Enjoy a Cowboy Christmas With Jim Garling At Belle Isle Library


A holiday spent on the open plains of the Old West could have been mighty lonesome, but Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, 843-9601, has found a way to liven up the Wild West spirit of the season.

Cowboy Jim Garling brings the special sound of “A Cowboy Christmas” to Belle Isle on Sunday, December 2 for a 2:30 p.m. concert.  The event is free and suitable for all ages.

Garling describes his musical programs as “boots tapping, hands clapping, and grins growing.”  According to his website, “Jim loves reaching into the past not to imitate Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, but to combine their sounds for just the right mix of old-style, acoustic western cowboy music and western swing.”

“We’ve had Jim play at Belle Isle Library before,” said librarian Ann Meeks, “and ‘pleasure’ is not a strong enough word to convey the atmosphere at his performance.  This time he’ll be singing songs and telling stories from the trail, with an emphasis on the season.  He calls what he does ‘pure old western fun,’ and no one could disagree.”

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, 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.