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Information Matrix Camp 2011: Day 2: July 18, 2011
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2011 Information Matrix Campers

And…..we’re off! The first full day of Matrix Camp got underway exactly as planned.  We boarded the bus at 8:30 bound for the Metropolitan Library System’s main branch in OKC, the Ronald Norick Downtown Library.  We were greeted by children’s librarian Rhondia Banks who gave us a very detailed tour of the library and a look behind the scenes at how the machine of the Metropolitan Library System works.  Librarians and staff warmly greeted us and talked about their jobs and easily answered the many questions of the campers.

Downtown OKC Library

Things at the library that really caught the campers' attention:

  • The Atrium and beautiful high glass ceilings
  • The teen area and graphic novel collection
  • The children’s area and statues
  • The movable shelving in the Vertical File area
  • Stacy Schrank’s awesome Pez and M&M collection

Stacy Schrank and his collections

Things at the library that caught the facilitator’s attention:

  • The incredible display of the Summer Reading Program on the main floor
  • The efficient management of the public computer reservation system
  • The spaciousness of the building and the number of people it takes to run it efficiently
  • Stacy Schrank’s awesome Pez and M&M collection

We enjoyed a delicious lunch that was provided by the Friends of the Metropolitan Library System and had a chance to visit with Donna Morris, the Executive Director of the library system.  Just after our meal we learned that the Oklahoma History Center was closed unexpectedly due to a break in a water main.  Marty and Sharon scrambled and pulled together a tour of OU’s Robert M. Bird Health Science’s Library.

Marty Thompson gives a tour

It was interesting to learn how this library is different and during the tours we saw some ‘very cool’ antique medical instruments (or wall of terror as was described by several of the kids) that had been donated to the library and were on display.

2011 Campers: Another Group Portrait

Immediately following that tour we headed to Rose State’s Learning Resources Center for a tour of the library and behind the scenes areas.  We made our way to the second floor computer lab where we were greeted by librarian Mary Kirk.  Mary (and Melissa) talked to the campers about safely guarding their personal information online and a discussion of cyber bullying occurred.  Then special instruction on the use of Edmodo, a secure teacher/student blogging site used in classrooms, began.  The room was filled with chatter about comments and posts on Edmodo and how to work with photos. Before we knew it, time was up and we loaded up on the bus and headed to our 4th library for the day.


Suzette Felton, Midwest City Public Library’s Adult and Teen Services Librarian was waiting for us and after we were settled in the meeting room, she talked about her  job and the interesting programming that occurs at the library.  Allison Harrison, an art teacher in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, presented a program to the campers about illuminated manuscript letters and the kids were soon up to their elbows in craft supplies designing their own letters.  Our campers are very creative and the quality of their work is amazing. Following a tour of the library, we boarded the bus for the final time Monday and headed back to our temporary home at the hotel.


It surely didn’t take long for these kids to get to know each other and find common ground.  Just after breakfast a lively discussion between 6 or 7 kids took place about books and reading.  They were actively booktalking and making book recommendations to each other. Truly a librarian’s dream.


So I’ll close this day with a few of the things I learned about this great group of eager kids.  They are courteous and respectful and look after one another – everyone helped Challis maneuver with her crutches and Daniel was at the ready in holding heavy doors open.  They are interested in their surroundings and are thoughtful with their questions and comments.  And they are looking forward to tomorrow.  Stayed tuned for further adventures of MC2011.

Leslie H. Langley
Wister Public Library
101 Caston Avenue
Wister, OK 74966
918-655-3267 FAX

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