Category Archives: News

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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 is National Poetry Month! Oklahoma Representative Tammy West has 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 will help celebrate and promote the event by showcasing some of Oklahoma’s finest poets.

View featured poets throughout the month


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2020-2021 Health Literacy Grants

Health Literary Grants for 2020-2021

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) has awarded 25 Health Literacy Grants totaling more than $174,000 to libraries and adult literacy programs for the 2020-2021 grant cycle. Grantees will use the funds to provide a variety of health and wellness programs for the state’s residents. Programs during the 2019-2020 cycle attracted a record 32,000 Oklahomans, many of them participating in virtual programming because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Each year, grant applicants propose programs to meet their community’s identified health needs. This year’s programs will include information sessions on physical and mental health, virtual and outside exercise classes, cooking and nutrition classes, community vegetable gardens, Story Walks in public parks, and even a bicycle safety and bicycle lending program.

First Round of 2020-2021 Health Literacy Grants

Two Additional Health Literacy Grants Awarded