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So You've Been Asked to Read a Book to Children...

Have you ever been asked to read a book out loud to a group of children? This can be intimidating for community leaders who don’t have the professional training and experience of a children’s librarian!

Here are some tips to help:

Read the book first. Practice! Hold the book so children can see the pictures. Point out interesting things on the page. Add your own sound effects, silly voices, and ask questions of your audience as you feel comfortable. The best storytimes are engaging and interactive. Pick a book that’s not too long, is paced well, and doesn’t have to...

Metro Libraries Host Series of Discussions Celebrating Invisible Man by Oklahoma Author Ralph Ellison

OKLAHOMA CITY– The Metropolitan Library System will host a series of discussions to celebrate Invisible Man, written by beloved Oklahoma author Ralph Ellison the last week of September. The series kicked off with a Facebook live video discussion led by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and executive director of the Ralph Ellison Foundation, Michael Owens.

Invisible Man was selected by PBS “The Great American Read” as one of American’s 100 best-loved books. The book was written in 1952, a time of segregation and racial tension in Oklahoma. Each discussion is scholar led and will focus...

Need a New Read? Ask Alexa to Get it from Your Local Library

OKLAHOMA CITY–Metro Library’s eResource, Hoopla Digital, launched an Alexa integration enabling library customers with the Amazon Alexa smart home speaker to use voice commands to access their library Hoopla account – giving customers more from their library, without leaving the house.

The integration will allow library customers to use voice commands like, “Alexa, ask Hoopla to list popular audiobooks” or “Alexa, ask Hoopla to play my music” and other commands. Through the new Hoopla skill library customers will be able to stream full music CDs and listen to audiobooks that they ...

Anyone Can Wear the Mask

If you get the chance to see “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” before it leaves the theaters, take it!  I saw it with my grand-nephew last year and we both loved it.  Seeing Miles Morales, a biracial teen donning the mantle of Spider-Man was pretty amazing to my nephew who is also biracial.  After we left the movie theater, a line that Miles said stuck with me… “Anyone can wear the mask”. 

He got me to thinking about when I was younger reading comic books and fantasy novels. I devoured books where people who came from different lands and didn’t look ...

Celebrate Galentine's Day!

“What is Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year,” says Leslie Knope, the optimistic, ambitious community organizer played by Amy Poehler on the TV show Parks & Recreation. In the show’s second season, Leslie explains her made-up holiday, “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

I love this idea. First of all, breakfast is my most favorite food. Why? Name a breakfast food that can’t ...

Its time to vote for the Sequoyah Book Awards!

Did you know that Oklahoma is home to one of the oldest book awards in the nation?

The Sequoyah Book Awards recognize the unique and creative achievements of American authors, and the best part is, it’s selected by the youth who read their titles!

Students who have read three or more titles on the 2019 Sequoyah Masterlist are qualified to cast a vote for this year’s winners.

The deadline to vote is March 15, 2019.

Age groups are as follows (click age group to read the PDF masterlist): Children’s (Grades 3-5)

Vote Now 

Check Out an Award Winning Title: Youth Media Award Winners Announced

Every year, the American Library Association awards special recognition to excellent new books for children and teens. The most recognizable of these awards are the Randolph Caldecott Medal, for the most distinguished picture book; the John Newbery Medal, for excellent in children’s literature; the Michael L. Printz Award, for excellence in young adult literature; and the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, for books that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

This year’s awards were announced at a library conference in Seattle on January 2...

Socks, Soup, Hot Drinks, and Hygge

Snow days are the best days. When work and school are closed, and you’ve already made your obligatory milk and bread run to the store, you’ve got nowhere to be and are in no hurry to get there. Everything is covered in a sparkling blanket of white, sounds are muted, and the world slows down. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of winter on these days, when you’re snuggled up in your cozy home, possibly with a good book courtesy of your local library!

But the next day or the day after, when the beautiful pure snow has turned to gray slush, and you’ve got to trudge through it back to...

This Includes Everyone: Picture Books that Encourage Inclusivity

One of my heroes, Mister Fred Rogers, once said, “The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.”  Below are some picture books families can read together that prompt conversation about inclusion and recognizing worth in all of our neighbors.  

 

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

It’s Pet Club day, but not all pets are welcome, especially elephants. Through beautiful illustrations and a lyrical story, families are able to discuss how it feels to be left out a...

This year, I will. Start Learning with Lynda.

Learning - no strings attached.

Lynda.com is an online learning resource available from your home computer, smartphone or mobile device FREE with your library card. Browse over 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies and more.

 

Start Learning 

 

What does Lynda.com offer?

Lynda.com for libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks and return to lessons at your convenience.

Course offerings include:

Art, graphic design and music classes - Learn ev...

Best of 2018

What did you read this year?

See if your favorite reads of the year made our best of 2018 list.

 

Adult Titles

I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

 

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd

 

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

 

Ask a Manager by Allison Green

 

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

 

Boom Town by Sam Anderson...

Peace on Earth and Good Will Toward All

As I begin writing this blog post, we’ve just had our first snow of winter. On November 12. And despite the fact that I am staunchly Team No-Christmas-decorations-before-Thanksgiving, the weather has me thinking of the winter holidays. 

When you’re born six days before Christmas, you usually either embrace it wholeheartedly or go full Grinch. I went the first route, and I absolutely love the holidays. But it can be a really difficult time of year, too. Those who can’t afford extravagant gift-giving, those who have no family or are estranged from ...

Winter Blues

In the words of The King, Elvis Presley himself, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.” The holidays can be a hard time for many people. We feel so much pressure to be thankful, make merry, and attend or host a score of events while looking flawlessly festive and creating magazine-worthy spreads for meals and parties. It can be a lot to handle for anyone, but for those who may be suffering the loss of a loved one, going through a divorce or break-up, or dealing with mental health challenges, the holidays can be especially trying.

We have probably all experienced one or more of ...

Check out some of these Holiday Favorites on Hoopla

Stuck at home this winter? Don't let that stop you from enjoying yourself this winter. The library has a variety of resources you can access from home 24/7. Hoopa launched their Winter Wonderland this month and there is something for everyone including eBooks, movies, music and eAudiobooks. Never tried Hoopla before? Learn more about it HERE.

Music

Hoopla has holiday music albums available 24/7 online or through the app with your library card. Other popular artists include Michael Buble, Sia, Frank Sinatra, Josh Groban, Mariah Carey, Nat King Cole, Idina Mensel, ...

Excelsior! - A Tribute to Stan Lee

On November 12th 2018, Stan Lee, co-creator of iconic comic book characters Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, the X-Men and Thor among others, died.  He was 95 years old.  When I heard about his passing, I wasn’t surprised, he wasn’t in great health, but I was saddened.  Not only do we share a love of comics, we shared a birthday, December 28th.  So, as a comic book fan and above all a Marvel comics fan, it was a sad day, but it brought back one of my favorite memories.   

In 2012, I was lucky enough to get tickets to attend the San Di...