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Meet Adam Smith, the Father of Modern Economics at the Belle Isle Library

Adam Smith, an 18th Century philosopher from Scotland, has been called “the father of free market economics.”  Find out what he really thought.

“Money Talk: An Afternoon with Adam Smith, the Father of Modern Economics” will take place at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, on Sunday, February 7, 2010, from 2-3pm.  The program is free and refreshments will be served.

“Adam Smith was born in 1723 and lived until 1790,” said Belle Isle librarian Ann Meeks, “and his book ‘The Wealth of Nations’ is considered the first book to take a close look at modern economic theory.  The things he wrote about 250 years ago are still pertinent to our modern economic system, and Smith has a lot to say about how we got into the mess we’re in today.”

But the program is no dry lecture on economics.  Adam Smith comes to life through the impersonation of scholar Dexter McBride, who has been re-enacting the character of Adam Smith for years.

“Students and anyone interested economics or 18th century ideas will be fascinated by Mr. McBride’s re-creation of Adam Smith,” Meeks added.

The program is suitable for all ages.  Please sign up at the Belle Isle Reference Desk.

For more information about this and other library programs, visit the Metropolitan Library System’s website, 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.