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Library of Congress Honoring Award-Winning Oklahoma Poet with State Reading

Allison Hedge Coke
HiRes portrait by Shane Brown

The nation’s library will honor poet Allison Hedge Coke at a special Oklahoma City reading in the 46th Star Auditorium at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library on April 28 at 6:30 p.m.  A reception and book signing will follow in the Friends meeting room. Hedge Coke is the 2016 Witter Bynner Fellowship winner.

Download the full press release for this event.  Photos for the press release are available by clicking on them.  The event flyer is available for you to download and help promote the event.  You can also share the Facebook event page.

Hedge Coke’s honors include an American Book Award, an Independent Publisher Book Award, King-Chavez-Parks Award, Pen Southwest Award, Wordcrafter of the Year Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas. Her books include Streaming (2015), Blood Run (2007), Off-Season City Pipe (2005), Dog Road Woman (1997), and Year of the Rat (1996). Her 2014 memoir, Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (2014) is a searching account of her coming of age, as the daughter of a mother suffering schizophrenia, yet storied and deeply immersed in her mixed heritage, including Metis, Huron, Cherokee, Luso, French-Canadian, Irish, Lorraine, Scot, and English.

Hedge Coke is also the editor of nine anthologies, including Sing: Poetry From the Indigenous Americas, named a Best Book of 2011 by the National Books Critics Circle’s Critical Mass.

Allison and Juan Felipe
Witter Bynner Fellow Allison Hedge Coke and Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at the Witter Bynner Fellowship presentation, March 9, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera selected Hedge Coke for the Witter Bynner Fellowship.  On March 9, he said at a reading in Washington, D.C., that he sought to honor her “for her precision of Earth, of suffering in and out of the Rez, of the workers unnamed, open roads knitted with tin shacks, Case’45 tractors, ancestor dust and the spirit tuned to caribou, America and song. For her translation projects of First Peoples across the entire hemisphere. For her unceasing teaching, humility, courage, and pioneering—for these offerings to the small miracles of all our voices and the galaxies they aim to call out and admire.”

View the Library of Congress interview, “This is the Conversation”:  Getting to Know Allison Hedge Coke.

Streaming by Hedge Coke was released in 2014, see the Coffee House press kit for its announcement.

Sponsors of the Oklahoma City readings include Red Earth MFA @ Oklahoma City University, Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, the Oklahoma Center for the Book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Metropolitan Library System, and Best of Books. The Ronald J Norick Downtown Library is located at 300 Park Ave in Oklahoma City.


Read Across Oklahoma 2016

Join us for this annual event designed to get young children excited about across ok 2016

  • Meet PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger (from 9 until Noon) and Oklahoma author Tammi Sauer.
  • Musical Performance by Spaghetti Eddie/Brendan Parker.
  • Fun Activities for young readers!
  • Free events with paid zoo admission.
  • Free books to the first 1,000 children.
  • Free limited-edition t-shirts to the first 100 children.

Public Librarianship – Certification Classes

Institute of Public Librarianship

Basic Certification Classes – Spring 2016

  • Current Trends and Legislation
  • Services for Youth
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Computers and Electronic Resources

| Current Trends and Legislation

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the development of Oklahoma libraries
  • legislation
  • State Aid Rules, Levels of Library Development, Oklahoma Department of Libraries
  • application of local, state and federal legal requirements that affect libraries — e.g. State Aid Rules, LSTA, open meetings, confidentiality, copyright, Americans with Disabilities Act, workplace safety and universal service
  • standard performance measures used in Oklahoma public libraries and their significance in marketing and planning
  • the programs, services and value of professional library associations
  • state/national issues, laws/trends currently affecting Oklahoma’s public libraries

 Current Trends & Legislation, March 22nd, Ada

Current Trends & Legislation, March 24th, Enid

Current Trends & Legislation, April 6th, Coweta

Current Trends & Legislation, April 7th, Marlow

| Services for Youth 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the stages of childhood and adolescent development
  • ethical issues involved in reference service, including confidentiality, objectivity and limitations on interpreting information provided to youth
  • effective reference interview skills, including the analysis of requests and the design of search strategies
  • techniques to establish a welcoming atmosphere and actively encourage children’s and young adults’ participation in library programs and resources
  • the skills needed to fulfill information requests through access to the general collection, digital and community resources, and other libraries and agencies
  • the characteristics of basic types of reference tools

Services for Youth, April 12th, Atoka

Services for Youth, April 13th, El Reno

Services for Youth, April 19th, Miami

Services for Youth, April 20th, Lawton

| Interpersonal Skills 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • the importance of good interpersonal communication skills and how those skills are practiced in libraries
  • leadership skills of use to librarians
  • concepts of effective customer service (using Oklahoma examples)
  • practical techniques for dealing with problem customers

Interpersonal Skills, April 26th, Okmulgee

Interpersonal Skills, April 27th, Hobart

Interpersonal Skills, May 3rd, Fairview

Interpersonal Skills, May 4th, Antlers

| Computers and Electronic Resources 

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Upon completing this class, students will have knowledge of:

  • standard components of a technology plan and internet use policies
  • computer terminology and the latest in library technology
  • techniques for effective file management and retrieval of computer-based data
  • basic searching skills to find information on the world wide web and the statewide databases
  • resources available to libraries through the statewide databases
  • social networking

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 10th, Muskogee

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 12th, Oklahoma City ODL

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 17th, Ardmore

Computers & Electronic Resources, May 19th, Clinton

E-Rate Workshops


Mon. Nov 2 in Oklahoma City

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From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

This full day workshop is designed to help you get better acquainted with the new e-rate portal, OUSF and new Category 2 funding.  You will also have a chance to file your 470 in the afternoon.

It is highly recommended that you be registered for EPC before attending the workshop.

Please bring a laptop or tablet if you plan to fill out your 470 at this workshop. Let your consultant know if you do not have a laptop available.

Topics include:

  • OUSF
  • E-Rate Portal (EPC)
  • EPC – registration and rights
  • Forms
  • Cat2
  • FAQs/ Tips & Tricks

Lunch noon to 1:30 – off site, on your own

Reading Roundup – Author Tour

Reading Roundup

The Reading Roundup Book Tour will be HAUNTING five libraries in Oklahoma, starting with the kickoff at the Sulphur Library! Oklahoma authors, Sonia Gensler and Tara Hudson, will be at the Mary Parker Memorial Library on October 7 for an appearance and book-signing of their spine-tingling, spooky young adult books: The Revenant, The Dark Between, Ghostlight , Hereafter, Arise and Elegy.

Teens, tweens, young adults, adults, ghosts, ghouls- all are welcome! Don’t miss the phenomenon!

The event is FREE and open to the public. The books will be available to purchase.

Go to for information on all the stops, meet the authors and watch the book trailers.

Special thanks to the Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of Oklahoma Center for the Book, Best of Books, The Reading Trust and ODL’s own Office of Library Development and Public Information Office.

Reading Roundup

Fourth Annual Sequoyah Book Award

Sequoyah Book Awards

School Libraries and Classrooms: Register Now for Sequoyah Book Award Posters and Lessons!

The Fourth Annual Sequoyah Book Award Week kicks-off on September 14 with lessons and activities in The Oklahoman and online.

To participate, sign up by September 10 for The Oklahoman‘s Newspapers in Education (NIE) program.

You’ll Get:

  • 25 free 11″ x 22 1/2″ two-sided newspaper wraps/posters promoting the 2016 Sequoyah Book Award reading masterlists (delivered in October)
    (See both sides of the poster)

Note: If you cannot get The Oklahoman via home delivery in your area, contact Bailey Huntsman and request that a set of the Sequoyah wraps/posters be mailed to you.

  • Online access to four print ads that will run in the newspaper the week of September 14 (plus access to online lesson extensions):

September 14 — Program ideas and activities for the High School masterlist
September 15 — Ideas for the Intermediate masterlist
September 16 — Activities to support the Children’s masterlist
September 17 — Promoting the Sequoyah Book Award reading program in your school and library; and bonus activities for the Donna Norvell Book Award title, The Day the Crayons Quit

  • Online access to daily print replicas of The Oklahoman and access to The Oklahoman archives for the whole school year!This NIE program is open to school libraries and school classrooms statewide! ODL will provide the posters directly to Oklahoma public libraries. OLA will also have copies of the posters, as well as 2016 masterlist bookmarks, at Encyclo-Media, October 6-7.

    OLA’s Sequoyah committees have joined with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Library Association, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Liberty Mutual to fund this promotion with the Oklahoman’s Newspapers in Education office.Hurry! Register by Thursday, September 10 to receive the ideas and activities. Plus, NIE needs a count to determine poster quantities for October delivery. NIE Registration form.

    Need more info on the Sequoyah Book Award and reading program? Start here.

Community Health Improvement Grant

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is pleased to announce the availability of a competitive grant—available through the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State of Oklahoma—to Oklahoma public libraries who wish to improve the health outcomes in their service area.  I hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity. Below you will find the details pertaining to the Community Health Improvement Grant.

The deadline to apply is September 30, 2015!

Check out the Grants Page for more info.