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SOKC welcomes artist Mike Wimmer for story time

Hime RunThe Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library welcomes acclaimed local artist Mike Wimmer to a special edition of its Saturday Story Time, set for 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the library, 2201 SW 134th St.

The story time will feature the book “Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth,” illustrated by Wimmer and written by Robert Burleigh. Wimmer will discuss his efforts on that book and others, as well as his contributions on a number of other noted projects.

Also on display will be a set of baseball-themed paintings done by Wimmer. He will talk about his inspiration for the pieces, which will remain on display after the program through Oct. 26 at the library.

Wimmer, a former Norman resident who now lives in Oklahoma City, has an impressive resume for his artistic work. The Muskogee native painted several original portraits located inside the State Capitol Building, as well as in gallery exhibitions that have been shown throughout the world. He also contributed an ornament to the White House Christmas tree in 2008, a design that featured state legend Will Rogers as the face of Santa Claus.

Wimmer has illustrated numerous books and covers, including several collaborations with former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating from 2002-06. In addition to illustrating “Home Run,” he also has worked on sports books like “Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson Against the Odds,” which he and Burleigh collaborated on for its 2007 release. His most recent book, also done with Burleigh, was “One Giant Leap,” which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Wimmer’s appearance provides the theme for this month’s edition of the library’s Saturday Story Time. The library hosts Saturday Story Time the third Saturday of most months, with stories, songs and activities for all ages.

Registration is not required to attend.

For more information on this or other programs and services offered at the library, call 979-2200 

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