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I Geek: Elephants

What do you geek?

 That’s the question staff members at the Southwest Oklahoma City Library are asking their customers as part of the national Geek the Library community awareness campaign.

Geek the Library features local educational material that introduces “geek” as a verb and encourages the public to talk about what they geek, whether it’s engineering, superheroes, music, zombies, or cooking.  Visit justsoyouknow.us/geek to see many fellow Pioneer library users proudly display what they geek.

This week's featured guest geeks elephants, and her hometown Pioneer library has all sorts of materials to help cultivate her interest:

The Great Elephant Escape by Una Bell Townsend

In July, 1975, after discovering that an animal has eaten everything in their Hugo, Oklahoma, garden, Annie and Jimmy follow the story of two young elephants who escaped from the circus. Based on a true story!


The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff

An orphaned baby elephant goes to live in the city with an old lady who gives him everything he wants, but eventually returns to the forest where he is crowned king of the elephants. Translated from Jean de Brunhoff's original French, the adventures of the world's most popular elephant and his friends have enchanted readers for more than seventy years.


Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems

When Piggie wants to dance with her friend Gerald the elephant, Gerald matter-of-factly tells her that elephants cannot dance. Piggie reminds him that, even if he can't dance, he can TRY to dance, after all. Do you think he can learn to dance? Read the book to find out!


Elephants: From Trunk to Tail by Lucy Sackett Smith 

Elephants are awesome! Learn all about these huge powerful mammals, including where they live, what they eat, and other fascinating facts.

 


The World’s Greatest Elephant by Ralph Helfer 

The true story of the life and times of Modoc, the circus elephant who became a superstar in 1940s New York City and travelled widely and experienced dangerous adventures with his owner and trainer Bram Gunterstein.


Balarama: A Royal Elephant by Ted Lewin 

When Ted and Betsy Lewin arrive in India to see the elephants, they meet Balarama - a lead Royal Elephant about to make his debut in the traditional parade that concludes the celebration of Dasara in the city of Mysore.  Recounts how trained elephants are raised, cared for, and prepared for performing in ceremonial processions.


A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadahata 

During the Vietnam War, a boy and his pet elephant are forced to flee their village after it is ambushed by the Vietcong. Now, the boy must find a way to hide the elephant and evade capture.


Dumbo

Experience the adventures of the world's only flying elephant in this Disney classic, originally released in 1941. 
 

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