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We think this issue of info will put a smile on your face because the Calendar of Events is chock-full of holiday-themed events from neighborhood libraries all across the county. Whether you’re in the mood

to make some craft items you can give as gifts, or just looking for a holiday party your whole family will enjoy, you’ve come to the right place.

And as a preview of good things to come in the New Year, let us take a moment to whet your appetite

for our 10th Annual Winter Readfest for adults. In 2013 we’ll have prizes that include eReaders, classic

iPods for audiobooks, family memberships to a variety of organizations, gift cards, and more. Come back in January for full details.

But in the meantime, we’re serving up slices of the holidays for everyone. As always, the MLS Feast is all you can eat.

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Reviews & Recommendations Looking for something different to read, watch, or listen to? Check out the books, DVDs, and CDs that caught our reviewers’ attention this month.

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Oklahoma Memories

The Song Is Gone But the Memory Lingers On by Larry Johnson

Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! will celebrate its 60th anniversary as our official state song next year, so I thought it might be fitting to say goodbye yet again to our original official state song, Oklahoma – A Toast.

klahoma – A Toast was penned in 1904 by Kingfisher College student Harriet Parker Camden. You probably didn’t know that Kingfisher had a Congregational college in territorial days, though it did produce three Rhodes Scholars during its short life on the prairie. Harriet, daughter of the college’s founder, wrote the winning entry in a contest to decide the state anthem. The Parkers were typical homesteaders who had lived in Michigan (where Harriet was born), Illinois, and Wichita before staking a claim near Kingfisher during the 1889 Land Run when Harriet was a teenager. Her father, Joseph, loved his new home and often took his daughter on buggy rides all over the new territory in order to admire the landscape and the brilliant sunsets. The song was inspired by those trips and dedicated to him. Harriet never saw the subject of her song become a state, however – she married and left for California in 1906 to lead a Steinbeckian life of olive and orange growing. Apparently the song was a big hit and quite zippy for the day. But although children sang it in school every morning, it wasn’t officially adopted as the state song until 1935. The reason may have been that the legislature was too busy with more important matters (like impeaching governors) but I suspect that the veiled references to drinking (e.g. vintage and quaff ) may not have been acceptable in our dry state. You can see some similarities between Harriet’s song and Oklahoma!, the difference of course being that Oklahoma! ups the ante on everything: the corn is higher, the land we belong to is grander and those four syllables in the name are sung just a bit longer and louder. There’s also no confusion over how to rhyme “half ” and “quaff ”. Well, hoist a quaff for good ol’ Oklahoma on December 21.

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If you’d like to play or sing the song yourself, you can find a copy in our Oklahoma Folklore database at http://cybermarsx.mls.lib.ok.us/ Folklore/Originals/XVII-1_005.pdf or just search “Oklahoma — a Toast.” Larry “Buddy” Johnson has been with MLS since 1998. Not only a librarian at the Downtown Library, he is the brilliant mind behind the Oklahoma Images database which is a collection of pictures and essays that illustrate the history of central Oklahoma.

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Reviews & Recommendations EASY/ SCH ON THE SHELF

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz Standing up to bullies. Empowerment. The value of hard work. Girl Power. All lessons you wouldn’t expect to see in a book that presents a fresh spin on the story of the three little pigs. And, it’s all done in rhyme. Riding on the wave of bully awareness, The Three Ninja Pigs takes the classic story of whiny, wimpy pigs who get their houses blown down and creates a new version of the empowered pig. The three pigs decide to learn martial arts in order to stop the wolf bully who is going around fairy tale town terrorizing everyone. The first pig learns aikido, but he doesn’t spend much time developing his skill, so he quickly runs wee wee all the way to his sister, the last pig, who spends much more time practicing and working out to learn karate. Sister pig masters her power pork chop, sending the wolf running.

reviewed by Jennifer Jones I like the stance this book takes by teaching kids that you don’t have to put up with a situation even if it’s been going on a long time. I also appreciate the way the pig with the best work ethic is rewarded (and it happens to be a girl) by being the superhero of the story, and is able to stop the bully in his tracks. This author clearly crafted a story rich in lessons that kids should learn today. And the rhymes and play on words related to pigs and pork make the story funny as well. It’s like the classic fairy tale collided with Kung Fu Panda. Kids will love it! Jennifer is the Children’s Services Associate Librarian at the Capitol Hill Library. She loves reading, music, and doing fun, spontaneous things with her kids.

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Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed There is something compelling about a memoir that shows the ability of the human spirit to persevere through uncomfortable, grueling conditions. Wild by Cheryl Strayed is one of those type of books along with Ernest Shackleton’s Antartic adventure South and the recently published Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand about the trials of Louis Zamperini. In Wild we see that the author actually chose to put herself through the difficult task of walking the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Oregon in the winter months, but the dramatic effect on the reader is no less riveting than exploring in some more exotic location. Strayed was going though emotional difficulties after a painful divorce and the death of her mother. She made the bold step to make the long journey as a way to come to terms with the changes in her life. She relates the story of her past while moving forward in the present along the trail. She encounters bad icy weather, snow storms, wild animals, leering men, running out of water, running out of money. 6 n info METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM magazine n December 2012

reviewed by Christine Bassett She plans ahead sending boxes of food, money and clean clothes to various towns and post offices along the trail so that she wouldn’t have to carry all her provisions along the way. Even so, she is an inexperienced hiker, her pack is far too heavy and her boots are too small. She develops blisters on her feet so severe that her skin peels off with her socks. At one point she finds herself hiking in sandals because her boots have disintegrated. Strayed writes about her past both with brutal honesty and without self pity. Her ability to keep going to reach her goal which is to end her pilgrimage at the Bridge of the Gods in Columbia is what makes this book such compelling reading from start to finish. This title is also available as an audiobook CD, an EPUB book, a WMA audiobook, and in a Kindle edition.

Christine Bassett has worked for the MLS for over 10 years. She currently works as a reference librarian at Belle Isle and is a volunteer community literacy tutor in her spare time.


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The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

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Pagford is a picturesque English town with an ugly slum, the Fields. The citizens of this small town are so connected that their every movement impacts others. Barry is a town councilor, a mentor, and a banker. Tessa is a loving wife and a school counselor. Kay is a gifted social worker. Teri is addicted to illegal drugs. Howard is head of the town council, owner of the deli, and morbidly obese. Parminder is his doctor. Simon hits his wife and his children despite his glorious view of the river from his hilltop house. Of these, only Barry, Teri, and Simon grew up in the Fields. But all of their teenage children are struggling with abuse: drug abuse, parental abuse, self-abuse, bullying, or other risky behaviors. A “casual vacancy” occurs when a town councilor dies unexpectedly. So the book is about small town politics. It’s also about poverty, race, neglect, addictions, and gossip. And almost everyone has a

computer, so the gossip and bullying go viral. Bottom line, this is a heartbreaking tale about parenting, parenting our own children, yes, especially our teenagers, but also accepting responsibility for the welfare of all the children in our community. Even readers with no children, even those who never wanted children, will be moved by these timeless characters. Rowling’s first adult novel is not an easy read. But once you hurdle the Briticisms and the dozens of major characters, it is definitely worth the effort. Rowling is the new Dickens. This title is also available from MLS as a Playaway, an audiobook CD, and in large print. Marilyn Backus has worked for the Metropolitan Library System for over 20 years. She currently works in the Materials Selection department and selects many of the great non-fiction titles and features films that you can check out at the library.

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The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain

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In his Afterword, editor Charles Ardai makes an observation essential to “getting” The Cocktail Waitress: “No femme fatale thinks she is one, or admits it if she does.” And this is significant how? The book’s narrator and titular character, Joan Medford, tells us that she’s just buried her husband, an abusive jerk who drunkenly plowed into a tree in a borrowed car leaving Joan and their young son penniless. The boy has gone to live with his aunt, who wants to raise him as her own. Joan takes a job in a middle-brow bar/restaurant where she meets two men who take an interest in her—one good looking, young and broke, and the other old and rich. And Marriageable. And with a severe heart condition. James M. Cain specialized in these “love knots,” as

he called them. You sit back and wait for Joan and the rich guy to marry, and then for him to die in a way that implicates his widow and her boy friend. Well, you think you’re going to sit back, but on the last page (the final two words, actually) Cain yanks the chair out from under you. Written in 1975, two years before Cain’s death, The Cocktail Waitress was thought to be an urban legend until Ardai found it in pieces and reconstructed it. I guess miracles do happen. This title is also available as a WMA audiobook and an EPUB eBook. Doug Bentin edits and writes in info magazine.

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Amped by Daniel H. Wilson “Soon your child will be the only normal child. Left behind. And even if your community doesn’t upgrade, others will. So if you don’t live in a flashy place like Los Angeles or New York City, why, you just might watch your whole town get left behind. How then will you protect your children?” Owen Gray is not particularly young or athletic. Nor is he all that smart. His most distinguishing characteristic is that he suffered from epilepsy as a kid. As such, he was the perfect candidate for the Neural Autofocus MK-4 Brain Implant, which modulated the brain activity causing the seizures. It helped him focus, function, and fit in. He is an “amp.” He’s also a deadly weapon – he just doesn’t know it yet.  The new technology quickly changes the landscape, putting an end to physical and learning disabilities, providing mobility to amputees and the wheelchair bound. The playing field is leveled and jobs become

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reviewed by Jana Hausburg scarce. A movement called the Pure Human’s Citizen’s Council pits “amplified” humans against “pure” humans. The Supreme Court rules that amps are not protected in the same was as pures. And a new class war begins. Owen just wants to survive. He finds himself on the run to a small town in rural Oklahoma. There he meets the charismatic and crazy Lyle Crosby, who proclaims himself leader of the amps and has a dark vision for the future. Owen’s gift becomes apparent under Lyle’s tutelage, and he must decide for himself who is right and who is wrong. Who is good and who is bad? What makes one truly human? This title is also available from MLS as an audiobook CD, a WMA audiobook, an EPUB ebook, and in a Kindle edition. With her sharply-honed reviewing skills, Jana Hausburg is ready to tackle any literary challenge. Except, maybe, vampire romance. She is also the manager at the Capitol Hill Library.

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Gem of a Ghost by Sue Ann Jaffarian Emma Whitecastle first learned that she could see and talk with spirits in Ghost a la Mode, the first book in the Ghost of Granny Apples series. After she proved the innocence of her great-great-great grandmother, Granny’s ghost became her sidekick and helped Emma solve the mysterious disappearance of a young actress in Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini. In Gem of a Ghost, Emma is called on to help a friend, Joanne, who feels she is being haunted by her late husband, Max Naiman, a successful actor who supposedly committed suicide. Emma learns that their daughter, Lainey, has also attempted suicide multiple times and is now at a residential facility for those with emotional issues. When Emma interviews Lainey, she learns that Lainey 8 n info METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM magazine n December 2012

reviewed by Phyllis Davidson felt as if something was urging her to hurt herself, but something else was helping her resist that force. Emma and Granny set out to try to discover whether there really is a malevolent ghost out there, and if so, how they can help the ghost return peacefully to the other side. I was skeptical at the beginning of each of these books, but each one turned out to be surprisingly interesting. Definitely not your typical horror scenario, most of the ghosts in this series are quite friendly and helpful. Phyllis Davidson is a librarian at the Downtown Library. She is the editor of a family newsletter, teaches genealogy classes to customers at the library, and delves into her own family history outside the library walls.


December Holidays for Everyone

o you ever wonder about the other winter holidays, the ones that are lesser known in Oklahoma? Everyone knows about the major celebrations, the ones we love in spite of commercialization, but there are several others you can find out about by exploring at the library. MLS has a vast collection of titles that are carefully selected to satisfy all reading levels. From detailed volumes for curious adults to simple texts for school kids writing reports, we’ve got books for you to browse through, read casually, or study. The nice thing about being a library customer, as you know, is that if you want more details you can always ask a librarian to help you find the right book. The winter solstice is the time at which the sun appears to be at its closest point to the horizon. Old Sol hanging low in the sky has always seemed significant to people of all cultures, who take notice of it in different ways. December is a month of more than one important holiday. Bodhi Day is celebrated by Buddhists on December 8 in commemoration the enlightenment experienced by Siddhartha Gautama while sitting under a Pipal tree, the event that him into the Buddha. In December, Hindus observe Pancha Ganapati, a five-day celebration of Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed patron of art and science, the remover of obstacles. Dongzhi (“the extreme of winter”) is the winter solstice festival of the Chinese. An expression of the Taoist “yin / yang”

principle of complimentary opposites, it is also celebrated around December 22. Muslims observe the 10th day of the 12th month as Eid-al-Adha, commemorating Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, a prophet and ancestor of Mohammad. The festival lasts for four days. Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, and one of the most important Jewish holidays. Lasting eight days and nights, and beginning on the 25th day of Kislev (December 8), Hanukkah celebrates the revolution of the Jewish people against suppression. Kwanzaa, lasting from December 26 through January 1, is the only one of the major December holidays that was deliberately created and has a definite starting date, 1966. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” An example of a Native American winter solstice festival is the Hopi’s Soyaluna on December 22. It is a time for saying prayers for the New Year and for wishing each other health and prosperity. To learn more about these and other popular holiday celebrations, take a look at books with the 394 shelf number. Better yet, ask a librarian to take you to them. You may find out that every day is a holiday for somebody.

One For the Nooks You probably know that one of the recent additions to the MLS family of library services is the ability of customers to “check out” eBooks for a variety of eReaders. You can pop your current read into your pocket or purse and still have room to spare. The convenience is great, but the only drawback for some is the fact that you have to connect your eReader to a computer to complete the download. Not anymore. If you use a Nook eReader, you can now download library books wirelessly, cutting out entirely the need for a standard computer to complete your library transaction. If you have a Nook Tablet, Nook Color or Nook HD, you’ll need to install the OverDrive Media Console App, which is available free from Barnes and Noble. As with most tablet services, B&N requires a credit card on file for app downloads even though the app is free. Visit the MLS website at www. metrolibrary.org to find full instructions on how to begin. Go to the slider labeled “eMedia Apps Available” at the top of the homepage. If you have trouble getting started, send an email to webmaster@metrolibrary.org. Now, start reading.

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The MLS Tradition of Greatness Continued in 2011-2012 very year about this time we at the Metropolitan Library System pause for a quick look back at our achievements in the year just completed, then take a deep breath and get ready to accomplish even more in the year to come. Getting better all the time is one of our most notable traditions. Just take a look at our success as reflected in usage stats: . New Cards Issued: 42,611 . Total Registered Borrowers: 408,504 . Total Circulation: 6,237,809 . Total Library Visits: 2,661,643 . Total Program Attendance: 167,755 . Total Programs: 8,735 . Library Internet Computer Users: 692,985 In FY 2011-2012 we continue to improved our digital presence by adding new databases. We’ve offered free digital checkouts for new and classic books for a few years, but now customers with most eReaders can check out eBooks wirelessly, without having to cable the eReader to the computer and sync. In addition to new services, we also treat our most recognizable and popular programs as works in progress. We introduced some innovative features to our annual Summer Reading festival, including a Summer Reading

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Game and a book of coupons for a variety of wellreceived reading incentives. The most excitement in 2012 was generated by the Grand Opening of the new Patience S. Latting Northwest Library at 5600 NW 122nd Street, and the re-opening of the renovated Southern Oaks Library at 6900 S. Walker. The Northwest Library was the realization of a dream. A long time in the making, the library received rave reviews from the hundreds of people who now think of it as their library home. More new and renovated libraries are on the horizon. We’re working with the City of Jones for a new, permanent library building in that community, and Capitol Hill Library will soon enjoy a re-do as well. A bonus advantage from the Southern Oaks renovation came in the form of the Almonte Library, the temporary replacement for the closed Southern Oaks. We were blown away to discover that within a ten month period, the Almonte location had 5,606 new customers that had not used any of the Metropolitan Libraries previously. Now Almonte is closed for renovations and will re-open in early 2013 as a new library. As you can see, nothing slows us down for long. Creating the best public library service in Oklahoma is what we do. It’s a long distance marathon, and we’re still on our first wind.


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All MLS Libraries will be closed December 23, 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas. Libraries close at 6pm on December 31.

Sat: 9-5 Sun: 1-6

Gaming Club Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 4-5p Teens Come join the fun at your library! Everything from chess to Xbox Kinect will be available to play. Different games each week. You don’t want to miss out!

Build Your Own Business Dec 17 | Mon | 6:30-8p Adults Explore the options of being your own boss with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. They will discuss essential questions about the process and the planning necessary to be a small business owner. Participants will learn about business plans, business structures, taxes, loans and much more. Cosponsor: SCORE and Small Business Administration.

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Belle Isle Anime/Manga Club Dec 17 | Mon | 4-5p Teens Every third Monday of the month from 4-5pm share and discuss your favorite Anime and Manga. Screen new Anime episodes! *Anime may contain material that is considered unsuitable for ages 13 and younger.

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After School at Your Library Dec 3 | Mon | 4-5p Ages 10-16 Have fun with art! Work on creative projects and learn about different kinds of artistic expression. Supplies and snacks will be provided. Call the Information Desk for more information and to sign up.

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See pages 23, 25 & 26 for more Belle Isle Library programs/events. Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) Counseling Dec 1,15 | Sat | 9:30a-12:30p Adults If you are interested in starting a new business or are a business owner in need of assistance, counseling is available on the first and third Saturday of the month. The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) will offer free confidential assistance for small business owners, one-on-one. Sign up at the Information Desk for an appt. Cosponsor: Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE). Cowboy Jim Garling Performs Dec 2 | Sun | 2:30-3p All ages Join Cowboy Jim Garling as he performs songs and tells stories from the trail. Get ready for the holiday season as he sings a few cowboy Christmas songs too.

Yoga Maya Class Dec 4,11 | Tue | 5:30-6:30p Teens and adult This five-week program, which began in Nov., will involve yoga lessons, or sutras, along with meditation and tai chi. If you have a mat, you may bring it, but it’s not required. You may want to bring a pillow if kneeling is difficult. Space is limited, so sign up at the Information Desk. Meditation Made Simple Dec 9 | Sun | 2-3:30p Adults Presented by Wayne McEvilly, Ph.D. in music and metaphysics. This session will provide you with one simple technique. Knitting Guild of OKC Dec 9 | Sun | 3:30-5:30p Teens-adults Join a group of kindred spirits to knit and chat. All knitters from wantabees to advanced are encouraged to attend. Each month includes an educational technique and you can explore the plethora of knitting books available at your library. For questions email Mschoir01@ gmail.com, Melissa.ryan@tinker.af.mil or call 361-2044 or 739-5799.

ABC Christmas Dec 19 | Wed | 10-10:45a Pre-kindergarten Storytime with Ms.B will be focusing on stories in books that emphasize knowing the letters of the alphabet. Playtime will follow with letter recognition activities. Pre-register at 843-9601. Belle Isle Teen Crafts Dec 20 | Thur | 4-5p Teens Come join us every third Thursday of the month for an arts and craft extravaganza! A different craft project every month. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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Play & Story Time Dec 13 | Thur | 9:30-10:15a and 10:30-11:15a Age 18 mos - 4 yrs Enjoy play time with your child plus a story, music and nursery rhymes. For child with adult. Choose the 9:30 or 10:30 session. Preregister at the library Information Desk or call 789-8363, ext. 3.

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Navidad: Christmas Traditions from Mexico Dec 11 | Tue | 6:30-7:15p Ages 3-11 Learn about Christmas traditions from Mexico through stories and songs. Enjoy holiday treats. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 789-8363, ext. 3.

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Holiday Open House Dec 8 | Sat | 2-3p All ages Come and go holiday open house with the piano jazz music of Martha Stallings. Holiday songs and jazz favorites make this a special treat. Desserts from many lands will be served. Children under 12 will receive a treat bag.

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Fantasy Drawing Dec 1 | Sat | 2-4p Teens Discover fantasy elements in art and learn drawing tips and techniques in this beginner’s class. There will be time for in-class work with practice and critique.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Club Dec 1 | Sat | 10-11:30a Teens (Ages 12-18) Bring your friends and your Yu-Gi-Oh! deck to trade, duel, or just talk Yu-Gi-Oh!

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N. Mueller Ave.

N. Rockwell Ave.

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See page 25 for more Capitol Hill Library programs/events. Homework and Reading Help Dec 3-6 | Weekdays| 3:30-5p Grades K-12 Volunteers will be standing by to offer oneon-one homework and reading help. Need help with algebra, science, and spelling, or just need some reading practice? You will find it here! Sign up when you come in, and get ready to ace your classes this year! (Homework & Reading Help/Safari After School will be on Holiday break from Dec. 10-Jan. 8, 2013. Join us for Holiday Fun Week on Dec. 10-14.)

evenings from September 10th-December 10th. Register by calling the library, or sign up at the Information Desk. Tell Me a Story: Book and Craft Dec 4 | Tue | 10:30-11:30a Ages 6 and younger with adult Hearing stories is one of the best ways for babies and young children to develop early language and literacy skills. Our story time is a fast paced, fun event adapted for short attention spans. Stories, songs and games are followed by a fun craft and healthy snack. This story time is the perfect way to introduce the library and all the fun and learning it offers to your little one. Please call 634-6308 for more information. Kids On the Hill Book Club Dec 4,18 | Tue | 4-5:30p Grades 2-4 Kids are introduced to both fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of subjects, and practice and hone their reading and comprehension skills. Crafts and activities related to the books will be planned, and snacks will be offered as well. Space is limited, so please call 634-6308 to reserve your spot! Chess Club Remix Dec 6 | Thur | 4-6p Kids and teens Come play chess in a relaxed, informal setting. Chess players can share tips and skills and teach others to play. Every Thursday. (Times may vary depending on availability of volunteers. Please call ahead to verify at 634-6308.) Holiday Open House Dec 8 | Sat | 1-4p All ages Stop by for a day of fun, holiday style. Free photos with Santa (appointment required), holiday themed art, give-a-ways, and live music. Don’t miss this annual Capitol Hill tradition. Call 634-6308 to reserve your spot on Santa’s lap!

After School at Your Library Dec 3 | Mon | 4-5p Ages 10-16 Have fun with art! Work on creative projects and learn about different kinds of artistic expression. Supplies and snacks will be provided. Call the Information Desk to sign up.

Holiday Fun Week: Make & Take Gift Craft Dec 10 | Mon | 3:30-5p Grades K-12 Make and take a holiday themed craft to take home. Make one for yourself, and one to give away.

Conversational Spanish Dec 3,10 | Mon | 5:30-7p Adults This course is designed for individuals who already have a basic understanding of the Spanish language, and want to further increase their Spanish speaking skills. This is a three month class that will meet on Monday

Tell Me a Story: Move and Groove Dec 11 | Tue | 10:30-11:30a Ages 6 and younger with adult Hearing stories is one of the best ways for babies and young children to develop early language and literacy skills. Our story time is a fast paced, fun event adapted for short attention spans. Stories, songs and games are

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followed by a movement and action games, and healthy snack. This story time is the perfect way to introduce the library and all the fun and learning it offers to your little one.

some post-holiday fun instead! Play Xbox 360 Kinect and Game Cube, or bring your Beyblade or Yu-Gi-Oh cards and battle your friends.

Holiday Fun Week: It’s a Wrap Dec 11 | Tue | 3:30-5p Grades K-12 Create a one of a kind piece of wrapping paper, and learn how to wrap a gift too.

You Pick It Movie Matinee Dec 28 | Fri | 2-4p All ages Choose from a few favorite films and selections, stay warm and cozy at the library. Refreshments will be provided.

Holiday Fun Week: You Pick It Holiday Classic Movie Dec 14 | Fri | 2-4p Grades K-12 Choose from a few holiday classic movie options. You pick it! Refreshments will be provided. All ages can enjoy this holiday film. Tell Me a Story: Parachute Play Dec 18 | Tue | 10:30-11:30a Ages 6 and younger with adult Hearing stories is one of the best ways for babies and young children to develop early language and literacy skills. Our story time is a fast paced, fun event adapted for short attention spans. Stories, songs and games are followed by parachute play and healthy snack. Parachute play is an excellent way to help children learn how to cooperate and follow directions. This story time is the perfect way to introduce the library and all the fun and learning it offers to your little one. Bilingual Story Time - English y Español Dec 20 | Thur | 6:30-7:15p Age 2-6 Kids love to hear a story! Join us for story times featuring nursery rhymes, popular children’s books and beloved authors. Craft or play activity will be included. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Winter Games Fest Dec 27 | Thur | 2-3:30p Ages 10 and older Don’t be out in the cold! Visit the library for

2525 Muzzy St., Choctaw (405) 390-8418 HOURS Mon-Thur: 9-9 Fri: 9-6

Sat: 9-5 Sun: 1-6 Muzzy St.

Metropolitan Library Commission of Oklahoma County Dec 13 | Thur | 3:30-5p Capitol Hill Library 334 S.W. 26th OKC, OK 405.634.6308 The public is welcome to attend.

Lil’ Lit’ Club Dec 5,12 | Wed | 1:30-2p Children who can read Come read with us on Wednesdays at Lil’Lit Club-reading and fun related activities. Participants will benefit from reading the book in advance with their families. Stop by the reference desk to get the next title or call 390-8418. Check with the Information Desk for next title.

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Holiday Fun Week: Cookie Decorating Dec 12 | Wed | 3:30-5p Grades K-12 Nothing says the holidays like decorated sugar cookies! Come make your own sweet holiday creation.

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See pages 23 & 26 for more Choctaw Library programs/events. LEGO Book Trailer Contest Dec 1-26 Ages 5-11 LEGO creations wanted! Submissions may be created from real LEGOs or photos of a LEGO creation or original computer generated creation. Entries should depict some aspect of a book: plot, character, scene or significant object from the story. Entries must be turned in between Dec. 1st and Dec. 26th. Lapsit Storytime Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 9:30-10a Ages 6 months-3 years Join us for simple songs, rhymes, and stories for parents and babies to enjoy together. Call 390-8418 or stop by the Information Desk to sign up. Preschool Storytime Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 10:30-11a Ages 3-5 Build early literacy skills. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and just plain fun. Older and younger siblings welcome.

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Collage Creations Workshop with Diane Dec 4 | Tue | 6-8p Adults 18-older Talented Choctaw resident Diane Lumley will lead this workshop for holiday gift-giving. Bring old photographs and memorabilia that can be cropped and matted to create a one-of-a kind memorable collage. Art supplies will be provided. Preregistration preferred. Space is limited to 20. Cosponsor: Eastern Oklahoma County Tech.

Parachute Play Dec 6 | Thur | 10:30-11a Ages 3-5 While playing games with a parachute, children will have the opportunity to practice skills such as: following directions, socializing with others, using language, using small and large muscles, and remaining in control during active play. Class size is limited to 12 children and their parent or caregiver. Call 390-8418. Cupcake Social Dec 6 | Thur | 6-7p Teens Take time out to join us for a cupcake and hot chocolate social. Decorate your cupcakes using our fully-stocked goodies bar and enjoy them with some hot chocolate, music, good company and good conversation. Open Play Time Dec 8 | Sat | 10-11a Age 6 months-5 yrs w/parent Sharing in playtime with your young child helps promote learning and development. Each second Saturday the Choctaw Library provides a roomful of great toys for children. Join in the fun! Call 390-8418 to register. Coupon Mania Workshop Dec 11 | Tue | 6-7:30p Adults Librarian Susie Beasley will share moneysaving tips and techniques for coupon clipping and holiday savings ideas. Preregistration required. Space is limited! Cosponsor: Eastern Okla County Tech Center.


Origami & Ductagami Dec 20 | Thur | 4-5:30p Ages 9 and older Let your fingers do the folding, beat the winter blues and make a gift for someone. Folding and taping skills needed. Paper and duct tape provided. Call 390-8418 to sign up. LEGO Club Dec 26 | Wed | 4-5:30p All ages Build with the LEGO Club at the Choctaw Library. Open to all ages. LEGOs provided.

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Ayumu Anime Club Dec 4 | Tue | 4:30-5:30p Teens Share and discuss your favorite Anime and Manga. Screen new anime episodes each month! Snacks will be provided so come join the fun! Anime may contain material that is considered unsuitable for ages 13 and younger. Please call 672-1377 for more information or to sign up.

HOURS Mon-Thur: 9-9 Fri: 9-6

Movie Night Dec 5 | Wed | 6-8p All ages Please join us for a “Night at the Movies!” The curtain goes up at 6pm and all are welcome to attend! Please call for movie titles and ratings. Storytime Dec 7 | Fri | 10:30-11a Ages 3-6 Please join us for stories, songs, action rhymes, and more. To sign up visit us at the Del City Library or call 672-1377. Teen Reads Book Club Dec 11 | Tue | 4:30-5:30p Teens Hey teens, do you like books and pizza? Of course you do! Read the book first or read it after, just be ready to talk books! This month we are reading UnWholly by Neal Shusterman. Reserve a copy or stop by the Information Desk to pick up a copy of the book. LEGO Club Dec 17 | Mon | 4:30-5:30p All ages Love LEGOs? Come build with us! On the third Monday of every month we will host the DC Library LEGO Club. Bricks provided. Children younger than 8 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Busy Person’s Book Club Dec 20 | Thur | 6-7p Adults Do you like good books and good conversation, but don’t have a lot of time on your hands? Come to the Busy Person’s Book Club! Each month’s selection is under 200 pages long and is sure to grab your attention quick and hold it until the very last page. This month we are reading A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg. Call 672-1377 or stop by the Information Desk to reserve your copy of this month’s book selection.

300 Park Ave., OKC (405) 231-8650

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N. Harvey St.

Ookami Anime Club Dec 15 | Sat | 2:30-4p Teens Share and discuss your favorite Anime and Manga (Japanese drawings and cartoons). Screen new Anime episodes each month! Snacks will be provided so come join the fun! Anime may contain material that is considered unsuitable for ages 13 and younger.

one homework help on a first come, first served basis. Sign up when you come in, and get ready to ace your classes this year!

N. Hudson St.

Pizza and Plots-Teen Book Club Dec 12 | Wed | 4:30-5:30p Teens Choctaw Library has a book club just for Teens! Come enjoy pizza, snacks and drinks as we talk about awesome books. At each meeting, we choose the next month’s book, so just call the library at 390-8418 to find out what we’re reading.

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See page 23 for more Downtown Library programs/events. Computer Basics Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 6-7:30p Adult Join us for an introductory class that will teach basic navigation and common uses for computers and software such as web browsing, Microsoft Word, Excel and basic computer security. Classes are held in the Route 66 Computer Lab. No registration necessary. Movie Night Dec 5,12,19,26 | Wed | 6-8p Adults Join us for an action packed adventure, a good laugh or heartfelt drama every Wednesday on the big screen in the 46th Star Auditorium. Movies are rated PG-13. For a current listing of titles visit www.metrolibrary.org Urban Sprouts Story Time Dec 6,20 | Thur | 10-10:30a Ages 1-5 We are taking the old school storytime and giving it a fresh, new, hip twist for all the urban toddlers and their parents out there... Every first & third Thursday. Noon Tunes Dec 6,13,20,27 | Thur | Noon-2p All ages Cosponsored by the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System. Performing in December are: Dec 6: Stephanie Jackson Dec 13: Oklahoma Strings Quartet Dec 20: Rice Dance Band Dec 27: Wayne McEvilly -Joy of Mozart

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december Meditation Made Simple Dec 7 | Sat | Noon-1p Adults Presented by Wayne McEvilly, Ph.D. in music and metaphysics. This session will provide you with one simple technique. Urban Sprouts-Wild Card Dec 13 | Fri | 10-10:30a Ages 1-5 We could be creating a craft or enjoying a performance...Maybe we will be doing a song & a dance.... or meeting a wacky, wild visitor. You’ll have to stop in to find out what this month’s Wild Card is going to be! Offered the second Thursday of each month.

Edmond Library

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See pages 25 & 26 for more Edmond Library programs/events. Stamp Club Dec 1,15 | Sat | 10a-Noon 4th Grade and higher Are you looking for a new hobby? Join experienced stamp collectors who can guide you in this rewarding venture. To pre-register call 348-4607. Readers’ Choice Book Club Dec 1 | Sat | 10:30a-Noon Adults The Reader’s Choice Book Club will meet the first Saturday of the month in December at the Edmond Library. The group consists of people who enjoy reading outstanding books and discussing them. The book selection for December is Christmas Wedding by James Patterson. Edmond Library Book Bunch Dec 1 | Sat | 2-3:30p Seniors Edmond’s Book Bunch meets monthly to discuss important and memorable fiction.

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December’s book is Rainwater by Sandra Brown. This is an historical novel that follows an independent woman who runs a boarding house in Texas. Contact the library to reserve a copy. Advanced Farsi Dec 2,9,16 | Sun | 1:30-2:30p Adults and teens For those who have some familiarity with spoken and written Farsi. Supply charge is $30 per month, payable to the instructor. All written materials are provided by instructor. Beginning Farsi Dec 2,9,16 | Sun | 2:30-3:30p Adults and teens For those who have no prior experience speaking or writing Farsi. Supply charge is $30 per month, payable to the instructor. All written materials are provided by the instructor. Preschool Storytime Dec 3,10,17 | Mon | 10-10:30a Ages 3-5 For all children ages 3-5, join us for story time. There will be songs, fingerplays, puppets, hidden mysteries, occasional crafts and special stories. Early reading literacy skills will be emphasized. Come and join the fun. Lapsit Playtime and Storytime Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 9-9:45a and 10-10:45a and 11-11:45a Ages birth - 2 yrs old Playtime is not only a wonderful bonding and socializing time for you and your little one, but it is also an educational time, encouraging sensory and motor skill development; while storytime helps to develop early literacy and language skills. Together, it all just equals fun, so come join us! Chess Club for Teens Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 6-7p Teens Free Chess Club for Teens meets Tuesday nights 6:00 to 7:00. All skill levels are welcome. Students can play others who are learning or have prior skills in the game. Local mom and coach provides materials and instructions.class. Cosponsor: OCCC. Baby Bounce Dec 5,12,19 | Wed | 9-9:45a Birth to 18 months Playtime is a special time for you and your baby to bond and socialize, but it is educational too, encouraging sensory and motor development. Playtime is followed by a bouncy and fun lapsit storytime just for this age, with rhymes, rhythms, songs and a story designed to develop their emerging literacy and language skills.

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55+ Coffee Break Dec 5,12,19 | Wed | 9:30-11a Seniors Come to the Edmond Library for a coffee break made just for you. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be served along with light refreshments. Mingle and talk about your favorite books or activities. We will have some books on the side for you to browse through and check out. This is a come-and-go event. Toddler Time for 2s Dec 5,12,19 | Wed | 10-10:45a and 11-11:45a 2-Year-olds Playtime is a special time for you and your toddler to bond and socialize, but it is educational too, encouraging sensory and motor development. This is followed by a storytime just for this age, with stories, movement, and rhymes designed to develop literacy and language skills. Computer Tutoring Dec 5,6,7,12,13,14,19,20,21 Wed, Thur, Fri | 1-4p Adult Whether you are a computer novice or more knowledgeable and want to improve your existing skills, volunteer Don Robinson is available to help you in one-on-one tutoring sessions. Call the library at 341-9282 to make an appointment for Wednesday, Thursday or Friday afternoons at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00pm. “Sing Christmas!” with the Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choir Dec 6 | Thur | 10-11a All ages Come sing in the holidays with music by The Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choir. Enjoy performances of both secular and sacred pieces, as well as some holiday readings. It will be musical fun for all ages! Pajamatime Dec 6,13,20 | Thur | 6:30-7:15p Ages 1-3 Come shake your sillies out before bedtime! We’ll have free play followed by a storytime with music, rhymes, fingerplays and books all to encourage early literacy and language development. It’s bonding, educational, and fun! Christmas Scrapbooking Fun! Dec 8 | Sat | 10:30-11:30a Ages 7 and older Hey kids (and parents)! Bring 8-10 copies of your favorite color photos and have fun turning them into your own Christmas scrapbook to keep! Class size is limited. Call 341-9282, Ext. 4 to register.


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Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament Dec 8 | Sat | 3-4:30p School-age children Calling all experienced Yu-Gi-Oh players! Come get your game on at the Edmond Library! This tournament is for all school-aged children with their own cards. Body and Soul: A Guitar Concert presented by Michael Fresonke Dec 9 | Sun | 2-3p Ages 10-adults Michael Fresonke will present Body and Soul, a guitar concert. The “body” portion of Fresonke’s concert will feature In Style, a group of the guitarist’s original compositions. During the “soul” part of the show, Fresonke will perform Jubilation (Sunburst), composed by Andrew York, and other selections from his repertoire of great works for classical guitar.

especially for this age group. Classes are usually held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. This month there is only one class and registration for it begins on the 1st day of the month. Pre-register by calling 341-9282, ext. 4. Music With Susan Dec 14 | Fri | 11:15-11:45a Ages 4 and 5 Join with Susan in musical activities designed especially for this age group. Classes are usually held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. This month there is only one class and registration for it begins on the 1st day of the month. Pre-register by calling 341-9282, ext. 4.

Edmond Manga and Anime Club Dec 13 | Thur | 4-5p Teens Local teens meet to discuss, watch, draw or experience Anime and Manga. Free to join, material is rated Teen and above may not be suitable for younger teens or children.

eMedia Workshops Dec 15 | Sat | 2-4:15p Age 16-adult Does using your Kindle or Nook have you confused and scratching your head? The world of eMedia is waiting for you. Join our computer guru, Carl Tibbets, to find out more about using your Kindle or Nook to access books electronically. Kindle users meet at 2:00, and Nook users meet at 3:15. Space is limited. Please register by calling the library at 3419282 or at the Information Desk.

Music With Susan Dec 14 | Fri | 10-10:30a and 10:40-11:10a Ages 2 and 3 Join with Susan in musical activities designed

Teaching Children to be More Cooperative Dec 19 | Wed | 3:30-5p Parents, Teachers or Child Care Providers Sometimes being a parent isn’t easy. We will talk about when to discipline or ignore

unwanted behaviors. Come and learn the guidance techniques used by experts to teach your child how to cooperate more often. Preregistration is required for all programs. Call Child Guidance to register at 425-4412. All workshops have been approved for child care licensing and STARS credit. Cosponsor: OCCHD.

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Midwest City Library

HOURS Mon - Thur: 9:30-6 Sun: Closed

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Exhibit: Ancient Observatories and the Winter Solstice Dec 1-31 | Library Hours All ages Ancient observatories were built and designed Oklahoma County Triad: Keeping Our to map celestial events throughout the year. Citizens Safe This exhibit will feature photos and informaDec 4 | Tue | 11a-Noon tion about several ancient observatories that Adults were built thousands of years ago in many parts Don’t be a victim. Come and learn what is of the world to document the shortest day of happening in our communities and how to the year. be safe in our homes. TRIAD gives you the opportunity to get the latest crime-prevention information direct from your local law enforce- Display: Jan Auld’s Christmas Dec 1-31 | Library Hours ment. All ages The Midwest City Library is pleased to Farmer’s Tea welcome local artist Jan Auld during the Dec 12 | Wed | 2-4p month of December. Ms. Auld will display her Adults whimsical Christmas artwork in the Lobby Come by, have a glass of tea and take a look at Gallery throughout the month. The exhibit is the latest books on the shelves. free and open to the public all library hours. Bean Dinner Weaving With Donna Hilton Dec 13 | Thur | Noon-1p Dec 1 | Sat | 1-4p Adults Come by for a bowl of beans and check out our Adults Learn to weave with Donna Hilton at the new materials. Midwest City Library. Participants learn the beauty of weaving and will create a wonderQuilting ful item. Space is limited and registration is Dec 17 | Mon | 10a-4p required. All supplies provided. To attend, Adults please contact the Information Desk or call Bring your material and sewing machine and 732-4828. enjoy a day of quilting. If you don’t know how to quilt, we will teach you. Mad Scientist Lab Dec 1 | Sat | 3:30-4:15p Dec 6,13 | Thur | 4:30-5:15p Ages 6-12 Calling all Mad Scientists! Discover more about the world around you through fun 18 n info METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM magazine n December 2012

Soldier Creek Quilting Group Dec 3,10,17,31 | Mon | 9a-2p All ages Perpetuate art forms and inspire others in quilting. Members of Soldier Creek Quilting Group invite you to attend every Monday (excluding Dec. 24) at the Midwest City Library from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. No experience necessary, just a willingness to create art. Registration is not required. Cosponsor: Soldier Creek Quilting. Preschool Storytime Dec 3,10,17 | Mon | 10-10:30a Ages 2-5 w/parent Join us for story time! There will be songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and special stories. Come and join the fun! Older and younger siblings are welcome. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve a spot by calling 732-4828 or visiting the Information Desk.

Knit Wit Dec 4,18 | Tue | 10a-Noon Adults Learn to knit or crochet or strengthen your craft. Crochet class meets on the first Tuesday of the month; knitting class meets every third Tuesday. Class is free and all supplies provided by the library. No registration required. eBooks 101 Dec 4 | Tue | 10a-Noon Adults Join Jerod for a step-by-step instructional session on how to check out library eBooks for your eReader, tablet computer or smart phone. To attend, please register at 732-4828 or contact the Information Desk. Pajama Storytime Dec 4 | Tue | 6:30-7p Children of all ages Bedtime stories for children of all ages. Put on your pajamas and grab your favorite stuffed friend. We will enjoy stories, songs, poems, rhymes and the occasional craft. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. Call 732-4828 or visit the Information Desk to sign up. Music for Babies and Toddlers Dec 5 | Wed | 10-10:45a Infants - 36 mos w/parent Join Miss Joy for a morning of musical activities just for babies and toddlers. Older siblings are welcome to join and encouraged to bring a doll so they can play along. Instruments will


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Stephanie Jackson, innovative acoustic guitar Oklahoma Strings Quartet, classical to pop The Rice Dance Band Wayne McEvilly, The Joy of Mozart

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Non-Fiction Book Club Family Craft Night Dec 13 | Thur | 7-8p Dec 18 | Tue | 6:30-7:30p Adults Children of all ages Come join us for the Midwest City Nonfiction Come to the library for a fun evening of craft Readers’ Book Club where we read and discuss activities. We will have several craft stations set an array of titles of varying subject matter. This up with activities for all ages and skill levels. month’s selection is Dreamland: Adventures in Please sign-up in advance so we will have the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall. enough supplies for everyone. Register at the Information Desk or by calling 732-4828.

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Readers’ Society Book Club Dec 11 | Tue | 10-11:30a Adults The Readers’ Society meets on the second Tuesday this month due to busy holiday schedules. The book for December is The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. Call or visit the Information Desk to reserve your copy. 732-4828.

Yadah-Yadah Ready to Read Book Club Dec 15 | Sat | 11a-Noon Teens Do you like to read books that inspire and challenge you to think? Or, do you enjoy good conversation/discussing ideas about different book topics? Come to the Midwest City Library and express your thoughts and be heard at the Yadah Yadah book club for teens. To attend please contact the Information Desk or call 732-4828. Cosponsor: Yadah Yadah Ready to Read.

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Chess Club at the Midwest City Library Dec 5 | Wed | 4:30-5:30p Age 12 and older The Midwest City Library offers chess players the opportunity to play on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. This program is for participants ages 12 and older. For more information, please contact the Information Desk or call 732-4828.

AAA Motor Vehicle Crash Prevention Course Dec 15 | Sat | 9a-4p Adults All licensed drivers are invited to participate in a certified AAA instructed class. A material fee of $30.00 applies; AAA members will receive a discount. Please call 1-800-222-2582 to register.

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See page 23 for more Nicoma Park Library programs/events. Crochet and Knit Class Dec 4,6 | Tue & Thur | 10a-Noon All ages Learn to Crochet or Knit or just strengthen your knowledge. We meet on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Bring your needles and yarn and join the fun. For more information, please call: 769-9452.

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See pages 23, 25 & 26 for more Northwest Library programs/events. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens Dec 1 | Sat | 2-3p All ages Celebrate the season with Scrooge, Cratchit, Marley, the Ghosts and Tiny Tim as Shakespeare in the Park presents their delightful version of the popular tale. Bring your whole family for a Saturday afternoon of love, and laughter to kick-off the holiday spirit! Tai Chi Dec 3,6,10,13,17,20 | Mon & Thur | 4-5p Adults Instructor David Johnson will lead the class through the 24-step Tai Chi form. Come experience this popular exercise! Books and DVDs available for further exploration of Tai Chi. Early Childhood Activities for Ages 3-5 years Dec 4 | Tue | 10a and 1p Ages 3-5 Reading and interactive play activities are important for early childhood development. This series of programs offers free play, story times, movement games and music. We have two times to choose from; 10:00 am or 1:00 pm. Pre-registration required (606-3580.) 12/4 - Play with Me 12/11 - Music Play 12/18 - Story Time

Chess Club Dec 4 | Tue | 6-8p School age children, teens, and adults Want to learn to play chess? Just looking for a partner? Need a new book on chess strategy? Chess club meets the first Tuesday of the month for instruction. Open play is offered on the following Tuesdays with chess sets available to check out at the Information Desk. Hand-Made Holidays: Make and Take Gifts! Dec 7,14,21 | Fri | 3:30-5p Teens through adults Come learn how to make something new and stretch that holiday budget! In addition to the multiple resources we have on crafting giftables, we are offering make-and-takes this month. Please sign up as materials are limited! 12/7/12 Sugar Scrub 12/14/12 Hand Sew Ornaments 12/21/12 Peppermint Cocoa Cosponsor: OSU Extension Office. Book Club Dec 14 | Fri | 1-2p Adults Come join us the 2nd Friday of each month to share in a discussion of a new title from a different genre. Call 405-606-3580 to inquire about this month’s selection and to reserve your copy! Winter Open House Dec 16 | Sun | 2-4p All ages Join us and warm up with a hot beverage, get your picture taken with Spoticus in his holiday wear, do a craft, and learn more about what the library has to offer you!

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Ralph Ellison Library

2000 N.E. 23rd, OKC (405) 424-1437 HOURS Mon-Thur: 9-9 Fri: 9-6

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Northwest Library

Early Childhood Activities for Birth to Age 3 Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 10:45a and 1:45p Birth to age 3 Reading and interactive play activities are important for early childhood development. This series of programs offers free play, story times, movement games and music. Choose the 10:45 am or 1:45 pm session. Preregistration required (606-3580.) 12/4 - Play with Me 12/11 - Music Play 12/18 - Story Time

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Ladies Crafters Dec 18 and 19 | Tue & Wed | 10a-Noon All ages Ladies of all ages create crafts suitable for the season on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of the month. Join us for fun! Call 769-9452 for more information.

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See pages 25 & 26 for more Ralph Ellison Library programs/events. Art Exhibit: You’ve Been Framed! Dec 1-31 | During Library Hours All ages We invite you to experience our visual exhibits from local artists. Each month a different artist shares enriching, thought-provoking creations on our west wall. Tai Chi Dec 1 | Sat | 9:30-10:30a All ages Our Tai Chi class is designed for mature adults who want to improve their balance. This 12week class, which ends today, will also improve energy levels, reduce daily stress, and slow the aging process. Register at 942-8500, ext 154. Cosponsor: Areawide Aging Agency. Trip Around the World Dec 1, 29 | Sat | 2-3:30p Grades 3-6 Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to travel the globe right in your very own local library. This innovative and hands-on experience for children in grades three through six. Kids will have a great time learning about the different cultures in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The program is free, but space is limited so pre-register at the Information Desk or call the library. Cosponsor: Junior League of Oklahoma City. First Monday Gamefest Dec 3 | Mon | 4-5:30p Tweens and Teens Gamfests rock! So, we have decided to make them happen every month. Join the First Monday Gamefest and get ready to jam out to Guitarhero, dance the night away on our XBOX Kinect, make some sweet touchdowns on Madden 11, and race some cars on Mario Kart! No sign up required.


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Celebrate the upcoming movie release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with parties, book clubs, art, and more! Scavenger Hunt Midwest City Library – Nov. 30 - Dec. 14 Fantasy Drawing Bethany Library – Dec. 1, 2-4pm Warr Acres Library – Dec. 8, 2-4pm Tolkien Movie Classic Midwest City Library – Dec. 6, 6:30pm

It’s all FREE and it’s all for teens! Call the library to sign up. Board Games Tuesdays Dec 4,11,18 | Tue | 4:30-5:30p All ages From the classics to the latest creations, our board games are the source of intergenerational fun! Select from our collection, or bring your own. Deck the Teen Space Dec 4 | Tue | 5-6p Ages 10-18 Let’s get our favorite hang out space ready for the holiday season! Tweens and teens are invited to decorate the teen space with twinkle lights, a mini tree with ornaments, paper snowflakes, and a beautiful window display! Supplies are provided. Call 424-1437 for more details! Build Your Own Business Dec 5 | Wed | 11a-12:30p Adults Explore the options of being your own boss with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. They will discuss essential questions about the process and the planning necessary to be a small business owner. Participants will learn about business plans, business structures, taxes, loans and much more. Cosponsor: SCORE & SBA.

After School at Your Library Dec 5,12 | Wed | 4-5p Ages 10-16 Have fun with art! Work on creative projects and learn about different kinds of artistic expression. Supplies and snacks will be provided. Call the Information Desk for more information and to sign up. Block Party Dec 13 | Thur | 6-7p All ages Calling all builders, architects, artists, and designers! Join kids of all ages for a fun block building party and get creative with architectural blocks, baby blocks, LEGOS, Lincoln Logs, Mega Bloks, and more. Sure, blocks are a blast, but did you know that they also enhance kids’ hand-eye coordination, visualspatial awareness, and logical thinking, while also building fine motor, math, problem-solving, language, and social skills? Books about building and construction will be available for creative inspiration and for checking out and enjoying at home. Holly Jolly Holiday Party Dec 15 | Sat | 1-4p All ages Join us for a ho-ho-ho holiday party where we will make crafts to get you in the spirit of the season, take a picture with Santa, receive a free gift, and eat some delicious holiday treats.

Gifts, craft supplies, and treats are first come, first serve. Please bring your own camera if you want to take a picture with Santa. Cosponsor: Special Friends of the Ralph Ellison Library. Read, Share, Grow Book Club Dec 17 | Mon | 6:30-7:30p Adults We frequently have in-depth conversations about the books we read. Sometimes we sit and enjoy each other’s company. You’re invited! Call 606-3457 to reserve your copy of this month’s selection. Eastside Chess Club Dec 20 | Thur | 4-5p Age 10 and older Enjoy a friendly game of chess? Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. We meet at 4:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Mother Goose on the Loose Dec 27 | Thur | 6-6:30p Birth to age 5 This is a research-based early literacy program for young children. It brings language and literacy to life by incorporating books, puppets, flannel pieces, music and movement.

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See page 23 for more Southern Oaks Library programs/events. Holiday Crafts & Tree Trimming Dec 1 | Sat | 2:30-3:30p All ages Come make some holiday crafts and help decorate the library’s Christmas tree. Enjoy getting into the spirit of the season with us. You must pre-register. Sign up by calling 631-4468 or by visiting the Information Desk. Preschool Storytime Dec 3 | Mon | 10:30-11:10a Age 2-6 w/parent Introduce young children to books and reading at our fun storytimes! Children will have fun with books, songs, and activities as they build their early literacy skills. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required. Please sign up by calling 631-4468 or by visiting the Information Desk. Friday-Films, Family and Fun Dec 7,14,21,28 | Fri | 9-6p All ages Looking for fun on a Friday night! Come to the library every Friday to check out our movie collection. Free popcorn & candy for every five items checked out. Fun for the entire family & it’s free! Please limit one gift per family. “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens Dec 8 | Sat | 2-3p All ages Celebrate the season with Scrooge, Cratchit, Marley, the Ghosts and Tiny Tim as Shakespeare in the Park presents their delightful version of the popular tale. Bring your whole family for a Saturday afternoon of love, and laughter to kick-off the holiday spirit!

for display. Sign-up is required. Please call 631-4468 or sign up at the Information Desk. Kids’ Holiday Shoppe Dec 19 | Wed | 2-4p Kids of all ages Let your kids experience the thrill of selecting their own gifts for family members. Children will choose two small gifts with the help of library staff and volunteers. FREE! Please sign up by calling 631-4468 or by visiting the Information Desk.

Southern Oaks Book Club Dec 11 | Tue | 11:30a-12:30p Adult The Village Library If you enjoy reading and discussing books 10307 N. Pennsylvania Ave., The Village come to the Southern Oaks Book Club the (405) 755-0710 second Tuesday of each month. Call 631-4468 to reserve your copy of the book selection or HOURS stop by the information desk. Book Adventure: Kids’ Book Club Dec 11 | Tue | 6:30-7:30p Kids age 6-9 Join us for a Book Adventure! Meet with kids your age to discuss a great book. We will have a snack, make a craft, and play a game. Call the Information Desk to find out the book for this month. Some copies of the book are available at the Information Desk. You must read the book before attending the program. Sign up is required. Sign up at the Information Desk or by calling 631-4468. Scarlet Kitsune Anime Club Dec 13 | Thur | 6:30-8:30p Ages 14-19 Watch anime and hang out! J.R.R. Tolkien Father Christmas Letters Dec 16 | Sun | 2-4p Ages 7 and older J.R.R. Tolkien was best known for his epic fantasies Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and his studies in myth and language. But Tolkien was also the proud dad of four kids - and he didn’t just read The Hobbit to them at bedtime. Over the course of many years, he wrote and illustrated detailed, whimsical letters from Father Christmas, populated with a clumsy polar bear, elves and goblins. Janet Croft from the University of Oklahoma will introduce children and parents to these beautifully Illustrated Christmas Letters. Please preregister. Gingerbread House Decorating Dec 17 | Mon | 10:30-11:15a Kids of all ages Come decorate a gingerbread house at the library. Kids will be divided into groups and each group will decorate one gingerbread house. We will leave the houses at the library

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Southern Oaks Library

Parachute Fun Dec 10 | Mon | 10:30-11:10a Ages 2-5 w/parent Sing songs, dance, and play with the parachute! Bring your little one and join us for some parachute fun! Playing games with a parachute encourages teamwork. Kids will have fun while improving language, muscle control, and listening skills. Pre-registration is required for this program. Call 631-4468 or visit the Information Desk to sign up.

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See page 23 for more of The Village Library programs/events. Literacy Referral Service Dec 1,8,15,22,29 | Sat | 10a-Noon All ages A service that connects learners with programs that are most appropriate to their specific needs. Appointments can be made for alternate times. Please email najah@ okcliteracycoalition.org to set up a planning appointment. Cosponsored by Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition and Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Introduction to Microsoft Excel Dec 3,10 | Mon | 6:30-8:30p Adults Free individualized instruction in Microsoft Excel. Learn to create workbooks and spreadsheets, use formulas and functions, format data, create charts, and more. Evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Scheduled in 30 minute to one hour sessions per individual. Come in or call to make an appointment for your instruction time. Village Library 755-0710. Family Game Night Dec 6 | Thur | 6:30-8:30 All ages Bring your whole family (all ages) to the library


Children can practice and improve their reading skills by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog. Bring your own book or borrow one of ours.

Belle Isle Library Choctaw Library

Mondays, 6-7pm Saturday, Dec 8, 3-4pm

Northwest Library Mondays, 6-7pm Southern Oaks Library Saturday, Dec 1, 10-11am Register at the Information Desk or call 631-4468

Register at the Information Desk or call 390-8418

Choctaw Library Del City Library

Wednesday, Dec 19, 4-5pm Thursday, Dec 13,27, 6:30-7:30pm

Southern Oaks Library Tuesday, Dec 18, 6:30-7:30pm Register at the Information Desk or call 631-4468

Register at the Information Desk or call 672-1377

The Village Library Wednesdays, 6-7pm

Downtown Library

Saturday, Dec 15, 2-3pm

The Village Library Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Midwest City Library Tuesday, Dec 11, 7-7:30pm Register at the Information Desk or call 732-4828 Nicoma Park Library Thursday, Dec 6, 4-4:45pm Register at the Information Desk or call 769-9452

Warr Acres Library Thursday, Dec 6, 6:30-7:30pm

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to play all kinds of games! Light refreshments and games will be provided. Please preregister by calling 755-0710 or by visiting the Information Desk.

discussion group. Join us on the 3rd Monday of each month at 3pm to discuss our latest pick. This month’s title can be picked up at the Information Desk.

Chess Club Dec 7,14 | Fri | 4-5:30p All ages Chess club meetings consist of playing chess, and all materials are provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome! No sign up is required.

Knitty Committee Dec 22 | Sat | 10a-Noon All ages Interested in knitting or learning how to knit? Join the Knitty Committee on the 4th Saturday at 10am. Bring your yarn and join the fun! The recommended yarn for beginners is “variegated worsted weight” and size 7 or 8 needle.

V-SIFT: Gingerbread House Challenge Dec 13 | Thur | 4-5p Teens Village Something Interesting For Teens meets one Thursday per month and features a new activity each month. This month we’ll be creating gingerbread houses. All materials will be provided and there will be a prize for the most creative, outrageous house. Snacks will also be provided. Please preregister by calling 755-0710 or stopping by the Information Desk. Protecting Your Computer Dec 13 | Thur | 6:30-8p Adults Free computer class for adults! Learn how to protect yourself, your computer and your kids from the dangers on the Internet. Learn how to how to update your computer to protect it from the most recent threats, and how to protect your personal information on the Internet. Come in or call to sign up. Village Library 755-0710. Holiday Make-and-Take Dec 15 | Sat | 10-11:30a Ages 5-12 Please join us for our annual Holiday Makeand-Take program. We will make crafts to celebrate the holidays. Please register at the Information Desk or call 755-0710. Book Discussion Group Dec 17 | Mon | 3-4p All ages We always have a lot to say at the Village book

5901 N.W. 63rd, Warr Acres (405) 721-2616 HOURS Mon-Thur: 9-9 Fri: 9-6

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Preschool Storytime Dec 11,18 | Tue | 10-10:30a For ages 2-5 and their parents Come and join us for stories, songs, and crafts for the holidays. Please call 755-0710 to register, or stop by the Information Desk.

Warr Acres Library

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LEGO Club Dec 10 | Mon | 1-3p For children and their parents Come have fun building with LEGOs! Legos will be provided.

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Story Time for Preschoolers Dec 11 | Tue | 10:45-11:30a Ages 4 and 5 years Preschoolers will enjoy holiday stories with Miss Alma and her puppets followed by fun crafts to take home. Older and younger siblings are welcome. Please preregister. Playtime for Babies and Tots Dec 12 | Wed | 9:15-10a and 10:30-11:15a Ages 8-30 months w/adult Play promotes healthy development and learning, so bring your youngster to our library for 45 minutes of toys, lap games with Miss Alma and her puppets. (Siblings are welcome.) Preregister at 721-2616. Pajama Story Time for Preschoolers Dec 13 | Thur | 6:30-7:30p Ages 2 1/2 to 5 years Bring your preschooler and enjoy Christmas bedtime stories with Miss Alma and her puppets. Snacks and fun activities will be provided for everyone. Please call to preregister and let us know of your child’s eating limitations.

See page 23, 25 & 26 for more Warr Acres Library programs/events.

LEGO Club @ Your Library Dec 15 | Sat | 10:30-11:30a Ages 6-11 Young LEGO builders are invited to build with us. LEGO bricks are provided. Bring your team spirit. Sign up at the Information Desk.

Fantasy Drawing Dec 8 | Sat | 2-4p Teens Discover fantasy elements in art and learn drawing tips and techniques in this beginner’s class. There will be time for in-class work with practice and critique. Please preregister.

Beach and Pizza Party Dec 20 | Thur | 6:30-8p Ages 12-17 It’s cold outside, but hot on the inside! Join us for games, pizza and other “cool” activities. Please call ahead to let us know you’re coming. 721-2616.

N.W. 63rd St.

Warr Acres Book Club Dec 10 | Mon | 11a-Noon Adults Join us for a pot-luck luncheon. We will be discussing the romance Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas. Call 721-2616 for more information about the book being discussed this month. Story Time for Preschoolers Dec 11 | Tue | 10-10:30a Ages 2 1/2 to 3 years Preschoolers will enjoy holiday stories with Miss Alma and her puppets followed by fun crafts to take home. Older and younger siblings are welcome. Please preregister.

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English as a Second Language classes help improve spoken and written English, and include grammar, conversation, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and pronunciation. Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9:30a-12:30p Dec 4,6,13 Teens and older For questions and to register, come to the class. Cosponsor: OKC Public Schools

Edmond Library

Intermediate ESL Mondays & Wednesdays | 1:30-4:30p Dec 3,5 Adults Register by calling 682-7873 or with the instructor the first day you attend. Cosponsor: OCCC Beginning ESL Mondays & Wednesdays | 5:30-8:30p Dec 3,5 Adults Register by calling 682-7873 or with the instructor the first day you attend class. Cosponsor: OCCC

Want to advance your education? Need to prepare for the GED? Attend our partner sponsored GED classes. Classes are free and materials are provided, however pre-enrollment is usually required.

Dec 3,5,10,12 | Mon & Wed | 1-4p Age 16 and older Enroll on any day classes are in session. For more info please call 231-2053. Cosponsor: OKCPS Adult Education.

Edmond Library

Dec 4,6 | Tue & Thur | 5:30-8:30p Adults Register by calling 682-7873. Cosponsor: OCCC

Northwest Library

Dec 4,6,11,13 | Tue & Thur | 6:15-8:45p Adults Call (405) 682-7873 for more information and to enroll. Cosponsor: OCCC Adult Learning Center

Ralph Ellison Library

Dec 5,12,19,26 | Wed | 5:30-8:30p Ages 16-adult Cosponsor: OKC Adult Learning Center

Warr Acres Library

Mondays & Wednesdays | 6-8:30p Dec 3,5 Adults Call 686-6222 to register. Cosponsor: OCCC

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OKLAHOMA CITY- COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT Child Developmental Tai Chi - OCCHD Evidence suggests that Tai Chi is an Screenings

Other Wellness Programs by OCCHD

These OCCHD screenings of children age birth to 5 years compare how one child is developing when compared to other children the same age. Questions about your child’s development or behavior can be discussed. The onehour appointment includes a small fee. Medicaid is accepted. No one is denied services for inability to pay. For more information please call Child Guidance, Oklahoma City-County Health Dept. at 425-4412.

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effective means of improving balance, strengthening muscles, and building confidence to prevent falls in older adults. Tai Chi is a low-impact dancelike exercise that can be performed almost anywhere. Choctaw Library

Dec 5,12,19 | Wed | 6:15-7:15p Adults Call 390-8418, ext. 3 with questions or to register.

Downtown Library Dec 3 | Mon | 6-7p Adults

Belle Isle Library

Dec 5 | Wed | 12:30-4:30p

Bethany Library Dec 7 | Fri | 9a-Noon

Del City Library Dec 3 | Mon | 1-5p

Edmond Library Dec 12 | Wed | 1-5p

Northwest Library Dec 20 | Thur | 9a-Noon

Warr Acres Library Dec 14 | Fri | 9a-Noon

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Diabetes African American Community Diabetes Prevention Partners Dec 31 | Mon | 11:30a-12:30p All ages The African American Community Diabetes Prevention Partners meet on the last Monday of each month to increase public awareness of community services/ resources of benefit to African Americans. Cosponsored by OCCHD.


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Miller, Brian. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book: The Definitive Guide to Getting Your Ugly On. 793.22/M6473u

Aveni, a professor at Colgate University, explores and explains the connections between the meaning of holidays and the way we popularly celebrate them. There really is a reason we give edible treats to kids on Halloween—the spirits of the dead come home on that night and want a good meal before returning to the grave. He also provides the meaning behind eggs at Easter and chocolate for Valentine’s, and many more—we try to gain some control over nature and our lives by capturing the rhythms of the seasons. Take a look at this short and fascinating book.

Sooner or later everyone either gives or receives for Christmas some article of clothing that is so hideous, so lacking in anything resembling good taste, a starving shark wouldn’t eat the recipient if he swam while wearing it. This book shows you how to celebrate this seasonal awfulnes—how to throw the perfect ugly Christmas sweater party, what to wear, and how to judge the all-important ugly Christmas sweater contest. With photos for the masochistically inclined. December 2012 n info METROPOLITAN LIBRARY SYSTEM magazine n 27


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