2021 Reading Challenge

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2021's Challenge is Reading Through the Decades! Read a book published in each decade beginning with the 1900s and ending in the 2010s. You can start at the beginning, or you can go in reverse. You can even scramble it up, but we're going to go in chronological order with our suggestions; May's titles all come from the 1940s. Visit LitHub's Century of Reading series to see some more of this decade's best reads!

May: 1940s

(clicking on the titles below will take you to their listings in our catalog)

Mildred Pierce (1941)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)

The Little Prince (1943)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

New cards!

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New library card design celebrating the library's 100 year anniversary are here!

You can replace your old card for $3.00! Ask for more details at the circulation desk, today!

Summer Reading Volunteens!

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Or download it by clicking on the link above! We are taking a very limited number of volunteens this summer, so be sure to get your application in early!


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While not all of the books listed are linked to our catalog yet, it will be updated once these titles come in, so keep checking back! 

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton

A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi & Laura Shovan

The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins and her New Deal for America by Kathleen Krull

From the Desk of Zoe Washinton by Janae Marks

Seekers of the Wild Realm by Alexandra Ott

Any Day with You by Mae Respicio

The Elephant's Girl by Celesta Rimington

Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith

Brave Like That by Lindsey Stoddard

Tune it Out by Jamie Sumner

Zeus, Dog of Chaos by Kristin O0Donnell Tubb

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

The Mystwick School of Musicraft by Jessica Khoury

These two titles are on both the Children's and Intermediate lists!

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callendar

Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Black Brother, Black Brother by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

96 Miles by J.L. Esplin

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed

This is my America by Kim Johnson

The Lonely Heart of Maybelle Lane by Kate O-Shaughnessy

Check out the OLA's Youtube Playlists for each masterlist to get a better idea of what these books are about as well as read-alikes and other information! 

Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (TTT2021)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-WinningStamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi


These two titles are on both the Intermediate  and High School lists!

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (TTT2021)

The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron

Don't Ask me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (TTT2021)

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

Dear Justyce: A Novel by Nic Stone

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

Some of these titles are also on the Teens' Top Ten nominees list for 2021! These titles are noted as "TTT2021"

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

They Went Left by Monica Hesse

The Truth Project



Teens' Top Ten 2021

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The list of nominees is out! We will have all the titles available in some format soon—we will up date the links to the catalog as these titles come in—so start reading now, and be sure to vote for your favorites in August!

All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Atomic Women by Roseanne Montillo

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph

The Bone Thief by Breeana Shields

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Dangerous Secrets by Mari Mancusi

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Gulledge

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (2022Sequoyah)

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

Flamer by Mike Curato

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (2022 Sequoyah)

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (2022 Sequoyah)

The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare

The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokudo-Hall

One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Tweet Cute: A Novel by Emma Lord

We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding


DPL Teen Advisory Board

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Do you have ideas about the YA section of the library or the teen services we provide? Are there things you would like to read or programs you would like to take part in? Do you want a say in how things are set up or the look and feel of this area? If you are 13-17 years old, you are invited to join our Teen Advisory Board. Currently, TAB is virtual due to covid, but there will eventually be meetings in person! Ask Misty or Jessica how to join!

Genealogy Library: Brown Bag Lunch

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The importance of writing a good obituary.

Wednesday, May 5th @ 12PM.

Genealogy Library 301 N 8th st

Zoom option available!


Free Tax Filing!

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Tax Filing dates have been extended to May 17 for Federal and June 15 for Oklahoma



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Need a notary?

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Did you know the library has three notaries on staff?
Chances are, at least one will be available when you need to have something notarized!
Be sure to wait to sign your documents when the notary is present, and bring your ID!
This is a free service!

Tech Help!

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Did you get a new cellphone or E-reader? Did you go from a laptop to an iPad? Do you just want to know more about a device you have had for a while? Would you like to sit with someone who can walk you through how to use your technology? You can now use the form on our website to request a one-on-one tech help session with Rich! (click on the logo above!)


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Storytime takes place at 10:30 every Thursday we are open!

Masks to be worn by anyone age 3 and up.

While we wait for Miss Darbie's return, Miss Jessica will be filling in!

Come check it out! 

Friends of the Duncan Public Library

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Joining the Friends of the Duncan Public Library costs $10 a year! Membership now begins the moment you sign up rather than from March to March as it had been previously. You get longer checkouts, extra movies per checkout, and the pride in knowing that you are helping to fund the library's programming and special events and installations like the Book Sale and the Storywalk®. You are not required to participate in any activities or meetings, but serving on the board and participating won't be discouraged! Ask how you can join, today!


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Little Free Libraries!

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LIttle Free Libraries are all over Duncan! Take a book and leave a book. When you finish a book, leave it in one of these little libraries for someone else to enjoy! If you know of one we don't have listed, let us know!

Please remember that the books in these little libraries are protected only when they are inside and the doors are shut. Sadly, we've discovered a few ruined books that were left out in the wind and the rain.

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