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Throwback Thursday - 2002

Throwback Thursday - 2002

The year 2002 was not only a big year in foreign affairs, but was also a palindromic year.  We may not be around for the next palindromic year of 2112, so hopefully these books, movie, music, and more help you reminisce about the year 2002 just like it was yesterday.

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Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 - a year of portent. The birth year was shared with Galileo, and it was this year that Michelangelo and John Calvin departed the mortal realm. Much is unknown about Shakespeare as little documentation remains. Not one play or sonnet written in his own hand has survived to the present day.

What is known is that he was the son of a leather merchant and a local land heiress. He likely would have attended the local school which was taught by Oxford graduates, so he would have received a good education.

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Earth Day Reads

Do your part to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by checking out materials from your local library! And don't forget to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd by checking out some our handpicked selections for children of all ages.

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Strange but True, Jelly Beans have "Bean" Around Since the Civil War

Today is Jelly Bean Day! You may want to thank Ronald Reagan for bringing jelly beans into the American spotlight. The egg-shaped candy with a soft chewy middle was known as his favorite treat. It is said he often started meetings by passing around a jar to his staff and cabinet members.

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Check out an iPad!

Each iPad comes preloaded with basic apps, games, educational programs for children and more.

You can surf the web, check email, use social media, play games, and read magazines, eBooks and newspapers using library services like Zinio, OverDrive and PressReader. iPads can be used by card holders of all ages.

Go on a treasure hunt in medieval Italy and discover the wit and wisdom of Shakespeare’s leading ladies from Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado about Nothing with Reduxion Theater’s Professor Spillsby in Metro Libraries this May.

Reduxion Theater presents classic literature to children with humor and excitement. The antics of Professor Spillsby keep children laughing while the treasure hunt keeps them attentive with anticipation.

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Free Legal Advice

Free Legal Advice

Knowing the law can be intimidating for most people, and hiring a lawyer is often expensive. That’s why staff at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave., planned an event like Lawyers in the Library.

We are excited to partner with the Oklahoma County Law Library and offer this service to our customers,” said Downtown Library events coordinator, Vanessa Davis. “Legal advice can be unattainable to many, so we are happy to broaden access to this valuable service.

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Oklahoma Poet Nathan Brown - National Poetry Month Interview

Nathan Brown is a singer-songwriter, photographer, and award-winning poet who recently served as the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma for the 2013/2014 term. His mission is to take back poetry from the hard grip of the ivory tower and those who often use poetry for personal therapy, both being good reasons audiences for poetry have run for the hills in the United States.

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Oklahoma City Bombing 20th Anniversary - Library Suffers, Recovers

On April 19, 1995 a bomb exploded on the north side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, destroying the nine-story structure and killing 168 men, women and children. At this writing, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols have been charged with causing this senseless tragedy. Jailed at the federal prison in EI Reno, they are awaiting trial. Like thousands, the library family suffered. One of our valued Booksale volunteers, Jean Thompson, lost her son Michael, who worked in the Social Security office located on the building's second floor. Jean Latham, Downtown Library security officer, lost several friends. The library staff lost those federal employees who spent their lunch hours in the Downtown Library and the day care center children who so loved our story times. Presented here is the library's story.

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Join the Hunger Dames as they navigate the fun world of YA Lit.

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