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MLS Libraries Celebrate “Books With Bite”
During Teen Read Month

If you’re reading this and you are not a teenager, we’re sorry.  When you see the programs your Metropolitan Library System has scheduled to celebrate Teen Read Month, and you know you’re not a teen, well, we just hope you’re strong enough to face the disappointment.

Because October is Teen Read Month at the library, with great programs and contests, and when you see how MLS has tied this special time for teens in with Halloween, it’s wild enough to scare the red off a tomato.

“This has to be my favorite month of the year,” said MLS Young Adult Services Coordinator Emily Williams.  “I love planning these events and setting them up, and I love working with the Teen Specialists in the libraries.  And most of all, I love watching the teens have fun when they come to the library to learn how to create monster make-up, or create monster puppets, or, and this should really be a blast this year, seeing how well they’ve turned themselves into pop culture characters in our cosplay contest.”

“Cosplay,” a blend of the words “costume” and “play,” is an import from Japan.  The contest will be at the Southern Oaks Library on Halloween Eve.

  “Cosplay is duplicating as closely as possible the look of a copyrighted character through costuming and make-up,”  said Southern Oaks teen librarian John Hilbert. “It was originally just for characters in Japanese anime and manga, but now you see Star Wars characters all the time and, for awhile, the characters from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ were really popular.”  If this is right up your alley, call John Hilbert at the Southern Oaks Library, 631-4468 for more information.

Teens can learn the art of creating monster puppets and plushes at the Midwest City Library on October 28.  Puppet master James Cain will demonstrate how to use socks, stuffed animals, and other items.  The program is free but pre-registration is required.  For more information, call the Midwest City Library at 732-4828.

Returning is one of Teen Read Month’s most popular programs as make-up artists show teens how to make scars, bruises, warts, and all kind of gross disfigurations to wear on their faces.  It’s free, but again you need to pre-register.  A full schedule of times and places can be found below.

Teens with the urge to be scary but would rather use words to do it can enter the Ralph Ellison Library’s Scary Story Writing Contest for Teens.  If you like to read them, why not try your hand at writing one?  The contest begins on October 1 and lasts through the 31st.  Call the library at 424-1437 for more information.

But if your idea of a celebration is to have a party, three of our libraries are hosting parties inspired by the hottest teen fantasy series on the shelves right now, Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series, books with real bite.  Yes, they’re vampire-themed books and parties full of games, food, music, prizes, and more!  Come dressed as Bella, Edward or Jacob or any one of the book’s vampires or werewolves to participate in the costume contest.

“Every year our Teen Read Month-a-Palooza just gets bigger and better,” Emily Williams said.  “I know the teens who participate in one or more of our events will have a great time.  I’m not a teen anymore, but I’ll have a great time because I’ve anointed myself as an Honorary Teen.

“As for the rest of you,” she added with a wicked smile, “maybe someone will start an annual ‘You’re Not A Teen So You’re Just Outta Luck Day’.”

Schedule of events:

Horror Make-Up

  • Thursday, October 9 at 6:30pm at the Choctaw Library, 2525 Muzzy Street, 390-8418.
  • Saturday, October 11 at 2:00pm at the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, 843-9601.
  • Saturday, October 18 at 1:00pm at the Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th, 672-1377
  • Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30pm at The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania, 755-0710
  • Thursday, October 23 a 6:30pm at the Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26th, 634-6308
  • Saturday, October 25 at 2:00pm at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, 843-9601

Twilight Party

  • Thursday, October 16 at 6:30pm at the Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker, 631-4468
  • Saturday, October 18 at 2:00pm at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno, 732-4828
  • Saturday, October 18 at 7:00pm at the Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, 231-8650

Monster Puppets

  • Tuesday, October 28 at 4:00pm at the Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno, 732-4828

Cosplay Contest

  • Thursday, October 30 at 6:30pm at the Southern Oaks Library,  6900 S. Walker, 631-4468

Scary Story Writing Contest for Teens

  • October 1 – October 31 at the Ralph Ellison Library, 1918 NW 23rd,  424-1437.

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