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Jane Austen's Birthday

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:00

Jane Austen, a popular English writer, was born on December 16, 1775. In honor of the anniversary of her birth, check out some the following titles written by her!

Northanger Abbey

In this spirited comedy of manners, Catherine Morland falls in love with a young clergyman while vacationing in Bath, and his father, thinking her wealthy, invites her to be a guest at Northanger Abbey, the family's country estate. But things take a turn for the worse when it's discovered that she is not wealthy.

Mansfield Park

At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund, but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive, and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy, Fanny has to fight to retain her independence. This new edition places Mansfield Park in its Regency context and elucidates the theatrical background that pervades the novel.

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Library Closing for Thanksgiving 2013


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:18

All hometown libraries will close early at 6 PM on Wednesday, November 27, and remain closed all day Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. Libraries will reopen on Saturday, November 30th. While you're awaiting your holiday, come by the library on Monday and Tuesday to pick up a few of these cooking books or learn how to make holiday crafts. Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day Crafts by Jean Eick

This fun book includes lists of things needed and specific directions for making a variety of crafts related to Thanksgiving. It provides entertainment and crafts for everyone in the family so dive right in and make some themed decorations this year!

Thanksgiving Day Crafts by Arlene and Herbert Erlbach

Smells of turkey and pumpkin pie fill the kitchen. Family and friends arrive. Thanksgiving is here and everyone is ready to celebrate and eat. Using these easy-to-follow directions and traceable patterns, readers can make their very own miniature pilgrims, a leaves-in-the-wind glitter globe to give to someone special, pumpkin napkin rings to help decorate the table for a Thanksgiving feast, and more!

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Birthday

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:00

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian author and was born on November 11, 1821. His most popular works include: Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot. If you would like to read these pieces or more of his work, check out the following selection:

The Brothers Karamazov

The last and greatest of Dostoevsky 's novels, The Brothers Karamazov is a towering masterpiece of literature, philosophy, psychology, and religion. It tells the story of intellectual Ivan, sensual Dmitri, and idealistic Alyosha Karamazov, who collide in the wake of their despicable father's brutal murder. Into the framework of the story Dostoevsky poured all of his deepest concerns-the origin of evil, the nature of freedom, the craving for meaning and, most importantly, whether God exists. The novel is famous for three chapters that may be ranked among the greatest pages of Western literature. "Rebellion" and "The Grand Inquisitor" present what many have considered the strongest arguments ever formulated against the existence of God, while "The Devil" brilliantly portrays the banality of evil. Ultimately, Dostoevsky believes that Christ-like love prevails. But does he prove it? A rich, moving exploration of the critical questions of human existence, The Brothers Karamazov powerfully challenges all readers to reevaluate the world and their place in it.

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Library Closing for Veterans Day


Last Updated on Monday, 04 November 2013 16:58

On November 11th, all hometown libraries will be closed in observance of Veterans Day. Veterans day is a holiday to honor those who have served in the armed forces for our country. If you would like to read more about the history behind this national holiday, take a look at these books:

100 Stories from Veterans Corner by Kami Day

This book includes a collection of different stories told by members of a veterans' group in Goldsby, Oklahoma. The author put a lot of time and effort into this book after hours of interviewing numerous veterans, and it shows. These stories will grab you by your heartstrings and give you a connection with our nation's soldiers.

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First Fully Automated 24-Hour Library

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:18

The Irving Recreational Center on Vicksburg Avenue in Norman has now acquired the first 24-hour fully automated library* in the United States. This library is similar to a vending machine that holds a collection of 400 books, audiobooks, and DVDs for patrons to check out. Patrons can access this library at any time, day or night, to browse, check out items, return their items, pick up their holds, or pay their fines with credit cards.

The facility will have built-in security cameras to protect patrons' materials at all times. It is also fully ADA accessible and is covered to protect it and patrons from the elements.

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