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State Aid in the time of Covid

Emergency Rules Save State Aid for Public Libraries

Did you know the pandemic threatened State Aid Grants to public libraries this year?

For half a century, Oklahoma’s public libraries have been counting on annual State Aid grants to improve collections, purchase technology, sponsor programs for adults and children. Some of our smallest public libraries depend on State Aid grants to keep the doors open for their communities.  To receive State Aid grants, libraries must meet certain requirements, such as operating budget, paid staff, open hours, interlibrary loan service, and others. But then the pandemic hit…

Find out how the ODL staff and board saved the day! Read examples of how libraries spent last year’s State Aid funds responding to COVID-19. Plus, we link you to a document that includes comments from all of Oklahoma’s public libraries about their use of the grants and the continuing importance of the program.

 


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National Poetry Month

A Celebration for National Poetry Month

April was National Poetry Month! Oklahoma Representative Tammy West authored House Resolution 1012 proclaiming April as National Poetry Month in Oklahoma to coincide with National Poetry Month which was established in 1996 by the American Academy of Poets. The Oklahoma Center for the Book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries celebrated and promoted the event by showcasing some of Oklahoma’s finest poets.

View featured poets throughout the month


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Digital Prairie responsiveness example

Discover Digital Prairie

Digital Prairie now has even more to offer.

 

Digital Prairie is your gateway to historical information, research and reference resources.

Browse ODL’s online collections for topics like Women’s Suffrage, Oklahoma Postcards, yearbooks from across the state, Tulsa Race Massacre, historic Images of Oklahoma, State Government Documents, Territorial Records, and more.

Our Research and Discovery interface has EBSCO/Explora resources for everyone in your family. All Oklahomans can access it for free from anywhere in the state. Topics include Health, Education, Business, Literature, Home Improvement, Hobbies and Crafts, and more. There are millions of magazine and journal articles at your fingertips. Our Explora and EBSCOhost Student Search topics will help the young students in your family connect with relevant resources for school and independent exploration.

And now, ODL and Oklahoma Archives present a visual look at Oklahoma’s past with Timeline of Oklahoma History and Oklahoma Governors Timeline. View events from our state’s history from pre-statehood to the centennial. We have gathered images and resources for you to peruse and research further. You can scroll through all the governors of Oklahoma’s past with links to primary resources online.

Looking for a some fun brain exercises, try out the new Archives’ Digital Puzzles. Look for a new one every month!