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Library has a quiet spot to read

BY DARLA SLIPKE Published: February 24, 2010

/> The library also features a large collection of works by black authors, which Kennedy said can’t be found at every other library.

Lee Alan Leslie is a frequent library visitor and a member of both the Midwest City Library Board and the Metropolitan Library Commission. Leslie was part of a core group of people who pushed for the bond election that secured money to build the existing 36,000-square-foot library building in 1987. Until recently, when health problems forced him to cut back, Leslie used to visit the library two or three times a week and he had upwards of 20 books checked out at any given time. Leslie said the Midwest City Library has a relaxed environment and an open feel that is inspiring and inviting.

"When you walk into that library, you feel like you can accomplish something important,” Leslie said.

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

Chris Kennedy
Manager of library operations