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Monday, July 16, Second Day of Matrix Camp

Campers met in the hotel lobby then boarded the bus for downtown Oklahoma City.  The “newbie” campers visited the Downtown Metropolitan Library and the “returnies” visited the Oklahoma County Law Library.

Group photo of the campers in downtown OKC

Angela Thornton, Branch Manager, welcomed the newbies in the atrium of the Metropolitan Library.  We toured the children’s area, the selection offices, learned how to tell stories, and more. Yikes! A couple of campers were kissed by a large spider.  Several of the branches have gnomes that hide in out-of-the-way places.  Oh look, we found one!  He just thought he could hide from us.

Campers successfully locate the missing gnomes

We were invited into the Oklahoma Room and were lucky enough to see a rare book from 1450.  No one could read the Medieval French, but it was amazing to look at.

Now that's an old book!

The returnies spent some time just entering the Oklahoma County Law Library.  Little did they know that they had to take off belts to get through the security system.  They viewed the law collection, and then spent some time brainstorming ideas for future meetings.  The returnies love getting together and requested several additional days during the year to reunite.

The Metropolitan Friends of the Library hosted lunch for the entire group.  We were ready to eat and relax for a while.  Afterwards we traveled to the Metropolitan Service Center to see how new books are received, cataloged, and sorted.  The sorting room was the best part of the tour. As the books traveled down the track, they automatically dropped into bins for individual library branches. 

Metropolitan Service Center Sorting Room

The next leg of our travels was to the Melton Art Reference Library.  We viewed paintings and drawings from Oklahoma artists and others.  The match box collection was both puzzling and fascinating.  The ladies showed us their library that consisted of books, art catalogs, portfolios and more. 

Next was a trip back to Rose State College where Mary Kirk demonstrated internet safety and how to use our Edmodo social site.  The evening ended with a trip to the new Pioneer Southwest Oklahoma City branch for dinner and practice using flip cameras.

Written by Barb Pfrehm

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