reading

The Power of Books by Cindy Hulsey

A lifelong love of reading was instilled in me when I was a little girl. Maybe it’s because I associated reading with maternal love; I have vague memories of my mother holding me and reading to me, of feeling safe and valued in her arms. Whatever the reason, the magic of books cast its spell on me at an early age. Every time my mother went grocery shopping I begged for a Little Golden Book.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Cindy Hulsey

It seems like everyone I know is in a book group, sometimes more than one. This is undoubtedly good news. Book clubs are an excellent opportunity for people to read carefully, think deeply, and interact intelligently. Reading is not a solitary endeavor. I suppose it can be, but the experience becomes richer when you develop new ideas, self-awareness, and empathetic enlightenment while reading and can share that transformative experience with others.

Reading Is a Makerspace by Rebecca Howard

Maker culture is all the rage right now and for good reason.  Makerspaces foster creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. They encourage people to look at things in new, different ways and give reluctant learners a safe place to explore science, math, art, and technology. These learning environments build confidence and inspire ingenuity. And as liberating and fun as maker culture is, I contend that libraries have been part of maker culture since the beginning, just as we are today in some new, exciting ways (Have you tried that 3-D printer out at Librarium?). 

Reading and Talking by Cindy Hulsey

Ginnie Graham, columnist for the Tulsa World, recently wrote a wonderful article about reading. Her column made my heart sing. It sounded like it had been written by a librarian. She totally gets the benefits of reading, summing up by stating, “Reading is about escapism, imagination, learning, enjoyment, healing, thought-provoking, inspiration, laughter, sadness or just good storytelling.” Amen!

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Featured Service

Recent statistics indicate that approximately 1 in 6 adults in Oklahoma perform at the most basic or below basic literacy levels. The Ruth G. Hardman Adult Literacy Service, located at the Central Library, promotes literacy across the lifespan through emergent and family literacy outreach initiatives and adult basic and English language instruction.