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Tricking out the Booktrucks at Metropolitan Libraries



They are library icons, as much a part of the library stereotype as the word “Shhh!”  They roll freely between the shelves, carrying items that have been returned to the library to their proper locations.  They bring new books to their new homes.  They are book shelves on wheels invented so people won’t have to carry armloads of books from place to place.  They are plain and utilitarian.  They are booktrucks.

And they’re ready to get glitzy and rock.

“There’s absolutely no reason why the poor overlooked booktruck has to remain unloved,” said MLS manager of marketing and communications Kim Terry.  “We’ve spruced up our delivery trucks.  We even added some glamour to city busses with pictures of our mascot, Spoticus the Dalmatian.  Now we’re asking the teens who are part of our Metamorphosis reading program this summer to help trick out the booktrucks.”

Teens are invited to pick the library they want to play for from three participating libraries—Warr Acres, Edmond, and Ralph Ellison--and turn a booktruck into a thing of beauty.  A covered wagon.  A rocket ship.  Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine—the choices are wide open, and the best creations can win a prize for the sponsoring library. 

 “Bring some bling or use whatever the librarian can dig up for a sick ride,” Terry added. “Creativity is the key, and the winners will be announced in August.”

            Workshops are scheduled for Warr Acres on June 26 at 7:00pm, at Edmond on July 8 at 4:00pm, and at Ralph Ellison on July 17 at 6:00pm.

            Jump in and keep on truckin’.

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.