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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Science fever @ the library

It makes me so happy to see how excited the community is about science right now. I hope this trend, which began when schools started emphasizing more science, tech, engineering and math, becomes permanent. The library loves science and technology because it leads to innovation and creativity and because it fosters so much more curiosity, which leads to bunches and bunches of reading!

Science fever is running throughout the library. We just had a great sci-fi based fandom event and introduced our new “Take It-Make It” invention kits, which will be ready for checkout in mid-Sept. We are also starting back up with the Lego Club and S.T.E.A.M. laboratory for kids and Video Game Programming Club for teens. Plus, we’ve been lucky to find several great ways to partner with our friends at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium, including during our next big series, “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.”

Even my reading has been influenced by Science Fever. I absolutely love detail and realism in my fiction. I definitely prefer to read about things that really happen or could happen. Because of that, I thought that I did not like sci-fi/fantasy books, but reading “The Martian” by Andy Weir changed my mind.

Speculative sci-fi details events that have not happened, but they mostly, realistically COULD—which meets my reading needs perfectly. So, I was in reading bliss when I recently picked up “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson.

I am completely obsessed with this very long book that details plans to save the Earth’s heritage after the Moon breaks into pieces, heralding a 10,000 year firestorm across the globe. There’s not a bunch of character development (same issue with Weir’s book but still loved it), but the story is exciting, suspenseful, and is really making me think about what I would do in similar circumstances. I will be picking up many more sci-fi books at the Fall Used Book Sale, Sept. 24-27.

If adults want to get in on the science fever fun, check out the library’s latest Sci-Fi Film Discussion Series, “Close Encounters of the UnKind.” Local sci-fi film buff, OSU Visiting Professor of English Tim Prchal, is leading us through several classic films about alien species invading Earth.

After watching the film on the big screen, Tim leads a discussion on the films’ story elements and themes, sci-fi film history and determination of which parties were truly unkind in these close encounters.
The series takes place the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next one will be on Sept. 2. Participation is free (including the popcorn and sodas!).
What could be cooler? Science + book club-like discussion + popcorn and a film!

If you’d like more info about any of these events or help finding a good sci-fi book, visit our website at or contact us at or 405-372-3633 x8106.

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