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Belle Isle Library Recipient of Oklahoma Bar Association Landscaping Project

Each year in conjunction with Law Day, the Young Lawyers Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association participates in projects designed to serve the public.  Young Lawyers Division (YLD) members are lawyers of all ages who have been in practice 10 years or less.  Members of the YLD are committed to serving Oklahoma not just through their professional role as attorneys, but also through volunteer service in the community.

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, the YLD will be doing some landscaping at The Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa.

  “We’re very excited about this project,” said Belle Isle Library manager Priscilla Doss.  “We appreciate the Young Lawyers of the Oklahoma Bar for choosing our library as their landscaping project.  This will go beautifully with the spirit of the Centennial Arbor, located on the north side of the library.”

“The Young Lawyers Division selected libraries to be the focus of this year’s community service project for several reasons,” said Molly Aspen, YLD chairperson.  “Libraries are widely utilized by a cross-section of people, they’re located in communities large and small—and lawyers have a special fondness for the written word. May 1 was picked as the day of service because that’s the national celebration of Law Day, an idea that started in Oklahoma by the late Hicks Epton, a Wewoka attorney.  Law Day is dedicated to celebrating America’s democracy and its ideals of equality and justice under laws.”           

According to YLD May 1 Project Coordinator Jennifer Kirkpatrick, four books on legal topics are also being donated to the library: “The American Bar Association Complete Personal Legal Guide – The Essential Reference for Every Household;” “The American Bar Association Guide to Wills and Estates,”  “The American Bar Association Guide to Resolving Legal Disputes Inside and Outside the Courtroom” and “The American Bar Association Guide to Credit and Bankruptcy.”

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.