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Firefighter obstacle course held at Midwest City Library

Firefighter obstacle course held at Midwest City Library | Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Staff Reports Published: June 21, 2017 5:00 AM CDT

MIDWEST CITY — Children learned what it's like to be a firefighter at the Midwest City Library.

Firefighters from the Midwest City Fire Department held the Stop! Drop! Roll! firefighter's obstacle course on Thursday at the library, where visitors learned about carrying fire hoses, dodging obstacles and how to put out imaginary flames.

New Bethany library to incorporate community requests

NewsOK | Sunday, June 04, 2017

By Henry Dolive For The Oklahoman

OKLAHOMA CITY - BETHANY — Officials are looking at a mid-August construction start for Bethany's new public library, to be funded largely from an $8.1 million bond that voters approved in April 2016.

Contractors are expected to begin bidding on the project in June, following final approval of architectural plans for the library to be built on the site of Bethany's now-closed library at 3510 N Mueller Ave.

Library operations are housed presently at a temporary location at 7941 NW 23.

Officials will open bids on the 23,000-square-foot library project at 2 p.m. July 6, said City Manager J.D. Cox, with a contract to be awarded that month. Groundbreaking and start of construction is set for Aug. 12, he said.

Ward 2 Councilwoman Arlita Harris, who chairs the library steering committee, said the committee is pleased with the construction cost estimate.

“It came in right where we wanted it to be,” she said. “If the bids come in that way, it will be a wonderful thing.”

The construction contract will include demolition of the old library, which closed in February. The new library will occupy the same site but will be about triple the size.

Among features to be offered in the new library, Harris said, are conference space for groups of 100 or more, a larger collection of materials, a drive-up book drop, a quiet reading area and a special section for children's programs.

The new library also will include a teen center, large picture windows and outdoor reading porches. The campus will include walking trails, improvements to the nearby pond, a new playground, additional parking with wider spaces and extensive landscaping.

Construction will take 12 to 18 months.

Cox said the library was designed to incorporate many of the requests made during public meetings conducted before the bond election.

The Bethany Library is part of the Metropolitan Library System, which oversees staffing, selection of materials and day-to-day library operations, and is providing about $2 million toward the new library.

Cox praised the leadership of Harris, Metropolitan Library System Director Tim Rogers, Bethany's library consultant Todd Olberding and others.

“An enormity of work has been completed to bring this project to this point of final approval to go out for construction,” Cox said. “It has truly been a team effort.”

Harris said the presentation to the city council on June 5 will be led by Denelle Wrightson, director of library architecture for Dewberry Architects, the firm chosen by the city council. Harris described Wrightson as one of the world's foremost library architects, having designed 250 to 300 libraries.

Bethany' old 8,400-square-foot library was opened in 1965, and while one of the metro system's busier libraries, it was one of the smallest. It did not meet handicap-accessibility requirements, lacked energy-efficiency, had little meeting space, and its mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were dated.

“We hope that this new and much-improved library will increase our sense of community and provide residents with a wonderful place to spend time with family and neighbors,” said Nikki Phipps, Bethany public information officer.

Voters gave the bond proposal 71.7 percent approval, with the question winning by a vote of 1,022-404.

ONEcard Partnership between OKC Public Schools and Metro Library

ONEcard Partnership between OKC Public Schools and Metro Library | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY - Students in the Oklahoma City Public School District won't need a library card anymore.

"We thought 'Let's start with the biggest school system we have in Oklahoma County,' which was Oklahoma City Public Schools,” said Kim Terry, director of public relations and marketing at Metropolitan Library System.

All students need to check out a book at an Oklahoma City library is their student ID.

"They can check out any of our books. They can check out 10 books, CDs. We have music CDs, audiobooks they can check out," Terry said.

Because fines can keep a child from coming back to the library, late returns will not be penalized.

Computers are popular at libraries, and it's hoped the students will also take advantage of 120 online learning tools.

"Say a child is having trouble with math. They can go on our learning express page, click on elementary, go to math skills and do a bunch of practice skills with math," Terry said.

Because, easy accessibility is important to keep a child motivated.

"A lot of times, I know, when I was in high school, I knew 'Okay, I really need to do homework,' but I didn't want to go to the library. I waited until the last minute. Well, now, you can access all of this stuff from home,” Terry said.

The Metropolitan Library said, since Sept. 1st, 1,000 students have used the new One Card system.

They are hoping to expand to other districts.

Libraries adding healthy vending machines

Libraries Adding Healthy Vending Machines | Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Libraries adding healthy vending machines
By: Journal Record Staff
October 18, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – In partnership with the American Heart Association, Oklahoma County’s Metropolitan Library System has been outlining the development and implementation of evidence-based nutrition standards for healthier foods and beverages in vending machines in libraries.

Vending machines in the Metropolitan Library System will meet AHA-recommended nutrition standards to provide members with healthier options and provide basic education on nutritional value of the food available. The library system’s 550 employees will have healthier choices in vending machines where they work.

“We are currently in the process of conducting assessments on their vending machines to assess how many of the items meet the AHA nutrition standards,” said Breanna Russell, AHA’s regional campaign manager team lead, Anchor Partnerships Program. “We will then work with the library system and vendor providing resources to implement healthy options, as well as resources to help generate awareness and educate the public about the new food choices offered within the libraries.”

Bethany Library marks 50 years

Newsok | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anna Evans can remember moving books into the Bethany Library when it opened Jan. 31, 1965.

The library at 3510 N Mueller had been approved by Bethany voters two years earlier. The $175,000 bond provided money for construction of the building and to buy about 30,000 books that would be used to stock its shelves.

Yoga in the Library

School Library Journal | Thursday, January 15, 2015

Yoga has grown so popular in Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Library System (MLS) that the library now offers classes at seven locations, including programs for kids, from preschool to age 12. Kristin Williamson, the children services coordinator at MLS, has been with the library since the program was started by a children’s librarian who used Teresa Anne Power’s book The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (Stafford House, 2009) to create a mini-exercise class for preschool children. Some of the classes are run by librarians, while some MLS library branches hire certified yoga instructors.

Oklahoma County's Metropolitan Library System hires new leader

Newsok | Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Even before Tim Rogers was hired last year as executive director of the Metropolitan Library System, he made it a point to visit all of its branches when he was in Oklahoma City in September for his interview.

Oklahoma County's Metropolitan Library System hires new leader

Rogers joins Oklahoma County’s Metropolitan Library System

Oklahoma Gazette | Wednesday, January 14, 2015

As a boy in Buffalo, New York, Tim Rogers watched broadcasts of the Toronto Blue Jays that played on Canadian television and reached American homes just on the other side of Lake Ontario.

He also had an affinity for the Los Angeles Dodgers — his mother’s influence — and the Kansas City Royals, his adopted home team after living in Kansas City, where he was director of operations for the Johnson County Library system.

Rogers joins Oklahoma County’s Metropolitan Library System

Metropolitan Library gets new executive director

The Oklahoman | Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Metropolitan Library Commission has named Tim Rogers as the new executive director for the library system.

He will start his new job Jan. 15. He will replace Donna Morris, who is retiring after 45 years.

Library System Hires New Executive Director

Oklahoma Gazette | Friday, October 10, 2014

The Metropolitan Library Commission voted to hire Tim Rogers as the library system’s new executive director.

Rogers was one of three finalists introduced last month during a public meeting and told the crowd he wanted to help the library system grow in a new era of digital content and develop a closer relationship with the community.

Turning Pages

Journal Record | Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Retiring library executive reviews her life among books.

turning pages

Recipes for Summer Learning

Newsok | Monday, June 23, 2014

Free activities at public libraries, Myriad Gardens mix well with brain games, kitchen chemistry

Reading, science experiments and free educational programs can help parents prevent the summer slide, when children can lose skills gained during the school year.

Whether you call it the summer slide, the brain drain or just plain old learning loss, for parents, it’s a conundrum that can cast a pall over a sunny summer vacation.

In the News - News OK Recipes for summer learning

Tax District Funds to Aid Oklahoma City Schools and Library

Newsok | Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The downtown district also includes money budgeted for participating taxing entities, including the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Career Tech.

Lopez told the board he looked at sites for a headquarters outside the TIF district and also weighed new construction. He said both options were more expensive than buying the former bank building at 615 N Classen. Remaining at the current location, Lopez said, was not an option.

In the News - News OK Tax district funds to aid Oklahoma City schools and library

Check it out: Zinio allows Oklahoma City-area library patrons to download magazines

Newsok | Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System is making it easier for magazine lovers to enjoy their favorite titles on personal devices, with the introduction of Zinio.

Users must first download an app to their personal tablets or phones and then download content through the library's Zinio page. Magazines that the library subscribes to will then be available for download from home, or at the nearest branch

Check it out: Zinio

Edmond's library expands offerings for kids, adults

Newsok | Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The Edmond Library is the busiest in the Metropolitan Library System with more than 1.3 million materials circulated last year, but it's also busy when it comes to putting together programs for kids.

Edmond's library expands offerings for kids, adults


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