tower and those who often use poetry for personal therapy, both being good reasons audiences for poetry have run for the hills in the United States.
On April 19, 1995 a bomb exploded on the north side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying the nine-story structure and killing 168 men, women and children. At this writing, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols have been charged with causing this senseless tragedy. Jailed at the federal prison in EI Reno, they are awaiting trial. Like thousands, the library family suffered. One of our valued Booksale volunteers, Jean Thompson, lost her son Michael, who worked in the Social Security office located on the building's second floor. Jean Latham, Downtown Library security officer, lost several friends. The library staff lost those federal employees who spent their lunch hours in the Downtown Library and the day care center children who so loved our story times. Presented here is the library's story.