Recipes for summer learning: Free activities at public libraries, Myriad Gardens mix well with brain games, kitchen chemistry

NEWSOK | June 23, 2014

Reading, science experiments and free educational programs can help parents prevent the summer slide, when children can lose skills gained during the school year.

Whether you call it the summer slide, the brain drain or just plain old learning loss, for parents, it’s a conundrum that can cast a pall over a sunny summer vacation.

News OK

Tax district funds to aid Oklahoma City schools and library

NEWSOK | April 23, 2014

The downtown district also includes money budgeted for participating taxing entities, including the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Career Tech.

Lopez told the board he looked at sites for a headquarters outside the TIF district and also weighed new construction. He said both options were more expensive than buying the former bank building at 615 N Classen. Remaining at the current location, Lopez said, was not an option.

News OK

Ralph Ellison Gala for Black History Month

FOX 25 | January 28, 2014

In honor of celebrating Black History Month here at Fox 25 the Ralph Ellison Centennial committee is hosting a gala at the Oklahoma History Center. This is all to celebrate the life of one of the most important literary figures in U.S. and Oklahoma history.

The event will feature a dinner, live entertainment, tributes from local and national dignitaries and even a keynote address from Ellison's literary executor.

Edmond Sun

Start climbing your family tree at Downtown Library

Edmond Sun | September 23, 2013

You never know until you ask” is a common phrase that easily could be applied to the study of genealogy. You may not know as much about your family as you think you do until you start looking into it.

A desire to help you search for your ancestors is the driving force behind “Genealogy 101” at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave., at 2 p.m. Sept. 28.

Edmond Sun

Check it out: Zinio allows Oklahoma City-area library patrons to download magazines

NEWSOK | August 13, 2013

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System is making it easier for magazine lovers to enjoy their favorite titles on personal devices, with the introduction of Zinio.

Users must first download an app to their personal tablets or phones and then download content through the library's Zinio page. Magazines that the library subscribes to will then be available for download from home, or at the nearest branch

News OK

Summer reading programs kick off at Oklahoma City area libraries

NEWSOK | June 5, 2013

School vacation has arrived for kids across the Oklahoma City area, and the Metropolitan Library System aims to keep them reading with summer reading programs.

News OK

Edmond's library expands offerings for kids, adults

NEWSOK | June 5, 2013

The Edmond Library is the busiest in the Metropolitan Library System with more than 1.3 million materials circulated last year, but it's also busy when it comes to putting together programs for kids.

News OK

What to do in Oklahoma on June 3, 2013: Hear the Sugar Free Allstars tonight at the Midwest City Library

NEWSOK | June 3, 2013

Hear kindie rock duo the Sugar Free Allstars play a free show at 7 tonight at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno.

The show is part of the Metropolitan Library System’s summertime Neighborhood Arts Performance series, which includes free performing arts shows at libraries across the Oklahoma City metro area throughout June and July.

News OK

Self-pickup system now available at Oklahoma's Metropolitan Library System

NEWSOK | April 3, 2013

The system allows patrons to reserve online and pick up at a designated area at their preferred branch.

The Metropolitan Library System has continually integrated automation into its customer service at branch locations in recent years and that trend will continue with its new self-pickup program.

News OK

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough will speak in Oklahoma City

NEWSOK | March 16, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough will speak at the Library Endowment Trust's 11th annual Literary Voices dinner April 18 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.

McCullough is perhaps best known for his books “1776” and “John Adams,” which was adapted into an award-winning miniseries by HBO. He also narrated Ken Burns' documentary “The Civil War.”

News OK

Patrons celebrate grand reopening of Almonte Library in Oklahoma City

NEWSOK | February 21, 2013

Patrons celebrated the Almonte Library's opening as a full-service library during a reception this week.

The site at 2914 SW 59, in the Almonte Shopping Center, had served as a temporary library when the Southern Oaks Library was closed for renovation. It proved so popular that Metropolitan Library System officials decided to make it a permanent location after Southern Oaks reopened.

News OK

Reduxion Theatre revisits lesser-known Shakespeare with reimagining of “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

NEWSOK | February 20, 2013

A version of this story appears in Wednesday’s Life section of The Oklahoman. Reduxion Theatre revisits lesser-known Shakespeare with Love’s Labour’s Lost. The company will perform an updated version of The Bard’s romantic comedy through March 2 at its Broadway Theater before taking the production on a tour of the Metropolitan Library System.

News OK

Annual Friends of the Metropolitan Library System Booksale is this weekend at Oklahoma City's State Fair Park

NEWSOK | February 18, 2013

The 34th annual Friends of the Metropolitan Library System Booksale is coming up this weekend at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd.

The 2013 sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma Expo Hall.

News OK

Capitol Hill Library in Oklahoma City offers tutoring, other programs

NEWSOK | February 5, 2013

Libraries aren't just places for books anymore. They're a place where kids can go to learn and have their minds stimulated through activities or get some help with math homework.

Capitol Hill librarian Jennifer Jones isn't afraid to think outside the box. The library has hosted events ranging from Read Like a Super Hero Day to book giveaways.

News OK

Almonte Library Opening

KFOR | February 4, 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.


Former Oklahoma City Mayor Patience Latting dies at age 94

KFOR | January 2, 2013

Former Oklahoma City Mayor Patience Latting, who led the city from 1971 to 1983 and was the first woman elected mayor of a U.S. city with more than 350,000 residents, died Saturday at the age of 94. In 2011, Latting was honored with the city's newest library, NW 122 and MacArthur Avenue, being named the Patience Latting Library. She attended the opening ceremony in May.


Year in Architecture 2012: Spaces To Grow

Library Journal | November 26, 2012

Oh, what a beautiful building, is the Patience Latting Northwest Library, Oklahoma City, emphasizing its cornstalk and oil well heritage in stunning stack end panels and a majestic separation between the stacks and the quiet reading area.

Library Journal

Tech Joynt

YouTube | October 22, 2012

Activities at Tech Joynt

News OK

Library Rededication | September 26, 2012

City and library officials cut the ribbon and reopened the newly renovated Southern Oaks Library.

News OK

Southern Oaks Library in Oklahoma City Reopens | September 26, 2012

Within minutes of the reopening of the Southern Oaks Library on Tuesday afternoon, Betty Best was on her way out the door with a book.

Best was one of the first customers to see the remodeled library after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. She lives across the street and had visited the branch at 6900 S Walker at least twice a week before it closed in May 2011.

News OK

New sculptures are unveiled at Northwest Library in Oklahoma City | September 19, 2012

The Patience S. Latting Northwest Library at 5600 NW 122 has a new array of sculptures outside the building. They were unveiled this week.

The sculptures are the work of California artist Solomon Bassoff of Faducci Studio. One of the sculptures is of native Oklahoman Lucille Mulhall, a rodeo performer at the turn of the 20th century. She is seen toting books by Oklahoma authors Joy Harjo, S.E. Hinton, Louis L'Amour and Michael Wallis.

News OK

Electronic audio device Playaway proves popular at Oklahoma City libraries | September 15, 2012

An electronic device the size of a deck of playing cards and containing up to 80 hours of preloaded audio content is available now for loan from the Oklahoma County Metropolitan Area Library System.

News OK

New library on the way for city of Jones | September 6, 2012

The new Jones Public Library will replace the old one on Main Street.

A sign is up on the south side of Britton Road west of Hiwassee Road, announcing the future site of the town’s new public library.

News OK

Renovated Southern Oaks branch of Oklahoma City's Metropolitan Library to open Sept. 25 | September 4, 2012

The Southern Oaks Library's long awaited makeover is almost complete and the library is on schedule to reopen Sept. 25.

Southern Oaks, 6900 South Walker, has been closed since May 2011. The original goal was to reopen within a year, but construction delays pushed back the reopening.

News OK

Oklahoma County area’s Metropolitan Library System welcomes Sunday visitors | August 4, 2012

On the first Sunday the larger full-service branches of the Metropolitan Library System were open, it came as a surprise to some longtime patrons.

Village Library Manager LaVetta Dent said customers weren’t exactly lining up at the door the first week.

News OK

Jeff talks to Metro Family | June 16, 2012

Jeff George talks to Metro Family


Oklahoma City-area library system’s summer reading program is under way | June 7, 2012

Last year, 20000 kids participated in the summer reading program sponsored by the Metropolitan Library System, which serves the Oklahoma City area.

News OK

New Patience S. Latting Northwest Library

YouTube | May 24, 2012

Patience S. Latting Northwest Library, open now at 5600 NW 122nd. A part of the Metro Library System.


New Patience S. Latting Northwest Library opens | May 23, 2012

The Patience S. Latting Northwest Library opened Tuesday after an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The 35,000-square-foot structure is home to about 150,000 books, magazines, DVDs and other materials at 5600 NW 122.

News OK

Patience S. Latting library move-in proceeds on schedule in northwest Oklahoma City | May 5, 2012

There is still much to be done, but the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library is on schedule to open May 22.

Northwest Library

From City Hall with Skip Kelly & Michael Owens

City Chanel 20 | March 2012

Skip Kelly, Oklahoma City Ward 7 Councilman, visits with Michael Owens, Manager of Library Operations for the Ralph Ellison Library, about author Ralph Ellison and his prize winning book, Invisible Man.

From City Hall

Talking in the Library

Language Magazine | March 2012

MLS is a significant presence across Oklahoma County: a positive force bringing together diverse communities and engaging underprivileged areas and populations.

Talking in the Library

Thunder guard Daequan Cook joined others in the OKC community for the play, “Sittin’ in with Clara | February 24, 2012

Thunder guard Daequan Cook joined others in the OKC community for the play, “Sittin’ in with Clara.”

Thunder News

Oklahoma County library system using new self-service reserve system | February 20, 2012

The business of book lending has become a bit easier for some of the patrons and staff of the Metropolitan Library System. A self-service reserve system is in effect at the Ralph Ellison Library in Oklahoma City and at branches in Edmond, Bethany, Midwest City and The Village.

Ralph Ellison Pictures | February 10, 2012

Friends of the Metropolitan Library System and Mary Price, President of the Library Endowment Trust unviel the statue The Invisible Royalty at the Ralph Ellison Library in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman.

Design of newest Oklahoma City library pays tribute to oil industry | November 19, 2011

Eight faux oil derricks dominate the interior decor of the new library under construction at 5200 NW 122.

The bases of the derricks serve as glassed-in meeting rooms and quiet rooms, while the top of the derricks reach through the roof and are skylights.

Librarian minds Oklahoma Room in downtown Oklahoma City, sends Oklahoma Image Project across the Internet | October 30, 2011

Between them, the Oklahoma Collection and the Oklahoma Images Project of the Metropolitan Library System yield a physical and digital cornucopia of books, photos, publications and documents on Sooner State history and folklore.

Oklahoma City's Metropolitan Library System expands after-school program | September 20, 2011

There's a witching hour at metro-area libraries between the end of school and dinnertime.

Teens pile in to do homework, meet their friends, click around online or kill time until their parents get off work, said Emily Williams, young adult service coordinator for the Metropolitan Library System. An expanding after-school arts program is giving students something educational and fun to do.

Libraries add, expand electronic book services | July 15, 2011

Many local libraries, including the 17 libraries that make up the Metropolitan Library System, are adding and expanding electronic book services. Those services essentially create a virtual library, which allows users to access books on the go, any time of day.

Oklahoma City-area libraries focus on international cultures | June 10, 2011

The Metropolitan Library System is hosting events focusing on international cultures this summer to pair with its summer reading program, One World, Many Stories. The Choctaw Library recently held.

Metropolitan Library System offers new databases | June 10, 2011

The Metropolitan Library System has added two new databases that allow customers to track news around the world and access information from Consumer Reports.

Noon Tunes series attracts performers to OKC's Downtown Library | May 11, 2011

The Thursday lunch hour at the Downtown Library is a mishmash of people; attorneys on break from a trial, moms with children in tow, businessmen eating their brown bag lunches.

Metropolitan Library System | April 28, 2011

Kim Terry with the Metropolitan Library System talks about everything that is going on around the metro.

Saving a Buck: Buying E-Books | March 3, 2011

E-readers have become a popular choice among reading enthusiasts. They're lightweight and very convenient. The books still cost money; however, there are ways to get some of those e-books for free.

Oklahoma County libraries offer health, fitness programs | January 15, 2011

People don’t typically think of their local library as a place to exercise, but libraries within the Metropolitan Library System offer a variety of health and fitness programs.

Fan Fiction & Art Contest | January 13, 2011

Emily Williams from the Metropolitan Library System discusses Fan Fiction & Art Contest with Angie Mock from Fox 25 Morning news.

Metropolitan Library System users can download books to their iPhones | December 16, 2010

The Metropolitan Library System is expanding its electronic services to include applications that will allow users to read books from their iPhone, iPad or Android phone.

Pay It 4Ward November 17 - Rewards Librarian Daniel Fields

KFOR Channel 4 | November 17, 2010

Bethany Librarian Daniel Fields is recognized by KFOR Channel 4 as a recipient of the Pay It 4Ward award.  Daniel was nominated by a Metropolitan Library System customer and was awarded $400 for his excellent service to the customers of the Bethany Library. 

KFOR News - Reading to Dogs

Read all about it, teens! | October 13, 2010

Jenny Coon Peterson discusses Teen Reading Month at the Metropolitan Library System and all of the great activities besides reading the library offers.


KFOR News - Reading to Dogs

Reading to Dogs at Village Library

KFOR Channel 4 | September 9, 2010

Learning to read is one of those passages through which every kid must navigate. Readers can go to the library to practice and improve their reading skills. The dogs with their owners act as an uncritical, appreciative audience with excellent listening skills!


KFOR News - Reading to Dogs

Islamic Library Exhibit Outshines National Rancor

American Libraries | September 7, 2010

The Midwest City (Okla.) Library and a Muslim pre-K–10 school in this Oklahoma City–area community have collaborated on an exhibit in the library’s lobby of student paintings that interpret the Islamic tradition of the 99 Muslim names of God. Debuting August 15, the exhibit created by the Muslim Mercy School is scheduled to run through September 12.

Edmond Library Playtime has Purpose | September 2, 2010

Edmond moms with infants and toddlers turn out Tuesdays for the Lapsit: Playtime and Story Time class at the Edmond Public Library at 10 S Boulevard.

Midwest City Library Displays Paintings from Muslim School | September 1, 2010

Oklahoma City's Muslim Mercy School had an assisgnment to create a painting featuring one of the 99 Muslim names fo God in Arabic calligraphy. These pieces of art are now on display at the Midwest City Library.

Libraries Receive Grant for ‘After School @ Your Library’

Edmond Sun | August 31, 2010

The Metropolitan Library System, with the help of a grant from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, has created a new initiative called “After School @ Your Library” that will not just keep kids occupied but will reinforce positive interactions, teach life skills and address at-risk behaviors.

Edmond Teens Get Live Skateboard Demonstration | July 14, 2010

Edmond teens were treated to live skateboard demonstrations Monday night at the Edmond Library.

What to do in Oklahoma on June 7, 2010 | June 7, 2010

Al Bostick plays a squirrel in "Fairy's Misfortune," the Lucky Penny Players' 2009 production, at the Edmond Library in this 2009 file photo. The Lucky Penny Players will perform their final show, "The Ugly Duckling," at metro libraries this week.

Library Systems Offer Mango Languages Database

The Journal Record | May 7, 2010

A new language learning system available through three Oklahoma library systems is geared in part to the international business traveler who needs a few conversational phrases at the ready before shaking hands on the deal.

Oklahoma City's Newest Library Aims for Energy Efficiency | March 26, 2010

The new Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122, will feature many "sustainable” elements, such as recycled building materials and natural light. The library will be completed in the summer of 2011.

Northwest Library Groundbreaking Set for Tuesday

OKC.Gov | March 26, 2010

City and Metropolitan Library System (MLS) officials will break ground on the Northwest Library, a new $8 million facility.  Once built, the library will be the first LEED Silver certified library in Oklahoma.

Midwest City Library to Show Documentary | March 16, 2010

A chance meeting between a librarian and a filmmaker on a trek in Nepal led to a pre-release screening at the Midwest City Library of "Grace,” a profile of the late Grace Paley. Paley was a New York writer, poet and activist.

Library has a Quiet Spot to Read | February 24, 2010

Manager of Library Operations, Chris Kennedy, discusses the many benefits to the Midwest City Community the library offers.

Number of Books at Oklahoma City Library Sale is Incredible | Feburary 18, 2010

The Oklahoman Columnist Carrie Coppernoll discusses the 31st Annual Friends Booksale.

Oklahoma Libraries Bring Stacks to the Tables | February 18, 2010

The 31st annual Friends of the Library booksale will start on Friday February 19th. This year's sale will feature nearly half a million books, videos, DVDs and books on tape. Most sell for $1 or less.

Oklahoma City Asian Festival Features Dancing, Food, Martial Arts | February 11, 2010

The Asian Festival was organized by the Downtown Library and included free food, live performances and information booths from the Asian Society of Oklahoma.

Performer Keeps Kids’ Feet Tapping in Warr Acres | January 30, 2010

Award-winning children’s entertainer Jim Cosgrove, more popularly known as Mr. Stinky Feet, was assembling a band of children to help perform his song "Buggy Hop.” About 60 children and parents packed into the meeting room at the library for a concert with Cosgrove.

Midwest City Library kicks off 28-day event to celebrate Black History Month | January 29, 2010

Midwest City Library is featuring 28 days of events, displays, musical performances and talks devoted to celebrating the accomplishments of the people, places and things that make up the state’s rich African-American heritage.

Celebrating Black History Month

The City Sentinel | January 29, 2010

The Midwest City Library will host its Second Annual Celebration of Black History and Culture event on February 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. This observance will acknowledge Black history and traditions through music and art.

Metropolitan Library Board Chooses Officers | January 27, 2010

The Metropolitan Library Commission elected new officersn during the January 2010 Commission Meeting.

Edmond Teacher’s Library Classes are Music to Young Ears | January 26, 2010

Susan Wood teaches music concepts such as pitch and tempo, rhythm and the different types of instruments people play at the Edmond Public Library.

Mystery Writer Coming to Libraries Feb. 4

Edmond Life & Leisure | 2010

The Metropolitan Library System presents "Meet the Author: Terrye Robins" in January and February at three MLS library locations.

Children spotted reading books to dogs in Nicoma Park | January 19, 2010

Each month trained therapy dogs visit libraries throughout the Metropolitan Library System for a program called Children Reading to Dogs. The activity is designed to foster a love of reading and improve literacy skills and self-confidence.