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Original Paintings Revealed at Bethany Library In Celebration of Bethany Centennial

Everybody loves a birthday party.

Bethany Library will host a special event celebrating the City of Bethany Centennial on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at 2:00pm.  Four original paintings created by Oklahoma artist Danny Gordon especially for the library's children’s area will be debuted.

The quartet of paintings depict four children exploring their dreams through the magic of books. Several notable children who grew up in Bethany are featured in the paintings, including Allie Reynolds, pitching great for the New York Yankees, and world record-setting astronaut Shannon Lucid.

Bethany Mayor Bryan Taylor will participate in the art premier. Refreshments will feature a birthday cake to celebrate Bethany’s 100 years and Bethany Library’s 45th birthday.

Artist Danny Gordon has illustrated several children’s books and has offered drawing workshops for children at schools and libraries. Several years ago, he was commissioned by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries to do the artwork promoting the summer reading program in public libraries throughout the state. The commission for the new artwork at Bethany Library was made possible by a grant from the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System.

Artist Danny Gordon will be back at Bethany Library on Saturday, February 6, 2:00pm and 3:10pm to teach art classes for children ages 8-12. Reservations for the art classes can be made at the library information desk or by calling 789-8363, ext. 3.

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.