2007 Library News

Oklahoma Trees to be Discussed at the Belle Isle Library

What one tree is Oklahoma known for? It's the Redbud, state tree of Oklahoma . And there are many more trees that adapt or are hardy to this state's varied climate and terrain, including the Amur maple, Chinese pistache, Shumard oak and the common hackberry. But which one is right for you?

Just ask Alanna McFarland, a representative from the State of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Thursday, Feb. 8, 7 to 8 p.m. at the Belle Isle Library when McFarland will present a workshop on Oklahoma trees of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

“Alanna will discuss the Oklahoma Centennial Witness Tree project,” said librarian Ann Meeks, “a project that was formed to find trees which ‘witnessed' Oklahoma statehood in 1907 and to locate the first trees planted by Oklahoma settlers.”

McFarland will also discuss environmental and economic reasons to plant trees and ways to care for these important plants that act as lungs for our planet.

Please pre-register at the Belle Isle Library reference desk for this free program or call 843-9601.

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.