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Death of a Cozy Writer - Cozy Up to a Good Mystery

Mysterious 1920s lady

Agatha Christie—have you heard of her?  She is probably the best known writer of cozy mysteries, having published her first novel in 1920.  She went on to publish 66 mysteries, 14 collections of short stories, and 6 romantic suspense novels.  The Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the best-selling novelist of all time.  Only the Bible and Shakespeare’s works have been more widely published than Christie’s. Librarian and cozy mystery fan Phyllis has your read-alikes.

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You Will Love the Many Splendid Things…

Cupid

We heart you, and we have many ways to show it. Take advantage of our affections at one of these special Valentine’s Day events.

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Opera: or What NOT to Do in a Relationship - Libretto

Don Giovanni

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  This can be a very happy occasion for the person in a healthy relationship.  For the rest of civilization, it is yet another day to mourn love lost and to remember past romantic failures.  Sometimes the best cure for the blues is to remind ourselves that it could be much worse.  And if there is any art form which can drive home this truth, it is opera. Associate Librarian Breck, our resident composer and musicologist, is your guide to the best of operatic videos and CDs from the library.

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Blues musicians

Let the Metropolitan Library System help you celebrate Black History Month.  Rhythmically Speaking will be visiting several of our libraries throughout the month of February with their performance of “Yes Indeedy” Mrs. Hannah Atkins. 

And if you are looking for something to do with the kiddos, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s February Discovery Series performance is going to celebrate Black History Month with orchestral arrangements of Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Rap on Sunday, February 21 at 2pm.  Here are some books and digital songs to pique your interest before the performance or to learn more about a new favorite musician.

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You Can Write Fan Fiction!

Laptop computer, notepad and coffee

What is fanfiction? And how does it differ from the standard fiction we have all grown up reading or does it? First let’s start with some quick definitions pulled from the internet. Fiction is a term used to classify any story created by the imagination, rather than based strictly on history or fact. Fanfiction is fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular book, anime, TV series, or movie. But when it boils down to it, fanfic is after all, just the same old fiction we’ve known all along.

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Public Notice

Metropolitan Library System

Notice of sealed bid sale

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  • 1 - HP Compaq 6000 Computer Base Unit
  • 80 - HP Compaq 6200 Computer Base Unit
  • 109 - Dell Optiplex 980 Base Unit
  • 1 - ELO ET1525L Monitor
  • 2 - ELO ET1529L Monitors
  • 2 - Brother Intellifax 2820
  • 1 - HP Scanjet 7650
  • 1 - HP Scanjet 8250
  • 1 - LG External Super Multi DVD Rewriter
  • 3 - JET Direct 500x
  • 3 - Centrecom Multiport Repeaters Model AT-3012SL-15
  • 2 - Savin 9025B Copiers    

   

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Books on Parade poster

The Friends of the Metropolitan Library System hold their annual booksale, Feb. 20-21 in the Oklahoma Expo Hall at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Bargain hunters can shop from more than 700,000 items between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Credit and debit cards will be accepted for purchases over $20, in addition to checks and cash.

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Remembering Astronaut Ed Mitchell (1930-2016)

Edgar Mitchell

Edgar D. Mitchell left the Earth for the last time on February 4, 2016. Mitchell was an American astronaut who was best known as a member of the Apollo 14 space mission.  Along with veteran astronaut Alan Shepard, he explored the surface of the moon and is credited with saving the success of Apollo 14 when he repaired a malfunctioning switch on the lunar module. Our space afficionado, Librarian Tim Fisher, has a touching tribute and ideas for further exploration at the library.

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One Weird Trick--Jewelers Hate This! - Signal Boost

Electricity

If you've come for the bunch of moldering skeletons you normally find here, you'll soon be disappointed! This month's Signal Boost is all happy fluffy girlie things! *twirl*

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Anti-Valentine's Day - Virtual Book Display

Faded roses

So it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re single. Well the good news is, you’re not alone. I mean, technically you are but you know what I mean. Lots of people find themselves single on Valentine’s Day. Some people just prefer it that way. Some think the commercialism of the whole thing has gotten too ridiculous. Whatever your reason may be, if you’re having your own personal Anti-Valentine’s Day party this year then we suggest you bring a good book. And here are a few from this month’s virtual book display.

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