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  • Posted on: Thursday, April 16, 2015

    In 1965, Oklahoma County passed the Metropolitan Library Act, creating the Oklahoma County Library System and establishing the Metropolitan Library Commission. The five existing branches of the Oklahoma City Library System (Downtown, Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Dunbar, and Wright) were joined by the libraries of Del City, Midwest City, and Bethany.

  • Throwback Thursday - 1989
    Posted on: Thursday, April 09, 2015

    Welcome to the year of Smooth Criminals, iconic protests, and the Griswold family’s Christmas to remember. It's 1989, folks! The year we stood on our desks and chanted “O Captain, My Captain!” The year we learned from Madonna to Express Ourselves! And the year we learned “If you build it they will come!”

    Check out what else happened in 1989…

  • Posted on: Thursday, April 02, 2015

    While the world was enthralled in the events and world record breaking taking place at the summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Exciting developments were coming to fruition within the city of Oklahoma City and the Metropolitan Library System.

  • Throwback Thursday - 2006
    Posted on: Thursday, March 26, 2015

    The world celebrated Mozart’s 250th birthday and Italy’s fourth World Cup championship in 2006 but they couldn’t tweet about it until Twitter went live on July 15 that year. Meanwhile Kazakhstan entered the space race with the launch of their first satellite KazSat-1. And it proved to be a bad year for autocrats as South American dictators Alfredo Stroessner and Augusto Pinochet and Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein all left this mortal life in 2006.

  • Insurgent
    Posted on: Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Erudites unite! Okay, so in the Divergent series they’re not exactly the good guys, but I’m a librarian, so of course I lean towards the scholarly faction of society. (Though I suspect I’d actually test as a Divergent, as I have some Amity and Abnegation tendencies as well.)

  • Throwback Thursday - 1993
    Posted on: Thursday, March 19, 2015

    1993 was a great year for the Metropolitan Library System. In February, voters passed an increase in our millage support from 3.4 to 4.0 mills. This was the first increase in 11 years, and provided relief to the library system’s weary budget. Later that year, the MAPS initiative passed, and the idea of a premier learning center and library in the Arts District of downtown OKC was born. In August of 2004, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library opened making that dream a reality.

  • Happy Submarine Day?
    Posted on: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    You may be forgiven for replying, “St. Patrick’s Day,” this morning when someone asks you if you know what day it is today. It’s hard not to say that, what with all the extroverted celebration and violent enforcement of the verdant dress code. But while we here in America are dousing everything with Green Dye No. 3, the rest of the world is celebrating Submarine Day. Ok, maybe not double-landlocked Uzbekistan or Liechtenstein, but many other countries are honoring the, er, lowly, submarine.

  • Throwback Thursday - 1980
    Posted on: Thursday, March 12, 2015

    In 1980 we converted our old card catalog to the modern marvel of microfiche. Despite receiving a grant to perform the conversion, the oil bust continued to have a devastating effect on the system’s operating budget. Hours of operation and staff were cut dramatically and no money could be found for new purchases of audio materials.

  • Throwback Thursday - 2005
    Posted on: Thursday, March 05, 2015

    Network cards flickered to life around the library system as our first Wi-Fi hotspots brought free internet access to mobile devices for library visitors. Meanwhile hundreds of shiny discs hit our shelves as DVDs were added to the collection for the first time. Speaking of shiny things, our new Choctaw Library building picked up a design award from the American Institute of Architects’ annual awards.

  • Posted on: Wednesday, March 04, 2015

    Fifty years ago this week the hills came alive as Julie Andrews twirled on a mountaintop to The Sound of Music. It’s no cream-colored pony or warm woolen mitten, but one of my favorite things in movie history is the celebrated musical escape of the von Trapp family from the Austrian Anschluss of 1938. You just don’t see enough musical depictions of political annexation and certainly decorated submarine captains from now-landlocked Austria are rarely spotted on the silver screen these days.


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