Youth Services

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Check out the 2022 Collaborative Summer Library Program artwork — Oceans of Possibilities by Sophie Blackall!

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Transforming Teen Services

Register Now!

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries and Tulsa City-County Library System partnered with ALA Young Adult Library Services Association with grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to provide facilitated trainings on teen services.

Each training listed below is offered on three separate dates. You will only pick one date. Click on the name of the class below to register.

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Read for Adventure, the statewide literacy program, is now underway. Thanks to the OKC Zoo and OG&E, all participating libraries received a kit that includes: one copy of the Juniper's Butterfly Garden book, 100 OKC Zoo ticket vouchers, posters and bookmarks.

Children who check out Juniper's Butterfly Garden receive a voucher for four guests to visit the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden for FREE!

Reservations are not required for entry into the Zoo, and Read for Adventure vouchers can be redeemed at any Zoo ticket window. Read the letter from the Zoo about this statewide literacy promotion.

Promote the literacy project on your social media! You can promote the opportunity on your social media channels. Here are a couple of graphics to help:
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Twitter

More information, coloring pages and list of participating libraries: OKCZoo.org/READFORADVENTURE

NOTE: Previous years' vouchers are no longer valid.

Time to Submit OLA 2022 Proposals

The 115th Annual OLA Conference will be 
March 9-11 at the
Hyatt Regency Tulsa Downtown
in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Library Association's Conference Planning Committee is now seeking proposals for the 2022 OLA Annual Conference! Proposals are due by September 30th. Find the form here.

Please contact conference@oklibs.org for any questions or further info.

In addition to regular program sessions, 15-minute Idea Lab presentations will be offered in the conference venue. These shorter sessions are ideal for sharing programming ideas, presenting practical how-to tips, and engaging participants in short topics.

***If your OLA group typically has a program/business meeting/event/101 program/etc. please still fill out the proposal form so that we can account for everything in the program grid.***

Volunteer for Sequoyah Reading Committee

Apply by November 2nd!

Potential appointees to one of the Sequoyah Reading Teams for a 3-year term must:

  • Be a public librarian or a certified school librarian actively involved in the selection and/or purchase of materials appropriate to the age/grade requirements of the respective Reading Teams.
  • Maintain yearly membership with the Oklahoma Library Association.
  • Attend regularly scheduled (usually monthly) reading team meetings, at most 12 days.
  • Read and evaluate as many books as possible (an average of 2-3 books per week)
  • Create Sequoyah booktalks and other promotional materials and promote lists at OLA and OTA/Encyclo-media conferences.
  • Conference presentations are a minimum of 1 day participation including travel.
  • Members can attend the conferences to just present, and do not have to pay for and attend the entire conference.
  • Adhere to the Sequoyah Policy Manual

Contact sequoyah@oklibs.org for more detailed information.

SDE is encouraging schools to provide summer programs, and your local school district may be receiving funds or programs thanks to the state’s American Recovery Plan Act grant. This is a grand opportunity to partner with your local school and/or school district.

Hunger Free Oklahoma, OSDE, and the ODL have partnered to provide Oklahoma children free access to healthy meals. All Oklahoma public libraries are welcome to participate. See how. Also go to Hunger Free Oklahoma for more information.

General Info on Children & Youth Programs and Events

Connect with ODL's Youth Services 


Questions? Contact Youth Services on the Office Contact Form.