ODL Initiatives

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. The Center co-sponsors the annual Oklahoma Book Awards along with the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book.



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Websites for Public Libraries and Literacy Groups is a project that partners libraries or literacy groups with an ODL website advisor. ODL is able to offer assistance in creating a library website as well as offering improvements to a current website.




First Amendment Congress

Every fall, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Oklahoma Library Association joins with Freedom of Information Oklahoma and other partners to host a First Amendment Congress for Oklahoma high school students. The panels and discussions hosted that day give students a real world view of the First Amendment as it relates to current issues and topics in the news. In addition to the Congress, Oklahoma students are invited to participate in the annual Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest. Between the Congress and essay contest, more than 500 students are reached each year.




OK Connect
OK Connect provides access and opportunity for all Oklahomans. Our network of libraries are community anchors that build and sustain communities by improving people’s lives. We provide high-speed broadband access and video conferencing to local, state, national and international resources for online education, e-government, health consultations, job seeking and training opportunities.



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Oklahoma was one of seven states to pilot the Library Edge toolkit. Since 2014, all public libraries have the opportunity to participate. Edge is a nationally recognized management and leadership tool that is helping libraries and local governments work together to achieve community goals. With this professional tool, libraries can be better positioned to address community issues – like creating a stronger economy, ensuring workforce development and leading lifelong learning.



Reading Programs

For Kids


For Adults


All Ages
Read Y'All


See also Library Development.