2007 Library News

Libraries Recognize Oklahoma Centennial With Two Year-Long Celebrations

There has been public library service in central Oklahoma longer than Oklahoma has been a state, and throughout 2007, your Metropolitan Library System will draw from state history for a pair of unique presentations.

Beginning in February, MLS' weekly television program, “Read About It,” will add a year-long series of short segments with former Governor George Nigh relating an interesting story about an Oklahoman or Oklahoma incident.

Downtown librarian Larry Johnson, who is the curator of the Metropolitan Library's “Oklahoma Images” database, and the author of the monthly column “Oklahoma Images” in the library system's monthly magazine, info , wrote the first round of ten historical vignettes for television.

MLS television programming coordinator B.J. Williams has been working with the library system's television programs for over twenty years and is currently producer and host of “Read About It.”

“We've had guests on the show ranging from mystery writers Carolyn Hart and Bill Bernhardt to Attorney General Drew Edmondson,” Williams said, “but having Gov. Nigh agree to present our series of Oklahoma Moments was a special thrill. Not only is the governor one of Oklahoma 's most recognizable faces, but he's also one of our most popular statesmen.”

Librarian and historian Larry Johnson is also playing a large role in another MLS year-long Centennial production. Beginning in late January, look for a series of 12 unique bookmarks that will chronicle moments from Oklahoma County 's past. The bookmarks will be released one every month for the duration of 2007.

“We're adapting some of the stories from our online Oklahoma Images file,” Johnson said. “Each bookmark will have a short text and an historical photo from our collection.

“With the series of TV spots with Gov. Nigh, these bookmarks, ‘Oklahoma Images' in the magazine and online, MLS will be a great source of Oklahoma history and trivia during our Centennial year.”

To view more historical photos of Oklahoma county's past and read essays about many of the photos, visit Oklahoma Images on the Metropolitan Library System's website at www.metrolibrary.org.

“Read About It” airs on Cox Channel 7 in Oklahoma City and Norman, Mon-Fri at 9:00 a.m., Tues and Thurs at 4:30p, and Sat at 2:00p. The program can also be seen via Cox Cable in Tulsa , Okmulgee , Henryetta, Muskogee , Cushing, Drumright, Enid , and Stillwater .

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.