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'Tis the Season... To Sing!

One of my fondest memories is sitting under the Christmas tree with my dad singing carols and other winter songs. My sisters and I would snuggle next to him and join in with all of our kid hearts. Our favorites were the cheerful refrains (and happy ending) of "Frosty the Snowman" and the contemplative beauty of "Lord of the Dance."

Here's the thing: my dad is a wonderful man, but singing is not one of his many gifts. Despite the wrong pitches and off notes, every year we looked forward to this special tradition with Dad.

Gift Books: "Practical Literacy" Meets Holiday Need

If you're looking for a way for your kids or students to get involved in holiday gift-giving - but don't want to break the bank - consider helping them conceive and create "gift books" for the special people in their lives.

Needing assistance for the holidays or wanting to help those in need? Here's a good place to find opportunities.

The library’s Tulsa Organizations and Services (TOS) database is a collection of local area charities, government agencies, clubs, support groups, professional societies and more.

What Is Moral & What Is Story: "Strictly No Elephants"

Introducing moral issues in children's books has a long - and not always good - history. Often, the moral is too obvious and the story bland. Presenting an engaging story is ignored at the expense of getting across the moral precept.

Fortunately, the new picture book "Strictly No Elephants" - written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo - manages to pack a powerful moral punch supporting fairness, friendship, and acceptance...without sacrificing appealing characters, an interesting situation, or a surprising story.

Documenting The Flooding Of Mingo Creek

mingo creek watershed flood of 1984 tulsa

Please join us next Thursday, December 1st, from 4pm-6pm to preserve the history of Mingo Creek. Mingo Creek accounted for $125 million of the $180 million in flood damage during the 1984 Memorial Day flood. The flood killed 14, injured 288, and damaged or destroyed nearly 7,000 buildings. Bring your flood stories, photographs and documents. Staff from the Carl Albert Center will digitize these materials and record oral histories about the flood.

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