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October is Teen Read Month At MLS Libraries

What is Teen Read Month? 

That’s the time the American Library Association has set aside for libraries across the nation to put a special emphasis on the importance of encouraging teens to read.

Your Metropolitan Library System is recognizing central Oklahoma’s teens with a month of special programming, including lessons in drawing anime with Alex Brodt and much more.

“The theme this year is Read Beyond Reality,” said Emily Williams, MLS’s Young Adult Services Coordinator, “so all our programs and events are fantasy-based.  They center in on anime, mythology, things like that.  It’s all suggested by a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians and educators.” 

  The library system takes the month of October to encourage teens to: make time to read for the fun of it, use their local library to discover their interests, and to get reading materials and participate in events at their school or public library.

According to the Nation’s Report Card, many of Oklahoma’s eighth graders do not read at or above proficiency. Literacy is a topic of national concern, and falling test scores and lower graduation rates among teens today are a serious issue. A reading habit increases reading proficiency—the more teens read, the better they read.

“We try to offer programs that are of interest to teens that are already reading but want to enrich their knowledge,” Williams added, “as well as to teens who might just enjoy the program for the program's sake. Hopefully, it will inspire them to start reading."  

Here is the schedule for MLS’ Teen Read Month programming:

Anime Drawing with Alex Brodt

Choctaw Library – Thursday, October 1 at 6pm

Village Library – Monday, October 5 at 7:30pm

Edmond Library – Thursday, October 8 at 6pm

Del City Library – Saturday, October 10 at 3pm

Warr Acres Library – Thursday, October 15 at 6:30pm

Southern Oaks Library – Monday, October 19 at 7:30pm

Ralph Ellison Library – Saturday, October 24 at 3:30pm

Capitol Hill Library – Thursday, October 29 at 6pm

Midwest City Library – Saturday, October 31 at 3:30pm


Rock the Library

A special free after hours wizard rock concert featuring The Whomping Willows, Justin Finch-

Fletchley, and the Sugar Quills.

Downtown Library – Saturday, October 17 at 6-8pm


“I Love Edward” Movie Contest

Enter to win two tickets to the opening night of the movie New Moon.  Teens only.

Ralph Ellison Library – October 19-24


Alebrijes Folk Art From Mexico

Come learn about this Mexican folk art and make your own.

Del City Library – Tuesday, October 20 at 6pm

Southern Oaks Library – Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30pm


Extreme Makeover: Halloween Edition

Give your Halloween costume an edge this year.

Midwest City Library – Saturday, October 31 at 10:30am


Cosplay Contest

Winners will be announced.

Southern Oaks Library – Saturday, October 31 from 2-4pm.  Call 631-4468 for rules and more information.


For further information about any Teen Read Month event, visit the Metropolitan Library System website at www.metrolibrary.org, or call 606-3834.

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.