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Marion Rock, First Librarian at Carnegie Library (c. 1906 )

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of strong, intelligent female heroines in books. (I was that person who, while reading the Divergent series, fist-pumped and hissed “YESSSSSS” like a crazy person. More than once. Often in public. #BookNerdProblems)

Lucky for us, there are plenty of stories out there featuring strong, brave, intelligent women. Children’s books, teen literature, adult fiction, biographies— there are plenty of volumes out there to satisfy. Women’s History Month may be drawing to a close, but your pursuit of great female protagonists shouldn’t!

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Throwback Thursday - 2006

Throwback Thursday - 2006

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.

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Research Spotlight: Oklahoma Driving Practice Tests

Free practice tests for your Oklahoma driving permit, motorcycle license, or CDL.

We now have free online practice tests for getting a driving permit, motorcycle license or commercial driver's license in Oklahoma along with the official manual for each license!

Patriotic Display Honors 45th Infantry Division

Patriotic Display Honors 45th Infantry Division

The Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library is at attention with a patriotic display complete with items from the 45th Infantry Division Museum. Come see this historical exhibit through April 7.

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Insurgent

Insurgent

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.)

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Spring Reads

Spring has sprung!  Share these great Spring books with a little reader in your life.

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Throwback Thursday - 1993

Throwback Thursday - 1993

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.

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St. Patrick’s Day Book Selections for Children

Put on your lucky green and follow the rainbow to your local library to choose from this magical pot of books!

 

Happy Submarine Day?

Happy Submarine Day?

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.

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Author Stephanie Perkins Brings the Love to Metropolitan Libraries

Ooh la la! The cities are foreign, the angst is for real, teen romance is in the air and it’s all penned by young adult best-selling author, Stephanie Perkins.

Perkins, the creator of characters Anna, Lola and Isla, travels to OKC to meet teens at three Metro libraries March 25 & 26.

We’re so excited to bring an internationally best-selling author to OKC. She will talk about her life and work, explain the writing and publishing process, answer questions and sign books,” said Emily Williams, Young Adult Outreach Coordinator.  

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