Library has a quiet spot to read

BY DARLA SLIPKE Published: February 24, 2010
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MIDWEST CITY — With approximately 80,000 books, periodicals, DVDs and other items, the Midwest City Library offers a wealth of resources for people of all ages and interests. And the collection changes almost daily, said Chris Kennedy, manager of library operations.

The library, 8143 E Reno Ave., bustles with activity throughout the day, but people seeking solitude can read or relax in a quiet room that is tucked in a back corner of the building.

"Libraries today are almost a community center-type atmosphere, but people still long for that quiet corner,” Kennedy said.

A piece of artwork by Oklahoma artist Wilson Hurley hangs on the wall near the main entrance to greet guests as they arrive.

Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and people often sit outside with a laptop on nice days, Kennedy said. He said the library also has 24 public computers that are in use from open to close.

Community groups can host meetings in conference spaces for a small fee. Community members also are invited to help fill display spaces that are changed each month.

The display areas have been used to showcase personal collections, quilts and more. Kennedy said people often stop by to see the new displays.

"We try to reach out and create partnerships with the community,” he said.


AT A GLANCE

Library hours

• Mondays through Thursdays:
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


• Fridays:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


• Saturdays:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


• Sundays:
1 to 6 p.m.

Source: www.metrolibrary.org

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