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Story Walks in Oklahoma

Story Walks in Oklahoma

Take a Walk. Read a Book.

At the Same Time!

A Story Walk is a fun and engaging activity for children and their families. Typically, Story Walks place an oversized children’s book (taken apart) along an outdoor walking path in communities. There are 15 Story Walks that we know of in 13 Oklahoma communities–Stillwater and Lawton have two Story Walks in their cities. Most of these projects were funded with Health Literacy Grants to public libraries from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Check out the online map of Story Walksdownload our Story Walks in Oklahoma Flyerand find out about the newest Story Walk in Altus.

Heads up! Based on the most recent Health Literacy Grant applications, ODL’s Literacy Resource Office reports we may see up to five new story walks in the next year!

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Oklahoma Department of Libraries Board of Directors

ODL Board Meeting

A meeting of the ODL Board of Directors will be held on Friday, September 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Oklahoma Department of Libraries
200 NE 18th Street
Second Floor South Conference Room
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Agenda and Board Packet are available for download (PDF file)

The meeting may be viewed online. Instructions for joining the meeting via Zoom are on the second page of the Agenda.

The Department is governed by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

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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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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!

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annual reporting time is open

Libraries… Annual reporting is now open.

2021 Public Library Reporting

The annual reporting window is now open. Your library form is now available online for the Fiscal Year 2021, July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.

Please go to the following link:

Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat Collect

Submission of your online report is due no later than August 16 for non-system libraries and October 1 for the 8 system libraries. 

For more info, go to 2021 Public Library Reporting page.