2007 Library News

Relive Unique Oklahoma Moments
at Metropolitan Library System Website

Everyone in Oklahoma knows who Will Rogers was, but how about Faubion Bowers or Kenneth Taylor?  “Oklahoma Moments” will tell you who they were, and a lot more.

“We wanted to develop something from scratch that would be a lasting contribution to Oklahoma’s centennial year,” said Donna Morris, Metropolitan Library System’s executive director.  The result is a series of short video spots called “Oklahoma Moments” that can be accessed from the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The spots were written by Larry Johnson, a librarian at the Downtown Library and author of the book “Historic Photos of Oklahoma City,” and were originally seen as a segment on the library system’s weekly television program, “Read About It.”  Television Programming Coordinator and program host B.J. Williams contacted former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh and asked him to be the library’s spokesman for this series.  Gov. Nigh was delighted.

“Gov. Nigh is perfect for something like ‘Oklahoma Moments’,” Williams said.  “He’s one of our great statesmen, but he’s very down to earth and knowledgeable, and he’s a delight to work with.”

“Oklahoma Moments” not only tells stories of our state’s best known personalities and events, but it also introduces viewers to some of our less-known figures.

“We didn’t want to just highlight historical figures people already know a lot about,” writer Larry Johnson said, “because most of us can identify more with folks whose names don’t appear in every history book.  Men like Faubion Bowers, who almost single-handedly saved Japan’s Kabuki theater after the war, or Lt. Kenneth Taylor, from Hominy, who was one of the two fliers who responded instantly to the attack on Pearl Harbor and shot down four enemy aircraft.

“We even have the story of Black Jack, the horse who represented a fallen leader when he was part of President Kennedy’s funeral procession.  Black Jack was from Oklahoma, too.”

 “I hope people will take a look at them, return for repeated visits.  They’ll make good discussion starters for history classes, too,” Morris said.

Oklahoma Moments can continue to be watched during Read About It, which is aired on Cox channel 7, Monday through Friday at 9am, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30pm or Saturday at 2pm. Or, they can be viewed anytime online at www.metrolibrary.org.

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.