Kim Terry, Director of Marketing and Communications
Published: January 31, 2013
Something unexpected happened when the newly renovated Southern Oaks Library re-opened last September. It quickly gave birth to another library ready to serve the public.
During the renovation, library services were re-located to the Almonte Shopping Center at 2914 S.W. 59th Street. The temporary Almonte Library closed its doors in September with the opening of Southern Oaks Library at 6900 S. Walker.
“The Almonte location was so popular with people who had never been to Southern Oaks,” said MLS Executive Director Donna Morris, “we asked the City of Oklahoma City if we could keep it open. The City agreed, so welcome Almonte.”
During a ten-month period while Almonte was subbing for Southern Oaks, 5,606 library cards were issued at the temporary location to people who didn’t already have a card. “We realized,” Morris said, “how underserved the area was.”
The Almonte Library opening date is Monday, February 4. “It’ll be a ‘soft opening,” Morris added. “The larger Grand Opening will be on February 19, with refreshments and entertainment.”
LaVetta Dent, who has been the manager of The Village Library, is now the manager of the Almonte Library. Dent brings over 30 years of experience with MLS to the job and she and the rest of the Almonte staff are ready to get to work.
The new Almonte Library will be a full service location, open 70 hours a week. Floor space has been rearranged so there is a small meeting room. The library has 18 public computers, free wifi, and customers using Almonte will have access to MLS’ entire collection 1.2 million books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, etc. MLS is a 24/7 system. Customers can go online to search for and then reserve any item that can be checked out. When the reserve is placed, the customer tells us to which library the item is to be sent for check out.
To find out more, visit the Almonte Library webpage.
The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 14 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Almonte, Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, 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.