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Documenting The Flooding Of Mingo Creek

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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.

"Wheel Friends" Storytime

Join us for a special storytime at the Central Library next week with Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma, Cailan Fry!

"Wheel Friends" Storytime

Tuesday, November 29

10:30 a.m.

Central Library Storytime Room

(400 Civic Center)

Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma, Cailan Fry, will read books about friends and neighbors who might move differently! Songs, movements, and fun activities, particularly for families with children ages 2 to 5.

An Attitude of Gratitude

It is common practice for many families to share what they are grateful for, and why, at the Thanksgiving table. Who hasn't delighted in a child's simple gratitude for things like recess, Grandma's cinammon rolls, and the new puppy?

One way to continue or start this Thanksgiving tradition in a way that will support literacy development is to create "gratitude journals" where child can write or draw (or both) what they are grateful for. (By the way, a "journal" can be as simple as stapling two or three pieces of paper together.)

Poet Billy Collins Is The Winner Of The 2016 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. Where Can I Learn More About Him And Him Work?

You can learn more about Billy Collins and his career through the Biography in Context database. First, click on the Research & Learn tab at the top of the library home page, then select Alphabetical List of Resources. Scroll down to the B's for Biography in Context. Perform a search for the name 'Collins, Billy' and you should receive a list of results, including biographies, newspaper and magazine articles, and radio interviews.  

Reading Is a Dialogue

When is reading...MORE than reading? When it's a conversation!

Reading and literacy research supports reading books aloud to children as more than just reading the words on a page. Instead, when parents and educators use reading aloud as an entry point into talking with kids about ideas, experiences, and emotions, literacy development increases...and it can be great fun, to boot!

(You haven't lived until you've listened to a 3-year-old tell you about what you might be able to find in outer space - or an 8-year-old explain his philosophy about animals dreaming.)

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