ATTENTION:

The Del City Library closed Monday, February 22 to prepare to move into the new library at 4330 SE 15th Street. We anticipate reopening in the new location the first week of March.

NOTICE:

All Metro Library locations are in the “Curbside Plus” stage. In this stage, ready holds will be delivered curbside. Customers can come into a library to use a computer or to print/copy/fax/scan. Masks are required.  Click here for more information.

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Holy Bagumba! Flora and Ulysses Read Alikes

by Allie, Children's Librarian at Belle Isle Library

 

In the words of Flora, "HOLY BAGUMBA!" Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo will debut as a movie on Disney+ on February 19th. This laugh-out-loud story is filled with eccentric, endearing characters. The tale centers on Flora Belle Buckman, a self-described cynic, who saves a squirrel from a vacuum cleaner. In an unexpected occurrence, this squirrel (Ulysses) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry. These two go on an adventure to discover hope and what it ...

The Art of Quilting

by Jennifer, Adult Librarian at the Northwest Library

 

Most likely, ever since people realized they could make a “fabric sandwich” to keep warm, they also added personal, artistic touches to their quilted works. The earliest known written records describing quilts are nearly 1,000 years old, but scholars believe quilting in some form existed long before that. Quilting techniques have been used in garments as varied as soldiers’ armor and ladies’ petticoats, as well as in making window and bed coverings.

During Black History Month, as we take time to appre...

5 Reasons We Can’t Get Enough of Tochi Onyebuchi’s Books

When we booked our author for February 2021’s Author Visit, you’d have thought Metro Library System was about to welcome the Dalai Lama, the full cast of “Schitt’s Creek” or the teacher who created Bernie Sanders’ recycled wool mittens.  

I detected reverence in our children’s services manager’s voice as she revealed who was slated to share their authoring insights in our big, monthly discussion, this time celebrating Black History Month.&nbs...

Finding a Toddler-Led Reading Rhythm

by Victoria, Marketing and Communications

If you grew up reading, you probably have fond memories of a parent, caregiver, teacher or librarian who shared engaging storytime experiences with you. Or you may have developed a love of reading later in life that has become a meaningful part of your routine. Either way, avid readers who become parents are excited to begin reading to their baby or toddler. 

I have vivid memories of my mom reading ...

Learn Something New

Tim, Central Information Services

It’s a new year. Some of us have made resolutions, and many of us have already broken them. To help you get back on track, we’re here with suggestions to learn something new this year and solutions for how we can help. 

1. Learn a Language 

Our  Mango Languages  database has over 70 languages you can learn online and at your own pace. There are also English as a second language courses for speakers whose native language is not English and a variety of language learning courses designed j...

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

By Sarah, Downtown Library

 

It has been almost a year since COVID-19 hit our shores, and with it, changes have impacted us all. Since the beginning, Oklahoma has seen over 340,000 cases of the virus. To put that in perspective, that is the same number as almost the entire population of Tulsa or half the population of Oklahoma City. Nationally, there have been over 23 million positive cases, which is more than the entire population of Florida combined. While these numbers are stark, vaccines now offer us a new&...

Practice Healthier Living

By Jana, Downtown Library

It’s inevitable that after finishing off the last chocolate-covered marshmallow Santa, followed by a refreshing chaser of Dr Pepper, the average holiday reveler will glimpse him or herself in the bathroom mirror. The reflection doesn’t lie and those sweatpants only accentuate the truth. It’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions. Luckily your local library can help. 

Are you ready to forgo processed sugar and pursue a healthy diet? Maybe you’re only willing to drive past the drive-thru a...

Why I Ditched Standard Resolutions This Year 

By Victoria, Marketing & Communications

 

New Year’s resolutions can be tricky. It’s a balance between keeping them simple enough to not “fall off the wagon” after a week yet meaningful enough to appreciate and value the result.  

I know the feeling of disappointment after a failed New Year’s resolution. After many failed attempts at various resolutions, I learned that in order to keep my resolutions,  I need to keep them simple and realistic. ...

The Best of 2020: Metro Library Top Checkouts

If, in 2020, you were transported to the marshes of North Carolina while reading “Where the Crawdads Sing,” or if Michelle Obama walked you through how presidential pomp and circumstance affected her family …

You were in good company.

In fact, if you borrowed either of those materials from the Metropolitan Library System’s collection, you’ve joined the ranks of those who’ve contributed to our top checkouts of the year.

We compiled the top five checkouts in categories ranging from graphic novels to DVDs and adult nonfiction to see what our customers couldn’t get...

Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

“Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!”

September 27-October 3 we celebrate literature that pushed the envelope, including those authors who dared to address difficult topics, share real-life experiences through story and create other-worldly realms that tested our imagination.

Can you think of a book that was so powerful you felt like it was speaking to you directly? Can you think of a book that made you look at the world in a new way? Can you think of a book that immersed you in another world so deeply that for a moment you believed the impossible was possible?...

“Crip Camp” Reading List

“Crip Camp” is a newly released documentary on the history of the disability rights movement. The viewer is introduced to a captivating group of activists from all walks of life who met at a summer camp in the 70s named Camp Jened. They went on to become influential actors in the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. I finished “Crip Camp” eager to read more of their stories. I was excited to learn Judy Heumann, one of the activists profiled, released a memoir this year. This list also includes biographies, memoirs, and essays of people with disabilities, along with so...

Votes for Women

August is National Women’s Suffrage Month and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution. While the ratification of the 19th amendment dramatically changed and expanded the electorate, it did not usher in universal voting rights for all. Even after the 19th amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920 and certified official on August 26, 1920, millions of women of color remained disenfranchised and unable to vote.  

The books, films, podcasts, and websites below highlight the important, yet often overlooked, stories of...

What Should You Read After the Babysitter Club Series? A Reading List for Tweens 

The Babysitter Club is 34 years old! A landline phone, tie-dye t-shirts, and glittery accessories all helped give the BSC that iconic 80s and 90s look. While the BSC remains a great reading choice for tweens and teens, many other series have been written since then capture the spirit of female resilience and friendship.  

 

Craftily Ever After

Book 1: The Un-Friendship Bracelet

In the first book of the Craftily Ever After chapter book series, a new student gets between best friends Emily and Maddie--and changes the mea...

You’ve Just Binged “The Babysitter’s Club:” A Reading List for Grown-Ups

If you were a young girl growing up in the 90s, there’s a good chance you read at least one book from the “Babysitter Club Series” by Ann M. Martin. There’s also a good chance you squealed in delight when Netflix released its modern reboot of the series in July. The show modernizes the more outdated content while preserving the timeless themes of the books: friendship, female role models, and hard work. The heroines are thoroughly clever and entrepreneurial, compassionate and wise. I found myself wanting to revisit the spirit of Stonybrook that so captured me as a teenager. While waiting fo...

Metropolitan Library System Announces No Late Fines on Children's Materials

Beginning July 1, children’s materials including books, movies and music checked out from the Metropolitan Library System will no longer accrue fines if late.

“Fines are barriers to library access,” said Julie Ballou, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Library System. “We are committed to reducing barriers and supporting equitable access to literacy in our community.”

As of July 1, any existing fines on children’s materials will also be waived.

“Children’s fines are an obstacle that disproportionately impacts families without the means to pay,” Chris Kenned...