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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...

Black Lives Matter Community Read

As American’s delve into raw conversations about race, it can be beneficial to reflect on the stories and experiences of authors who confront antiracism and social justice today. OverDrive has provided libraries with some titles available for simultaneous use - no waits, no holds. Titles include The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F Saad.

“The titles included in our Black Lives Matter: Community Read...

Pride 2020

Pride looks a little different this year with most parades either being postponed or moved online, but we are still doing our part to celebrate at the Library. If you don’t know the history, on June 28, 1969 there was a clash between LGBTQ+ people and cops at a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn. While there is much debate as to whether this event should be called a riot, rebellion or uprising, who threw the first brick at the cops, or whether it was in fact a brick, a stone, or even a handbag; what isn’t up for debate is the lasting impact that this event had for the LGBTQ+ community and Ame...

Media Literacy for Voters

Every election season we all get bombarded with mailers, online posts, and TV ads for candidates or issues, both at the national and local level. Campaigns are consistently adapting their outreach; efforts might range from texting community members to hosting live townhalls. How can we evaluate what we’re seeing and hearing? How do we know who these people are, and whether they’d do a good job in their elected positions? How do we wade through all this election-related content?

Sharpening our media literacy skills and using tried-and-true tools are the best ways to stay infor...

Be an Informed Voter!

Primaries & Special Elections

Did you know that elections happen throughout the year, not just in November? The next election for Oklahomans is taking place on June 30. It includes both primary elections and State Question 802. 

A primary election is an election used either to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election. In Oklahoma, the Republican and Libertarian parties conduct closed primaries, meaning that voters must be registered party members to participate. The De...

Access Magazines & Newspapers with a Library Account

Have you ever tried to finish a magazine article in the checkout line at the supermarket?

Keeping up with current events and hobbies doesn’t have to be difficult. Your library account gives you access to popular magazines and world-renown newspapers at your fingertips, for free. 

This article will help you learn more about how you can use RB Digital, America’s News and National Geographic through your library.

RB Digital Magazines 

Access popular publications like InTouch and Allure as well as niche publications like the American Poetry Revi...

Checkout eBooks & eAudiobooks instantly on the one-tap Libby reading app

Have you checked out eBooks through your local library yet?

Download the Libby app. It’s free. It’s simple. And you can checkout eBooks with your library account instantly from anywhere.

Whether you’re staying with family, on vacation or stuck at home, a new read is at your fingertips.

The Libby app gives library account holders access to millions of eBooks and eAudiobooks.

With the convenient app, users can begin reading or listening instantly. Checking out your favorite reads has never been easier.

Here are just a few features in the ...

Ignite Your Mind and Your Career with Brainfuse

Brainfuse has a variety of useful resources for every age and learning level including homework help, study tools and practice tests, college or career path counseling, resume and interview assistance and more!

Our new Brainfuse online resource includes three unique services, Help Now, Job Now and Vet Now. Wondering how they can help you? Let’s explore these resources together…

Help Now

Are you ready to ignite your mind with a personalized learning experience including online tutoring with a live tutoring professional, study tools, practice tests and more? Whether you...

Lego Builders

Sparking Creativity Brick by Brick

Did you know that kids who play regularly with blocks, like LEGOS, score higher on standardized tests and perform better in math? To celebrate National Architecture April 21 – 27, we want to share with you the benefits of attending LEGO programs at the library.

Library LEGO programs are a great way to get children solving problems, learning new concepts in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and building key leadership skills.

In a study of 62 students between the ages of 8 and 14 using LEGO Mindstorms construction...

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...

Belle Isle Butterflies

The Belle Isle Library recently welcomed some very special new members to its property: beautiful monarch butterflies! The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is an incredible phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly to migrate two ways, as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can sleep through winter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when to travel south for the winter.

In 2017, the library partnered with the Oklahoma Master Gardeners to plant a but...

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 ...

Tax Resources and More!

The Metropolitan Library System is here to help make this tax season a little less stressful! 

Check out our Income Tax Resources page for access to:

Free online filing options  Information about tax help in OK County Printable federal and state tax forms for 2018

Visit any Metropolitan Library location to have us print free federal and state tax forms for you.

We also have a variety of print and eBooks to help you prepare your taxes this year!  

J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2019 U.S. Ma...

Spring Break with the Library

Whether Oklahoma County families are traveling or planning a staycation – the library has a variety of programs and services to keep users of every age entertained during spring break.

There is something for everyone at the library this spring break. Pass the time in the car with library materials and services available on a mobile device such as eAudiobooks, eBooks and 24/7 access to streaming music and movies. Families planning to stay local for the break can visit the many March library programs including zip lines engineering design, stargazing with the Lunar Sooners, craftern...

Teen Tech Month 2019

The Metropolitan Library System is working to inspire Oklahoma teens to explore, create and share by celebrating Teen Tech Month throughout March.

Metro Libraries will be hosting programs that showcase the technology-based learning available through the library to help teens prepare for college and careers by ensuring they are skilled and ethical technology users. The programs inspire teens to explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and much more.

Events will include robotics, coding, circuitry and art-themed learning. Attendees will have the opportunity to u...