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The library and book drop will be closed
Friday, DECember 24th - Monday, December 27th
and

friday, decEmber 31st - Sunday, january 2nd

in observation of the Winter holidays.



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Miss Humblebee's Academy



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A Poet for Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge Public Library is excited to support a local initiative to name a Poet Laureate for the City of Oak Ridge. If you know of a poet of excellence, who has lived in Oak Ridge at least one year, and is inspired to represent our City and all it strives to be, consider nominating them for the first inaugural Poet Laureate.

The nominee will be presented to the Oak Ridge City Council for consideration in February.

Those interested in applying are asked to follow the link where they can learn more about the requirements and complete the form online.


INTRODUCING HOOPLA

With demand for digital titles and streaming movies sky rocketing, Oak Ridge Public Library is excited to add hoopla digital as an available online service. With countless curated collections, hoopla digital offers endless options for people of all ages. Audiobooks, eBooks, music, and streaming video are all readily available for download.





Building the Secret City

World Wise Wednesdays Presents: Building the Secret City: Early Oak Ridge Tennessee through the lens of Ed Westcott.

Lifelong resident and Oak Ridge historian Don Hunnicutt presents early, rarely seen construction photos of Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

This program will be held in the Library Auditorium on January 19 @ 12:00pm.

Sponsored by The Friends of The Oak Ridge Public Library


Know the Prose: A Book Discussion Group

Join library staff member, Coleman Childress, in the Library Auditorium on January 26 @ 6:30pm to talk shop about our favorite books while trying understand and learn from them about important topics that affect us every day. Stay, sit, sip, and chat; we want everybody of all ages to lean in and listen, to share and to take away, from an evening of purposeful book discussions. We offer a cozy atmosphere in the library with warm beverages: come, de-thaw, and commit to that New Year’s Resolution of connecting with us at the library.

Warm beverages and warm atmosphere; bring a blanket or a pillow, but most importantly, bring a book! No registration is necessary, and all ages are welcome as long as they can actively engage and listen to our discussion.

January’s topic is Listening with Intent: hearing the voices from the page. We are always listening to--and conversing with--the books we read. It is with that fact in mind that we embark on an experiment in book discussions! We will be sharing what we have listened to; what story has made a difference in our lives; what we have learned from the stories we take in; and, most importantly, how books can help make sense of the world around us.



Using Nature-Inspired Approaches for Problem Solving

Nature has evolved complex phenomenon from which we have derived inspiration for useful and interesting problem solving techniques. These include the complex murmuration of flocks of starlings, how ants find food, and animal breeding. In this talk we’ll cover three such approaches that were inspired by these phenomenon: particle swarm optimization, ant colony optimization, and evolutionary algorithms.

 Dr. Mark Coletti, Research Scientist in AI & Machine Learning at ORNL, will give this in person talk and Q&A in the Library Auditorium on January 27 @ 1:00pm.

This Technology Thursday class is in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


other upcoming Programs


Mother Goose
Library Auditorium 
Dec. 2nd @ 10:30am



Teen Space
Library Auditorium
Wed. @ 2:00pm



Ms. Michaela's Storytime
Library Auditorium
Mon. & Tues. @ 10:30