Ralph Ellison Library, is a medium sized library within the larger Metropolitan Library System (MLS). Our foot traffic is among the largest within the MLS. We are just east of the Oklahoma State Capitol complex and just north of the Oklahoma University Health Science Center, situated in an historic Black community. Our library lies at the heart of a vibrant community that loves its library. On any given day you will find our regular patrons sitting in the great chairs overlooking the street reading the local paper; counselors meeting with their clients; entrepreneurs drafting business plans on their laptops and artists collaborating on their creative projects. Our program rooms are busy with a quilting club that meets twice weekly, an adult literacy program, an Urban Poet Group, a Creative Writing Group and much more. A steady stream of children arrive after school each day to socialize and study, if needed tutors offer homework help assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Intergenerational programs include a family art and storytime program and Children Reading to Dogs. The 30 public access computers are always in full use. During the summer we offer area youth a mid day meal in Monday through Friday in partnership with the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank - School's Out Program. During Teen Tech Week and Spring Break in March we offer multiple STEAM programs to round out our year round enrichment activities for children and teens. The children's area is welcoming, children can choose from a variety of activities to learn and grow. We also host several huge community events each year- Highlights include Jazz in June, Back to School kickoff event, Celebrate the Season of Giving - a winter holiday open house, Bringing Books to Life and a month-long celebration of Black History in February filled with live performances, genealogy workshops and speakers. Our summer reading program like many in the nation offers an opportunity for area teens to give back to the library by serving at Teen Volunteers.