Category Archives: News

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Health Literacy Grants for 2021-2022

Health Literacy Grants Awarded to 36 Oklahoma Libraries and Literacy Programs

Innovative project enters its 10th year

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) is awarding Health Literacy Grants to 36 public libraries and literacy programs to bring activities and health information to Oklahomans around the state. The grants—totaling more than $220,000—are courtesy of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which has touted the 10-year-old project as an innovative use of federal library funds.

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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 Flyer (PDF)and 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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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.