I can’t believe that it is October already! I love autumn and almost everything that goes with it: cool, rainy mornings; leaves turning amazing shades of yellow, orange, and red; and the knowledge that family holiday are just around the corner. One thing I’m not crazy about is pumpkin spice everything. In fact, I’m on the waiting list for Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson, an eBook available through the Enid Public Library.
This month is chock-full of activities to educate, entertain, and amuse you.
We continue with our “One Book, One Community: Enid Reads Prairie City by Angie Debo” series. Free copies of the book [while supplies last] are available to anyone who signs up for one of ten facilitated book discussions. Speakers Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Dr. Roger Hardaway, and Dr. Kurt Anderson will present programs about Angie Debo at the library. Guided tours of the OSU Library Archives, including the Angie Debo Room, are available later this month. The series finale will be “Legends Nagonagogee”, a delightful presentation by Native American storyteller Will Hill that is sure to please the whole family.
Angie Debo, often called “Oklahoma’s Greatest Historian,” grew up in Marshall, Oklahoma. In her early career she taught history at Enid High School, but moved to West Texas State Teachers’ College after attaining her masters in 1924. Upon receiving her PhD, she became Curator of Maps at the OSU Library, a position she held until retirement (even with a PhD, she would never hold a position in a history department at a university, largely due to gender discrimination). Debo turned to writing American Indian history and among her many discoveries she learned that much of eastern Oklahoma was dominated by a criminal conspiracy to cheat Indians out of their property. Her findings were published under the title: And Still the Waters Run.
For more information about the One Book, One Community series for visit our website www.enid.okpls.org/enidreads.
Author Peggy Chambers, award winning multi-genre author will present her most recent book Return to Glome’s Valley, the second in a series, at the library on October 28 at 1:00. “The forests of Oklahoma are magical. If you look hard enough, you will find trolls, fairies, runestones, magic swords – and Norse gods. And there might even be dragons. The Glome’s Valley series takes place in southeast Oklahoma at the Heavener Runestone. In Return to Glome’s Valley, Ethan comes back fourteen years later to the place he loved best as a kid. The valley was much as he remembered it – well, maybe the cottage was a little worse for wear. But news traveled fast that he was back, and the residents of the valley were anxious to see him again. And there might be a new one he’s not met before. Trondelag – the dragon that lived in the pond.”
The Friends of the Library will hold a semi-annual clearance book sale October 18-21. There will be a sale preview Wednesday from 12:00-6:00 for FOL members. Memberships may be purchased at any time during business hours at the Library’s service desk. The sale opens to the public Thursday from 11:00-6:30, Friday from 11:00-5:30, and Saturday from 10:00-2:00. Books will be priced at 50¢for paperbacks and $1 for hardbacks. Saturday will be the traditional Saturday Bag Sale. The Library depends on the funds raised by the Friends of the Library to supplement our budget. By purchasing items at the book sale you are not only helping the Friends, but also the Library, and the citizens of Enid.
Continuing programs for October include Tai Chi for Balance, 1st, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays at 4:30; Learning Circle: Vietnam War, the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 1:30, free knitting and crochet classes on the 2nd Saturday morning at 10:30, and Sit & Stitch every Friday from 3:30-6:00.
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