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EBSCO webinars

EBSCO Online Training

Virtual EBSCO trainings for Oklahoma librarians and teachers are now available to view anytime!

Thanks to the Oklahoma Department of Libraries’ statewide contract and funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, all schools, libraries, and residents have access to powerful EBSCO information and reference resources on Digital Prairie. (If your school or library is not using this resource, find out How to Access EBSCO.)

Discover the variety of resources and learn how to unlock the power of EBSCO to focus your information searches, make the most of homework help features, gather usage statistics, and more!

Go to EBSCO Trainings.

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All the Way to the Top

All the Way to the Top

Join Jennifer Keelan-Chaffins as she talks about the book All the Way to the Top and her part as a young activist for disability rights.

Thanks to the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma, this a FREE opportunity.

2020 was the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Jennifer was just 8 years old at the time and the youngest participant in the historic Capitol Crawl, which was the catalyst to the passage of the ADA. At the steps of the United States Capitol Building, without her wheelchair, she climbed… All the Way to the Top! The children’s book, All the Way to the Top, is about her experiences as a young activist.

Jennifer will discuss the book and…

  • Disability activism and the importance of civic engagement and the role both played in helping pass the ADA
  • How to recognize bullying and discrimination and the difference between barriers and access
  • The importance of learning about disability rights and social justice
  • The importance of being inclusive
  • Personal empowerment and using one’s voice

The book received an ALA 2021 Schneider Family Book Award Honor. The book is the true story of a little girl who just wanted to GO, even when barriers stood in her way.

Lesson plan! View the All the Way to the Top EDUCATOR’S GUIDE.

A recording will be available afterward on this page!

 Join the virtual presentation May 18th from 1:30-2:30pm via Zoom.

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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!