Oklahoma Center for the Book

Oklahoma Center for the Book

The Oklahoma Center for the Book (OCB) is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and is organized to focus attention on the vital role of books and reading in our lives. The Center promotes the past, current, and future works of Oklahoma authors; promotes the literary heritage of the state; and encourages reading for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages.

When the Library of Congress announced the granting of permission to States to become part of their program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries assembled an advisory group and wrote a proposal. The Oklahoma Center for the Book became the fourth state center on February 28, 1986.

The Center is advised by a the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, volunteer board of directors from across the state, and for over twenty years has co-sponsored the Oklahoma Book Awards.

2018 Book Awards invitationOklahoma Book Awards are given each year in fiction, non-fiction, children/young adult, poetry, and design/illustration categories for wohttp://libraries.ok.gov/ocb/oklahoma-book-awards/rk written by an Oklahoman or about Oklahoma.

Along with the annual Book Awards, the Center honors an Oklahoman who has contributed to the state’s literary heritage by giving the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named for Norman historian, Arrell Gibson, the Center’s first president.

From time to time, the Ralph Ellison Award, honoring a deceased Oklahoma writer, is presented. The award is named after the first recipient, Ralph Ellison, author of the ground-breaking novel Invisible Man.

In addition to these activities, the Center brings readers and writers of all ages together at libraries and bookstores across the state for special events. The Center often supports other literary activities through grants and staff assistance.

For more information or to join Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, download the membership form.

Friends of Oklahoma Center for the Book
Board of Directors


President—Jeanne Devlin—Oklahoma City
Vice-President—Kelly Riha—Oklahoma City
Secretary—Glenda Carlile—Oklahoma City
Treasurer—Gini Moore Campbell—Oklahoma City

Board Members

Connie Armstrong—Norman
Steven Baker—Norman
Bob Burke—Oklahoma City
Jennifer Greenstreet—Ada
Kevin Hargus—Norman
Joe Hight—Edmond
Cindy Hulsey—Tulsa
Karen Klinka—Edmond
Yvonne Lackey—Blanchard
Lynn McIntosh—Ardmore
Susan McVey—Oklahoma City
Troy Milligan—Oklahoma City
Judy Neal—Lawton
Karen Neurohr—Stillwater
Judy Randle—Tulsa
Richard Rouillard—Oklahoma City
Kristin Sorocco—Oklahoma City
Laurie Sundborg—Tulsa
William R. Young—Oklahoma City


Related Links

For questions about Oklahoma Center for the Book, contact Connie Armstrong on the staff contact form or call her at 405-522-3383 (main number 405-521-2502).

Oklahoma Collection

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Find out how your kids can participate in this National Reading and Writing contest for children and young adults—a Center for the Book project.