Prevent a Pandemic! Escape Room and Digital Book Display

The Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library invites adults ages 18 and up to an escape room experience in Prevent a Pandemic! at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 20, in Room B. Registration is required

Adults will be given clues to solve in time to stop a terrorist from unleashing a deadly virus. Can you solve the clues to unlock his safe and develop a vaccine before time runs out?

Financial assistance for this special project is made possible with Federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Check out our Digital Book Display to see just a few library items on this topic. Ask your librarian for more!

American Pandemic: the lost worlds of the 1918 influenza epidemic by Nancy K. Bristow

Adult Nonfiction 614.518 BR

In 1918-1919 influenza raged around the globe in the worst pandemic in recorded history. Focusing on those closest to the crisis--patients, families, communities, public health officials, nurses and doctors--this book explores the epidemic in the United States.


Zika: the emerging epidemic by Donald G. McNeil, Jr. 

Adult Nonfiction 614.588 MC

Donald G. McNeil Jr. sets the facts straight in a fascinating exploration of Zika's origins, how it's spreading, the race for a cure, and what we can do to protect ourselves now.


Between Hope and Fear: a history of vaccines and human immunity by Michael S. Kinch

Adult Nonfiction 614.47 KI

Presents an informed examination of the science of immunity, the public policy implications of vaccine denial, and the real-world outcomes of failing to vaccinate.


Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah

OverDrive ebook

Scientists agree that a pathogen is likely to cause a global pandemic in the near future. But which one? And how? By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world's deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next global contagion might look like— and what we can do to prevent it.


The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

Adult Fiction F TORO, OverDrive ebook and OverDrive MP3 audiobook

A vampiric virus infects New York and spreads outward, threatening the city and then the world, as a CDC doctor and a Holocaust survivor fight to save humanity. Book one of series.


The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

Adult Fiction F HELLER, Large Print LP F HELLER, Compact Disc audiobook and OverDrive ebook

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Science Fiction SF CRICHTON and OverDrive ebook

A team of scientists struggles to define and contain a deadly bacteria brought back from outer space by a satellite.


The Deep Zone by James M. Tabor

Adult Fiction F TABOR, Compact Disc audiobook and OverDrive ebook

Leading a top-secret team into the world's deepest cave to seek a cure for a near-pandemic disease, scientist Hallie Leland encounters regional violence before a mole sabotages the team's efforts.


The Fireman by Joe Hill

Adult Fiction F HILL, Large Print LP F HILL, Compact Disc audiobook, OverDrive ebook and OverDrive MP3 audiobook

A chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.


The Genius Plague by David Walton

Science Fiction SF WALTON and OverDrive ebook

What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it. Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?

The Great Trouble: A mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a boy called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson

Children's Fiction CF HOPKINSON, Compact Disc audiobook, OverDrive ebook and OverDrive MP3 audiobook

Eel, an orphan, and his best friend Florrie must help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water, and not poisonous air, when an epidemic sweeps across their London neighborhood in 1854.